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Parliament of New South Wales, Assembly election

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General election for the Assembly New South Wales 
Date of election (or first day of voting at elections held over more than one day) 25 October 1930

Government in office and parliamentary support before and after the election

Government in office at election

Premier in office at date of election. (check notes to see if change of Premier since previous election) Thomas Rainsford Bavin
Premier's party affiliation Nationalist Party 
Assembly support for government at election Coalition  
If coalition, coalition partner(s) Country Party  

Government in office after election

Premier in office after election. John Thomas Lang
Premier's party affiliation Australian Labor Party
Assembly support for government after election Majority 
If coalition, coalition partner(s)  

Enrolment and voting

Total number of voters on the roll 1,440,785 
Number of Assembly seats 90 
Number of uncontested seats
If uncontested seats, number of voters on the roll in uncontested seats 12,137 
Number of voters on the roll in contested seats 1,428,648 
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems) 1,356,423 
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats) 94.94% 
Total valid votes 1,325,945 
Rate of informal (invalid) voting 2.25%
Informal (invalid) ballots in multiple voting system Not applicable
Electoral system Universal franchise at 21 years; single member districts; preferential voting (AV); compulsory preferences; compulsory voting 


New South Wales, Assembly votes and seats won

Election held on 25 October 1930
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 729,914  55.05  +12.05     55  61.11 
Nationalist Party (Nationalists) 404,405  30.50  -7.98     23  25.56 
Country Party 126,779  9.56  +0.67     12  13.33 
Australian Party 27,493  2.07  *        
Independents 26,909  2.03  -1.69        
Communist Party 10,445  0.79  *        
Votes for other than listed parties 0.00  0.00          
Totals 1,325,945  100.00    90  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.


Electoral system: This was the first election in NSW with compulsory voting (technically, compulsory attendance at the polling station). The electoral system had also been modified to preferential voting (AV) with the requirement that the voter list preferences for all candidates on the ballot.

Australian Party: The Australian Party was set up largely at the instigation of former prime minister W M Hughes, and aimed to appeal to voters whose political views fell between the Nationalists on the right and the Labor Party on the left; see Robinson, '1930', pp. 21-23, 48 (see 'Reference' below).

Reference: For a comprehensive survey of this election and the preceding period, see Geoffrey Robinson, '1930', in Michael Hogan and David Clune (editors), The People's Choice: Electoral Politics in 20th Century New South Wales, vol. 2 (1930 to 1965), pp. 1-52, (Sydney: Parliament of New South Wales and University of Sydney, 2001, ISBN 0909907404).


Colin A Hughes and B D Graham, A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics 1890-1964, pp. 423-460, (Canberra: Australian National University Press, 1968, SBN 708102700); New South Wales, Parliament, The New South Wales Parliamentary Record: Legislative Council and Legislative Assembly, 1824-1999, vol. VI, pp. 7-15, (Sydney: Parliament of New South Wales, 1999).