South Australian state election, 1944

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South Australian state election, 1944
South Australia
1941 ←
29 April 1944 (1944-04-29) → 1947

All 39 seats in the South Australian House of Assembly
20 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party
  Playford portrait 38.jpg Robert Richards (Australia).gif
Leader Thomas Playford Robert Richards
Party Liberal and Country League Labor
Leader since 5 November 1938 1938
Leader's seat Gumeracha Wallaroo
Last election 20 seats 11 seats
Seats won 20 seats 16 seats
Seat change Steady0 Increase5
Percentage 45.84% 42.52%
Swing Increase8.29 Increase9.27

Premier before election

Thomas Playford
Liberal and Country League

Elected Premier

Thomas Playford
Liberal and Country League

State elections were held in Australia on 29 April 1944. All 39 seats in the South Australian House of Assembly were up for election. The incumbent Liberal and Country League government led by Premier of South Australia Thomas Playford IV defeated the opposition Australian Labor Party led by Leader of the Opposition Robert Richards. Compulsory voting was introduced at this election.

House of Assembly (IRV) — Turnout 88.53% (CV) — Informal 3.22%
  Party Votes % Swing Seats Change
  Liberal and Country League 113,536 45.84 +8.29 20 0
  Australian Labor Party 105,298 42.52 +9.27 16 +5
  Communist Party of Australia 5,136 2.07 * 0 *
  Independent 16,439 6.64 -17.97 3 -2
  Independent Labor 5,587 2.26 -0.76 0 -2
  Unendorsed LCL 1,658 0.67 -0.91 0 -1
  Other 0 0
  Total 247,654     39
  Liberal and Country League WIN 20 0
  Australian Labor Party 16 +5
  • Seven ALP and two LCL seats were won uncontested.

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