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Parliament of New South Wales, Legislative Assembly election

Election of 14 February 1953

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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)
14 February 1953

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
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
If coalition, coalition partner(s)

Enrolment and voting

Total number of voters on the roll
Number of Assembly seats
Number of uncontested seats
If uncontested seats, number of voters on the roll in uncontested seats
Number of voters on the roll in contested seats
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
Total valid votes
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
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 14 February 1953
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  852,276  55.03  +8.28  57  60.64 
Liberal Party  432,739  27.94  -9.57  22  23.40 
Country Party  179,680  11.60  14  14.89 
Independents  62,761  4.05  +1.04  1.06 
Communist Party  21,421  1.38  +0.50     
Votes for other than listed parties 0 0.00 0.00       
Totals 1,548,877  100.00    94  13  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.


Premier in office at election: There had been a change of Premier since the previous election; on 3 April 1952 ' ailing and discredited James McGirr resigned as Premier.... Caucus elected John Joseph Cahill as his successor', Clune, '1953', pp. 299 (see 'Reference', below). Cahill became premier of a minority Labor government with the continuing support of the two Independent Labor Party members; see Clune, '1953', pp. 303-304 (see 'Reference', below).

Premier after election: Cahill led the Australian Labor Party to a resounding victory with a clear majority of votes and almost two thirds of the seats.

Reference: For a comprehensive survey of this election and the preceding period, see David Clune, '1953', 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. 297-322, (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).