Australian federal election, 1958

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Australian federal election, 1958
Australia
1955 ←
22 November 1958
→ 1961

All 122 seats of the Australian House of Representatives
62 seats were needed for a majority in the House
32 (of the 60) seats of the Australian Senate
  First party Second party
  RobertMenzies.jpg
Hvevatt.jpg
Leader Robert Menzies H.V. Evatt
Party Liberal/Country coalition Labor
Leader since 23 September 1943 13 June 1951
Leader's seat Kooyong Barton
Last election 75 seats 47 seats
Seats won 77 seats 45 seats
Seat change Increase2 Decrease2
Percentage 54.10% 45.90%
Swing Decrease0.10 Increase0.10

Prime Minister before election

Robert Menzies
Liberal/Country coalition

Elected Prime Minister

Robert Menzies
Liberal/Country coalition

Federal elections were held in Australia on 22 November 1958. All 122 seats in the House of Representatives, and 32 of the 60 seats in the Senate were up for election. The incumbent Liberal Party of Australia led by Prime Minister of Australia Robert Menzies with coalition partner the Country Party led by Arthur Fadden defeated the Australian Labor Party led by Herbert Evatt.

House of Reps (IRV) — 1958–61—Turnout 95.48% (CV) — Informal 2.87%
  Party Votes % Swing Seats Change
  Australian Labor Party 2,137,890 42.81 −1.82 45 −2
  Liberal Party of Australia 1,859,180 37.23 −2.50 58 +1
  Democratic Labor Party 469,723 9.41 +4.24 0 0
  Country Party 465,320 9.32 +1.41 19 +1
  Other 61,380 1.23 0 0
  Total 4,993,493     122
  Liberal/Country coalition WIN 54.10 −0.10 77 +2
  Australian Labor Party 45.90 +0.10 45 −2
Senate (STV) — 1958–61—Turnout 95.48% (CV) — Informal 10.29%
  Party Votes % Swing Seats Won Seats Held Change
  Australian Labor Party 1,973,027 42.78 +2.17 15 26 −2
  Liberal/Country (Joint Ticket) 1,077,586 23.36 −16.02 9 *
  Liberal Party of Australia 953,856 20.68 +12.02 6 25 +1
  Democratic Labor Party 388,417 8.42 +2.32 1 2 0
  Communist Party of Australia 134,263 2.91 −0.73 0 0 0
  Country Party 52,751 1.14 +0.52 1 7 +1
  Independents 19,648 0.43 0 0 0
  Other 12,511 0.27 0 0 0
  Total 4,612,059     32 60


Seats changing hands[edit]

Seat Pre-1958 Swing Post-1958
Party Member Margin Margin Member Party
Braddon, Tas   Liberal Aubrey Luck 8.9 9.3 0.4 Ron Davies Labor  
Griffith, Qld   Labor Wilfred Coutts 1.3 1.4 0.1 Arthur Chresby Liberal  
Herbert, Qld   Labor Bill Edmonds 6.6 8.1 1.5 John Murray Liberal  
Indi, Vic   Liberal William Bostock N/A 28.6 6.5 Mac Holten Country  
Kalgoorlie, WA   Labor Herbert Johnson N/A 11.4 0.3 Peter Browne Liberal  
Moore, WA   Country Hugh Leslie 100.0 52.9 2.9 Hugh Halbert Liberal  
St George, NSW   Liberal Bill Graham 2.4 2.5 0.1 Lionel Clay Labor  
Stirling, WA   Labor Harry Webb 2.8 3.0 0.2 Doug Cash Liberal  
Wimmera, Vic   Liberal William Lawrence N/A 22.7 5.9 Robert King Country  
  • Members in italics did not contest their seat at this election.

History[edit]

The Coalition of the Liberal Party, led by Sir Robert Menzies, and the Country Party, had been in power since 1949. In spite of a major global downturn in early 1958, the Coalition was returned to power and there was a swing against the Australian Labor Party (ALP). This was due largely to support for the breakaway Democratic Labor Party. The ALP remained out of office at the national level until 1972.

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References[edit]

  • University of WA election results in Australia since 1890
  • AEC 2PP vote
  • Prior to 1984 the AEC did not undertake a full distribution of preferences for statistical purposes. The stored ballot papers for the 1983 election were put through this process prior to their destruction. Therefore the figures from 1983 onwards show the actual result based on full distribution of preferences.