ID 0143

Commonwealth Parliament, House of Representatives election in Western Australia

(for more information on this election see national summary for the House of Representatives)

Election of 9 December 1961


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House of Representatives enrolment and voting in Western Australia

Total number of voters on the roll
384,917
Number of House of Representatives seats in this state/territory
9
Number of uncontested seats
0
If uncontested seats, number of voters on the roll in uncontested seats
Number of voters on the roll in contested seats
384,917
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
364,607
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
94.72%
Total valid votes
352,887
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
3.21%
Informal (invalid) ballots in multiple voting system
Not applicable
Electoral system
Adult franchise at 21 years; single member districts; preferential voting (AV); compulsory preferences; compulsory voting


House of Representatives votes and seats won in Western Australia

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Election held on 9 December 1961
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 n Uncontested seats held n Seat share %
Liberal Party  161,662  45.81  +4.17  55.56 
Australian Labor Party  144,188  40.86  +5.88  33.33 
Democratic Labor Party  23,153  6.56  -3.95     
Country Party  21,078  5.97  -5.55  11.11 
Votes for other than listed parties 2,806 0.80 +0.48       
Totals 352,887  100.00    100.00 


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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).