Election held on 5 May 1917
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 by ticket n||Seats won by ticket %||Seats won by party n||Seats won by party %||Seats held by party n||Seats held by party %|
|Nationalist Party (Nationalists)||489,832||50.91||*||3||100.00||3||100.00||4||66.67|
|Australian Labor Party||461,547||47.97||-9.41||0||2||33.33|
|Votes for other than listed parties||10,796||1.12||+1.12|
* Party did not contest previous election or did not meet criteria for listing, or contested previous election under a different party name.
In the table above, see the Glossary distinctions between Seats won by ticket and Seats won by party, and between Seats won by party and Seats held by party.
The use of first past the post (plurality) voting in multimember electoral districts (the states) with multiple votes for the election of of senators from 1903 to 1917, meant that the number of valid votes was much larger than the number of ballot papers cast. This voting system precludes the usual calculation of the informal vote for these elections.
The 1917 election was the first Senate election contested by the Nationalist Party (Nationalists) as the successor to the Liberal Party as the conservative party grouping opposing the Australian Labor Party.
Colin A Hughes and B D Graham, A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics 1890-1964, (Canberra; Australian National University Press, 1968 SBN 708112700); Commonwealth Parliament, Department of the Senate.