ID 0733

Commonwealth Parliament, Senate election in Western Australia

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

Election of 22 November 1958


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Senate enrolment and voting in Western Australia

Total number of voters on the roll in this state/territory
361,409
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
344,798
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
95.40%
Total valid votes
312,371
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
9.4%

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
5
Casual vacancies/additional seats included in seats to be filled
0
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 22 November 1958
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  126,230  40.41  -4.09  40.00  40.00  40.00 
Australian Labor Party  111,499  35.69  -3.66  40.00  40.00  40.00 
Country Party  52,751  16.89  +7.39  20.00  20.00  20.00 
Democratic Labor Party  19,713  6.31           
Communist Party  2,178  0.70  -1.43           
Votes for other than listed parties 0 0.00 -1.09             
Totals 312,371  100.00    100.00  100.00  10  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.

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).

For a general review of this election, see: D W Rawson, Australia Votes: The 1958 Federal Election, Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1961.