New South Wales state election, 1920

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New South Wales state election, 1920

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All 90 seats in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly
46 Assembly seats were needed for a majority

  First party Second party Third party
  John Storey cropped.jpg William Holman 1919.jpg
Leader John Storey William Holman George Beeby
Party Labor Nationalist Progressive
Leader since February 1917 15 November 1916 1915
Leader's seat Balmain Cootamundra Wagga Wagga
Last election 33 seats 52 seats 0 seats
Seats won 43 seats 28 seats 15 seats
Seat change Increase10 Decrease24 Increase15
Percentage 43.03 29.62% 16.94%
Swing Increase0.40 Decrease17.82 Increase16.94

New South Wales Legislative Assembly 1920.svg
Legislative Assembly after the election

Premier before election

William Holman
Nationalist

Elected Premier

John Storey
Labor

The 1920 New South Wales state election was held on 20 March 1920. This election was for all of the 90 seats in the 25th New South Wales Legislative Assembly and it was conducted in multiple member constituencies using the Hare-Clark single transferable vote; it was the first election conducted using this method. The 24th parliament of New South Wales was dissolved on 18 February 1920 by the Governor, Sir Walter Edward Davidson, on the advice of the Premier William Holman.

Key dates[edit]

Date Event
18 February 1920 The Legislative Assembly was dissolved, and writs were issued by the Governor to proceed with an election.
28 February 1920 Nominations for candidates for the election closed at noon.
20 March 1920 Polling day.
21 April 1920 Writs returned.
27 April 1920 Opening of 25th Parliament.

Results[edit]

New South Wales state election, 20 March 1920
Legislative Assembly
<< 19171922 >>

Enrolled voters 1,154,437
Votes cast 158,430 Turnout 19.17 −42.26
Informal votes 62,900 Informal 28.42 +27.40
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary votes % Swing Seats Change
  Labor 68,175 43.03 +0.40 43 +10
  Nationalist 46,930 29.62 −17.82 28 −24
  Progressive 26,839 16.94 +16.94 15 +15
  Independent 7,300 4.61 +0.47 1 –2
  Ind. Nationalist 1,940 1.22 –1.25 2 0
  Ind. Socialist Labor 1,810 1.14 +1.08 1 +1
  All others 5,438 3.43 −2.30 0 –2
Total 585,809     90  

References[edit]

  • "Former members of the New South Wales Parliament, 1856-2006". New South Wales Parliament. Retrieved 2012-07-08.
  • Antony Green. "NSW Elections Analysis". New South Wales Parliament. Retrieved 2012-07-08.

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