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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) 11 June 1932

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) Bertram Sydney Barnsdale Stevens
Premier's party affiliation United Australia Party 
Assembly support for government at election Coalition Minority 
If coalition, coalition partner(s) Country Party  

Government in office after election

Premier in office after election. Bertram Sydney Barnsdale Stevens
Premier's party affiliation United Australia Party
Assembly 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 1,465,008 
Number of Assembly seats 90 
Number of uncontested seats
If uncontested seats, number of voters on the roll in uncontested seats 46,867 
Number of voters on the roll in contested seats 1,418,141 
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems) 1,367,987 
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats) 96.46% 
Total valid votes 1,337,727 
Rate of informal (invalid) voting 2.21%
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 

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New South Wales, Assembly votes and seats won

Election held on 11 June 1932
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 %
State Labor Party 537,797  40.20  *     24  26.67 
United Australia Party 484,220  36.20  *     41  45.56 
Country Party 175,862  13.15  +3.58     23  25.56 
Federal Labor Party 56,971  4.26  *        
Independents 36,796  2.75  +0.72        
United Australia Party - Country Party 23,020  1.72  *     2.22 
Communist Party 12,351  0.92  +0.14        
Votes for other than listed parties 10,710  0.80  +0.80          
Totals 1,337,727  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.

Notes

Government in office at election: There was a dramatic change of government immediately before this election; Lang had been dismissed as premier by the governor, Sir Philip Game, on 13 May 1932 on the grounds that Lang had acted unlawfully. The governor appointed Stevens as premier of a United Australia Party and Country Party coalition minority government until an election could be held; for details and references, see the entry for 'Lang' in the 'Governments' section of this website.

State Labor Party and Federal Labor Party: The Labor Party in New South Wales had long standing disagreements with the federal wing of the party, and the New South Wales branch of the party was expelled from the Australian Labor Party in 1931. This split in the Labor Party meant that there were two competing Labor parties at the 1932 and 1935 New South Wales elections; State Labor under the leadership of former premier Lang, and Federal Labor; for the 1932 election, see Robinson, '1932', pp. 61-64, 79-84 (see Reference, below). For a study of federal strains within the Labor Party in this period, see Pat Weller, Bev Lloyd, and Bron Stevens, 'State Power and Federal Intervention', in Heather Radi and Peter Spearritt (editors), Jack Lang, pp. 160-178, (Neutral Bay, NSW: Hale & Iremonger, 1977, ISBN 0908094019).

Nationalist Party and United Australia Party: The circumstances of the Depression led to turmoil in parties of the right as it had in the Labor Party. The Nationalist Party which had lost office in New South Wales at the 1930 election joined the All For Australia League in 1931 to form a new political organization, the United Australia Party, to contest the 1932 election (the party had just won office at the federal election in 1931); see Robinson, '1932', pp. 64-68 (see 'Reference', below).

Country Party: The Country Party joined with 'new state' country movements to run candidates under the name of the 'United Country Party' at this election; see Robinson, '1932', pp. 68-70 (see 'Reference' below), and Don Aitkin, The Country Party of New South Wales: A Study of Organisation and Survival, pp. 30-35, (Canberra: Australian National University Press, 1972, ISBN 0708100333).

Reference: For a comprehensive survey of this election and the preceding period, see Geoffrey Robinson, '1932', 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. 53-103, (Sydney: Parliament of New South Wales and University of Sydney, 2001, ISBN 0909907404).

Sources

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).



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