South Australian state election, 1956
All 39 seats in the South Australian House of Assembly
20 seats were needed for a majority
State elections were held in South Australia on 3 March 1956. 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.
|Australian Labor Party||129,853||47.37||-3.60||15||+1|
|Liberal and Country League||100,569||36.69||+0.23||21||0|
|Anti-Communist Labor Party||20,384||7.44||*||0||0|
|Communist Party of Australia||3,185||1.16||-0.32||0||0|
|Liberal and Country League||WIN||51.30||+4.30||21||0|
|Australian Labor Party||48.70||-4.30||15||+1|
- The LCL did not contest ten seats, Labor did not contest sixteen seats. The primary vote was counted on seats contested, while the two-party vote was estimated for all seats.
|LCL SEATS (21)|
|Chaffey||Harold King||LCL||5.2% v IND|
|Onkaparinga||Howard Shannon||LCL||20.1% v IND|
|Gouger||Rufus Goldney||LCL||20.5% v IND|
|Angas||Berthold Teusner||LCL||27.6% v IND|
|Gumeracha||Thomas Playford||LCL||38.6% v COM|
|Rocky River||James Heaslip||LCL||unopposed|
|Yorke Peninsula||Cecil Hincks||LCL||unopposed|
|LABOR SEATS (15)|
|West Torrens||Fred Walsh||ALP||1.4%|
|Edwardstown||Frank Walsh||ALP||24.3% v DLP|
|Adelaide||Sam Lawn||ALP||31.7% v DLP|
|Port Adelaide||James Stephens||ALP||32.1% v DLP|
|Port Pirie||Charles Davis||ALP||unopposed|
|CROSSBENCH SEATS (3)|
|Burra||Percy Quirke||IND||1.2% v LCL|
|Mount Gambier||John Fletcher||IND||6.1% v ALP|
|Ridley||Tom Stott||IND||11.0% v LCL|
- Results of the South Australian state election, 1956 (House of Assembly)
- Members of the South Australian House of Assembly, 1956-1959
- Members of the South Australian Legislative Council, 1956-1959
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