ID 0301

Parliament of New South Wales, Legislative Assembly election

Election of 3 July 1901


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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)
3 July 1901

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
Progressive Party (Progressives)
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
Progressive Party (Progressives)
Legislative Assembly support for government after election
Minority
If coalition, coalition partner(s)

Enrolment and voting

Total number of voters on the roll
298,673
Number of Assembly seats
125
Number of uncontested seats
13
If uncontested seats, number of voters on the roll in uncontested seats
27,812
Number of voters on the roll in contested seats
270,861
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
196,514
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
72.55%
Total valid votes
194,980
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
0.78%
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


New South Wales, Legislative Assembly votes and seats won

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Election held on 3 July 1901
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 %
Liberal Party  64,971  33.32  37  29.60 
Progressive Party (Progressives)  43,044  22.08  41  32.80 
Australian Labor Party  36,427  18.68  +7.31  24  19.20 
Independents  30,248  15.51  +13.53  16  12.80 
Independent Liberal  12,007  6.16  2.40 
Independent Progressives  4,390  2.25     
Independent Labor  3,565  1.83  +1.31  3.20 
Votes for other than listed parties 328 0.17 +0.17       
Totals 194,980  100.00    125  13  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

Premier in office at election: There had been two changes of premier since the previous election; Lyne became premier on 14 September 1899 after Reid had resigned as premier when a censure motion was carried against his government; Lyne resigned as premier on 28 March 1901 after becoming a minister in the new commonwealth government; John See was then commissioned to form a government. For details and references, see the entries for these premiers in the 'Governments' section of this website.

Parties: On becoming premier of a minority Protectionist Party and ministerialist government, John See and his ministry 'constituted themselves as the Progressive Party' and fought the election under this party label; see Michael Hogan, '1901', in Michael Hogan and David Clune (editors), The People's Choice: Electoral Politics in 20th Century New South Wales, vol. 1 (1901 to 1927), pp. 1-28 at p.10, (Sydney: Parliament of New South Wales and University of Sydney, 2001, ISBN 0909907390).

This was the first election at which a number of candidates ran under under the party label Liberal Party. 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).

Reference: For a comprehensive survey of this election and the preceding period, see Michael Hogan, '1901', in Michael Hogan and David Clune (editors), The People's Choice: Electoral Politics in 20th Century New South Wales, vol. 1 (1901 to 1927), pp. 1-28, (Sydney: Parliament of New South Wales and University of Sydney, 2001, ISBN 0909907390).

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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