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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) 4 March 1950

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 Playford [jnr]
Premier's party affiliation Liberal and Country League 
Assembly support for government at election Majority 
If coalition, coalition partner(s)  

Government in office after election

Premier in office after election. Thomas Playford [jnr]
Premier's party affiliation Liberal and Country League
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 437,832 
Number of Assembly seats 39 
Number of uncontested seats 14 
If uncontested seats, number of voters on the roll in uncontested seats 126,174 
Number of voters on the roll in contested seats 311,658 
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems) 290,306 
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats) 93.15% 
Total valid votes 280,639 
Rate of informal (invalid) voting 3.33%
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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South Australia, Assembly votes and seats won

Election held on 4 March 1950
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 134,952  48.09  -0.55     12  30.77 
Liberal & Country League 113,673  40.51  +0.12     23  10  58.97 
Independents 28,265  10.07  +3.87     10.26 
Communist Party 3,749  1.34  -1.63        
Votes for other than listed parties 0.00  0.00          
Totals 280,639  100.00    39  14  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).



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