Tasmanian state election, 1913

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Tasmanian state election, 1913
1912 ←
23 January 1913 → 1916

All 30 seats to the House of Assembly
  First party Second party
  Albert Edgar Solomon.jpg John Earle (Australian politician).jpg
Leader Albert Solomon John Earle
Party Commonwealth Liberal Labor
Leader since 14 June 1912 1906
Leader's seat Bass Franklin
Last election 16 seats 14 seats
Seats won 16 seats 14 seats
Seat change Steady0 Steady0
Percentage 52.58% 46.00%
Swing Decrease1.90 Increase0.48

Premier before election

Albert Solomon
Commonwealth Liberal

Elected Premier

Albert Solomon
Commonwealth Liberal

A general election for the House of Assembly was held in the Australian state of Tasmania on 23 January 1913 (a Thursday, as the convention of holding elections on a Saturday did not become common until the 1920s).


The 1913 election was called less than a year after the previous election in 1912, triggered by an early dissolution of parliament. The Liberals held only a small majority in the House of Assembly, and Premier Albert Solomon was dependent on the support of Norman Cameron to maintain that majority. In addition, Solomon was under threat from the same Liberal unrest that had unseated his predecessor, Sir Elliott Lewis. Labor sought to capitalise on Solomon's tenuous grasp on government, and moved a series of no-confidence motions against him, including a censure motion over the Mount Lyell disaster. In an attempt to secure his position, Solomon requested an early dissolution from the Governor of Tasmania, and an early election was called.[1]


Tasmanian state election, 23 January 1913
House of Assembly
<< 19121916 >>

Enrolled voters 105,292
Votes cast 70,802 Turnout 67.24% –6.23%
Informal votes 2,035 Informal 2.87% +0.02%
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary votes  % Swing Seats Change
  Liberal 36,157 52.58% –1.90% 16 + 1
  Labor 31,633 46.00% +0.48% 14 ± 0
  Independent 977 1.42% +1.42% 0 – 1
Total 68,767     30  

Distribution of Seats[edit]

Electorate Seats won


Solomon achieved what he had hoped by calling an early election: Norman Cameron lost his seat which was picked up by the Liberals, giving them a more favourable two-seat majority in the house. This advantage, however, was short-lived. The Liberals lost a seat in a by-election, and the erratic behaviour of MHA Joshua Whitsitt was coming under question. Solomon lost a no-confidence motion in April 1914, and the Governor denied his request for another dissolution, calling upon John Earle to form a Labor government.[1]

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