ID 0309

Parliament of New South Wales, Legislative Assembly election

Election of 30 May 1925


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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)
30 May 1925

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 - Progressive Coalition
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
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
1,339,080
Number of Assembly seats
90
Number of uncontested seats
0
If uncontested seats, number of voters on the roll in uncontested seats
Number of voters on the roll in contested seats
1,339,080
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
924,979
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
69.08%
Total valid votes
894,824
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
3.26%
Informal (invalid) ballots in multiple voting system
Not applicable
Electoral system
Universal franchise at 21 years; eight and five member districts; proportional representation by STV; preferences for at least five candidates required (see notes)


New South Wales, Legislative Assembly votes and seats won

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Election held on 30 May 1925
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  413,275  46.19  +7.70  46  51.11 
Nationalist Party (Nationalists)  339,306  37.92  32  35.56 
Progressive Party  81,450  9.10  -1.98  10.00 
Independents  36,086  4.03  -1.34  2.22 
Protestant Independent Labor Party  22,469  2.51  1.11 
Communist Party  831  0.09     
Votes for other than listed parties 1,407 0.16 -0.04       
Totals 894,824  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

Electoral System: This was the last of three general elections in New South Wales to use the single transferable vote system of proportional representation (PR-STV). The 90 members were to be elected from 24 multimember districts; 'Eight electoral districts in metropolitan areas were represented by five Members each and 15 regional and rural districts were represented by three Members each. Voters were required to give preferences for at least five candidates and could give preferences for additional candidates if they chose', Anne Twomey, The Constitution of New South Wales, p. 343 (Sydney: Federation Press, 2004, ISBN 1862875162).

Government in office at election: Nationalist - Progressive Coalition minority government; at the 1922 election, the Progressive Party campaigned as two groups, one led by Wearne as part of a coalition with the Nationalist Party, the other led by Bruxner which campaigned as 'True Blue' Progressives (the entry for the Progressive Party shown in the table above). After the election, the coalition of the Nationalists and the Wearne group of Progressives were short of a majority of seats and relied on the Bruxner Progressives to keep them in office. As the Bruxner Progressives did not form part of the government, the Fuller government's parliamentary support is shown as a minority government; see Michael Hogan, '1922', 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. 235-267, (Sydney: Parliament of New South Wales and University of Sydney, 2001, ISBN 0909907390).

Women's representation: Millicent Preston-Stanely was elected for the Eastern Suburbs electoral district as the first woman member of the Legislative Assembly of New South Wales at this election; see Hogan, '1925', pp. 295, 319-320 (see 'Reference', below).

Protestant Independent Labor Party: The member elected for this party, Walter Peden Joyce Skelton, had been elected to the assembly in 1922 as an independent; for details on this candidate and the sectarian issue, see Hogan, '1925', pp. 302, 309-311 (see 'Reference', below).

Communist Party: The Communist Party first fielded candidates at New South Wales Legislative Assembly elections in 1925 and then at most subsequent elections until 1981 but won only a small proportion of the vote. The party has been included in this database for New South Wales because it contested seats at three or more consecutive general elections with more than one candidate; see the Glossary entry for listed party. For summary information on the role of the Communist Party in New South Wales state politics, consult the indexes of the three volumes of Michael Hogan and David Clune (editors), The People's Choice: Electoral Politics in 20th Century New South Wales (full references to these volumes are given in the 'Reference' section of the notes for the New South Wales Legislative Assembly elections in this database between 1901 and 1999.

Reference: For a comprehensive survey of this election and the preceding period, see Michael Hogan, '1925', 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. 269-324, (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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