ID 0317

Parliament of New South Wales, Legislative Assembly election

Election of 3 May 1947


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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)
3 May 1947

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 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
1,852,875
Number of Assembly seats
90
Number of uncontested seats
8
If uncontested seats, number of voters on the roll in uncontested seats
138,866
Number of voters on the roll in contested seats
1,714,009
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
1,621,527
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
94.60%
Total valid votes
1,589,265
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
1.99%
Informal (invalid) ballots in multiple voting system
Not applicable
Electoral system
Universal franchise at 21 years; single member districts; preferential voting (AV); compulsory preferences; compulsory voting


New South Wales, Legislative Assembly votes and seats won

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Election held on 3 May 1947
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  730,194  45.95  +0.32  52  57.78 
Liberal Party  470,485  29.60  18  20.00 
Country Party  162,467  10.22  -0.72  15  16.67 
Independents  109,069  6.86  -0.97  2.22 
Lang Labor Party  64,851  4.08  -4.82  2.22 
Communist Party  30,197  1.90  +0.17     
Liberal Party & Country Party   14,801  0.93  1.11 
Votes for other than listed parties 7,201 0.45 +0.35       
Totals 1,589,265  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; McGirr replaced McKell as premier on 9 February 1947 after an 'intense struggle for the Labor leadership', Clune, '1947', pp. 242-247 at p. 246 (see 'Reference', below).

Liberal Party: 'When the Liberal Party was formed to replace the UAP across Australia, the Democratic and Liberal Democratic parties finally merged as the NSW Division of the new party in January 1945', Clune, '1947', p. 248, and see also pp. 247-250 (see 'Reference', below).

Liberal Party and Country Party: 'The new member for Albury (D G Padman) was elected as a joint Liberal and Country candidate but became a Liberal', Clune 265 (see 'Reference' below).

Reference: For a comprehensive survey of this election and the preceding period, see David Clune, '1947', 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. 235-267, (Sydney: Parliament of New South Wales and University of Sydney, 2001, ISBN 0909907404).

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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