Queensland state election, 1932

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Queensland state election, 1932
Queensland
1929 ←
11 June 1932 (1932-06-11)
→ 1935

All 62 seats in the Legislative Assembly of Queensland
  First party Second party
  William Forgan Smith.jpg Arthur Edward Moore.jpg
Leader William Forgan Smith Arthur Edward Moore
Party Labor CPNP
Leader since 27 May 1929 (1929-05-27) 19 April 1924
Leader's seat Mackay Aubigny
Last election 27 seats 43 seats
Seats won 33 seats 28 seats
Seat change Increase5 Decrease15
Percentage 49.89% 45.21%
Swing Increase9.73 Decrease9.02

Premier before election

Arthur Edward Moore
CPNP

Elected Premier

William Forgan Smith
Labor

Elections were held in the Australian state of Queensland on 11 June 1932 to elect the 62 members of the state's Legislative Assembly.

The election was the first electoral test of the Country and Progressive National Party government led by Arthur Edward Moore, and was held in the midst of the Great Depression. Labor had previously held office from 1915 until 1929.

The election resulted in the defeat of the one-term Moore government by the Labor Party, led by William Forgan Smith.

Key dates[edit]

Date Event
3 February 1932 The new electoral boundaries under the Electoral Districts Act 1931 were proclaimed.[1]
19 April 1932 The Parliament was dissolved.[2]
20 April 1932 Writs were issued by the Governor to proceed with an election.[3]
28 April 1932 Close of nominations.
11 June 1932 Polling day, between the hours of 8am and 6pm.
18 June 1932 The Moore Ministry resigned and the Forgan Smith Ministry was sworn in.[4]
2 July 1932 Polling day in the seat of Hamilton, delayed due to the death of a candidate.[5]
16 July 1932 The writ was returned and the results formally declared.
15 August 1932 Parliament resumed for business.[6]

Results[edit]

The election saw a major swing to Labor from the 1929 election. The election took place on modified boundaries — the Assembly had been reduced by the Electoral Districts Act 1931 from 72 to 62 seats, mainly accomplished by the abolition of sitting Labor members' seats. Despite this, Labor went from a deficit of 16 seats to a surplus of 5 seats.

Queensland state election, 11 June 1932[7]
Legislative Assembly
<< 19291935 >>

Enrolled Voters 492,036[1]
Votes Cast 456,706 Turnout 92.82% +3.67%
Informal Votes 5,144 Informal 1.13% –0.43%
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary Votes % Swing Seats Change
  Labor 225,270 49.89% +9.73% 33 +5
  CPNP 204,158 45.21% –9.02% 28 -15
  Queensland Party 7,590 1.68% +1.68% 0 ± 0
  Ind. Labor 1,831 0.41% +0.41% 0 ± 0
  Communist 1,057 0.23% –0.45% 0 ± 0
  Lang Labor 587 0.13% +0.13% 0 ± 0
  Independent 11,069 2.45% –2.42% 1 – 1
Total 451,562     62  
1 525,944 electors were enrolled to vote at the election, but 5 seats (8.1% of the total) were uncontested—4 Labor seats (two more than in 1929) representing 27,083 enrolled voters and one Independent seat (held by Arnold Wienholt) representing 6,825 enrolled voters.

Aftermath[edit]

Forgan Smith would go on to be premier for over 10 years, and Labor held power continuously until the party's split in 1957.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A Proclamation". Queensland Government Gazette. 4 February 1932. p. 137:483. 
  2. ^ Queensland Government Gazette. 19 April 1932. p. 137:1513. 
  3. ^ Queensland Government Gazette. 20 April 1932. p. 137:1515. 
  4. ^ Queensland Government Gazette. 18 June 1932. p. 137:2117–2118. 
  5. ^ Queensland Government Gazette. 14 June 1932. p. 137:2053. 
  6. ^ Queensland Government Gazette. 21 July 1932. p. 138:227. 
  7. ^ Australian Government and Politics Database. "Parliament of Queensland, Assembly election, 11 June 1932". Retrieved 10 December 2009.