Queensland state election, 1960

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Queensland state election, 1960
Queensland
1957 ←
28 May 1960 (1960-05-28)
→ 1963

All 78 seats in the Legislative Assembly of Queensland
  First party Second party Third party
  Frank Nicklin.jpg Vincent Gair.jpg
Leader Frank Nicklin John Duggan Vince Gair
Party Country/Liberal coalition Labor QLP
Leader since 21 May 1941 18 August 1958 (1958-08-18) 26 April 1957 (1957-04-26)
Leader's seat Landsborough Toowoomba West South Brisbane (lost seat)
Last election 42 seats 20 seats 11 seats
Seats won 46 seats 25 seats 4 seats
Seat change Increase4 Increase5 Decrease7
Percentage 43.53% 39.89% 12.28%
Swing Increase0.31 Increase11.00 Decrease11.12

Premier before election

Frank Nicklin
Country/Liberal coalition

Elected Premier

Frank Nicklin
Country/Liberal coalition

Elections were held in the Australian state of Queensland on 28 May 1960 to elect the 78 members of the state's Legislative Assembly. The election followed the enactment of the Electoral Districts Act 1958 which increased the Assembly from 75 to 78 seats and modified the zonal system first established by Labor ahead of the 1950 election.

The major parties contesting the election were the Country Party led by Premier Frank Nicklin, the Liberal Party led by Kenneth Morris, the Australian Labor Party led by John Duggan and the Queensland Labor Party led by Vince Gair. The Country and Liberal parties had formed a coalition.

The Country-Liberal coalition won a second term in office at the election, although the Labor Party recovered 5 seats and 11% of its vote from the 1957 election. Still, it was the first time since 1912 that a non-Labor government had been re-elected in Queensland.

Key dates[edit]

Date Event
13 April 1960 The Parliament was dissolved.[1]
19 April 1960 Writs were issued by the Governor to proceed with an election.[2]
26 April 1960 Close of nominations.
28 May 1960 Polling day, between the hours of 8am and 6pm.
9 June 1960 The Nicklin Ministry was reconstituted.
8 July 1960 The writ was returned and the results formally declared.
23 August 1960 Parliament resumed for business.[3]

Results[edit]

Queensland state election, 28 May 1960[4]
Legislative Assembly
<< 19571963 >>

Enrolled Voters 813,584[1]
Votes Cast 752,927 Turnout 92.54 –2.04
Informal Votes 9,897 Informal 1.31 +0.17
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary Votes % Swing Seats Change
  Labor 296,430 39.89 +11.00 25 + 5
  Liberal 178,567 24.03 +0.80 20 + 2
  Country 139,720 19.50 –0.49 26 + 2
  Queensland Labor 91,212 12.28 –11.12 4 – 7
  North Queensland Labor 7,488 1.07 –0.25 1 ± 0
  Ind. Labor 2,257 0.32 +0.26 0 ± 0
  Ind. Conservative 2,723 0.39 +0.39 0 ± 0
  Independent 30,897 4.16 2 + 1
Total 743,030     78  
1 831,398 electors were enrolled to vote at the election, but two Country seats representing 17,814 enrolled voters were unopposed.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A Proclamation". Queensland Government Gazette. 13 April 1960. p. 203:1855. 
  2. ^ Queensland Government Gazette. 19 April 1960. p. 203:1923. 
  3. ^ Queensland Government Gazette. 21 July 1960. p. 204:1629. 
  4. ^ Australian Government and Politics Database. "Parliament of Queensland, Assembly election, 28 May 1960". Retrieved 12 February 2010.