South Australian state election, 1959
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 7 March 1959. 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||191,933||49.35||+1.98||17||+2|
|Liberal and Country League||143,710||36.95||+0.26||20||-1|
|Democratic Labor Party||21,984||5.65||*||0||0|
|Communist Party of Australia||5,505||1.42||+0.26||0||0|
|Liberal and Country League||WIN||50.30||-1.00||20||-1|
|Australian Labor Party||49.70||+1.00||17||+2|
- The LCL did not contest eight seats, Labor did not contest ten seats. The primary vote was counted on seats contested, while the two-party vote was estimated for all seats.
Labor won two seats at this election, rural Mount Gambier from an Independent and rural Wallaroo from the LCL. Both of these seats had been previously won in by-elections in 1957 and 1958, and Labor retained them.
|LCL SEATS (20)|
|Rocky River||James Heaslip||LCL||unopposed|
|Yorke Peninsula||Cecil Hincks||LCL||unopposed|
|LABOR SEATS (17)|
|West Torrens||Fred Walsh||ALP||1.4%|
|Mount Gambier||Ron Ralston||ALP||8.3%|
|Adelaide||Sam Lawn||ALP||30.1% v DLP|
|Port Adelaide||John Ryan||ALP||34.9% v DLP|
|Whyalla||Ron Loveday||ALP||34.9% v IND|
|Stuart||Lindsay Riches||ALP||38.4% v IND|
|Semaphore||Harold Tapping||ALP||42.2% v COM|
|Port Pirie||Dave McKee||ALP||undistributed|
|CROSSBENCH SEATS (2)|
|Burra||Percy Quirke||IND||2.1% v LCL|
|Ridley||Tom Stott||IND||6.7% v LCL|
- Results of the South Australian state election, 1959 (House of Assembly)
- Members of the South Australian House of Assembly, 1959-1962
- Members of the South Australian Legislative Council, 1959-1962
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- Hetherington, Robert; Reid, Robert Lovell (1962). The South Australian Elections 1959. Adelaide: Rigby. ASIN B003Z02DY8.