Election held on 3 March 1956
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||810,767||47.87||-7.16||50||2||53.19|
|Votes for other than listed parties||0||0.00||0.00|
* Party did not contest previous election or did not meet criteria for listing, or contested previous election under a different party name.
Australian Labor Party: The Australian Labor Party suffered major internal divisions in the 1950s which came to a head in 1955 with a split in some state branches of the Party and the creation of the Anti-Communist Labor Party which was to become the Democratic Labor Party. Premier Cahill achieved in New South Wales 'a temporary halt in hostilities or a papering-over of the cracks until after the election', Frost, p. 327 (see 'Reference', below) . For an extensive study of this period, see Robert Murray, The Split: Australian Labor in the Fifties, (Melbourne: Cheshire, 1972), particularly ch. 18.
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. At the 1956 election it won more than 2 percent of the vote, its highest vote share at New South Wales Assembly elections. 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 Frank Frost, '1956', 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. 323-354, (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).