ID 0760

Commonwealth Parliament, Senate election

Election of 28 September 1946


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General election for the Senate
Commonwealth of Australia
Date of election
28 September 1946

Government in office at Senate election

Prime Minister in office at date of Senate election. (check notes to Senate national summary table to see if change of Prime Minister since previous election)
Prime Minister's party affiliation
Australian Labor Party
Government majority in Senate at date of election
Yes
Change of government
No
Government majority in new Senate
Yes
If coalition, coalition partner(s)

Senate enrolment and voting

Total number of voters on the roll
4,739,853
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
4,453,941
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
93.97%
Total valid votes
4,097,326
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
8.01%

Electoral composition of the Senate for this election

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
19
Casual vacancies/additional seats included in seats to be filled
1
Electoral System
Adult franchise at 21 years; multimember districts; preferential voting (AV); compulsory preferences; compulsory voting

Senate votes and seats won, and seats held, national summary

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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   2,133,272  52.06  -3.02  16  84.21  16  84.21  33  91.67 
Liberal Party - Country Party (joint ticket)  1,561,718  38.12  15.79         
Liberal Party  213,304  5.21      10.53  5.56 
Country Party      -0.96      5.26  2.78 
Votes for other than listed parties 189,032 4.61 +0.10             
Totals 4,097,326  100.00    19  100.00  19  100.00  36  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.



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