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Parliament of Queensland, Assembly election

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General election for the Assembly Queensland 
Date of election (or first day of voting at elections held over more than one day) 21 March 1896

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) Hugh Muir Nelson
Premier's party affiliation Ministerialists 
Assembly support for government at election Majority 
If coalition, coalition partner(s)  

Government in office after election

Premier in office after election. Hugh Muir Nelson
Premier's party affiliation Ministerialists
Assembly support for government after election Majority 
If coalition, coalition partner(s)  
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Enrolment and voting

Total number of voters on the roll 86,882 
Number of Assembly seats 72 
Number of uncontested seats
If uncontested seats, number of voters on the roll in uncontested seats 6,911 
Number of voters on the roll in contested seats 79,971 
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems) 61,453 
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats) 76.84% 
Total valid votes 81,734 
Rate of informal (invalid) voting Not applicable
Informal (invalid) ballots in multiple voting system 765
Electoral system Single and multimember districts, contingent voting (a version of AV) 

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Queensland, Assembly votes and seats won

Election held on 21 March 1896
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 %
Ministerialists 39,088  47.82  +3.04     41  56.94 
Australian Labor Party 28,581  34.97  +1.65     20  27.78 
Opposition 8,472  10.37  +1.19     11.11 
Independents 3,608  4.41  -5.72     2.78 
Farmers Representatives Party 1,985  2.43  +0.85     1.39 
Votes for other than listed parties 0.00  -1.02          
Totals 81,734  100.00    72  100.00 


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Notes

Polling dates: 21 March (31 seats), 28 March (10 seats), 4 April (19 seats), 11 April (6 seats). Electoral districts were split into single-member and 2 member districts. Voting figures are for all districts. Premier in office at election: Muir Nelson replaced McIlwraith as premier on 27 October 1893

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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