1978 Werriwa by-election

A by-election was held for the Australian House of Representatives seat of Werriwa on 23 September 1978. It was triggered by the resignation of Labor Party leader and former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam.

The by-election was won by Labor candidate John Kerin, who had previously served as the member for Macarthur during the Whitlam government, from 1972 to 1975.

ResultsEdit

1978 Werriwa by-election[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor John Kerin 40,272 67.2 +11.7
Liberal William Sadler 14,566 24.3 -9.6
Democrats Keith Olson 3,774 6.3 -2.7
Socialist Workers John Garcia 1,081 1.8 +1.8
New Australian Hans Penninger 214 0.4 +0.4
Total formal votes 59,897 98.2
Informal votes 1,093 1.8
Turnout 60,990 81.7
Two-party-preferred result
Labor John Kerin 72.3 +12.1
Liberal William Sadler 27.7 -12.1
Labor hold Swing +12.1

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "By-Elections 1977-1980". Psephos. Archived from the original on 4 June 2012. Retrieved 19 May 2012.