Results of the 1978 New South Wales state election (Legislative Council)
New South Wales state election, 7 October 1978
|Summary of votes by party|
|Family Action Movement||36,076||1.31||0|
The 1978 New South Wales state election was the first direct election for the Legislative Council since the council was reconstituted in 1856 and the creation of the Legislative Assembly. This was the result of the 1978 referendum which also reduced the number of members from 60 to 43 and that provided that members would serve for 3 terms of the Legislative Assembly. Under the transitional arrangements, 28 members had been indirectly elected by joint sittings of the New South Wales Parliament.
|Labor||1. Joe Thompson (elected 1)
2. Dorothy Isaksen (elected 3)
3. Barrie Unsworth (elected 5)
4. Marie Fisher (elected 7)
5. Clive Healey (elected 9)
6. Deirdre Grusovin (elected 11)
7. Jim Kaldis (elected 12)
8. Norm King (elected 13)
9. Peter Watkins (elected 14)
10. Ron Dyer
|Liberal/National Coalition||1. Virginia Chadwick (elected 2)
2. Bob Rowland Smith (elected 4)
3. Frank Calabro (elected 6)
4. Lloyd Lange (elected 8)
5. Toby MacDiarmid (elected 10)
6. Peter Philips (elected 15)
7. Greg Percival
8. Jack Doohan
9. Diana Downie
10. Doug Moppett
|Communist||1. Jack Mundey
2. Melva Merletto
3. Darrell Dawson
|Democrats||1. Paul McLean
2. Ronald Mallett
3. Malcolm Hilbery
4. Charles Boag
5. Laurence Bourke
6. James Boow
7. Joan Kersey
8. Bruce Irwin
9. George Laron
10. Anita Stiller
|Family Movement||1. Frieda Brown
2. Malcolm Garvin
|Marijuana||1. Peter Livesey
2. James Billington
|Group C||1. Francesco Oliveri
2. Norman Young
|Total formal votes||2,746,621||96.0|
28 members retained their seats in the council, with 14 of those members to retire at the next general election,[a] held in 1981, and the remaining 14 members would retire at the following general election,[b] held in 1984.
- ^ Of the 15 members whose terms were due to expire in 1985, Greg Percival (Liberal) did not retain a seat.
- ^ Of the 15 members whose terms were due to expire in 1988, Ronald Raines (National Country) did not retain a seat.
- ^ Sir John Fuller (National Country) resigned on 1 August 1978, prior to the election. Jack Doohan was the first National Country candidate not elected at the 1978 Legislative Council election, and was declared to have been elected to the resulting casual vacancy on 6 December 1978.
- Results of the 1978 New South Wales state election (Legislative Assembly)
- Candidates of the 1978 New South Wales state election
- Members of the New South Wales Legislative Council, 1978–1981
- ^ Green, Antony (21 March 2007). "Legislative Council history". www.abc.net.au. Retrieved 8 August 2021.
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- ^ "Jack Doohan declared elected to the Legislative Council". Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales. No. 171. 8 December 1978. p. 5059. Retrieved 8 December 2020 – via Trove.