Queensland state election, 1915
All 72 seats in the Legislative Assembly of Queensland
37 Assembly seats were needed for a majority
The election was the second for the Liberal government of Digby Denham, who had been premier since 7 February 1911. The opposition Labor Party, led by T. J. Ryan, had two previous Premiers — Anderson Dawson in 1899 and William Kidston in 1906 — but the former did not command a majority of parliamentary support, while the latter maintained it by splitting the Labor Party. Labor had never before held majority government.
The election was the first in Australia to be conducted using compulsory voting due to Denham's concern that Trade Unions were effectively mobilising the ALP vote; he felt that compulsory voting would ensure a more level playing field. However, it turned out that the change to compulsory voting was not enough to save Denham's premiership.
The election resulted in the defeat of the government, and Queensland's first majority Labor government. All except two members of the Ministry up for election, including Denham himself, lost their seats.
|15 April 1915||The Parliament was dissolved.|
|15 April 1915||Writs were issued by the Governor to proceed with an election.|
|28 April 1915||Close of nominations.|
|22 May 1915||Polling day, between the hours of 8am and 6pm.|
|1 June 1915||The Denham Ministry resigned and the Ryan Ministry was sworn in.|
|21 June 1915||The writ was returned and the results formally declared.|
|13 July 1915||Parliament resumed for business.|
The election saw a landslide to Labor from the 1912 election.
|Summary of votes by party|
|Farmers' Union||13,233||5.05||+5.05||5||+ 5|
- 1 335,195 electors were enrolled to vote at the election, but 8 seats (11.1% of the total) were uncontested—6 Labor seats representing 24,564 enrolled voters, one Liberal seat representing 3,999 voters, and one Farmers' Union seat representing 4,571 voters.
This was the start of a period of Labor hegemony over the Assembly which lasted until 1957; the only breach was the Moore ministry of the 1929–1932 period.
- Candidates of the Queensland state election, 1915
- Members of the Queensland Legislative Assembly, 1912–1915
- Members of the Queensland Legislative Assembly, 1915–1918
- Denham Ministry
- Ryan Ministry
- Queensland Government Gazette. 15 April 1915. p. 104:1101. Missing or empty
- Queensland Government Gazette. 15 April 1915. p. 104:1103. Missing or empty
- Queensland Government Gazette. 1 June 1915. p. 104:1513–1514. Missing or empty
- Queensland Government Gazette. 13 July 1915. p. 105:141. Missing or empty
- Australian Government and Politics Database. "Parliament of Queensland, Assembly election, 22 May 1915". Retrieved 14 January 2009.