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Parliament of New South Wales, Legislative Assembly election

Election of 27 July 1898


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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)
27 July 1898

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'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
302,000
Number of Assembly seats
125
Number of uncontested seats
3
If uncontested seats, number of voters on the roll in uncontested seats
7,248
Number of voters on the roll in contested seats
294,752
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
178,617
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
60.60%
Total valid votes
176,979
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
0.92%
Informal (invalid) ballots in multiple voting system
Not applicable
Electoral system
Male franchise at 21 years; single member districts; first past the post (plurality) voting


New South Wales, Legislative Assembly votes and seats won

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Election held on 27 July 1898
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 %
Protectionist Party  69,404  39.22  +3.25  50  40.00 
Free Trade Party  57,238  32.34  -9.95  45  36.00 
Independent Opposition Party  21,054  11.90  7.20 
Australian Labor Party  20,133  11.38  -1.25  19  15.20 
Independent Ministerialists  4,732  2.67  0.80 
Independents  3,505  1.98  +0.95  0.80 
Independent Labor  913  0.52  -2.83     
Votes for other than listed parties 0 0.00 0.00       
Totals 176,979  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: 'Reid led the Free Trade Ministerialists at the election: their candidates were selected by the Liberal Federal Party organization. Barton led the Protectionists whose candidates were selected by the National Federal Party, although Lyne had been Leader of the Opposition', Hughes and Graham, p. 433, (reference in Sources, below).

Protectionist Party and party names: Party names and affiliations were fluid -- see the note above. Hughes and Graham (pp. 433-434, reference in 'Sources', below) assign the votes of Protectionists to the 'Opposition (National Federal)' party while conceding they were primarily Protectionists. 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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