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Commonwealth Parliament, House of Representatives election

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General election for the House of Representatives Commonwealth of Australia 
Date of election 29 March 1901

Government in office and parliamentary support before and after the election

Government in office at election

Prime Minister in office at date of election. (check notes to see if change of Prime Minister since previous election) Edmund Barton
Prime Minister's party affiliation Protectionist Party 
House of Representatives support for government at election Minority 
If coalition, coalition partner(s)  

Government in office after election

Prime Minister in office after election. Edmund Barton
Prime Minister's party affiliation Protectionist Party
House of Representatives support for government after election Minority 
If coalition, coalition partner(s)  
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Enrolment and voting

Total number of voters on the roll 987,754 
Number of House of Representatives seats 75 
Number of uncontested seats
If uncontested seats, number of voters on the roll in uncontested seats 80,096 
Number of voters on the roll in contested seats 907,658 
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems) 514,440 
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats) 56.68% 
Total valid votes 505,972 
Rate of informal (invalid) voting 1.65%
Informal (invalid) ballots in multiple voting system Not applicable
Electoral system Varied by state for first election: see entries for each state 

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House of Representatives votes and seats won, national summary

Election held on 29 March 1901
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 n Uncontested seats held n Seat share %
Protectionist Party 185,943  36.75  *     31  41.33 
Free Trade Party 151,960  30.03  *     28  37.33 
Australian Labor Party 79,736  15.76  *     14  18.67 
Independents 8,384  1.66  *     2.67 
Votes for other than listed parties 79,949  15.80  0.00          
Totals 505,972  100.00    75  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.

Notes

Election date: some polls were held on 30 March 1901.

Government at election: Barton was commissioned by the Governor General to form the first ministry on 1 January 1901. It included representatives from all states.



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