ID 0269

Commonwealth Parliament, House of Representatives election

Election of 23 October 1937


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General election for the House of Representatives
Commonwealth of Australia
Date of election
23 October 1937

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
United Australia Party
House of Representatives support for government at election
Coalition
If coalition, coalition partner(s)
Country Party

Government in office after election

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

Enrolment and voting

Total number of voters on the roll
4,080,038
Number of House of Representatives seats
74
Number of uncontested seats
4
If uncontested seats, number of voters on the roll in uncontested seats
232,018
Number of voters on the roll in contested seats
3,848,020
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
3,699,269
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
96.13%
Total valid votes
3,603,341
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
2.59%
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 23 October 1937
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 %
Australian Labor Party  1,555,737  43.17  29  39.19 
United Australia Party  1,214,526  33.71  +0.73  28  37.84 
Country Party   560,279  15.55  +2.93  16  21.62 
Independents  150,692  4.18  +1.00     
Social Credit Party  79,432  2.20  -2.49     
Independent United Australia Party (NSW)  25,522  0.71    1.35 
Votes for other than listed parties 17,153 0.48 -0.86       
Totals 3,603,341  100.00    74  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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