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Commonwealth Parliament, House of Representatives election

Election of 19 December 1931


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General election for the House of Representatives
Commonwealth of Australia
Date of election
19 December 1931

Government in office and parliamentary support before and after the election

Government in office at election

Prime Minister in office at date of election. (check notes to see if change of Prime Minister since previous election)
Prime Minister's party affiliation
Federal Labor Party
House of Representatives support for government at election
Majority
If coalition, coalition partner(s)

Government in office after election

Prime Minister's party affiliation
United Australia Party
House of Representatives support for government after election
Minority
If coalition, coalition partner(s)

Enrolment and voting

Total number of voters on the roll
3,649,954
Number of House of Representatives seats
75
Number of uncontested seats
4
If uncontested seats, number of voters on the roll in uncontested seats
191,881
Number of voters on the roll in contested seats
3,458,073
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
3,286,474
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
95.04%
Total valid votes
3,172,034
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
3.48%
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, national summary

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Election held on 19 December 1931
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 %
United Australia Party  1,145,083  36.10  34  45.33 
Federal Labor Party  859,513  27.10  14  18.67 
Country Party   388,544  12.25  +1.98  16  21.33 
State (Lang) Labor Party  335,309  10.57  5.33 
Independents  260,786  8.22  +6.09  1.33 
Emergency Committee (SA)  174,288  5.49  8.00 
Votes for other than listed parties 8,511 0.27 +0.27       
Totals 3,172,034  100.00    75  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.

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).



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