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Parliament of New South Wales, Legislative Assembly election

Election of 24 March 1917


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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)
24 March 1917

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

Government in office after election

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

Enrolment and voting

Total number of voters on the roll
1,109,830
Number of Assembly seats
90
Number of uncontested seats
8
If uncontested seats, number of voters on the roll in uncontested seats
96,564
Number of voters on the roll in contested seats
1,013,266
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
622,478
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
61.43%
Total valid votes
616,146
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
1.02%
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 24 March 1917
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 %
Nationalist Party (Nationalists)  292,306  47.44  52  57.78 
Australian Labor Party  264,401  42.91  -3.71  33  36.67 
Independents  25,605  4.16  +2.60  3.33 
Independent Labor  22,336  3.63  +2.25  1.11 
Independent Nationalist Party  11,213  1.82  1.11 
Socialist Party  285  0.05     
Votes for other than listed parties 0 0.00 -10.00       
Totals 616,146  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

Government in office at election: The Holman Labor government elected in 1913 split in 1916 over the issue of conscription. Holman, who supported conscription, formed a government on 15 Novermber 1916 as leader of a new Nationalist Party with support from Liberals and members who defected from the Labor Party. For more detail on these events and references, search for 'Holman' in the 'Governments' section of this website.

Nationalist Party (Nationalists): The split in the Australian Labor Party prompted by disagreements over the introduction conscription to send Australian soldiers to Europe during the First World War, divided the Party in all states except Queensland with major consequences for both state and federal politics. In New South Wales, the new Nationalist Party (Nationalists) was initially a coalition of interests supporting conscription which brought together members of the former Liberal Party, members defecting from the Labor Party, and individuals who were to form the Progressive Party (see entry for the 1920 assembly election in NSW).

Reference: For a comprehensive survey of this election and the preceding period, see Michael Hogan, '1917', 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. 153-179, (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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