The above graph shows the two party preferred vote at each
election since 1949. Election years are indicated inside the graph under the
lines ('49, '51 etc). Two party preferred votes are after full distribution of
preferences, and by definition add up to 100% at any instance. Learn
more here. Purple asterisks show the five times government changed at elections
(1949, 1972, 1975, 1983 and 1996); the green the five times the party that won most votes didn't win the
election (1954, 1961, 1969, 1990 and 1998). Each of the latter were in
opposition before (and of course after) the election; probably this shows the
benefits of incumbency.
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