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Victorian state election, 1988

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1 October 1988 (1988-10-01)  1992 →
26 October 1982  1988
31 seats  10 seats
Start date  October 1, 1988
9 September 1981  26 October 1982
47 seats  31 seats
46 seats  33 seats
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The 1988 Victorian state election, held on Saturday, 1 October 1988, was for the 51st Parliament of Victoria. It was held in the Australian state of Victoria to elect all 88 members of the state's Legislative Assembly and 22 members of the 44-member Legislative Council.


The incumbent Labor Party government led by Premier John Cain won a third term in office, despite a swing against it, and only lost the seat of Warrandyte in Melbourne's north-east. This was credited by commentators to a strong campaign targeting Liberal leader Jeff Kennett whose aggressive leadership style was still seen as a liability, as well as continuing instability in the federal Coalition. Its narrow wins in middle class marginal seats saw it win a majority despite achieving less than half of the two party preferred vote.

Seats changing hands

  • Members in italics did not recontest their seats.
  • Aftermath

    On 23 May 1989, Jeff Kennett was voted out of the Liberal leadership in favour of Alan Brown; Brown led the party until 23 April 1991 when he was also forced out after a successful comeback by Kennett. During Brown's period as Opposition Leader, the Liberals negotiated the first coalition agreement with the Nationals in over forty years, in part due to a belief by some (in spite of what political scientist Brian Costar called a "lack of psephological evidence to support this assertion") that had the parties been in coalition at the election, they would have won.


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