1971 Western Australian state election

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1971 Western Australian state election
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  1968 20 February 1971 (1971-02-20) 1974  

All 51 seats in the Western Australian Legislative Assembly
and 15 (of the 30) seats to the Western Australian Legislative Council
26 Assembly seats were needed for a majority
 First partySecond party
  JohnTonkin1964crop.jpg DavidBrand1963.jpg
Leader John Tonkin David Brand
Party Labor Liberal/Country coalition
Leader since1 January 19671 March 1957
Leader's seat Melville Greenough
Last election23 seats28 seats
Seats won26 seats25 seats
Seat changeIncrease2.svg3Decrease2.svg3
Percentage48.91%35.30%
SwingIncrease2.svg3.56Decrease2.svg13.95

Premier before election

David Brand
Liberal/Country coalition

Elected Premier

John Tonkin
Labor

Elections were held in the state of Western Australia on 20 February 1971 to elect all 51 members to the Legislative Assembly and 15 members to the 30-seat Legislative Council. The four-term Liberal-Country Party coalition government, led by Premier David Brand, was defeated by the Labor Party, led by Opposition Leader John Tonkin.

Contents

This was the first election in which no seats were uncontested since the introduction of responsible government in 1890. This was partly due to the Democratic Labor Party deciding to contest every seat up for election in both Houses.

There was a large increase in the number of electors, because this was the first election after 18 year olds had been given the vote.

Results

Legislative Assembly

Western Australian state election, 20 February 1971
Legislative Assembly
<< 19681974 >>

Enrolled voters537,122
Votes cast490,467 Turnout 91.31%+0.41%
Informal votes18,897Informal3.85%+0.75%
Summary of votes by party
PartyPrimary votes %SwingSeatsChange
  Labor 230,65348.91%+3.56%26+ 3
  Liberal 139,86529.66%–14.34%17– 2
  Country 26,6045.64%+0.39%8– 1
  Democratic Labor 50,50810.71%+7.45%0± 0
 United Farmers3,5110.74%+0.74%0± 0
  Communist 2,2650.48%–0.05%0± 0
 Other parties2,6870.57%–0.12%0± 0
  Independent 15,4773.28%+2.36%0± 0
Total471,570  51 

Legislative Council

Western Australian state election, 20 February 1971
Legislative Council

Enrolled voters537,122
Votes cast489,911 Turnout 91.21%–1.08%
Informal votes25,084Informal5.12%+0.63%
Summary of votes by party
PartyPrimary votes %SwingSeats
won
Seats
held
  Labor 217,46546.78%+0.12%410
  Liberal 127,19127.36%–9.64%913
  Country 25,0355.39%–6.19%27
  Democratic Labor 67,89114.61%+12.17%00
 United Farmers5,7821.24%+1.24%00
  Independent 21,4634.62%+2.26%00
Total464,827  1530

Post-election pendulum

LABOR SEATS (26)
Marginal
Mirrabooka Arthur Tonkin ALP1.7%
Karrinyup Stan Lapham ALP2.0%
Merredin-Yilgarn Jim Brown ALP2.7%
Toodyay James Moiler ALP3.6%
Albany Wyndham Cook ALP5.1%
Clontarf Donald May ALP5.5%
Fairly safe
Mount Hawthorn Ron Bertram ALP7.4%
Geraldton Bill Sewell ALP8.3%
Canning Tom Bateman ALP8.6%
Maylands John Harman ALP9.4%
Perth Terry Burke ALP9.9%
Safe
Northam Ken Gabb ALP11.3% v IND
Gascoyne Daniel Norton ALP11.8%
Pilbara Arthur Bickerton ALP13.5% v DLP
Melville John Tonkin ALP15.6%
Belmont Colin Jamieson ALP16.1% v IND
Balcatta Herb Graham ALP16.6% v DLP
Fremantle Harry Fletcher ALP17.3%
Kalgoorlie Tom Evans ALP20.0%
Warren David Evans ALP21.9%
Victoria Park Ron Davies ALP25.2% v DLP
Swan John Brady ALP25.5% v DLP
Ascot Merv Toms ALP25.8% v DLP
Boulder-Dundas Tom Hartrey ALP28.5% v IND
Collie Tom Jones ALP29.8%
Cockburn Don Taylor ALP32.0% v DLP
LIBERAL/COUNTRY SEATS (25)
Marginal
Bunbury Maurice Williams LIB1.2%
Roe Bill Young CP1.3% v IND
Murchison-Eyre Peter Coyne LIB2.3%
Vasse Barry Blaikie LIB2.4%
Darling Range Ian Thompson LIB3.0%
Murray Ewart Runciman LIB3.2%
Subiaco Tom Dadour LIB4.9%
Fairly Safe
Dale Cyril Rushton LIB6.0%
Mount Lawley Ray O'Connor LIB6.8%
Wellington Iven Manning LIB7.0%
Narrogin William Manning CP7.7%
Cottesloe Ross Hutchinson LIB9.7%
Safe
Stirling Matt Stephens CP10.2%
South Perth Bill Grayden LIB10.5%
Blackwood David Reid CP11.6% v LIB
Wembley Ray Young LIB11.6%
Katanning Crawford Nalder CP11.7%
Floreat Andrew Mensaros LIB12.5%
Kimberley Alan Ridge LIB12.6%
East Melville Des O'Neil LIB16.6%
Moore Edgar Lewis CP17.2%
Greenough David Brand LIB18.4%
Mount Marshall Ray McPharlin CP22.6%
Nedlands Charles Court LIB24.9%
Avon Harry Gayfer CP30.5% v IND

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