1996 Western Australian state election

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1996 Western Australian state election
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  1993 14 December 1996 (1996-12-14) 2001  

All 57 seats in the Western Australian Legislative Assembly
and all 34 seats in the Western Australian Legislative Council
29 Assembly seats were needed for a majority
 First partySecond party
  Richard Court - Ambassador to Japan.jpg Geoffrey Gallop Midland (cropped).jpg
Leader Richard Court Geoff Gallop
Party Liberal/National coalition Labor
Leader since12 May 199215 October 1996
Leader's seat Nedlands Victoria Park
Last election32 seats24 seats
Seats won35 seats19 seats
Seat changeIncrease2.svg3Decrease2.svg5
Popular vote530,603431,245
Percentage55.16%44.84%
SwingDecrease2.svg0.28Increase2.svg0.28

Premier before election

Richard Court
Liberal/National coalition

Elected Premier

Richard Court
Liberal/National coalition

Elections were held in the state of Western Australia on 14 December 1996 to elect all 57 members to the Legislative Assembly and all 34 members to the Legislative Council. The LiberalNational coalition government, led by Premier Richard Court, won a second term in office against the Labor Party, led by Opposition Leader Dr Geoff Gallop since 15 October 1996.

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The election resulted in the Liberals winning an outright majority for the first time in Western Australia's history. Although Court did not need the support of the Nationals, the coalition was retained. Meanwhile, Labor attracted its lowest share of the primary vote since 1901.

Results

Legislative Assembly

Western Australian state election, 14 December 1996 [1]
Legislative Assembly
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Enrolled voters1,119,992
Votes cast1,007,835 Turnout 89.99%–3.51%
Informal votes44,229Informal4.39%+0.26%
Summary of votes by party
PartyPrimary votes%SwingSeatsChange
  Liberal 384,51839.90%–4.25%29+ 3
  Labor 345,15935.82%–1.26%19– 5
  National 55,8175.79%+0.46%6± 0
  Democrats 48,9855.08%+2.76%0± 0
  Greens 45,5504.73%+0.42%0± 0
  Marijuana 3,2450.34%+0.34%0± 0
 Other parties6,9290.72%–4.35%0± 0
  Independent [1] 74,1797.70%+1.21%3+ 2
Total963,606  57 
Two-party-preferred
  Liberal/National 530,60355.16%–0.28%
  Labor 431,24544.84%+0.28%

Notes:

1 At the 1993 election, Liberal Party member Phillip Pendal won the South Perth seat, whilst Labor Party member Ernie Bridge won Kimberley. Both members resigned from their parties during the term of parliament, and won their seats as independents in 1996.

Legislative Council

Western Australian state election, 14 December 1996
Legislative Council

Enrolled voters1,119,992
Votes cast1,009,592 Turnout 90.14%–3.53%
Informal votes30,430Informal3.01%–0.73%
Summary of votes by party
PartyPrimary votes%SwingSeatsChange
  Liberal (metropolitan)313,95332.06%–2.59%7– 1
  Liberal/National [1] 140,93314.39%–0.24%  
   Liberal (country)7± 0
   National3± 0
  Labor 323,88633.08%–3.74%12– 2
  Democrats 64,4616.58%+3.57%2+ 2
  Greens 54,3365.55%+0.39%3+ 2
  Marijuana 24,3732.49%+2.49%0± 0
  Call to Australia 6,6750.68%+0.41%0± 0
 Australia First Party5,8560.60%+0.60%0± 0
 Natural Law Party5,5140.56%+0.56%0± 0
 Racism No!1,9390.20%+0.20%0± 0
  Independent 37,2363.80%–0.38%0– 1
Total979,162  34 

1 In the Agricultural and South West regions, the Liberals and Nationals ran a joint ticket, and in Mining and Pastoral, they ran separately, with the Liberals attracting 18,635 of the 52,240 formal votes and the Nationals 5,087.

