ID 0377

Parliament of South Australia, House of Assembly election

Election of 25 April 1896


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General election for the House of Assembly
South Australia
Date of election (or first day of voting at elections held over more than one day)
25 April 1896

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
Liberal Party
House of Assembly support for government at election
Minority
If coalition, coalition partner(s)

Government in office after election

Premier's party affiliation
Liberal Party
House of Assembly support for government after election
Minority
If coalition, coalition partner(s)

Enrolment and voting

Total number of voters on the roll
137,781
Number of Assembly seats
54
Number of uncontested seats
0
If uncontested seats, number of voters on the roll in uncontested seats
Number of voters on the roll in contested seats
137,781
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
91,348
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
66.30%
Total valid votes
160,983
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
Not applicable
Informal (invalid) ballots in multiple voting system
1,436
Electoral system
Adult franchise at 21 years, two-member districts, first past the post (plurality) voting (see notes)


South Australia, House of Assembly votes and seats won

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Election held on 25 April 1896
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 %
Conservative Party  50,127  31.14  +9.27  21  38.89 
Australian Labor Party  39,107  24.29  +5.53  12  22.22 
Liberal Party  33,002  20.50  -10.24  15  27.78 
Independents  9,238  5.74  +2.15  3.70 
Independent Liberal  5,855  3.64  7.41 
Votes for other than listed parties 23,654 14.69 -10.35       
Totals 160,983  100.00    54  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

Polling dates: 25 April, 2 May (Northern Territory) Electoral districts returned 2 members and the electoral system permitted voters to cast more that one vote.

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); slightly different figures are provided by Dean Jaensch, Election Statistics of Colonial South Australia, Bedford Park, SA: Australasian Political Studies Association, APSA monograph No.14, 1974 (ISBN 0959924612).