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Parliament of New South Wales, Legislative Assembly election

Election of 6 December 1913


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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)
6 December 1913

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
Australian Labor Party
Legislative Assembly support for government at election
Majority
If coalition, coalition partner(s)

Government in office after election

Premier's party affiliation
Australian Labor Party
Legislative Assembly support for government after election
Majority
If coalition, coalition partner(s)

Enrolment and voting

Total number of voters on the roll
1,037,999
Number of Assembly seats
90
Number of uncontested seats
3
If uncontested seats, number of voters on the roll in uncontested seats
35,183
Number of voters on the roll in contested seats
1,002,816
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
684,352
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
68.24%
Total valid votes
668,601
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
2.3%
Informal (invalid) ballots in multiple voting system
Not applicable
Electoral system
Universal franchise at 21 years; single member districts; second ballot (run off) elections


New South Wales, Legislative Assembly votes and seats won

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Election held on 6 December 1913
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 %
Australian Labor Party  311,747  46.63  -2.29  49  54.44 
Liberal Party  219,525  32.83  -9.11  28  31.11 
Farmers and Settlers Party  79,374  11.87  +11.17  10  11.11 
Independent Liberal  21,061  3.15  -3.79     
Country Party Association  10,570  1.58  1.11 
Independents  10,388  1.55  +0.07  1.11 
Independent Labor  9,225  1.38  1.11 
Votes for other than listed parties 6,711 1.00 +10.00       
Totals 668,601  100.00    90  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 a change of Premier since the previous election; 'In June 1913 McGowen resigned, and caucus elected Holman as leader', Hughes and Graham, p. 64 (reference in Sources, below) and Holman was sworn in as premier on 30 June 1913; see also Michael Hogan, '1913', 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. 119-152 at p. 124, (Sydney: Parliament of New South Wales and University of Sydney, 2001, ISBN 0909907390). For details of the circumstances of this resignation and references, see the entry for 'McGowen' in the 'Governments' section of this website.

Farmers and Settlers Party: 'All but one of the Farmers and Settlers' candidates had Liberal endorsement.... Following the election no distinction was made between the two groups who were all regarded as Liberals.' Hughes and Graham, p. 441 (reference in Sources, below). On the Farmers and Settlers Association and the formation of a country party at this election, see Hogan '1913', pp. 135-136 (reference in following paragraph).

Reference: For a comprehensive survey of this election and the preceding period, see Michael Hogan, '1913', 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. 119-152, (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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