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Parliament of New South Wales, Legislative Assembly election

Election of 17 June 1891


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General election for the Legislative Assembly
New South Wales
Date of election (or first day of voting at elections held over more than one day)
17 June 1891

Government in office and parliamentary support before and after the election

Government in office at election

Premier in office at date of election. (check notes to see if change of Premier since previous election)
Premier's party affiliation
Free Trade Party
Legislative Assembly support for government at election
Minority
If coalition, coalition partner(s)

Government in office after election

Premier in office after election.
Premier's party affiliation
Free Trade Party
Legislative Assembly support for government after election
Minority
If coalition, coalition partner(s)

Enrolment and voting

Total number of voters on the roll
305,456
Number of Assembly seats
141
Number of uncontested seats
7
If uncontested seats, number of voters on the roll in uncontested seats
19,559
Number of voters on the roll in contested seats
285,897
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
183,751
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
64.27%
Total valid votes
423,077
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
Not applicable
Informal (invalid) ballots in multiple voting system
3,662
Electoral system
Male suffrage, plural voting, single and multimember districts, first past the post (plurality) voting, (see notes)


New South Wales, Legislative Assembly votes and seats won

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Election held on 17 June 1891
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 %
Free Trade Party  172,363  40.74  -8.32  47  33.33 
Protectionist Party  140,415  33.19  -17.75  51  36.17 
Australian Labor Party  92,653  21.90  36  25.53 
Independents  17,646  4.17  4.96 
Votes for other than listed parties 0 0.00 0.00       
Totals 423,077  100.00    141  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.

Notes

Election dates and electoral districts: Elections were held over the period from 17 June to 3 July 1891; there were 35 single member electoral districts, 20 two-member electoral districts, 10 three-member electoral districts, and 9 four-member electoral districts.

Premier in office at election: Parkes was premier of a Free Trade ministry. 'On 28 May 1891 a motion of no confidence moved by Dibbs [the leader of the opposition Protectionist Party] was defeated on the Speaker's casting vote, and Parkes secured a dissolution', Hughes and Graham, p. 428 (reference in Sources, below); for details and references, see the entries for these premiers in the 'Governments' section of this website.

Parties: Parkes won the election as leader of the Free Trade Party, supported by ministerialists. For a description and analysis of the style of parliamentary government in this period and the emergence of political parties, see P. Loveday, A W Martin and Patrick Weller, 'New South Wales', in P Loveday, A W Martin and R S Parker, (editors), The Emergence of the Australian Party System, pp. 172-248, (Sydney: Hale and Iremonger, 1977 ISBN 0908094035). 'This was the first election at which Labor candidates stood. A Labor Electoral League had been formed in 1891 and formed branches throughout the colony', Hughes and Graham, p. 428 (reference in Sources, below).

Plural Voting: This was the last election with plural voting in New South Wales. All adult males could vote in the electoral district in which they were resident; plural voting permitted an elector to have a vote in any other electoral district in which he owned property of more than a set value; see Hughes and Graham, pp. 423, 429, (reference in Sources, below).

Ballots and votes: Voters at this election who voted in multimember electoral districts had a vote for each member to be elected. This means that the number of votes was many more than the number of ballots cast.

Sources

Colin A Hughes and B D Graham, A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics 1890-1964, pp. 423-460, (Canberra: Australian National University Press, 1968, SBN 708102700); New South Wales, Parliament, The New South Wales Parliamentary Record: Legislative Council and Legislative Assembly, 1824-1999, vol. VI, pp. 7-15, (Sydney: Parliament of New South Wales, 1999).



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