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Parliament of South Australia, House of Assembly election

Election of 3 March 1956


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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)
3 March 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
Liberal and Country League
House of Assembly support for government at election
Majority
If coalition, coalition partner(s)

Government in office after election

Premier's party affiliation
Liberal and Country League
House of Assembly support for government after election
Majority
If coalition, coalition partner(s)

Enrolment and voting

Total number of voters on the roll
468,303
Number of Assembly seats
39
Number of uncontested seats
16
If uncontested seats, number of voters on the roll in uncontested seats
169,255
Number of voters on the roll in contested seats
299,048
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
280,811
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
93.90%
Total valid votes
274,109
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
2.39%
Informal (invalid) ballots in multiple voting system
Not applicable
Electoral system
Universal franchise at 21 years, single member districts, preferential voting (AV)


South Australia, House of Assembly votes and seats won

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Election held on 3 March 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  129,853  47.37  -3.47  15  38.46 
Liberal & Country League  100,569  36.69  +0.23  21  10  53.85 
Anti-Communist Labor Party (Democratic Labor Party from 1959)  20,384  7.44     
Independents  20,118  7.34  -3.76  7.69 
Votes for other than listed parties 3,185 1.16 -0.44       
Totals 274,109  100.00    39  16  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.

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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