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Commonwealth Parliament, Senate election

Election of 28 April 1951


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General election for the Senate
Commonwealth of Australia
Date of election
28 April 1951

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
Liberal Party
Government majority in Senate at date of election
No
Change of government
No
Government majority in new Senate
Yes
If coalition, coalition partner(s)
Country Party

Senate enrolment and voting

Total number of voters on the roll
5,076,927
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
4,763,915
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
95.99%
Total valid votes
4,424,237
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
7.13%

Electoral composition of the Senate for this election

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
60
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, national summary

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Election held on 28 April 1951
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   2,029,751  45.88  +0.99  28  46.67  28  46.67  28  46.67 
Liberal Party - Country Party (joint ticket)  1,925,631  43.52  -1.12  22  36.67         
Liberal Party  273,056  6.17  +0.41  10  16.67  26  43.33  26  43.33 
Communist Party   93,561  2.11  +0.02           
Country Party            10.00  10.00 
Votes for other than listed parties 102,238 2.31 -0.29             
Totals 4,424,237  100.00    60  100.00  60  100.00  60  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.

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).



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