1951 Australian Labor Party leadership election

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1951 Australian Labor Party
Leadership election

← 1945 20 June 1951 1954 →
  Herbert V. Evatt.jpg
Candidate H. V. Evatt
Caucus vote Unopposed

Leader before election

Ben Chifley

Elected Leader

H. V. Evatt

A leadership election in the Australian Labor Party, then the opposition party in the Parliament of Australia, was held on 20 June 1951. It saw the election of Leader H. V. Evatt as leader following the death of sitting leader Ben Chifley.

Evatt, then deputy-leader of the ALP, was returned in the caucus ballot unopposed as Chifley's successor with Arthur Calwell then elected to fill the now vacant deputy-leadership.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Labour Under New Leadership". The Sydney Morning Herald. 21 June 1951. p. 2.