1918 Corangamite by-election
In October, the Labor Party had won a by-election for the safe conservative seat of Swan when the entry of the Farmers' and Settlers' Association had split the conservative vote. The Nationalists quickly introduced preferential voting, which was first practiced at the Corangamite by-election. Although the Labor candidate, future Prime Minister James Scullin, came first on the primary vote, Nationalist preferences elected William Gibson of the Victorian Farmers' Union, who thus became the first "Country" member of the Australian Parliament.
|Victorian Farmers||William Gibson||6,604||26.4||+26.4|
|Ind. Nationalist||Russell Coldham||1,174||4.7||+4.7|
|Returned Soldiers||Thomas Leaper||895||3.6||+3.6|
|Total formal votes||25,040||98.0|
|Victorian Farmers||William Gibson||14,096||56.3||+56.3|
|Victorian Farmers gain from Nationalist||Swing||-4.1|