ID 0399

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) 3 March 1962

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 Minority 
If coalition, coalition partner(s)  
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Enrolment and voting

Total number of voters on the roll 531,228 
Number of Assembly seats 39 
Number of uncontested seats
If uncontested seats, number of voters on the roll in uncontested seats 87,031 
Number of voters on the roll in contested seats 444,197 
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems) 417,462 
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats) 93.98% 
Total valid votes 407,195 
Rate of informal (invalid) voting 2.46%
Informal (invalid) ballots in multiple voting system Not applicable
Electoral system Universal franchise at 21 years, single member districts, preferential voting (AV) 

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South Australia, Assembly votes and seats won

Election held on 3 March 1962
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 219,790  53.98  +4.63     19  48.72 
Liberal & Country League 140,507  34.51  -2.44     18  46.15 
Democratic Labor Party 31,543  7.75  +2.09        
Independents 12,827  3.15  -2.78     5.13 
Votes for other than listed parties 2,528  0.62  -1.50          
Totals 407,195  100.00    39  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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