ID 0425

Parliament of Tasmania, House of Assembly election

Election of 30 May 1928


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General election for the House of Assembly
Tasmania
Date of election (or first day of voting at elections held over more than one day)
30 May 1928

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
House of 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
Nationalist 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
111,956
Number of Assembly seats
30
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
111,956
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
91,679
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
81.89%
Total valid votes
88,706
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
3.24%
Informal (invalid) ballots in multiple voting system
Not applicable
Electoral system
Universal suffrage at 21 years; multimember districts; proportional representation by the single transferable vote method (STV)


Tasmania, House of Assembly votes and seats won

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Election held on 30 May 1928
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  41,831  47.16  -1.32  14  46.67 
Nationalist Party (Nationalists)  37,432  42.20  +13.17  15  50.00 
Independents  7,461  8.41  -0.30  3.33 
Independent Labor   1,982  2.23  -1.21     
Votes for other than listed parties 0 0.00 0.00       
Totals 88,706  100.00    30  100.00 


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Notes

Government in office at election: The Lyons government had won popular endorsement at the previous House of Assembly election in June 1925 winning 16 of the 35 seats with Lyons becoming Premier of an Australian Labor Party majority government.

Government in office after election: The Labor government of Lyons lost its majority at this election, winning only 14 of the 30 seats in the House of Assembly. The Nationalists won 15 of the 30 seats and McPhee was commissioned as Premier of a Nationalist Party minority government relying on the support of the Independent member, B J Pearsall.

Electoral system and voting: The Constitution Amendment Act 1906 '...reduced the number of Assembly districts to five, the boundaries of which were to be identical with the five Commonwealth electoral districts. The Assembly was to number 30 members, with 6 elected from each district', Bennett and Bennett, p.12, (see 'Sources', below). The Electoral Act 1907 introduced proportional representation by the single transferable vote (STV) method to elect all members of the Assembly, a method which became known as the Hare-Clark system. For details of the adoption of STV and references on the operation of the electoral system, see the notes to the 1909 House of Assembly elections; for a brief summary of changes to the electoral system from 1909 to 1994, see Terry Newman, Representation of the Tasmanian People, Expanded edition 1803-1994, Appendix 2 (Hobart: Tasmanian Parliamentary Library, 1994, ISBN 0724642475).

The Electoral Amendment Act of 1917 provided that '...casual vacancies be filled, not by a fresh poll of the electorate [by-election] but by a re-count of the ballot papers which elected the vacating member. Candidates at the preceding general election were required to apply to be considered candidates....', Hughes and Graham, 1890-1964, p. 590 (see 'Sources', below).

Nationalist Party: After the 1925 election at which there had been divisions between former Nationalist members, some running as members of a Liberal Party, '... the non-Labor members met and elected McPhee leader and [Edward] Hobbs deputy leader. McPhee led the reunited Nationalists at the 1928 election', Hughes and Graham, p. 603 (see 'Sources', below).

Independents: The vote shown for Independents in the table above is the vote gained by eleven candidates who ran for election without any stated party affiliation, one of whom, B J Pearsall, was elected.

References: For a description of the style of elections and parliamentary government in this period, see W A Townsley, 'Electoral Systems and Constituencies', and John Reynolds, 'Premiers and Political Leaders', in F C Green (editor), Tasmania: A Century of Responsible Government 1856-1956, (Hobart: L G Shea, Government Printer, [1956]), W A Townsley, Tasmania From Colony to Statehood 1803-1945, (Hobart: St David's Park Publishing, 1991, ISBN 0724625753), and Richard Davis, Eighty Years' Labor: The ALP in Tasmania, 1903-1983, (Hobart: Sassafras Books and the History Department, University of Tasmania, 1983, ISBN 0859012212).

Sources

Information for this election was taken from 'House of Assembly Election Results, 1909-2006', Tasmanian Parliamentary Library, Tasmanian Parliament website: https://bit.ly/2uvczZ8 ; Scott Bennett and Barbara Bennett, Tasmanian Electoral Handbook, 1851-1982, (Kensington, NSW: Reference Section of History Project Incorporated, University of New South Wales, 1983); Colin A Hughes and B D Graham, A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics 1890-1964, (Canberra: Australian National University Press, 1968, SBN 708102700); and note Report on General Election, 11th May, 1928, (Hobart: Tasmanian Parliamentary Papers, 1928), online at: https://bit.ly/2JAMOwb



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