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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 17 November 1928

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) Stanley Melbourne Bruce
Prime Minister's party affiliation Nationalist Party 
House of Representatives support for government at election Coalition  
If coalition, coalition partner(s) Country Party  

Government in office after election

Prime Minister in office after election. Stanley Melbourne Bruce
Prime Minister's party affiliation Nationalist Party
House of Representatives support for government after election Coalition  
If coalition, coalition partner(s) Country Party  
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Enrolment and voting

Total number of voters on the roll 3,444,769 
Number of House of Representatives seats 75 
Number of uncontested seats 12 
If uncontested seats, number of voters on the roll in uncontested seats 530,613 
Number of voters on the roll in contested seats 2,914,156 
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems) 2,728,815 
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats) 93.64% 
Total valid votes 2,595,085 
Rate of informal (invalid) voting 4.9%
Informal (invalid) ballots in multiple voting system Not applicable
Electoral system Adult franchise at 21 years; single member districts; preferential voting (AV); compulsory preferences; compulsory voting 

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House of Representatives votes and seats won, national summary

Election held on 17 November 1928
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 1,158,505  44.64  -0.40     31  41.33 
Nationalist Party (Nationalists) 1,014,522  39.09  -3.37     29  38.67 
Country Party 271,686  10.47  -0.27     13  17.33 
Independents 108,659  4.19  +2.43     1.33 
Country Progressives Party 41,713  1.61  *     1.33 
Votes for other than listed parties 0.00  0.00          
Totals 2,595,085  100.00    75  12  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.

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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