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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 12 December 1906

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 2,109,562 
Number of House of Representatives seats 75 
Number of uncontested seats
If uncontested seats, number of voters on the roll in uncontested seats 189,165 
Number of voters on the roll in contested seats 1,920,397 
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems) 988,553 
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats) 51.48% 
Total valid votes 951,688 
Rate of informal (invalid) voting 3.73%
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 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 n Uncontested seats held n Seat share %
Anti - Socialist Party 363,257  38.17  *     27  36.00 
Australian Labor Party 348,711  36.64  +5.69     26  34.67 
Protectionist Party 156,425  16.44  -13.26     16  21.33 
Independent Protectionist Party 46,074  4.84  *     5.33 
Western Australia Party 22,154  2.33  *     2.67 
Independents 15,067  1.58  -2.91        
Votes for other than listed parties 0.00  0.00          
Totals 951,688  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

Government in office at election: Watson became prime minister of ALP minority government on 27 April 1904 after the defeat of the Deakin government in the House of Representatives. Reid became prime minister of Free Trade Protectionist coalition on 18 August 1904 after the defeat of the Watson government in the House of Representatives. Deakin became prime minister of a Protectionist minority government on 5 July 1905 after the defeat of the Reid government in the House of Representatives.



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