Tasmanian state election, 1955

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Tasmanian state election, 1955
Tasmania
1950 ←
19 February 1955 → 1956

All 30 seats to the House of Assembly
  First party Second party
  Cosgrove Sir Robert HA 355.jpg Reginald Townley.jpg
Leader Robert Cosgrove Rex Townley
Party Labor Liberal
Leader since 25 February 1948 6 February 1950
Leader's seat Denison Denison
Last election 15 seats 14 seats
Seats won 15 seats 15 seats
Seat change Steady0 Increase1
Percentage 52.63% 45.35%
Swing Increase4.00 Decrease2.23

Premier before election

Robert Cosgrove
Labor

Resulting Premier

Robert Cosgrove
Labor

Elections for the House of Assembly were held in the Australian state of Tasmania on 19 February 1955.

The incumbent Labor government, led by Robert Cosgrove, had been in office continuously since 1934, although had not held a majority since 1946. It was looking to win another term in minority government against the opposition Liberal Party, on this occasion led by Rex Townley.

Results[edit]

The election resulted in a parliamentary deadlock, with both the Labor and Liberal parties winning 15 seats in the 30 seat assembly.

The 1955 election also saw the first women elected to the Tasmanian House of Assembly: Mabel Miller for Franklin and Amelia Best for Wilmot (both representing the Liberal Party).[1]

Tasmanian state election, 19 February 1955
House of Assembly
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Enrolled voters 173,165
Votes cast 162,637 Turnout 93.92 –0.60
Informal votes 6,158 Informal 3.79 –0.69
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary votes  % Swing Seats Change
  Labor 82,362 52.63 +4.00 15 ± 0
  Liberal 70,959 45.35 –2.23 15 + 1
  Independent 3,158 2.02 –1.72 0 – 1
Total 156,479     30  

Distribution of Seats[edit]

Electorate Seats won
Bass            
Darwin            
Denison            
Franklin            
Wilmot            
  Labor
  Liberal

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