Seats changing hands

SeatPre-1996SwingPost-1996
PartyMemberMarginMarginMemberParty
Kimberley  Labor Ernie Bridge 15.4N/A11.5 Ernie Bridge Independent 
Mitchell  Labor David Smith 0.5+3.73.2 Dan Sullivan Liberal 
Ningaloo  Labor Kevin Leahy 1.2+1.90.7 Rod Sweetman Liberal 
South Perth  Liberal Phillip Pendal 13.2N/A14.2 Phillip Pendal Independent 
Southern River  Labor Judyth Watson 2.6+4.11.5 Monica Holmes Liberal 

Post-election pendulum

LIBERAL/NATIONAL SEATS (35)
Marginal
Ballajura Rhonda Parker LIB0.1%
Ningaloo Rod Sweetman LIB0.7%
Southern River Monica Holmes LIB1.5%
Wanneroo Iain MacLean LIB1.6%
Carine Katie Hodson-Thomas LIB2.2% v IND
Alfred Cove Doug Shave LIB2.4% v IND
Mandurah Roger Nicholls LIB3.0%
Yokine Kim Hames LIB3.2%
Mitchell Dan Sullivan LIB3.2%
Innaloo George Strickland LIB4.0%
Bunbury Ian Osborne LIB5.3%
Joondalup Chris Baker LIB5.5%
Fairly safe
Riverton Graham Kierath LIB6.7%
Geraldton Bob Bloffwitch LIB7.0%
Roleystone Fred Tubby LIB7.2%
Vasse Bernie Masters LIB9.2% v NAT
Collie Hilda Turnbull NAT9.3%
Swan Hills June van de Klashorst LIB9.7%
Hillarys Rob Johnson LIB9.9%
Dawesville Arthur Marshall LIB9.9%
Safe
Kingsley Cheryl Edwardes LIB10.2%
Albany Kevin Prince LIB11.9%
Roe Ross Ainsworth NAT12.0% v IND
Murray-Wellington John Bradshaw LIB12.0%
Darling Range John Day LIB12.9%
Nedlands Richard Court LIB14.9%
Murdoch Mike Board LIB15.1%
Avon Max Trenorden NAT16.8%
Warren-Blackwood Paul Omodei LIB17.1%
Cottesloe Colin Barnett LIB19.8%
Greenough Kevin Minson LIB22.1%
Stirling Monty House NAT24.1%
Moore Bill McNee LIB27.9%
Wagin Bob Wiese NAT28.7%
Merredin Hendy Cowan NAT31.2%
LABOR SEATS (19)
Marginal
Thornlie Sheila McHale ALP1.5%
Burrup Fred Riebeling ALP1.7%
Armadale Alannah MacTiernan ALP4.0%
Midland Michelle Roberts ALP4.3%
Kalgoorlie Megan Anwyl ALP4.4%
Fairly safe
Maylands Judy Edwards ALP7.1%
Belmont Eric Ripper ALP7.5%
Rockingham Mark McGowan ALP7.5%
Victoria Park Geoff Gallop ALP7.8%
Perth Diana Warnock ALP7.9%
Willagee Alan Carpenter ALP8.8%
Nollamara John Kobelke ALP8.9%
Safe
Cockburn Bill Thomas ALP10.6%
Eyre Julian Grill ALP11.0%
Peel Norm Marlborough ALP11.2% v IND
Fremantle Jim McGinty ALP11.3%
Bassendean Clive Brown ALP12.0%
Girrawheen Ted Cunningham ALP12.6%
Pilbara Larry Graham ALP15.7%
CROSSBENCH SEATS (3)
Kimberley Ernie Bridge IND11.5% v LIB
South Perth Phillip Pendal IND14.2% v LIB
Churchlands Liz Constable IND33.2% v ALP

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References

  1. Antony Green (June 2001). "Western Australian State Election 1996" (PDF). Western Australian Parliamentary Library. Retrieved 24 April 2013.