ID 0705

Commonwealth Parliament, Senate election in South Australia

(for more information on this election see national summary for the Senate)

Election of 28 September 1946


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Senate enrolment and voting in South Australia

Total number of voters on the roll in this state/territory
420,361
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
399,301
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
94.99%
Total valid votes
362,930
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
9.11%

Electoral composition of the Senate for this election in South Australia

Total number of seats in the Senate
36
Total number of seats for each state
6
Number of seats for each territory
Seats to be filled at this Senate election in this state/territory
3
Casual vacancies/additional seats included in seats to be filled
0
Electoral System
Adult franchise at 21 years; multimember districts; preferential voting (AV); compulsory preferences; compulsory voting

Senate votes and seats won, and seats held in South Australia

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Election held on 28 September 1946
Criteria for the inclusion of parties in this table are set out in the Glossary under 'listed party'

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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 %
Australian Labor Party  206,668  56.94  -1.55  100.00  100.00  100.00 
Liberal & Country League (Liberal)  156,262  43.06           
Votes for other than listed parties 0 0.00 0.00             
Totals 362,930  100.00    100.00  100.00  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.

Notes

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.

This was the first Senate election contested by the newly reconstituted Liberal Party as the major conservative opponent to the Australian Labor Party.

Sources

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.