ID 0359

Parliament of Queensland, Legislative Assembly election

Election of 19 May 1956


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General election for the Legislative Assembly
Queensland
Date of election (or first day of voting at elections held over more than one day)
19 May 1956

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
775,258
Number of Assembly seats
75
Number of uncontested seats
6
If uncontested seats, number of voters on the roll in uncontested seats
62,750
Number of voters on the roll in contested seats
712,508
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
662,680
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
93.01%
Total valid votes
654,674
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
1.21%
Informal (invalid) ballots in multiple voting system
Not applicable
Electoral system
Single member districts, first past the post (plurality) voting, compulsory voting


Queensland, Legislative Assembly votes and seats won

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Election held on 19 May 1956
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  335,311  51.22  -1.99  49  65.33 
Liberal Party  164,116  25.07  +3.77  10.67 
Country Party  126,183  19.27  +0.53  16  21.33 
Independents  12,837  1.96  -1.16  1.33 
North Queensland Labor  8,625  1.32  +0.22  1.33 
Votes for other than listed parties 7,602 1.16 -1.37       
Totals 654,674  100.00    75  100.00 


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Sources

Colin A Hughes and B D Graham, A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics 1890-1964, (Canberra: Australian National University Press, 1968, SBN 708102700).



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