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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 May 1917

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) William Morris Hughes
Prime Minister's party affiliation Nationalist 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. William Morris Hughes
Prime Minister's party affiliation Nationalist 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 2,835,327 
Number of House of Representatives seats 75 
Number of uncontested seats 10  
If uncontested seats, number of voters on the roll in uncontested seats 364,862 
Number of voters on the roll in contested seats 2,470,465 
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems) 1,934,478 
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats) 78.30% 
Total valid votes 1,883,434 
Rate of informal (invalid) voting 2.64%
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 May 1917
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 %
Nationalist Party (Nationalists) 1,021,138  54.22  *     53  70.67 
Australian Labor Party 827,541  43.94  -6.96     22  29.33 
Independents 34,755  1.85  -0.05        
Votes for other than listed parties 0.00  0.00          
Totals 1,883,434  100.00    75  10  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: Hughes replaced Fisher as prime minister of an ALP government on 27 October 1915. Hughes formed a National Labor minority government on 14 November 1916 and then formed a Nationalist Party government on 17 February 1917.

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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