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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 13 April 1910

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 Liberal Party 
House of Representatives support for government at election Majority 
If coalition, coalition partner(s)  

Government in office after election

Prime Minister in office after election. Andrew Fisher
Prime Minister's party affiliation Australian Labor Party
House of Representatives support for government after election Majority 
If coalition, coalition partner(s)  
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Enrolment and voting

Total number of voters on the roll 2,258,482 
Number of House of Representatives seats 75 
Number of uncontested seats
If uncontested seats, number of voters on the roll in uncontested seats 109,513 
Number of voters on the roll in contested seats 2,148,969 
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems) 1,349,626 
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats) 62.80% 
Total valid votes 1,322,582 
Rate of informal (invalid) voting 2%
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 13 April 1910
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 %
Australian Labor Party 660,864  49.97  +13.33     43  57.33 
Liberal Party 596,350  45.09  *     31  41.33 
Independents 65,368  4.94  +3.36     1.33 
Votes for other than listed parties 0.00  0.00          
Totals 1,322,582  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: Fisher became prime minister of a minority ALP government on 13 November 1908 after the defeat of the Deakin minority government in the House of Representatives. Deakin became prime minister of a Fusion coalition government on 2 June 1909 after the defeat of the Fisher government in the House of Representatives.

Sources

Colin A Hughes and B D Graham, A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics 1890-1964, (Canberra: Australian National University Press, 1968, SBN 708102700).



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