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Parliament of New South Wales, Legislative Assembly election

Election of 3 March 1962


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New South Wales, Legislative Assembly votes and seats won

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Election held on 3 March 1962
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  936,047  48.57  -0.55  54  57.45 
Liberal Party  671,716  34.85  -0.50  25  26.60 
Country Party  180,640  9.37  +0.99  14  14.89 
Independents  97,975  5.08  +0.70  1.06 
Democratic Labor Party  28,830  1.50  +0.18     
Communist Party  12,150  0.63  -0.82     
Votes for other than listed parties 0 0.00 0.00       
Totals 1,927,358  100.00    94  100.00 


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Notes

Premier in office at election: There had been a change of Premier since the previous election as a consequence of the sudden death in office of Premier Cahill; 'On 22 October 1959 Cahill died. Heffron was immediately commissioned as Premier subject to being confirmed as leader of the Labor Party. On 28 October caucus elected him leader unopposed and filled the vacancy in the ministry', Colin A Hughes and B D Graham, A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics 1890-1964, p. 80, (Canberra: Australian National University Press, 1968, SBN 708102700)

Reference: For a comprehensive survey of this election, see Ian Campbell, '1962', 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. 381-425, (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).