South Australian state election, 1947

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South Australian state election, 1947
South Australia
1944 ←
8 March 1947 (1947-03-08)
→ 1950

All 39 seats in the South Australian House of Assembly
20 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party
  Playford portrait 38.jpg Robert Richards (Australia).gif
Leader Thomas Playford Robert Richards
Party Liberal and Country League Labor
Leader since 5 November 1938 1938
Leader's seat Gumeracha Wallaroo
Last election 20 seats 16 seats
Seats won 23 seats 13 seats
Seat change Increase3 Decrease3
Percentage 40.38% 48.64%
Swing Decrease5.46 Increase4.3

Premier before election

Thomas Playford
Liberal and Country League

Elected Premier

Thomas Playford
Liberal and Country League

State elections were held in Australia on 8 March 1947. All 39 seats in the South Australian House of Assembly were up for election. The incumbent Liberal and Country League government led by Premier of South Australia Thomas Playford IV defeated the opposition Australian Labor Party led by Leader of the Opposition Robert Richards.

House of Assembly (IRV) — Turnout 93.37% (CV) — Informal 3.63%
  Party Votes % Swing Seats Change
  Australian Labor Party 133,959 48.64 +6.12 13 -3
  Liberal and Country League 111,216 40.38 -5.46 23 +3
  Communist Party of Australia 8,178 2.97 +0.90 0 0
  Independent 17,083 6.20 -0.43 3 0
  Independent Labor 4,963 1.80 -0.45 0 0
  Other 0 0
  Total 275,399     39
  Liberal and Country League WIN 23 +3
  Australian Labor Party 13 -3
  • Nine LCL and four ALP seats were won uncontested.

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