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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 5 September 1914

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) Joseph Cook
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 2,811,515 
Number of House of Representatives seats 75 
Number of uncontested seats 13 
If uncontested seats, number of voters on the roll in uncontested seats 463,074 
Number of voters on the roll in contested seats 2,348,441 
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems) 1,726,906 
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats) 73.53% 
Total valid votes 1,686,763 
Rate of informal (invalid) voting 2.32%
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 5 September 1914
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 858,451  50.89  +2.42     42  56.00 
Liberal Party 796,397  47.21  -1.73     32  42.67 
Independents 31,915  1.89  -0.70     1.33 
Votes for other than listed parties 0.00  0.00          
Totals 1,686,763  100.00    75  13  100.00 


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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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