1977 Queensland state election
All 82 seats in the Legislative Assembly of Queensland
42 Assembly seats were needed for a majority
|Turnout||91.35 ( 1.93 pp)|
The election resulted in a fourth consecutive victory for the National-Liberal Coalition under Joh Bjelke-Petersen. It was the eighth victory of the National Party in Queensland since it first came to office in 1957.
The major issue in the election was law and order. In 1977, the Government had passed a law making it illegal to march in the street without a permit, which were rarely given. The Coalition argued that this prevented traffic disruption and other inconveniences to the people of Brisbane, while the ALP claimed that it was a curtailment of civil liberties. Joh Bjelke-Petersen also no longer had the Whitlam Labor Government (which was unpopular in Queensland) to use as a campaigning tool.
|10 October 1977||The Legislative Assembly was dissolved and writs were issued.|
|17 October 1977||Close of nominations.|
|12 November 1977||Polling day.|
|14 January 1978||Return of the writs.|
The Labor Party gained twelve seats from the Coalition and Independents, making something of a recovery from its disastrous 1974 performance. Even so, the Coalition retained a commanding majority in the Legislative Assembly.
For the first time, the National Party won more votes than the Liberal party (an electoral malapportionment had allowed the Nationals to win more seats than the Liberals previously). The Liberal Party had begun to decline.
|Summary of votes by party|
Seats changing handsEdit
|Brisbane Central||Liberal||notional - new seat||2.8||-8.2||5.4||Brian Davis||Labor|
|Chatsworth||Liberal||Bill Hewitt||5.7||-6.8||1.1||Terry Mackenroth||Labor|
|Cook||National||Eric Deeral||2.6||-6.5||3.9||Bob Scott||Labor|
|Everton||Liberal||Brian Lindsay||9.2||-10.2||1.0||Glen Milliner||Labor|
|Ipswich West||National||Albert Hales||1.1||-5.4||4.3||David Underwood||Labor|
|Maryborough||Liberal||Gilbert Alison||5.0||-5.2||0.2||Brendan Hansen||Labor|
|Murrumba||National||Des Frawley||9.7||-11.1||1.4||Joe Kruger||Labor|
|South Brisbane||Liberal||Colin Lamont||4.1||-7.3||3.2||Jim Fouras||Labor|
|Southport||National||notional - new seat||19.4||-29.2||9.8||Peter White||Liberal|
|Surfers Paradise||National||Bruce Small||23.0||-28.7||5.7||Bruce Bishop||Liberal|
|Townsville South||Independent||Tom Aikens||0.6||-1.6||1.0||Alex Wilson||Labor|
|Woodridge||Liberal||notional - new seat||7.8||-11.9||4.1||Bill D'Arcy||Labor|
|Wynnum||National||Bill Lamond||0.1||-4.2||4.1||Eric Shaw||Labor|
|LABOR SEATS (23)|
|Maryborough||Brendan Hansen||ALP||0.2% v LIB|
|Everton||Glen Milliner||ALP||1.0% v LIB|
|Townsville South||Alex Wilson||ALP||1.0% v IND|
|Chatsworth||Terry Mackenroth||ALP||1.1% v LIB|
|South Brisbane||Jim Fouras||ALP||3.2% v LIB|
|Woodridge||Bill D'Arcy||ALP||4.1% v LIB|
|Ipswich West||David Underwood||ALP||4.3%|
|Brisbane Central||Brian Davis||ALP||5.4% v LIB|
|Nudgee||Ken Vaughan||ALP||8.7% v LIB|
|Bulimba||Jack Houston||ALP||9.8% v LIB|
|Wolston||Bob Gibbs||ALP||10.6% v LIB|
|Port Curtis||Bill Prest||ALP||11.8%|
|Rockhampton North||Les Yewdale||ALP||16.2% v LIB|
|Rockhampton||Keith Wright||ALP||17.3% v LIB|
|Archerfield||Kevin Hooper||ALP||18.4% v LIB|
- "A Proclamation". Queensland Government Gazette. 10 October 1977. p. 256:517.
- "Extraordinary". Queensland Government Gazette. 10 October 1977. p. 256:519.
- Australian Government and Politics Database. "Parliament of Queensland, Assembly election, 12 November 1977". Retrieved 22 February 2009.
- Hughes, Colin A. (1986). A handbook of Australian government and politics, 1975-1984. ANU Press. p. 204. ISBN 978-0-08-033038-9.
- Cribb, M.N.B. (April 1978). "Australian Political Chronicle: July–December 1977". Australian Journal of Politics and History. 24 (1): 92. ISSN 0004-9522.