Election held on 27 May 1944
Criteria for the inclusion of parties in this table are set out in the Glossary under 'listed party'
|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||578,069||45.63||-5.17||56||13||62.22|
|Lang Labor Party||112,705||8.90||*||2||0||2.22|
|Liberal Democrat Party||49,325||3.89||*||0|
|Votes for other than listed parties||1,313||0.10||-0.60|
* Party did not contest previous election or did not meet criteria for listing, or contested previous election under a different party name.
United Australia Party, and Democratic Party: Electoral defeat and internal divisions in the state and federal wings of the United Australia Party led to its collapse after the 1943 federal election and some sections of the party reconstituted themselves as the Democratic Party; see Cunneen, '1944', pp. 203-204, 211-215 (see 'Reference', below).
Country Party: The Country Party's official name at this election was 'United Country Party' although it campaigned under the label 'Country Party'; see Cunneen, '1944', pp. 204, 215-216, 232 (see 'Reference', below), and note Don Aitkin, The Country Party of New South Wales: A Study of Organisation and Survival, (Canberra: Australian National University Press, 1972, ISBN 0708100333).
Lang Labor Party: Former Labor premier Lang was expelled from the Australian Labor Party in 1943 and '...set about organising a rival party, which was publicly announced in January 1944. Confusingly, he called the new organisation the Australian Labor Party, (qualified in advertisements by the words 'With J.T.Lang, Party Leader'); it was usually referred to as Lang Labor', Cunneen, '1944', p. 209 (see 'Reference', below).
Independents: For information on Independent candidates at this election, see Cunneen, '1944', pp. 216-217, 220 (see 'Reference', below).
Liberal Democratic Party: As part of the realignment of anti-Labor politics in New South Wales '...a group of disaffected conservatives led by a wealthy timber merchant, Captain Ernest Keith (later Sir Ernest) White, formed the Liberal Democratic Party LDP)'; see Cunneen, '1944', pp. 212-213 (see 'Reference', below).
National Liberal: A former United Australia Party MLA stood as a National Liberal; see Cunneen, '1944', p. 214 (see 'Reference', below).
Reference: For a comprehensive survey of this election and the preceding period, see Christopher Cunneen, '1944', in Michael Hogan and David Clune (editors), The People's Choice: Electoral Politics in 20th Century New South Wales, vol. 2 (1930 to 1965), pp. 203-233, (Sydney: Parliament of New South Wales and University of Sydney, 2001, ISBN 0909907404).
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).