ID 0315

Parliament of New South Wales, Legislative Assembly election

Election of 10 May 1941


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New South Wales, Legislative Assembly votes and seats won

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Election held on 10 May 1941
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  706,014  50.80  +16.08  54  60.00 
United Australia Party  281,982  20.29  -15.57  14  15.56 
Country Party  153,639  11.05  -2.81  12  13.33 
Independents  83,246  5.99  -5.00  4.44 
State (Hughes-Evans) Labor Party  78,363  5.64     
Independent United Australia Party  45,195  3.25  5.56 
Independent Labor  31,626  2.28  1.11 
Votes for other than listed parties 9,831 0.71 +0.71       
Totals 1,389,896  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: As a consequence of divisions with the United Australia Party, ten members of the party voted against the government's financial policy. Premier Stevens regarded this as a censure motion and resigned when the motion passed; he then advised the governor to commission Mair as premier of a United Australia Party and Country Party coalition government which took office on 5 August 1939; for details and references, see the entry for 'Stevens' in the 'Governments' section of this website.

State (Hughes-Evans) Labor Party and Independent Labor Party: Although the tensions within the Australian Labor Party had been reduced by McKell replacing Lang as leader of the party in August 1939, other divisions remained. The State (Hughes-Evans) Labor Party represented a left-leaning breakaway group with close links to the Communist Party which endorsed candidates for the 1941 election; see Clune, '1941', pp. 172-174, 182 (see Reference, below). Another small group of Independent Labor Party candidates represented some dissatisfied rural members of the party, and some who still supported Lang; see Clune, '1941', p. 174, 184-185 (see 'Reference', below).

Country Party: The Country Party's official name at this election was 'United Country Party' although it campaigned under the label 'Country Party'; see Clune, '1941', pp, 170-172, (see 'Reference', below).

Independent United Australia Party: Dissatisfactions within the United Australia Party over the selection of candidates and relations with the Country Party led some members to contest the election under the label of Independent United Australia Party; see Clune, '1941', pp. 170-172 (see 'Reference', below).

Reference: For a comprehensive survey of this election and the preceding period, see David Clune, '1941', 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. 167-201, (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).