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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 10 December 1949

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 Benedict Chifley
Prime Minister's party affiliation Australian 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. Robert Gordon Menzies
Prime Minister's party affiliation Liberal 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 4,895,227 
Number of House of Representatives seats 121 
Number of uncontested seats
If uncontested seats, number of voters on the roll in uncontested seats  
Number of voters on the roll in contested seats 4,895,227 
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems) 4,697,800 
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats) 95.97% 
Total valid votes 4,604,410 
Rate of informal (invalid) voting 1.99%
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 10 December 1949
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 2,117,088  45.98  -3.73     47  38.84 
Liberal Party 1,813,794  39.39  +10.81     55  45.45 
Country Party 500,349  10.87  +0.17     19  15.70 
Independents 99,368  2.16  +0.33        
Lang Labor Party (NSW) 32,870  0.71  -0.88        
Votes for other than listed parties 40,941  0.89  -2.32          
Totals 4,604,410  100.00    121  100.00 


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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); Gerard Newman, Federal Election Results 1949-2001, Canberra: Commonwealth Parliament, Department of the Parliamentary Library, Information and Research Services, Research Paper 9 2001-02, 2002 (ISSN 1328 7478).



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