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Commonwealth Parliament, Senate election in New South Wales

(for more information on this election see national summary for the Senate)

Election of 9 December 1961


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Senate enrolment and voting in New South Wales

Total number of voters on the roll in this state/territory
2,146,793
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
2,043,177
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
95.17%
Total valid votes
1,782,732
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
12.75%

Electoral composition of the Senate for this election in New South Wales

Total number of seats in the Senate
60
Total number of seats for each state
10
Number of seats for each territory
Seats to be filled at this Senate election in this state/territory
5
Casual vacancies/additional seats included in seats to be filled
0
Electoral System
Adult franchise at 21 years; multimember districts; proportional representation by the single transferable vote method (STV); compulsory preferences; compulsory voting

Senate votes and seats won, and seats held in New South Wales

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Election held on 9 December 1961
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 by ticket n Seats won by ticket % Seats won by party n Seats won by party % Seats held by party n Seats held by party %
Australian Labor Party  848,171  47.58  +3.30  60.00  60.00  60.00 
Liberal Party - Country Party (joint ticket)  728,657  40.87  -2.86  40.00         
Democratic Labor Party  138,700  7.78  +2.92           
Communist Party  18,702  1.05  -4.85           
Liberal Party            20.00  30.00 
Country Party            20.00  10.00 
Votes for other than listed parties 48,502 2.72 +1.50             
Totals 1,782,732  100.00    100.00  100.00  10  100.00 


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Notes

Senator Ormonde won a seat for the Australian Labor Party at the 1961 Senate election in New South Wales; the term of the casual vacancy he won for the Australian Labor Party at the 1958 Senate election in New South Wales had expired.

See the Glossary of this website for information on Senate elections and details of the distinction between Seats won by ticket and Seats won by party, and between Seats won and Seats held.

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); Gerard Newman, Federal Election Results 1949-2001, Canberra: Commonwealth Parliament, Department of the Parliamentary Library, Information and Research Services, Research Paper 9 2001-02, 2002 (ISSN 1328 7478).