ID 0194

State Government of Victoria beginning 19 May 1932 - period in office of Premier Argyle, Stanley Seymour ending on 2 April 1935

Period in office of premier (see Glossary entry for 'period in office' and related terms)

Argyle, Stanley Seymour
Date of beginning of period in office
19 May 1932
Date of end of period in office
2 April 1935 
Reason for end of preceding period in office
Loss of general election 
Reason for end of this government
Defeat in parliament
Number of days in office

Parliamentary support during period

Party affiliation of premier at start of period
United Australia Party
If coalition government
Coalition partner 1
United Country Party
Coalition partner 2
Coalition partner 3
Coalition partner 4
Party support in parliament at beginning of period
If change in parliamentary support during period
If further change during period

Number of ministers at beginning of period (this may vary during the period)

Total number of ministers
Number from party of premier
Number from coalition party 1
Number from coalition party 2
Number from upper house
Number who are women

Assembly elections contested as premier or after which became premier (see Glossary entry for 'after election')

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Election Premier at election Premier's party Premier after election Premier's party
VIC 2 March 1935Stanley Seymour ArgyleUnited Australia PartyAlbert Arthur DunstanUnited Country Party
VIC 14 May 1932Edmond John (Ned) HoganAustralian Labor PartyStanley Seymour ArgyleUnited Australia Party

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Loss of general election (Hogan): Beginning of Argyle's period in office; 'The ministry was defeated 29-35 on 13 April 1932 on an amendment to the address in reply arising from its failure to assure parliament that the Premiers' Plan would be carried out [Victoria Parliamentary Debates, 1932 2nd Session, vol. 188 [a], 12-13 April 1932, pp 35-64]. The Acting Premier [Thomas Tunnecliffe] sought a dissolution which was granted after the Lieutenant-Governor had consulted the Leader of the Opposition, Argyle, and Allan the [United] Country Party leader. At the election [for the Assembly on 14 May 1932] the United Australia Party (as the National Party [Nationalists] had become known from September 1931) gained seats from Labor, and on 16 May, Hogan resigned by cable from London. Argyle was invited to form a government, and formed a coalition with the [United] Country Party. He insisted on designating those Country Party members who should be in the ministry.' Hughes and Graham, p.126 (see 'Sources', below).

Argyle was commissioned as Premier of a United Australia Party and United Country Party coalition government on 19 May 1932.

Defeat in parliament (Argyle): At the general election for the Assembly held on 2 March 1935, the coalition parties were returned with the same number of seats (45) but the United Country Party had increased its seats by 6 to 20, and the United Australia Party, even though remaining the largest single party in the Assembly, had lost 6 seats for a total of 25. Argyle believed the coalition would continue but on 14 March '... it was announced that the United Country Party ministers would not rejoin the ministry until this was approved by a joint meeting of central council and the parliamentary party.' Browne, p.212 (see 'References', below).

On the same day, 14 March 1935, Dunstan replaced Bourchier as parliamentary leader of the United Country Party; Dunstan supported the withdrawal of his party from the coalition and this was announced on 21 March; Argyle continued in office with new ministers chosen from the United Australia Party. 'On 27 [28] March, after a long and bitter debate, a no-confidence motion against the ministry, moved by Dunstan, was passed [40 to 23] with the support of Labor.' Browne, p.212 (see 'References', below); Victoria Parliamentary Debates, 1935 Session, vol. 196, 27-28 March, pp 29-161. Argyle tendered his resignation on 29 March 1935.

References: For a study of Argyle's period in office, see Geoff Browne, 'Stanley Argyle: The Incidental Premier', in Strangio and Costar (editors), ch. 16, (see 'Sources', below). A survey of Argyle's career can be found in A G L Shaw, 'Argyle, Sir Stanley Seymour (1867–1940)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 7, (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1979), on line here [accessed 20 April 2014].


Colin Hughes and B D Graham (editors), A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics 1890-1964, (Canberra: Australian National University Press, 1968, SBN 708102700); Parliament of Victoria, One Hundred Years of Responsible Government 1856-1956, (Melbourne: Government Printer, 1957, Parliamentary Paper No. 40 of 1956-58); Paul Strangio and Brian Costar (editors), The Victorian Premiers 1856-2006, (Sydney: Federation Press, 2006, ISBN 9781862876019); Raymond Wright, A People's Counsel: A History of the Parliament of Victoria 1856-1990, (Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1992, ISBN 0195533593). Victoria Hansard (Record of Parliamentary Debates) on line here .

In consulting these sources, note the difference between ministries and periods in office.