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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 15 September 1934

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 Aloysius Lyons [prime minister]
Prime Minister's party affiliation United Australia Party 
House of Representatives support for government at election Minority 
If coalition, coalition partner(s) Country Party  

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 Coalition  
If coalition, coalition partner(s) Country Party  
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Enrolment and voting

Total number of voters on the roll 3,902,677 
Number of House of Representatives seats 74 
Number of uncontested seats
If uncontested seats, number of voters on the roll in uncontested seats 38,238 
Number of voters on the roll in contested seats 3,864,439 
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems) 3,677,723 
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats) 95.17% 
Total valid votes 3,551,385 
Rate of informal (invalid) voting 3.44%
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 15 September 1934
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 1,170,978  32.97  -3.13     28  37.84 
Federal Labor Party 952,251  26.81  -0.28     18  24.32 
State (Lang) Labor Party 510,480  14.37  +3.80     12.16 
Country Party 447,968  12.61  +0.36     14  18.92 
Social Credit Party 166,589  4.69  *        
Liberal & Country League (SA) 142,583  4.01  *     6.76 
Independents 113,037  3.18  -5.04        
Votes for other than listed parties 47,499  1.34  +1.07          
Totals 3,551,385  100.00    74  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 after election: Lyons formed a UAP Country Party coalition government on 9 November 1934.

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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