Tasmanian state election, 1919

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Tasmanian state election, 1919

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All 30 seats to the House of Assembly

  First party Second party
  Sir Walter Lee.jpg Joseph Lyons.jpg
Leader Walter Lee Joseph Lyons
Party Nationalist Labor
Leader since September 1915 November 1916
Leader's seat Wilmot Wilmot
Last election 15 seats 14 seats
Seats won 16 seats 13 seats
Seat change Increase1 Decrease1
Percentage 55.20% 41.44%
Swing Increase6.97 Decrease7.03

Premier before election

Walter Lee

Elected Premier

Walter Lee

The 1919 Tasmanian state election was held on 31 May 1919 in the Australian state of Tasmania to elect 30 members of the Tasmanian House of Assembly. The election used the Hare-Clark proportional representation system[1] — six members were elected from each of five electorates.

By the 1919 election, the Liberal Party had regrouped and been renamed as the Nationalist Party. The Premier of Tasmania, Walter Lee, had led the party for a relatively untroubled three years, despite the Liberals' one-seat majority over Labor and the uncertainty of World War I.[2]

The Labor Party in Tasmania went into the 1919 election led by Joseph Lyons. Lee led the Nationalist Party to victory, with a 14% margin over Labor, although they only won 16 of the 30 seats in the House of Assembly. Independent Joshua Whitsitt retained his seat.


Tasmanian state election, 31 May 1919
House of Assembly
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Enrolled voters 107,541
Votes cast 71,064 Turnout 66.08% –7.52%
Informal votes 2,814 Informal 3.96% -1.70%
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary votes % Swing Seats Change
  Nationalist 37,677 55.20% +6.97% 16 + 1
  Labor 28,286 41.44% –7.03% 13 – 1
  Independent 2,289 3.35% +0.05% 1 ± 0
Total 68,250     30  

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