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Commonwealth Parliament, House of Representatives election

Election of 10 December 1955

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House of Representatives votes and seats won, national summary

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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 n Uncontested seats held n Seat share %
Australian Labor Party  1,961,829  44.63  -5.40  47  38.52 
Liberal Party  1,746,485  39.73  +1.43  57  46.72 
Country Party   347,445  7.90  -0.61  18  14.75 
Anti-Communist Labor Party (Democratic Labor Party from 1958)  227,083  5.17     
Votes for other than listed parties 112,693 2.56 -0.58       
Totals 4,395,535  100.00    122  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.


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).

Although the book deals with political competition in a single electoral region, information on the 1955 general election for the House of Representatives and its context can be found in D W Rawson and Susan M Holtzinger, Politics in Eden-Monaro: The Personalities and the Campaigns, London: Heinemann, 1958.