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Parliament of Western Australia Legislative Council election

Election of 5 September 1900

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Election for the Legislative Council
Western Australia
Date of election
5 September 1900
Type of Legislative Council election
First periodic elections for Metropolitan-Suburban and South provinces
Related or previous Assembly election

Government support in Legislative Council at and after election

Government majority in Legislative Council at date of election
Government majority in new Legislative Council

Composition of the Legislative Council and seats to be filled at this election

Total number of seats in the Legislative Council
If the Legislative Council has staggered terms, the number of seats to be filled at this election
Casual vacancies (by-elections) and additional seats to be filled at this election (see notes)
Total seats to be filled at this election

Enrolment and voting

Total number of voters on the roll
No data available
Number of uncontested seats
If uncontested seats, number of voters on the roll in uncontested seats
Not applicable
Number of voters on the roll in contested seats
No data available
Total number of candidates
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
See notes
Total valid votes
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
Not applicable
Informal (invalid) ballots in multiple voting system
Electoral system
Property franchise; plural voting permitted; first past the post (plurality) voting; 10 multimember districts with staggered six year fixed terms (see notes)

Western Australia, Legislative Council votes and seats won, and seats held

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Elections held in 5 September 1900
Criteria for the inclusion of parties in this table are set out in the Glossary under 'listed party'

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Party Name Candidates n First preference vote n First preference vote share % Change from previous election % Seats won by party n Seats won by party % Uncontested seats at this election n Seats held by party n Seats held by party %
Independents  10  3,166  86.10  100.00    30  100.00 
Australian Labor Party  511  13.90         
Totals 12  3,677  100.00    100.00    30  100.00 

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First election for two new electoral districts: The Constitution Act Amendment Act of 1899 had increased the membership of the Legislative Council to 30 with the addition of two more three member electoral districts, Metropolitan-Suburban Province and South Province. This election was to elect members from these new provinces.

Members of the Legislative Council had staggered six year fixed terms, one of the three members from each province retiring every two years. For this first election, all three members each of the two new provinces were chosen at the same time with a six year term granted to the candidate with the most votes in each province, four years for the runner up, and two years for the candidate who came third. For more information on the franchise and electoral system of the Legislative Council, see the notes for the April 1900 Legislative Council elections.

Labor candidates: This is the first election for the Western Australia Legislative Council for which Black records that candidates ran for election with affiliation to the Labor Party; David Black Legislative Council, p. 36 (see 'Sources', below). For ease of comparison, the votes for these two candidates are shown in this database as being votes for the Australian Labor Party even though such an organization had not yet been formed. Several bodies competed to represent the labour movement; one of the two candidates, G F Pearce, was president of the Trades and Labor Council; see de Garis, p.82 (see 'References', below); note also H J Gibney, 'Western Australia', in D J Murphy (editor), Labor in Politics: The State Labor Parties in Australia 1880-1920, pp 343-385, (St Lucia, Qld: University of Queensland Press, 1975, ISBN 0702209392).

Missing information for these elections: No information on enrolment is available for either of the electoral districts at these elections. No information is available on invalid (informal) votes for South Province; this may cause the rate of informal (invalid) voting to be understated in the 'Enrolment and voting' table above.

References: For a description of the context of electoral politics in Western Australia's first decades of self-government, see Brian de Garis, 'Self-Government and the Emergence of Political Parties, 1890-1911', in David Black (editor), The House on the Hill: A History of the Parliament of Western Australia 1832-1990, pp 63-95 , (Perth: Western Australian Parliamentary History Project, Parliament of Western Australia, 1991, ISBN 0730939839).


Information for this election was taken from David Black, Legislative Council of Western Australia: Membership Register, Electoral Law and Statistics 1890-1989, (Perth: Western Australian Parliamentary History Project, 1989, revised 1991, ISBN 0730936414).