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Parliament of New South Wales, Legislative Assembly election

Election of 17 July 1894


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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 July 1894

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
Protectionist Party
Legislative Assembly support for government at election
Minority
If coalition, coalition partner(s)

Government 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
257,499
Number of Assembly seats
125
Number of uncontested seats
1
If uncontested seats, number of voters on the roll in uncontested seats
1,697
Number of voters on the roll in contested seats
255,802
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
204,266
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
79.85%
Total valid votes
200,956
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
1.62%
Informal (invalid) ballots in multiple voting system
Not applicable
Electoral system
Manhood suffrage at 21 years; single member 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 July 1894
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  56,628  28.18  -12.56  46  36.80 
Protectionist Party  53,469  26.61  -6.58  36  28.80 
Australian Labor Party  32,141  15.99  -5.91  14  11.20 
Independent Free Trade Party  23,510  11.70  12  9.60 
Independent Labor  18,571  9.24  13  10.40 
Independent Protectionist Party  14,662  7.30  3.20 
Independents  1,975  0.98  -3.19     
Votes for other than listed parties 0 0.00 0.00       
Totals 200,956  100.00    125  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 date and electoral districts: This was the first election for the Legislative Assembly where voting was scheduled for the same day throughout the colony. All electoral districts were single member districts; multimember districts were abolished in 1893.

Premier in office at election: The Dibbs Protectionist ministry had replaced Parkes as premier on 23 October 1891 after the Parkes Free Trade ministry was defeated in the Legislative Assembly; for details and references, see the 'Governments' section of this website. For background to the election see Hughes and Graham p. 431 (reference in Sources, below).

Premier after election: Reid, who had become leader of the Free Trade Party after the fall of Parkes, won majority support for his Free Trade ministry but much of this support came from ministerialists and factions within other parties; see Hughes and Graham, pp. 431-432 (reference in Sources, below) and the entries for these premiers in the 'Governments' section of this website

Reference: 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).

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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