Tasmanian state election, 1946

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Tasmanian state election, 1946

← 1941 23 November 1946 1948 →

All 30 seats to the House of Assembly

  First party Second party
  Cosgrove Sir Robert HA 355.jpg Neil Campbell.jpg
Leader Robert Cosgrove Neil Campbell
Party Labor Liberal
Leader since 18 December 1939 February 1945
Leader's seat Denison Wilmot
Last election 20 seats 10 seats
Seats won 16 seats 12 seats
Seat change Decrease4 Increase2
Percentage 50.97% 34.25%
Swing Decrease11.63 Decrease2.33

Premier before election

Robert Cosgrove
Labor

Elected Premier

Robert Cosgrove
Labor

The 1946 Tasmanian state election was held on 23 November 1946 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.

Incumbent Premier Robert Cosgrove continued to lead the Labor Party into the 1946 election. The Nationalist Party had reformed into the modern Liberal Party, and was led by Neil Campbell. This was Tasmania's first election since the end of World War II.

Labor won a majority in the election, although the party's vote was significantly reduced. Cosgrove dominated the government throughout Tasmania's post-war recovery.[2]

Results[edit]

Tasmanian state election, 23 November 1946
House of Assembly
<< 19411948 >>

Enrolled voters 157,756
Votes cast 143,674 Turnout 91.07% –0.16%
Informal votes 14,484 Informal 10.08% +5.09%
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary votes % Swing Seats Change
  Labor 65,843 50.97% –11.63% 16 – 4
  Liberal 44,158 34.25% –2.33% 12 + 2
  Ind. Lib.[1] 11,339 8.78% +8.78% 1 + 1
  Independent 7,765 6.01% +5.18% 1 + 1
Total 129,190     30  
1 Several Nationalists did not join the new Liberal Party and ran as independents. Rex Townley was elected in Denison.

Distribution of Seats[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ House of Assembly Elections, Parliament of Tasmania.
  2. ^ W. A. Townsley, Cosgrove, Sir Robert (1884 - 1969), Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 13, Melbourne University Press, 1993, pp 505-507.

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