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Parliament of South Australia, House of Assembly election

Election of 29 April 1899


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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)
29 April 1899

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
152,393
Number of Assembly seats
54
Number of uncontested seats
2
If uncontested seats, number of voters on the roll in uncontested seats
3,793
Number of voters on the roll in contested seats
148,600
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
93,410
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
62.86%
Total valid votes
160,258
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
Not applicable
Informal (invalid) ballots in multiple voting system
1,218
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 29 April 1899
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  54,010  33.70  +2.56  28  51.85 
Australian Labor Party  40,756  25.43  +1.14  11  20.37 
Liberal Party  35,214  21.97  +1.47  14  25.93 
Independents  5,380  3.36  -2.38  1.85 
Votes for other than listed parties 24,898 15.54 +0.84       
Totals 160,258  100.00    54  100.00 


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Notes

Electoral districts returned 2 members and the electoral system permitted voters to cast more that one vote. Government after the election: The Kingston minority government continued for seven months after the election until defeated on the floor of the Assembly on 1 December 1899.

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).