ID 0312

Parliament of New South Wales, Legislative Assembly election

Election of 11 June 1932


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New South Wales, Legislative Assembly votes and seats won

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Election held on 11 June 1932
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 %
State Labor Party  537,797  40.20  24  26.67 
United Australia Party  484,220  36.20  41  45.56 
Country Party  175,862  13.15  +3.58  23  25.56 
Federal Labor Party  56,971  4.26     
Independents  36,796  2.75  +0.72     
United Australia Party - Country Party  23,020  1.72  2.22 
Communist Party  12,351  0.92  +0.14     
Votes for other than listed parties 10,710 0.80 +0.80       
Totals 1,337,727  100.00    90  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.

Notes

Government in office at election: There was a dramatic change of government immediately before this election; Lang had been dismissed as premier by the governor, Sir Philip Game, on 13 May 1932 on the grounds that Lang had acted unlawfully. The governor appointed Stevens as premier of a United Australia Party and Country Party coalition minority government until an election could be held; for details and references, see the entry for 'Lang' in the 'Governments' section of this website.

State Labor Party and Federal Labor Party: The Labor Party in New South Wales had long standing disagreements with the federal wing of the party, and the New South Wales branch of the party was expelled from the Australian Labor Party in 1931. This split in the Labor Party meant that there were two competing Labor parties at the 1932 and 1935 New South Wales elections; State Labor under the leadership of former premier Lang, and Federal Labor; for the 1932 election, see Robinson, '1932', pp. 61-64, 79-84 (see Reference, below). For a study of federal strains within the Labor Party in this period, see Pat Weller, Bev Lloyd, and Bron Stevens, 'State Power and Federal Intervention', in Heather Radi and Peter Spearritt (editors), Jack Lang, pp. 160-178, (Neutral Bay, NSW: Hale & Iremonger, 1977, ISBN 0908094019).

Nationalist Party and United Australia Party: The circumstances of the Depression led to turmoil in parties of the right as it had in the Labor Party. The Nationalist Party which had lost office in New South Wales at the 1930 election joined the All For Australia League in 1931 to form a new political organization, the United Australia Party, to contest the 1932 election (the party had just won office at the federal election in 1931); see Robinson, '1932', pp. 64-68 (see 'Reference', below).

Country Party: The Country Party joined with 'new state' country movements to run candidates under the name of the 'United Country Party' at this election; see Robinson, '1932', pp. 68-70 (see 'Reference' below), and Don Aitkin, The Country Party of New South Wales: A Study of Organisation and Survival, pp. 30-35, (Canberra: Australian National University Press, 1972, ISBN 0708100333).

Reference: For a comprehensive survey of this election and the preceding period, see Geoffrey Robinson, '1932', in Michael Hogan and David Clune (editors), The People's Choice: Electoral Politics in 20th Century New South Wales, vol. 2 (1930 to 1965), pp. 53-103, (Sydney: Parliament of New South Wales and University of Sydney, 2001, ISBN 0909907404).

Sources

Colin A Hughes and B D Graham, A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics 1890-1964, pp. 423-460, (Canberra: Australian National University Press, 1968, SBN 708102700); New South Wales, Parliament, The New South Wales Parliamentary Record: Legislative Council and Legislative Assembly, 1824-1999, vol. VI, pp. 7-15, (Sydney: Parliament of New South Wales, 1999).