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Parliament of New South Wales, Legislative Assembly election

Election of 3 March 1962


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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 March 1962

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'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
2,173,768
Number of Assembly seats
94
Number of uncontested seats
4
If uncontested seats, number of voters on the roll in uncontested seats
91,448
Number of voters on the roll in contested seats
2,082,320
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
1,957,406
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
94.00%
Total valid votes
1,927,358
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
1.54%
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 March 1962
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  936,047  48.57  -0.55  54  57.45 
Liberal Party  671,716  34.85  -0.50  25  26.60 
Country Party  180,640  9.37  +0.99  14  14.89 
Independents  97,975  5.08  +0.70  1.06 
Democratic Labor Party  28,830  1.50  +0.18     
Communist Party  12,150  0.63  -0.82     
Votes for other than listed parties 0 0.00 0.00       
Totals 1,927,358  100.00    94  100.00 


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Notes

Premier in office at election: There had been a change of Premier since the previous election as a consequence of the sudden death in office of Premier Cahill; 'On 22 October 1959 Cahill died. Heffron was immediately commissioned as Premier subject to being confirmed as leader of the Labor Party. On 28 October caucus elected him leader unopposed and filled the vacancy in the ministry', Colin A Hughes and B D Graham, A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics 1890-1964, p. 80, (Canberra: Australian National University Press, 1968, SBN 708102700)

Reference: For a comprehensive survey of this election, see Ian Campbell, '1962', 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. 381-425, (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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