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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 16 December 1903

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) Alfred Deakin
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. Alfred Deakin
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 1,893,586 
Number of House of Representatives seats 75 
Number of uncontested seats 17 
If uncontested seats, number of voters on the roll in uncontested seats 422,684 
Number of voters on the roll in contested seats 1,470,902 
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems) 739,401 
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats) 50.27% 
Total valid votes 720,938 
Rate of informal (invalid) voting 2.5%
Informal (invalid) ballots in multiple voting system Not applicable
Electoral system Adult franchise at 21 years; single member districts; first past the post (plurality) voting 

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House of Representatives votes and seats won, national summary

Election held on 16 December 1903
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 %
Free Trade Party 247,774  34.37  +4.33     25  33.33 
Australian Labor Party 223,163  30.95  +15.20     23  30.67 
Protectionist Party 214,091  29.70  -7.05     26  11  34.67 
Independents 32,364  4.49  +2.83        
Revenue Tariff Party 3,546  0.49  *     1.33 
Votes for other than listed parties 0.00  -15.80          
Totals 720,938  100.00    75  17  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

Deakin's ministry was called Fusion ministry. It included 3 Protectionists (including Deakin himself), 5 Free Traders and 2 Tarrif Reform members. For details of all Commonwealth prime ministers, see Michelle Grattan (editor) Australian Prime Ministers (Sydney: New Holland, 2000).



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