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Parliament of New South Wales, Legislative Assembly election

Election of 10 September 1907


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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)
10 September 1907

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

Government in office after election

Premier's party affiliation
Liberal Party
Legislative Assembly support for government after election
Minority
If coalition, coalition partner(s)

Enrolment and voting

Total number of voters on the roll
745,900
Number of Assembly seats
90
Number of uncontested seats
5
If uncontested seats, number of voters on the roll in uncontested seats
38,505
Number of voters on the roll in contested seats
707,395
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
471,951
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
66.72%
Total valid votes
458,408
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
2.87%
Informal (invalid) ballots in multiple voting system
Not applicable
Electoral system
Universal 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 10 September 1907
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  207,449  45.25  +0.68  45  50.00 
Australian Labor Party  150,645  32.86  +9.87  32  35.56 
Independents  49,160  10.72  +2.75  4.44 
Independent Liberal  48,903  10.67  +6.08  8.89 
Independent Labor  2,251  0.49  +0.24  1.11 
Votes for other than listed parties 0 0.00 -1.14       
Totals 458,408  100.00    90  100.00 


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Notes

Government after election After the election, while the Liberal Party had won only 45 of the 90 seats in the Legislative Assembly, the Carruthers Liberal minority government had a comfortable working majority in the Legislative Assembly when supported by Independent Liberal Party members.

Premier after election: Carruthers won the election but resigned as premier less than three weeks later and advised the Governor to commission Wade. As Carruthers's resignation was not prompted by electoral failure or loss of parliamentary support, Carruthers is shown as the premier 'after election'. For details of the circumstances of this resignation and references, see the entry for 'Carruthers' in the 'Governments' section of this website.

Parties: Party names and affiliations were fluid in this periods of ministerialist politics; see Hughes and Graham, pp. 438-439, (reference in Sources, below). 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, '1907', 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. 59-90, (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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