Odgers' Australian Senate Practice Thirteenth Edition

Chapter 1 - The Senate and its constitutional role

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Table 1: Votes and seats in elections, 1949–2010

Election

Party

Australian Senate

House of Representatives

% of vote

Seats

% of seats

% of vote

Seats

% of seats

1949

ALP

LP

CP

44.9

50.4

19

19

4

45.2

45.4

9.5

46

39.3

10.8

48

55

19

39

44.7

15.4

1951

ALP

LP

CP

45.9

49.7

28

26

6

46.7

43.3

10

47.7

40.5

9.7

54

52

17

43.9

42.3

13.8

1953

ALP

LP

CP

50.6

44.4

17

13

2

53.1

40.6

6.3

1954

ALP

LP

CP

50.1

38.5

8.5

59

47

17

48

38.2

13.8

1955

ALP

LP

CP

ACL

40.6

48.8

6.1

12

13

4

1

40

43.3

13.3

3.3

44.7

39.7

7.9

5.1

49

57

18

39.5

46

14.5

1958

ALP

LP

CP

DLP

42.8

45.2

8.4

15

13

3

1

46.9

40.6

9.4

3.1

42.9

37.1

9.3

9.4

47

58

19

37.9

46.8

15.3

1961

ALP

LP

CP

DLP

44.7

42.1

9.8

14

12

4

1

45.2

38.7

12.9

3.2

48

33.5

8.5

8.7

62

45

17

50

36.3

13.7

1963

ALP

LP

CP

DLP

45.5

37.1

8.9

7.4

52

52

20

41.9

41.9

16.1

1964

ALP

LP

CP

DLP

44.7

45.7

8.4

14

11

3

2

46.7

36.7

10

6.7

1966

ALP

LP

CP

DLP

40

40.1

9.8

7.3

41

61

21

33

49

16.9

1967

ALP

LP

CP

DLP

Others

45

42.8

9.8

2.4

13

10

4

2

1

43.3

33.3

13.3

6.7

3.3

1969

ALP

LP

CP

DLP

47

34.8

8.6

6

59

46

20

47.2

36.8

16

1970

ALP

LP

CP

DLP

Others

42.2

38.2

11.1

5.6

14

11

2

3

2

43.8

34.4

6.3

9.4

6.3

1972

ALP

LP

CP

DLP

49.6

32

9.4

5.2

67

38

20

53.6

30.4

16

1974

ALP

LP

CP

DLP

LM

Others

47.3

43.9

3.6

1

2.9

29

23

6

1

1

48.3

38.3

10

1.7

1.7

49.3

34.9

10.8

1.4

0.8

0.4

66

40

21

51

31.5

18.1

1975

ALP

LP

NCP

DLP

LM

Others

40.9

51.7

2.7

1.1

3.6

27

27

8

1

1

42.2

42.2

12.5

1.5

1.5

42.8

41.8

11.3

1.3

0.6

1.7

36

68

23

28.4

53.5

18.1

1977

ALP

LP

NCP

AD

Others

36.8

45.6

11.1

4.9

14

16

2

2

41.2

47

5.9

5.9

39.6

38.1

10

9.4

1.4

38

67

19

30.6

54

15.3

1980

ALP

LP

NP

AD

Others

42.3

43.5

9.3

3.1

15

13

2

3

1

44.1

38.2

5.9

8.8

2.9

45.1

37.4

8.9

6.6

1.7

51

54

20

40.8

43.2

16

1983

ALP

LP

NP

AD

Others

45.9

39.9

9.6

3.2

30

24

4

5

1

46.9

37.5

6.3

7.8

1.6

49.5

34.4

9.2

5

1.7

75

33

17

60

26.4

13.6

1984

ALP

LP

NP

AD

Others

42.2

39.5

7.6

7.2

20

17

3

5

1

43.5

37

6.5

10.9

2.2

47.5

34.4

10.6

5.4

82

45

21

55.4

30.4

14.1

1987

ALP

LP

NP

AD

NDP

Others

42.8

42

8.5

1.1

3.1

32

27

7

7

1

2

42.1

25.5

9.2

9.2

1.3

2.6

45.8

34.6

11.5

6

2

86

43

19

58

29

12.8

1990

ALP

LP

NP

AD

Greens

Others

38.4

41.9

12.6

2.8

2.7

15

16

3

5

1

37.5

40

7.5

12.5

2.5

39.4

35

8.4

11.4

1.4

3.4

78

55

14

1

52.7

37.2

9.5

0.7

1993

ALP

LP

NP

AD

Greens

Others

43.5

43

5.3

2.9

3.8

17

15

4

2

1

1

42.5

37.5

10

5

2.5

2.5

44.9

37.1

7.2

3.8

1.9

4.7

80

49

16

2

54.4

33.3

10.9

1.4

1996

ALP

LP

NP

AD

Greens

Others

36.2

44

10.8

2.4

6.7

14

17

3

5

1

35

42.5

7.5

2.5

38.8

38.7

8.6

6.8

1.7

5.5

49

75

19

5

33.1

50.7

12.9

3.4

1998

ALP

LP

NP

AD

Greens

ON

Others

37.3

37.7

8.46

2.72

8.99

4.85

17

15

2

4

1

1

42.5

37.5

5

10

2.5

2.5

40.05

34.09

5.65

5.11

2.1

8.39

4.61

66

64

16

1

44.59

43.24

10.81

3.4

2001

ALP

LP

NP

AD

Greens

ON

Others

34.2

41.6

7.2

4.8

5.5

6.1

14

17

3

4

2

35

42.5

7.5

10

5

37.84

37.08

5.93

5.41

4.96

4.34

4.45

65

68

14

1

43.3

45.3

8.7

2

2004

ALP

LP

NP

AD

Greens

FF

Others

35.01

45.04

2.1

7.66

1.76

8.43

16

17

4

2

1

40

42.5

10

5

2.5

37.63

40.47

6.23

1.24

7.19

2.01

5.23

60

74

13

3

40

49.3

8.7

2

2007

ALP

LP

NP

AD

Greens

FF

Others

40.3

39.77

1.29

9.04

1.62

7.98

18

15

3

3

1

45

37.5

7.5

7.5

2.5

43.38

36.28

5.49

0.72

7.79

1.99

4.35

83

55

10

2

55.33

36.67

6.67

1.33

2010

ALP

LP

NP

LNP

Greens

DLP

Others

35.13

30.65

7.98

13.11

1.06

12.07

15

12

3

3

6

1

37.5

30

7.5

7.5

15

2.5

37.99

30.46

4.04

9.12

11.76

0.04

6.59

72

44

8

21

1

4

48

29.33

5.34

14

0.67

2.66

Abbreviations
ACL Australian Labor Party (Anti-Communist)
AD Australian Democrats
ALP Australian Labor Party
CP Country Party
DLP Democratic Labor Party
FF Family First
LM Liberal Movement
LNP Liberal NationalParty
LP Liberal Party of Australia
NCP National Country Party
NDP Nuclear Disarmament Party
NP National Party
ON One Nation


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