South Australian state election, 1959

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South Australian state election, 1959
South Australia
1956 ←
7 March 1959 (1959-03-07) → 1962

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 No image.svg
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 21 seats 15 seats
Seats won 20 seats 17 seats
Seat change Decrease1 Increase2
Percentage 50.3% 49.7%
Swing Decrease1.0 Increase1.0

Premier before election

Thomas Playford
Liberal and Country League

Elected Premier

Thomas Playford
Liberal and Country League

State elections were held in 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.

House of Assembly (IRV) — Turnout 93.95% (CV) — Informal 2.89%
  Party Votes % Swing Seats Change
  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
  Independent 23,050 5.93 -1.41 2 -1
  Other 8,261 2.12 0 0
  Total 388,938     39
  Liberal and Country League WIN 50.30 -1.00 20 -1
  Australian Labor Party 49.70 +1.00 17 +2
  • Seven LCL and one ALP seats were won uncontested. The primary vote was counted on seats contested, while the two-party vote was estimated for all seats.

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