South Australian state election, 1953

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South Australian state election, 1953
South Australia
1950 ←
7 March 1953 (1953-03-07)
→ 1956

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 No image.svg
Leader Thomas Playford Mick O'Halloran
Party Liberal and Country League Labor
Leader since 5 November 1938 10 October 1949
Leader's seat Gumeracha Frome
Last election 23 seats 12 seats
Seats won 20 seats 15 seats
Seat change Decrease3 Increase3
Percentage 47.0% 53.0%
Swing Decrease4.3 Increase4.3

Premier before election

Thomas Playford
Liberal and Country League

Elected Premier

Thomas Playford
Liberal and Country League

State elections were held in Australia on 7 March 1953. All 39 seats in the South Australian House of Assembly were up for election. The incumbent Liberal and Country League led by Premier of South Australia Thomas Playford IV defeated the Australian Labor Party led by Leader of the Opposition Mick O'Halloran.

House of Assembly (IRV) — Turnout 95.01% (CV) — Informal 2.93%
  Party Votes % Swing Seats Change
  Australian Labor Party 166,106 50.84 +2.75 15 +3
  Liberal and Country League 119,106 36.45 -4.05 20 -3
  Independent 36,271 11.10 +1.03 4 0
  Other 5,238 1.60 0 0
  Total 326,721     39
  Liberal and Country League WIN 47.00 -4.30 20 -3
  Australian Labor Party 53.00 +4.30 15 +3
  • Five LCL and four ALP seats were won uncontested. The primary vote was counted on seats contested, while the two-party vote was estimated for all seats.

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