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Commonwealth Parliament, House of Representatives election

Election of 22 November 1958


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General election for the House of Representatives
Commonwealth of Australia
Date of election
22 November 1958

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

Government in office after election

Prime Minister in office after election.
Prime Minister's party affiliation
Liberal 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
5,384,624
Number of House of Representatives seats
122
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
5,384,624
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
5,141,109
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
95.48%
Total valid votes
4,993,493
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
2.87%
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 22 November 1958
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  2,137,890  42.81  -1.82  45  36.89 
Liberal Party  1,859,180  37.23  -2.50  58  47.54 
Democratic Labor Party  469,723  9.41     
Country Party   465,320  9.32  +1.41  19  15.57 
Votes for other than listed parties 61,380 1.23 -1.33       
Totals 4,993,493  100.00    122  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); 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).

For a general review of this election, see: D W Rawson, Australia Votes: The 1958 Federal Election, Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1961.



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