Queensland state election, 1920

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Queensland state election, 1920
Queensland
1918 ←
9 October 1920 (1920-10-09)
→ 1923

All 72 seats in the Legislative Assembly of Queensland
  First party Second party
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Leader Ted Theodore William Vowles
Party Labor Country/Nationalist coalition
Leader since 22 October 1919 (1919-10-22) 28 January 1920
Leader's seat Chillagoe Dalby
Last election 46 seats 25 seats
Seats won 38 seats 33 seats
Seat change Decrease8 Increase8
Percentage 47.77% 48.53%
Swing Decrease5.91 N/A

Premier before election

Ted Theodore
Labor

Elected Premier

Ted Theodore
Labor

Elections were held in the Australian state of Queensland on 9 October 1920 to elect the 72 members of the state's Legislative Assembly. The Labor government was seeking its third term in office since the 1915 election. It was Premier Ted Theodore's first election.

During the previous term, a new party, the Queensland Country Party, had emerged from the Nationalist bloc, taking half of the Country Party's parliamentary seats with it. A Labor member, Alfred James, switched to the party, and the Maranoa by-election in 1919 saw them gain a seat at the expense of Labor. An additional party, the Northern Country Party, also formed during this time to represent the interests of North Queensland farmers and canegrowers. In order to avoid three-cornered contests with Labor, the three parties agreed upon a division of seats between themselves.

Key dates[edit]

Date Event
10 September 1920 The Parliament was dissolved.[1]
10 September 1920 Writs were issued by the Governor to proceed with an election.[2]
18 September 1920 Close of nominations.
9 October 1920 Polling day, between the hours of 8am and 6pm.
12 November 1920 The Theodore Ministry was reconstituted.
15 November 1920 The writ was returned and the results formally declared.

Results[edit]

Queensland state election, 9 October 1920[3]
Legislative Assembly
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Enrolled Voters 445,681[1]
Votes Cast 356,226 Turnout 79.93 –0.34
Informal Votes 3,600 Informal 1.01 –0.17
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary Votes % Swing Seats Change
  Labor 168,455 47.77 –5.91 38 – 8
  Nationalist 90,730 25.73 –18.89 13 – 9
  Country 60,170 17.06 +17.06 18 + 18
  Northern Country 20,246 5.74 +5.74 2 + 2
  Ind. Country 6,055 1.72 +1.72 0 ± 0
  National Labor 4,216 1.20 +1.20 0 ± 0
  Independent 2,794 0.79 –0.90 0 – 2
Total 352,666     72  
1 462,218 electors were enrolled to vote at the election, but 2 Country Party seats (Cooroora and Cunningham), 1 United Party seat (Albert) and 1 Labor seat (Mitchell) were unopposed.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A Proclamation". Queensland Government Gazette. 10 September 1920. p. 115:923. 
  2. ^ Queensland Government Gazette. 10 September 1920. p. 115:925. 
  3. ^ Australian Government and Politics Database. "Parliament of Queensland, Assembly election, 12 May 1923". Retrieved 5 March 2010.  Party data is from Hughes, Colin A.; Graham, B. D. (1976). Voting for the Queensland Legislative Assembly, 1890-1964. Canberra: Australian National University. ISBN 0-7081-0301-4.