ID 0713

Commonwealth Parliament, Senate election in Western Australia

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

Election of 10 December 1949


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Senate enrolment and voting in Western Australia

Total number of voters on the roll in this state/territory
315,771
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
301,329
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
95.43%
Total valid votes
271,271
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
9.98%

Electoral composition of the Senate for this election in Western Australia

Total number of seats in the Senate
60
Total number of seats for each state
10
Number of seats for each territory
Seats to be filled at this Senate election in this state/territory
7
Casual vacancies/additional seats included in seats to be filled
4
Electoral System
Adult franchise at 21 years; multimember districts; proportional representation by the single transferable vote method (STV); compulsory preferences; compulsory voting

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

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Election held on 10 December 1949
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 %
Liberal Party - Country Party (joint ticket)  133,369  49.16  +5.95  57.14         
Australian Labor Party  125,067  46.10  -9.21  42.86  42.86  60.00 
Independents  6,961  2.57  +1.10           
Liberal Party            42.86  30.00 
Country Party            14.29  10.00 
Votes for other than listed parties 5,874 2.17 +2.17             
Totals 271,271  100.00    100.00  100.00  10  100.00 


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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.

The increase in the membership of the Senate from 36 to 60 members (an increase from 6 to 10 senators from each state) required the election of 7 senators from each state at the 1949 election (3 existing Senate vacancies in each state and an additional 4 vacancies to bring each state delegation of senators to 10). Regular half Senate elections from 1951 until the Senate was enlarged again in 1984 would be for 5 senators from each state (not including any casual vacancies until the method for fill such vacancies was changed by constitutional amendment in 1977).

The 1949 election was the first to use proportional representation by the single transferable vote method for the election of senators.

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); Gerard Newman, Federal Election Results 1949-2001, Canberra: Commonwealth Parliament, Department of the Parliamentary Library, Information and Research Services, Research Paper 9 2001-02, 2002 (ISSN 1328 7478).