1984 New South Wales state election
Elections were held in the state of New South Wales, Australia, on Saturday 24 March 1984. The Labor government led by Neville Wran won a fourth term in office, though with a reduced (if still sizeable) majority and a 7% swing against it.
All 99 seats in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly
and 15 (of the 45) seats in the New South Wales Legislative Council
50 Assembly seats were needed for a majority
Legislative Assembly after the election
As the two previous elections each saw the sitting Opposition Leader lose the election and failing to be elected to Parliament, the 1984 election saw Nick Greiner becoming the first Opposition Leader to lose an election and retain his seat since Pat Hills in 1974.
Duncan, a former National Country Party member, withdrew from the party in protest at their change to the National Party name. He ran on an "Independent Country Party" ticket and won his seat of Lismore.
At a 1981 referendum, voters had approved an increase in the maximum parliamentary term from three years to four.
|5 March 1984||The Legislative Assembly was dissolved, and writs were issued by the Governor to proceed with an election.|
|9 March 1984||Nominations for candidates for the election closed at noon.|
|24 March 1984||Polling day, between the hours of 8am and 6pm.|
|5 April 1984||The seventh Wran Ministry was reconstituted.|
|30 April 1984||The writ was returned and the results formally declared.|
|1 May 1984||Parliament resumed for business.|
|Summary of votes by party|
|Ind. Country||25,227||0.84||+0.84||1||+ 1|
|Call to Australia||2,347||0.08||+0.08||0||± 0|
|Socialist Labour||2,113||0.07||+0.07||0||± 0|
|Summary of votes by party|
|Call to Australia||175,068||6.09||–3.02||1||2|
Seats changing handsEdit
|Bligh||Labor||Fred Miller||2.7||-3.9||1.2||Michael Yabsley||Liberal|
|Burwood||Labor||Phil O'Neill||7.2||-8.8||1.6||Paul Zammit||Liberal|
|Camden||Labor||Ralph Brading||2.0||-7.2||5.2||John Fahey||Liberal|
|Clarence||Labor||Don Day||6.6||-10.9||4.3||Ian Causley||National|
|Cronulla||Labor||Michael Egan||5.3||-5.8||0.5||Malcolm Kerr||Liberal|
|Hurstville||Labor||Kevin Ryan||9.2||-10.1||0.9||Guy Yeomans||Liberal|
|Lismore||National||Bruce Duncan||18.9||N/A||26.9||Bruce Duncan||Independent Country|
|Manly||Labor||Alan Stewart||1.2||-5.7||4.5||David Hay||Liberal|
|Miranda||Labor||Bill Robb||4.3||-6.1||1.8||Ron Phillips||Liberal|
|Murrumbidgee||Labor||Lin Gordon||13.9||-15.4||1.5||Adrian Cruickshank||National|
|Wakehurst||Labor||Tom Webster||7.0||-8.2||1.2||John Booth||Liberal|
|Wollongong||Labor||Eric Ramsay||0.1||-4.3||4.2||Frank Arkell||Independent|
- Members in italics did not recontest their seats.
- One candidate each from the Citizens Action, Rainbow, Uninflated and National Action Parties.
- Green, Antony. "1984 election totals". New South Wales Election Results 1856-2007. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
- Australian Government and Politics Database. "Parliament of New South Wales, Assembly election, 24 March 1984". Retrieved 18 February 2010.
- Hughes, Colin A. (1986). A handbook of Australian government and politics, 1975-1984. ANU Press. p. 195. ISBN 0-08-033038-X.
- Hughes (1986), p. 196.