1980 Queensland state election
All 82 seats in the Legislative Assembly of Queensland
42 Assembly seats were needed for a majority
The election resulted in a fifth consecutive victory for the National-Liberal Coalition under Joh Bjelke-Petersen. It was the ninth victory of the National Party in Queensland since it first came to office in 1957.
The election saw little change from the 1977 election. The Coalition Government was returned to office, although Labor gained two seats and the Liberals lost two. The Liberal decline continued, and tensions between the Coalition parties increased.
|27 October 1980||The Parliament was dissolved.|
|27 October 1980||Writs were issued by the Governor to proceed with an election.|
|7 November 1980||Close of nominations.|
|29 November 1980||Polling day, between the hours of 8am and 6pm.|
|23 December 1980||The Bjelke-Petersen Ministry was reconstituted.|
|10 January 1981||The writ was returned and the results formally declared.|
|3 March 1981||Parliament resumed for business.|
|Summary of votes by party|
Seats changing hands
|Lockyer||Liberal||Tony Bourke||22.5||-28.8||6.3||Tony FitzGerald||National|
|Mourilyan||National||Vicky Kippin||0.3||-1.6||1.3||Bill Eaton||Labor|
|Southport||Liberal||Peter White||9.8||-11.9||2.1||Doug Jennings||National|
|Surfers Paradise||Liberal||Bruce Bishop||5.7||-13.6||7.9||Rob Borbidge||National|
|Townsville West||National||Max Hooper||0.9||-5.3||4.4||Geoff Smith||Labor|
- In addition, the Liberal party retained Redcliffe, which was won from the National Party at the 1979 by-election.
|LABOR SEATS (25)|
|Maryborough||Brendan Hansen||ALP||0.6% v LIB|
|Everton||Glen Milliner||ALP||0.7% v LIB|
|South Brisbane||Jim Fouras||ALP||4.0% v LIB|
|Ipswich West||David Underwood||ALP||4.1% v LIB|
|Townsville West||Geoff Smith||ALP||4.4%|
|Bulimba||Ron McLean||ALP||4.6% v LIB|
|Woodridge||Bill D'Arcy||ALP||6.4% v LIB|
|Port Curtis||Bill Prest||ALP||7.6%|
|Townsville South||Alex Wilson||ALP||7.6%|
|Brisbane Central||Brian Davis||ALP||7.7% v LIB|
|Chatsworth||Terry Mackenroth||ALP||8.2% v LIB|
|Nudgee||Ken Vaughan||ALP||10.9% v LIB|
|Wolston||Bob Gibbs||ALP||11.2% v LIB|
|Rockhampton North||Les Yewdale||ALP||12.2%|
|Sandgate||Nev Warburton||ALP||14.6% v LIB|
|Lytton||Tom Burns||ALP||23.6% v LIB|
- "A Proclamation". Queensland Government Gazette. 27 October 1980. p. 265:985.
- "Untitled". Queensland Government Gazette. 27 October 1980. p. 265:987.
- "Untitled". Queensland Government Gazette. 2 February 1981. p. 266:309.
- Australian Government and Politics Database. "Parliament of Queensland, Assembly election, 29 November 1980". Archived from the original on 12 March 2017. Retrieved 22 February 2009.
- Hughes, Colin A. (1986). A handbook of Australian government and politics, 1975-1984. ANU Press. p. 205. ISBN 978-0-08-033038-9.