Tasmanian state election, 1955

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Tasmanian state election, 1955

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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 14 seats
Seats won 15 seats 15 seats
Seat change Steady0 Increase1
Percentage 52.63% 45.35%
Swing Increase4.00 Decrease2.23

Premier before election

Robert Cosgrove

Resulting Premier

Robert Cosgrove

The 1955 Tasmanian state election was held on 19 February 1955 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.

The incumbent Labor government, led by Robert Cosgrove, had been in office continuously since 1934, although had not held a majority since 1946. It was looking to win another term in minority government against the opposition Liberal Party, on this occasion led by Rex Townley.

The election resulted in a parliamentary deadlock, with both the Labor and Liberal parties winning 15 seats in the 30 seat assembly.

The 1955 election also saw the first women elected to the House of Assembly: Mabel Miller for Franklin and Amelia Best for Wilmot, both members of the Liberal Party.[2]


Tasmanian state election, 19 February 1955
House of Assembly
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Enrolled voters 173,165
Votes cast 162,637 Turnout 93.92 –0.60
Informal votes 6,158 Informal 3.79 –0.69
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary votes % Swing Seats Change
  Labor 82,362 52.63 +4.00 15 ± 0
  Liberal 70,959 45.35 –2.23 15 + 1
  Independent 3,158 2.02 –1.72 0 – 1
Total 156,479     30  

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