Tasmanian state election, 1950

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Tasmanian state election, 1950

← 1948 6 May 1950 1955 →

All 30 seats to the House of Assembly

  First party Second party
  Cosgrove Sir Robert HA 355.jpg Reginald Townley.jpg
Leader Robert Cosgrove Rex Townley
Party Labor Liberal
Leader since 25 February 1948 6 February 1950
Leader's seat Denison Denison
Last election 15 seats 12 seats
Seats won 15 seats 14 seats
Seat change Steady0 Increase2
Percentage 48.63% 47.57%
Swing Decrease0.75 Increase9.73

Premier before election

Robert Cosgrove
Labor

Elected Premier

Robert Cosgrove
Labor

The 1950 Tasmanian state election was held on 6 May 1950 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.

Following the 1948 election, Premier Robert Cosgrove and the Labor Party remained in government with the support of independent MHA Bill Wedd. At the 1950 election, Cosgrove was seeking another term in office against the opposition Liberal Party, which had replaced Neil Campbell with Rex Townley as leader in February 1950.

At the election, Labor retained 15 seats in the House of Assembly, and the Liberals regained one seat previously held by an independent, whilst Rex Townley, formerly an Independent Liberal, retained his seat as a Liberal.

Results[edit]

Tasmanian state election, 6 May 1950
House of Assembly
<< 19481955 >>

Enrolled voters 161,650
Votes cast 152,785 Turnout 94.52 +2.28
Informal votes 6,841 Informal 4.48 +0.53
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary votes % Swing Seats Change
  Labor 70,976 48.63 –0.75 15 ± 0
  Liberal[1] 69,429 47.57 +9.73 14 + 2
  Independent 5,453 3.74 –2.10 1 – 1
  Communist 86 0.06 +0.06 0 ± 0
  Ind. Lib.[1] –6.82 0 – 1
Total 145,944     30  
1 Rex Townley joined the Liberal Party before the election, and had a personal vote of 3.88% in 1948 (19.97% of the Denison vote), so the actual net difference in votes between 1948 and 1950 was 5.85%.

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