1973 New South Wales state election
Elections for the New South Wales Legislative Assembly were held in the state of New South Wales, Australia, on Saturday 17 November 1973. The result was a win for the Liberal-Country Party coalition under Sir Robert Askin, which had been in office since 1965. As of 2019, this was the last time the Coalition won a fourth-term in New South Wales.
All 99 seats in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly
50 Assembly seats were needed for a majority
Legislative Assembly after the election
The election was held just eleven months after the Liberal/Country coalition lost the federal election after 23 years in power. Askin called an early election to take advantage of the increasing economic issues which had been attributed to the Whitlam Labor government.
Leader of the Legislative Council Neville Wran, who would become Premier at the next election moved from the unelected Legislative Council to the Legislative Assembly after the late retirement of Clarrie Earl in the seat of Bass Hill.
|19 October 1973||The Legislative Assembly was dissolved, and writs were issued by the Governor to proceed with an election.|
|25 October 1973||Nominations for candidates for the election closed at noon.|
|17 November 1973||Polling day, between the hours of 8am and 6pm.|
|3 December 1973||The sixth Askin-Cutler ministry was constituted.|
|4 December 1973||Parliament resumed for business.|
|7 December 1973||The writ was returned and the results formally declared.|
The Democratic Labor Party won its only lower house seat at the 1973 election following the Liberal Party's incumbent for the northern Sydney seat of Gordon — Harry Jago failed to nominate in time. Conservative voters were urged to vote for the DLP candidate, Kevin Harrold.
|Summary of votes by party|
|Democratic Labor||148,378||5.96||+2.79||1||+ 1|
Seats changing handsEdit
|Burrendong||Labor||Leo Nott||1.8||-5.6||3.8||Roger Wotton||Country|
|Gordon||Liberal||Harry Jago*||N/A||N/A||29.4||Kevin Harrold||Democratic Labor|
|South Coast||Liberal||Jack Beale||0.9||-2.3||1.7||John Hatton||Independent|
- Members in italics did not recontest their seats.
- Sitting Liberal MP for Gordon, Harry Jago failed to renominate as a candidate by the deadline. As a result, the Liberal party endorsed the DLP candidate against the Labor candidate, and Kevin Harrold won the seat.
- In addition, the Liberal party held the seat of Murray, which it had won from an Independent in the 1973 by-election.
Redistribution affected seatsEdit
|Seat||1971 Election||1973 Redistribution||Swing||1973 Election|
|Gosford||Labor||Keith O'Connell||2.6||Liberal||Notional||1.1||+4.6||5.7||Malcolm Brooks||Liberal|
|Nepean||Labor||Ron Mulock||1.6||Liberal||Notional||1.9||+1.4||3.3||Ron Rofe||Liberal|
- Green, Antony. "1973 election totals". New South Wales Election Results 1856-2007. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
- Australian Government and Politics Database. "Parliament of New South Wales, Assembly election, 17 November 1973". Retrieved 6 February 2010.
- Hughes, Colin A. (1977). A handbook of Australian government and politics, 1965-1974. ANU Press. p. 108. ISBN 978-0-7081-1340-0.