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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 19 December 1931

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) James Henry Scullin
Prime Minister's party affiliation Federal Labor 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. Joseph Aloysius Lyons [prime minister]
Prime Minister's party affiliation United Australia Party
House of Representatives support for government after election Minority 
If coalition, coalition partner(s)  

Enrolment and voting

Total number of voters on the roll 3,649,954 
Number of House of Representatives seats 75 
Number of uncontested seats
If uncontested seats, number of voters on the roll in uncontested seats 191,881 
Number of voters on the roll in contested seats 3,458,073 
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems) 3,286,474 
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats) 95.04% 
Total valid votes 3,172,034 
Rate of informal (invalid) voting 3.48%
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 19 December 1931
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 %
United Australia Party 1,145,083  36.10  *     34  45.33 
Federal Labor Party 859,513  27.10  *     14  18.67 
Country Party 388,544  12.25  +1.98     16  21.33 
State (Lang) Labor Party 335,309  10.57  *     5.33 
Independents 260,786  8.22  +6.09     1.33 
Emergency Committee (SA) 174,288  5.49  *     8.00 
Votes for other than listed parties 8,511  0.27  +0.27          
Totals 3,172,034  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).