This page shows the two-party-preferred statistics for every federal election since 1949.
The two-party-preferred figure is achieved by distributing all preferences from minor candidates until a final percentage is obtained which designates all votes as LABOR or NON-LABOR.
The Australian Electoral Commission counts all preferences in every House of Representatives seats in order to determine the two-party figure. This is done even where preferences are not required to obtain a winner.
Some early figures in the 1950s contain a small element of estimation because some electorates returned members unopposed and no vote took place. Additionally, in electorates where preferences were distributed, a full two-party count did not necessarily take place. Until 1984, once a result was determined, no further counting took place.
Labor victories are shaded yellow.
|Two Party-Preferred Votes in H/R Elections Since 1949|
Source: Australian Electoral Commission Publications.