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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 October 1929

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. James Henry Scullin
Prime Minister's party affiliation Australian Labor Party
House of Representatives support for government after election Majority 
If coalition, coalition partner(s)  

Enrolment and voting

Total number of voters on the roll 3,539,120 
Number of House of Representatives seats 75 
Number of uncontested seats
If uncontested seats, number of voters on the roll in uncontested seats 421,090 
Number of voters on the roll in contested seats 3,118,030 
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems) 2,957,549 
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats) 94.85% 
Total valid votes 2,879,250 
Rate of informal (invalid) voting 2.65%
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 


House of Representatives votes and seats won, national summary

Election held on 12 October 1929
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 1,406,327  48.84  +4.20     46  61.33 
Nationalist Party (Nationalists) 975,979  33.90  -5.20     14  18.67 
Country Party 295,640  10.27  -0.20     10  13.33 
Independent Nationalist Party 112,108  3.89  *     4.00 
Independents 61,254  2.13  -2.06     1.33 
Country Progressives Party 27,942  0.97  -0.64     1.33 
Votes for other than listed parties 0.00  0.00          
Totals 2,879,250  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.


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