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Commonwealth Parliament, Senate election in Tasmania

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

Election of 10 December 1955

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Senate votes and seats won, and seats held in Tasmania

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Election held on 10 December 1955
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 %
Liberal Party  64,776  44.35  -3.30  60.00  60.00  50.00 
Australian Labor Party  55,857  38.24  -7.67  40.00  40.00  40.00 
Anti-Communist Labor Party (Democratic Labor Party from 1958)  16,017  10.97        10.00 
Independents  9,409  6.44  +6.11           
Votes for other than listed parties 0 0.00 -0.27             
Totals 146,059  100.00    100.00  100.00  10  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.


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.

The Anti-Communist Labor Party senator (George Ronald Cole) listed under Seats held by party, was elected at the 1953 Senate election from Tasmania as a member of the Australian Labor Party but had chosen to sit in the Senate as a member of the Anti-Communist Labor Party (the precursor of the Democratic Labor Party) before the 1955 election.


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), online here.