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Commonwealth Parliament, Senate election in Tasmania

(for more information on this election, see national summary for the Senate)

Election of 12 December 1906

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Senate enrolment and voting in Tasmania

Total number of voters on the roll in this state/territory 279,374 
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems) 48,879 
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats) 54.18% 
Total valid votes 140,061 
Rate of informal (invalid) voting Not applicable


Electoral composition of the Senate for this election in Tasmania

Total number of seats in the Senate 36 
Total number of seats for each state
Number of seats for each territory  
Seats to be filled at this Senate election in this state/territory
Casual vacancies/additional seats included in seats to be filled
Electoral System Adult franchise at 21 years; multimember districts; first past the post (plurality) voting with multiple votes 


Senate votes and seats won, and seats held in Tasmania

Election held on 12 December 1906
Criteria for the inclusion of parties in this table are set out in the Glossary under 'listed party'

Party Name First preference vote n First preference vote share % Change from previous election % Seats won by ticket n Seats won by ticket % Seats won by party n Seats won by party % Seats held by party n Seats held by party %
Protectionist Party 48,951  34.95  +11.64     66.67  66.67  50.00 
Anti - Socialist Party 48,234  34.44  *     33.33  33.33  33.33 
Australian Labor Party 42,876  30.61  +2.63             16.67 
Votes for other than listed parties 0.00  0.00                
Totals 140,061  100.00    100.00  100.00  100.00 

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* Party did not contest previous election or did not meet criteria for listing, or contested previous election under a different party name.


See the Glossary of this website for information on Senate elections and details of the distinction between Seats won by ticket and Seats won by party, and between Seats won and Seats held.

The use of first past the post (plurality) voting in multimember electoral districts (the states) with multiple votes for the election of of senators from 1903 to 1917, meant that the number of valid votes was much larger than the number of ballot papers cast. This voting system precludes the usual calculation of the informal vote for these elections.

Party allegiances in the period before 1910 were fluid and party labels often referred to loose associations of like minded candidates and parliamentary representatives. The compilers of this database are grateful to the Department of the Senate for for information on the, sometimes changeable, party affiliation of senators for Senate elections during the period 1901 to 1906.


Colin A Hughes and B D Graham, A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics 1890-1964, Canberra; Australian National University Press, 1968 (SBN 7081 1270 0); Commonwealth Parliament, Department of the Senate.