Australian federal election, 1928

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Australian federal election, 1928
Australia
1925 ←
17 November 1928 (1928-11-17) → 1929

All 75 seats in the Australian House of Representatives
38 seats were needed for a majority in the House
19 (of the 36) seats in the Australian Senate
  First party Second party
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Leader Stanley Bruce James Scullin
Party Nationalist/Country coalition Labor
Leader since 9 February 1923 26 April 1928
Leader's seat Flinders Yarra
Last election 51 seats 23 seats
Seats won 42 seats 31 seats
Seat change Decrease9 Increase8

Prime Minister before election

Stanley Bruce
Nationalist/Country coalition

Resulting Prime Minister

Stanley Bruce
Nationalist/Country coalition

Federal elections were held in Australia on 17 November 1928. All 75 seats in the House of Representatives, and 19 of the 36 seats in the Senate were up for election. The incumbent Nationalist Party of Australia led by Prime Minister of Australia Stanley Bruce in power since 1922 with coalition partner the Country Party led by Earle Page defeated the opposition Australian Labor Party led by James Scullin.

The election was held in conjunction with a referendum, which was carried.

House of Reps (IRV) — 1928–29—Turnout 93.64% (CV) — Informal 4.90%
  Party Votes % Swing Seats Change
  Australian Labor Party 1,158,505 44.64 −0.40 31 +8 (3 elected
unopposed)
  Nationalist Party of Australia 1,014,522 39.09 −3.37 29 -8 (5 elected
unopposed)
  Country Party 271,686 10.47 −0.27 13 −1 (4 elected
unopposed)
  Country Progressive Party 41,713 1.61 * 1 0
  Independents 108,659 4.19 +2.43 1 0
  Total 2,595,085     75
  Nationalist/Country coalition WIN 42 −9
  Australian Labor Party 31 +8

Independent: William McWilliams (Franklin, Tas)

Senate (P BV) — 1928–31—Turnout 93.61% (CV) — Informal 9.88%
  Party Votes % Swing Seats Won Seats Held Change
  Australian Labor Party 1,422,418 48.95 +3.93 7 7 −1
  Nationalist Party of Australia 1,141,405 39.28 −6.07 10 24 −1
  Country Party 324,918 11.18 +1.73 2 5 +2
  Independents 17,092 0.59 +0.42 0 0 0
  Total 2,905,833     19 36


Seats changing hands[edit]

Seat Pre-1928 Swing Post-1928
Party Member Margin Margin Member Party
Barton, NSW   Nationalist Thomas Ley 1.0 7.3 6.3 James Tully Labor  
Boothby, SA   Nationalist Jack Duncan-Hughes 7.6 7.7 0.1 John Price Labor  
Denison, Tas   Nationalist John Gellibrand 2.2 2.5 0.3 Charles Culley Labor  
Franklin, Tas   Nationalist Alfred Seabrook N/A 7.2 1.6 William McWilliams Independent  
Fremantle, WA   Independent William Watson 8.1 1.2 2.1 John Curtin Labor  
Herbert, Qld   Nationalist Lewis Nott 0.3 0.5 0.2 George Martens Labor  
Indi, Vic   Country Robert Cook 6.7 N/A (Unopposed) Paul Jones Labor  
Lang, NSW   Nationalist Elliot Johnson 5.9 9.4 3.5 William Long Labor  
Macquarie, NSW   Nationalist Arthur Manning 1.3 6.2 4.9 Ben Chifley Labor  
Wakefield, SA   Nationalist Richard Foster 14.8 24.4 9.6 Maurice Collins Country  
Wilmot, Tas   Country Llewellyn Atkinson 7.0 N/A 4.6 Llewellyn Atkinson Nationalist  
  • Members in italics did not contest their seat at this election.

In the Division of Indi, the sitting candidate Robert Cook lost his seat after forgetting to file nomination papers, resulting in Labor candidate Paul Jones winning the seat unopposed.

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