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Tuesday, 17 August 1993
Page: 85

(Question No. 94)


Senator Teague asked the Minister for the Arts and Administrative Services, upon notice, on 6 May 1993:

  (1) What was the proportion of the Senate vote counted at 30 minute intervals during the election night of 13 March 1993: (a) nationally; and (b) for each State and Territory.

  (2) What were the comparable statistics for the Senate count in March 1990.


Senator McMullan —I have been advised that the answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

  Attached is a table identifying the percentage of vote counted by State and nationally for the Senate at the 1993 election, and comparable statistics at the same time for the 1990 election.

  Two points are worth making:

  The figures represent the times they were entered into the computer system used to record and display figures used in the National Tally Room in Canberra.

  The figures were directly input into the computer at a divisional level in 1993. As you can see, they were up to 2 1/2 hours faster than in 1990, when figures were manually compiled at a divisional level, and phoned to each State office, for input to the computer system.

Comparison of the Input of Senate Results Count on Election Night 1993 with 1990 results (Eastern Standard Time)

Time NSW VIC QLD SA

(EST) 1990 1993 1990 1993 1990 1993 1990 1993

17:30

18:00

18:30

19:00 0.05 0.07 0.07 0.01

19:30 0.25 0.38 0.7 0.1

20:00 0.91 1.94 0.1 2.7 0.4

20:30 4.1 8.76 1.1 8.5 3.2

21:00 13.6 22.2 1.5 22.6 15.90

21:30 21.6 32.3 5.6 34.5 20.6 28.7

22:00 0.4 35.2 4.3 51.1 11.4 52.3 43.4 51.7

22:30 1.7 52.1 16.6 73.1 22.2 68.7 58.4 73.1

23:00 3.1 57.5 21.6 77.2 24.7 72.8 58.7 77.2

23:30 3.1 57.5 21.6 77.2 24.7 72.8 58.7 77.2

Time WA TAS ACT NT NAT

(EST) 1990 1993 1990 1993 1990 1993 1990 1993 1990 1993

17:30

18:00 0.01

18:30 0.06

19:00 0.03 0.1

19:30 0.08 0.99

20:00 1.4 0.02 2.7

20:30 16.7 0.6 0.4 7.9

21:00 0.1 8.1 51.1 18.1 0.8 19.1

21:30 0.3 52.6 64.7 32.3 4 28.1

22:00 0.9 1.3 64.9 74.4 50.9 9.5 42.9

22:30 5.6 10.8 68.2 77.3 59.9 15.4 59.9

23:00 11 17.5 4.5 68.2 77.3 63.8 19.1 64.5

23:30 11 17.5 4.5 68.2 77.3 63.8 19.1 64.5