Victorian state election, 1940

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Victorian state election, 1940
Victoria (Australia)
1937 ←
16 March 1940 (1940-03-16) → 1943

44 (of the 65) seats in the Victorian Legislative Assembly
  First party Second party Third party
  Johncainsenior.jpg AlbertDunstan-cropped.jpg Sir Stanley Argyle.jpg
Leader John Cain Albert Dunstan Sir Stanley Argyle
Party Labor United Country United Australia
Leader since 18 October 1937 14 March 1935 3 September 1930
Leader's seat Northcote Korong and Eaglehawk Toorak
Last election 20 seats 20 seats 21 seats
Seats before 21 seats 22 seats 18 seats
Seats won 22 seats 22 seats 16 seats
Seat change Increase 1 Steady 0 Decrease 2
Percentage 33.17% 14.16% 35.41%
Swing Decrease 7.86 Increase 2.81 Decrease 4.15

Premier before election

Albert Dunstan
Country

Elected Premier

Albert Dunstan
Country

The 1940 Victorian state election was held in the Australian state of Victoria on Saturday 16 March 1940 to elect 44 of the 65 members of the state's Legislative Assembly.

Background[edit]

Several events had taken place since the previous state election on 2 October 1937, which had changed the breakdown of the parties in the Assembly:

  • In November 1937, Ian Macfarlan (the member for Brighton) left the United Australia Party (UAP) and sat as an Independent. Macfarlan gave two reasons for his resignation from the UAP: that the party was sitting in opposition to the Dunstan Country government which he praised; and that it was controlled by a central body outside of the parliament, the members of which were unknown to most party members.[1] Frederick Holden (Grant) also left the UAP and sat on the cross benches.[2] This reduced the UAP's numbers from 21 to 19.
  • Ernie Bond (Port Fairy and Glenelg) had been expelled from the Labor Party (ALP) over his support for the "Premiers' Plan" in 1932, and had won several elections as an independent. He was re-admitted to the ALP in on 16 April 1938.[3] This increased the ALP's numbers from 20 to 21.
  • On 5 November 1938, the United Country Party (UCP) won a by-election in the seat of Gippsland North, after the death of the sitting member James Weir McLachlan, an independent.[4] This reduced the number of Independents to 3, and increased the numbers for the UCP from 20 to 21.
  • In August 1939, Alfred Kirton (Mornington) resigned from the UAP and sat briefly as an independent, before joining the United Country Party on 29 August 1939. This reduced the UAP from 19 seats to 18, and increased the UCP seats from 21 to 22.[5]

Results[edit]

Legislative Assembly[edit]

Victorian state election, 16 March 1940[6][7]
Legislative Assembly
<< 19371943 >>

Enrolled voters 841,864
Votes cast 786,359 Turnout 93.41 −0.55
Informal votes 12,287 Informal 1.56 +0.19
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary votes  % Swing Seats Change
  United Australia 274,113 35.41 −4.15 16 −2
  Labor 256,744 33.17 −7.86 22 +1
  United Country 109,626 14.06 −2.71 22 ±0
  Liberal Country 18,104 2.34 +2.34 1 ±0
  Communist 2,935 0.38 −0.34 0 ±0
  Independent 112,550 14.53 +7.20 4 +1
Total 841,864     65  

References[edit]

  1. ^ "DUNSTAN GOVERNMENT PRAISED.". Gippsland Times (Vic.: National Library of Australia). 25 November 1937. p. 6. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "SIGNIFICANCE OF SEATS.". The Argus (Melbourne: National Library of Australia). 20 October 1937. p. 3. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "READMITTED TO LABOR PARTY.". The Advocate (Burnie, Tas.: National Library of Australia). 19 April 1938. p. 11. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "BY-ELECTION IN VICTORIA.". The Mercury (Hobart, Tas.: National Library of Australia). 9 November 1938. p. 11. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "U.C.P. RECRUIT.". The Argus (Melbourne: National Library of Australia). 30 August 1939. p. 10. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  6. ^ Election held on 16 March 1940, Australian Politics and Elections Database (University of Western Australia).
  7. ^ Colin A Hughes, A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics 1890-1964, Canberra: Australian National University Press, 1968 (ISBN 0708102700).