South Australian state election, 1902

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South Australian state election, 1902
South Australia
← 1899 3 May 1902 (1902-05-03) 1905 →

All 42 seats in the South Australian House of Assembly
22 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
  JohnJenkins.jpg John Darling Jr..jpg Thomas Price.jpeg
Leader John Jenkins John Darling Jr. Thomas Price
Party Liberal Conservative Labor
Leader since 15 May 1901 1902 1899
Leader's seat Torrens Torrens Torrens
Last election - 14 seats 11 seats
Seats won - 17 seats 5 seats
Seat change - Increase3 Decrease6
Percentage - 24.3% 19.9%
Swing - Increase5.9 Decrease5.5

Premier before election

John Jenkins

Elected Premier

John Jenkins

State elections were held in South Australia on 3 May 1902. All 42 seats in the South Australian House of Assembly were up for election. The House had a reduction of 12 seats compared to the previous election. The incumbent liberal government led by Premier of South Australia John Jenkins in an informal coalition with the conservatives defeated the United Labor Party (ULP) led by Thomas Price. Each of the 13 districts elected multiple members, with voters casting multiple votes.

Following the 1899 election, Kingston tried again for franchise reform. The Assembly voted against the measure and Kingston resigned his ministry. He was replaced by Vaiben Louis Solomon for a brief period of seven days, when Frederick Holder formed a government which, for the first time, included a ULP member, Lee Batchelor.

The parliament was transformed by the impact of federation. Seven leading members of the Assembly resigned and were elected to the Parliament of Australia. As a result, there were 11 by-elections in this period. The Assembly was reduced in numbers, from 54 to 42. A redistribution was carried out following these changes, to produce a chamber elected from 13 districts - one 5-member, two four-member, nine 3-member and one 2-member electorates. The election was a "new start" for the parliament.

There was no "Liberal" or "Kingston" party, but there was a relatively cohesive Kingston group among both independent members and candidates. The Liberal and Democratic Union would not be formed until the 1906 election.

House of Assembly (FPTP) — Turnout 60.3% (Non-CV) — Informal 1.3%
  Party Votes % Swing Seats Change
  Australasian National League 61,768 24.3 +5.9 17 +3
  United Labor Party 48,515 19.9 –5.5 5 –6
  Independent 143,916 56.6 +0.4 20 –9
  Total 254,199     42 –12
  Liberal/National League coalition WIN
  United Labor Party

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