Elections held in 5 September 1900
Criteria for the inclusion of parties in this table are set out in the Glossary under 'listed party'
|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 %|
|Australian Labor Party||2||511||13.90||*||0|
* Party did not contest previous election or did not meet criteria for listing, or contested previous election under a different party name.
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).