Queensland state election, 1953

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Queensland state election, 1953
Queensland
1950 ←
7 March 1953 (1953-03-07)
→ 1956

All 75 seats in the Legislative Assembly of Queensland
  First party Second party
  Vincent Gair.jpg Frank Nicklin.jpg
Leader Vince Gair Frank Nicklin
Party Labor Country/Liberal coalition
Leader since 17 January 1952 (1952-01-17) 21 May 1941
Leader's seat South Brisbane Landsborough
Last election 42 seats 31 seats
Seats won 50 seats 23 seats
Seat change Increase8 Decrease8
Percentage 53.21% 40.05%
Swing Increase6.34 Decrease9.11

Premier before election

Vince Gair
Labor

Elected Premier

Vince Gair
Labor

Elections were held in the Australian state of Queensland on 7 March 1953 to elect the 75 members of the state's Legislative Assembly. The Labor government was seeking its eighth continuous term in office since the 1932 election. It was the first electoral test for Vince Gair, who had become Premier of Queensland 14 months earlier after the death of Ned Hanlon.

Key dates[edit]

Date Event
6 February 1953 The Parliament was dissolved.[1]
6 February 1953 Writs were issued by the Governor to proceed with an election.[2]
13 February 1953 Close of nominations.
7 March 1953 Polling day, between the hours of 8am and 6pm.
16 March 1953 The Gair Ministry was reconstituted.
5 June 1953 The writ was returned and the results formally declared.
4 August 1953 Parliament was summoned for business.[3]

Results[edit]

The result was a considerable swing to the Labor government.

Queensland state election, 7 March 1953[4]
Legislative Assembly
<< 19501956 >>

Enrolled Voters 657,349[1]
Votes Cast 616,611 Turnout 93.80 +1.29
Informal Votes 7,912 Informal 1.28 +0.17
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary Votes % Swing Seats Change
  Labor 323,882 53.21% +6.34 50 + 8
  Liberal 129,633 21.30% –8.61 8 – 3
  Country 114,124 18.75% –0.50 15 – 5
  North Queensland Labor 6,680 1.10% –0.12 1 ± 0
  Social Credit 4,103 0.67% +0.67 0 ± 0
  Communist 3,948 0.65% +0.28 0 ± 0
  Ind. Labor 824 0.13% –0.42 0 ± 0
  Independent 25,505 4.19% +2.90 1 ± 0
Total 608,699     75  
1 737,579 electors were enrolled to vote at the election; however, 11 seats (14.7% of the total) were uncontested, eight of them Labor-held seats representing 49,466 enrolled voters, as well as two Country seats representing 20,053 voters and one Liberal seat representing 10,711 voters.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A Proclamation". Queensland Government Gazette. 6 February 1953. p. 182:469. 
  2. ^ Queensland Government Gazette. 6 February 1953. p. 172:471. 
  3. ^ "A Proclamation". Queensland Government Gazette. 2 July 1953. p. 183:1151. 
  4. ^ Australian Government and Politics Database. "Parliament of Queensland, Assembly election, 7 March 1953". Retrieved 25 January 2010.