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Sturt - By-election (Roll: 22,495)
Retained by National Country Party
Nominations: Thursday, 29 January 1981, Polling: Saturday, 21 February 1981
Candidate Party Votes % Final %
Anthony, Michael John Labor Party 6,805 36.95
Sullivan, John William (Elected) National Country Party 11,614 63.05
Formal Votes 18,419
Informal Votes 165 0.89
Total Votes / Turnout 18,584 82.61
Cause Category: Resignation - Other
Notes: Sitting National Party MP Tim Fischer resigned to contest the neighbouring seat of Murray at a by-election following the death of that seat's Liberal MP Mary Meillon. Sturt had already been marked by a redistribution for abolition at the 1981 election, most of the electorate being absorbed into a re-drawn Murray.