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Parliament of South Australia, Assembly election

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General election for the Assembly South Australia 
Date of election (or first day of voting at elections held over more than one day) 5 April 1924

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) Henry Newman Barwell
Premier's party affiliation Liberal Party 
Assembly support for government at election Majority 
If coalition, coalition partner(s)  

Government in office after election

Premier in office after election. John Gunn
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 289,843 
Number of Assembly seats 46 
Number of uncontested seats
If uncontested seats, number of voters on the roll in uncontested seats 32,850 
Number of voters on the roll in contested seats 256,993 
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems) 161,165 
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats) 62.71% 
Total valid votes 397,612 
Rate of informal (invalid) voting Not applicable
Informal (invalid) ballots in multiple voting system 1,774
Electoral system Universal franchise at 21 years, multimember districts, first past the post (plurality) voting 


South Australia, Assembly votes and seats won

Election held on 5 April 1924
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 192,256  48.35  +3.73     27  58.70 
Liberal Party 165,802  41.70  +6.80     17  36.96 
Country Party 35,551  8.94  *     4.35 
Independents 1,827  0.46  -3.10        
Votes for other than listed parties 2,176  0.55  +0.55          
Totals 397,612  100.00    46  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 districts were divided into 3 member and 2 member districts and the electoral system permitted voters to cast more that one vote.


Colin A Hughes and B D Graham, A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics 1890-1964, (Canberra: Australian National University Press, 1968, SBN 708102700).