Tasmanian state election, 1912

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Tasmanian state election, 1912
Tasmania
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All 30 seats to the House of Assembly
  First party Second party
  Neil Elliott Lewis.jpg John Earle (Australian politician).jpg
Leader Elliott Lewis John Earle
Party Commonwealth Liberal Labour
Leader since 1909 1906
Leader's seat Denison Franklin
Last election 18 seats 12 seats
Seats won 16 seats 14 seats
Seat change Decrease2 Increase2
Percentage 54.48% 45.54%
Swing Increase3.87 Increase6.58

Premier before election

Elliott Lewis
Commonwealth Liberal

Elected Premier

Elliott Lewis
Commonwealth Liberal

The 1912 Tasmanian state election was held on Tuesday, 30 April 1912 in the Australian state of Tasmania to elect 30 members of the Tasmanian House of Assembly. The election used the Hare-Clark proportional representation system[1] — six members were elected from each of five electorates.

Elliott Lewis was elected as an Anti-Socialist at the 1909 election, and was Premier of Tasmania from 27 October 1909. He was urged by his predecessor, John Evans (premier from 11 July 1904 to 19 June 1909), to organise anti-Labour forces against a resurgent Labour Party (which won 12 seats at the 1909 election) and to support the formation of the Tasmanian Liberal League (not directly related to the modern Liberal Party of Australia).[2] The new anti-Labour party was the Commonwealth Liberal Party,[3] with Lewis as its leader.

Lewis was the incumbent Premier at the 1912 election, and John Earle was Labour Party leader. The election saw an increase in Labour seats from 12 to 14, just short of a House of Assembly majority. The Liberal Party won the election, with a two-seat majority. Despite leading the Liberals to victory, Lewis was criticised within the party, and resigned the leadership to Albert Solomon on 14 June the same year.[2]

Key dates[edit]

Date Event
23 March 1912 New electoral rolls came into force.[4]
4 April 1912 The Parliament was dissolved.[5]
30 April 1912 Polling day, between the hours of 8am and 6pm.
14 June 1912 Elliott Lewis resigned, succeeded by Albert Solomon.
2 July 1912 Parliament was summoned for business.[6]

Results[edit]

Tasmanian state election, 30 April 1912
House of Assembly
<< 19091913 >>

Enrolled voters 103,513
Votes cast 76,052 Turnout 73.47% +20.85%
Informal votes 2,166 Informal 2.85% –0.01%
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary votes  % Swing Seats Change
  Liberal 40,252 54.48% +3.87% 16 – 2
  Labour 33,634 45.52% +6.58% 14 + 2
  Others –10.45% 0 ± 0
Total 73,886     30  

Distribution of Seats[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ House of Assembly Elections, Parliament of Tasmania.
  2. ^ a b Scott Bennett, 'Lewis, Sir Neil Elliott (1858 - 1935)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 10, Melbourne University Press, 1986, pp 94-95.
  3. ^ Moon, Jeremy; Campbell Sharman (2003). Australian Politics and Government: The Commonwealth, the States, and the Territories. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-53205-1. 
  4. ^ "Electoral Act 1907: A Proclamation", Tasmanian Government Gazette, 1912:876 (23 March 1912)
  5. ^ "Dissolution of the House of Assembly", Tasmanian Government Gazette, 1912:929A (4 April 1912)
  6. ^ "Parliament of Tasmania: A Proclamation", Tasmanian Government Gazette, 1912:1372 (21 June 1912)

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