1989 Australian Capital Territory general election

Elections to the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly were held on Saturday, 4 March 1989. This was the first direct election by voters in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) for their own legislative body.

1989 Australian Capital Territory general election

4 March 1989 (1989-03-04) 1992 

All 17 seats of the unicameral Legislative Assembly
9 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party
Leader Rosemary Follett Trevor Kaine
Party Labor Liberal
Leader since 4 March 1989 4 March 1989
Seats won 5 seats 4 seats
Seat change 5 4
Percentage 22.8% 14.9%

Resulting Chief Minister

Rosemary Follett

The Labor Party, led by Rosemary Follett, and the Liberal Party, led by Trevor Kaine, were the main challengers. Candidates were elected to fill seats using a modified D'Hondt method for a multi-member single constituency. The result was a hung parliament. However, Labor, with the largest representation in the 17-member unicameral Assembly, formed Government with the support of various non-aligned minor parties. Follett was elected the first Chief Minister at the first sitting of the first Assembly on 11 May 1989.[1]