South Australian state election, 1953

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South Australian state election, 1953
South Australia
1950 ←
7 March 1953 (1953-03-07) → 1956

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 Senator Mick O'Halloran.jpg
Leader Thomas Playford Mick O'Halloran
Party Liberal and Country League Labor
Leader since 5 November 1938 10 October 1949
Leader's seat Gumeracha Frome
Last election 23 seats 12 seats
Seats won 21 seats 14 seats
Seat change Decrease2 Increase2
Percentage 47.0% 53.0%
Swing Decrease4.3 Increase4.3

Premier before election

Thomas Playford
Liberal and Country League

Elected Premier

Thomas Playford
Liberal and Country League

State elections were held in South Australia on 7 March 1953. All 39 seats in the South Australian House of Assembly were up for election. The incumbent Liberal and Country League led by Premier of South Australia Thomas Playford IV defeated the Australian Labor Party led by Leader of the Opposition Mick O'Halloran.[1][2]

House of Assembly (IRV) — Turnout 95.01% (CV) — Informal 2.93%[3]
  Party Votes % Swing Seats Change
  Australian Labor Party 166,517 50.97 +2.88 14 +2
  Liberal and Country League 119,106 36.45 -4.05 21 -2
  Communist Party of Australia 4,827 1.48 +0.14 0 0
  Independent 36,271 11.10 +1.03 4 0
  Other 411 1.60 0 0
  Total 326,721     39
  Liberal and Country League WIN 47.00 -4.30 21 -2
  Australian Labor Party 53.00 +4.30 14 +2
  • The LCL did not contest twelve seats, Labor did not contest thirteen seats. The primary vote was counted on seats contested, while the two-party vote was estimated for all seats.

Background[edit]

Labor won three seats, metropolitan Norwood and Prospect and rural Victoria from the LCL.[4] The LCL won one seat, rural Murray from Labor.[5] Notably, neither major party contested the independent-held seat of Ridley.[1][2]

The Labor opposition won 53 percent of the statewide two-party vote however the LCL retained government with the assistance of the Playmander − an electoral malapportionment that also saw a clear majority of the statewide two-party vote won by Labor while failing to form government in 1944, 1962 and 1968.[1][2]

Post-election pendulum[edit]

LCL SEATS (21)
Marginal
Unley Colin Dunnage LCL 0.3%
Murray Hector White LCL 0.5%
Glenelg Baden Pattinson LCL 0.7%
Torrens John Travers LCL 1.3%
Fairly Safe
Gouger Rufus Goldney LCL 6.1%
Onkaparinga Howard Shannon LCL 7.0%
Flinders Glen Pearson LCL 8.4%
Burra George Hawker LCL 9.4%
Light Herbert Michael LCL 9.5%
Safe
Newcastle George Jenkins LCL 13.7%
Burnside Geoffrey Clarke LCL 16.1%
Eyre Arthur Christian LCL 17.8% v IND
Angas Berthold Teusner LCL 18.1% v IND
Gumeracha Thomas Playford LCL 40.4% v COM
Albert Malcolm McIntosh LCL undistributed
Stirling William Jenkins LCL undistributed
Alexandra David Brookman LCL unopposed
Mitcham Henry Dunks LCL unopposed
Rocky River James Heaslip LCL unopposed
Yorke Peninsula Cecil Hincks LCL unopposed
Young Robert Nicholls LCL unopposed
LABOR SEATS (14)
Marginal
Victoria Jim Corcoran ALP 0.8%
Prospect Joe Jennings ALP 3.4%
Fairly safe
Norwood Don Dunstan ALP 6.3%
Safe
Goodwood Frank Walsh ALP 13.1%
Gawler John Clark ALP 27.1% v IND
Semaphore Harold Tapping ALP 37.6% v IND
Adelaide Sam Lawn ALP 39.5% v COM
Stuart Lindsay Riches ALP 39.8% v COM
Port Adelaide James Stephens ALP 41.9% v COM
Port Pirie Charles Davis ALP undistributed
Frome Mick O'Halloran ALP unopposed
Hindmarsh Cyril Hutchens ALP unopposed
Thebarton Fred Walsh ALP unopposed
Wallaroo Hughie McAlees ALP unopposed
CROSSBENCH SEATS (4)
Mount Gambier John Fletcher IND 4.3% v ALP
Stanley Percy Quirke IND 11.9% v LCL
Chaffey William MacGillivray IND 19.1% v LCL
Ridley Tom Stott IND 27.8% v IND

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Jaensch, Dean (March 2007). "The 1953 General Election - Formed the 34th Parliament". History of South Australian elections 1857-2006: House of Assembly, Volume 1. State Electoral Office South Australia. pp. 270–273. ISBN 9780975048634 – via Electoral Commission of South Australia. 
  2. ^ a b c Tilby Stock, Jenny (1996). "The 'Playmander', Its origins, operation and effect on South Australia". In O'Neil, Bernard; Raftery, Judith; Round, Kerrie. Playford's South Australia: essays on the history of South Australia, 1933-1968. Association of Professional Historians. pp. 73–90. ISBN 9780646290928 – via Professional Historians Association (South Australia). 
  3. ^ "Electoral system and voting for the South Australian House of Assembly from 1890: Election held on 7 March 1953". Australian Politics and Elections Database. University of Western Australia. Retrieved 13 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "Fate of Govern. in Doubt in Swing to Labor: LCL Appears Certain to Lose at least Three Seats". The Mail. 7 March 1953. Retrieved 13 January 2016 – via Trove. 
  5. ^ "Absolute Majority for Government: L.C.L. Candidate Wins Murray Seat". The Advertiser. 14 March 1953. Retrieved 13 January 2016 – via Trove. 

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