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Commonwealth Parliament, Senate election in New South Wales

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

Election of 19 December 1931

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Senate votes and seats won, and seats held in New South Wales

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Election held on 19 December 1931
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 %
United Australia Party - Country Party (joint ticket)  651,427  52.79  100.00         
State (Lang) Labor Party  379,870  30.79        33.33 
Federal Labor Party  186,674  15.13        16.67 
United Australia Party            66.67  33.33 
Country Party      -17.63      33.33  16.67 
Votes for other than listed parties 15,926 1.29 +1.29             
Totals 1,233,897  100.00    100.00  100.00  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.


In the table above, see the Glossary distinctions between Seats won by ticket and Seats won by party, and between Seats won by party and Seats held by party.

At the 1931 and 1934 Senate elections, a split in the Australian Labor Party led to rivalry between a Federal Labor Party and other Labor groupings, particularly in New South Wales.

The 1931 Senate election was the first contested by the United Australia Party as the new conservative party grouping opposing the Labor Party. It was also the first election at which anti-Labor parties (at this election, the United Australian Party and the Country Party) ran joint tickets for Senate elections in some states; see the Glossary entry for Seats won by ticket.


Colin A Hughes and B D Graham, A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics 1890-1964, (Canberra; Australian National University Press, 1968 SBN 708112700); Commonwealth Parliament, Department of the Senate.