Tasmanian state election, 1925

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Tasmanian state election, 1925
Tasmania
← 1922 3 June 1925 1928 →

All 30 seats to the House of Assembly
  First party Second party Third party
  Joseph Lyons.jpg Edward Hobbs.jpg Sir Walter Lee.jpg
Leader Joseph Lyons Edward Hobbs Walter Lee
Party Labor Nationalist Liberal (Lee)
Leader since November 1916 October 1924 October 1923
Leader's seat Wilmot Darwin Wilmot
Last election 12 seats 12 seats 0 seats
Seats won 16 seats 7 seats 4 seats
Seat change Increase4 Decrease5 Increase4
Percentage 48.47% 29.02% 10.34%
Swing Increase11.73 Decrease11.93 Increase10.34

Premier before election

Joseph Lyons
Labor

Elected Premier

Joseph Lyons
Labor

The 1925 Tasmanian state election was held on Wednesday, 3 June 1925 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.

The ambiguous result of the 1922 election saw the formation of a coalition government of the Nationalist and Country parties, with John Hayes as Premier of Tasmania. Hayes and his ministry lasted only until August 1923. Tasmania had borrowed heavily during World War I, and was in a poor financial state. Calls for Hayes to resign began in mid-1923, and he did so after a meeting of dissident MHAs undermined his support. James Newton was elected Nationalist leader, but failed to achieve the required support. Walter Lee was voted leader, and became the next Premier in October 1923; and Hayes was appointed to the Australian Senate.[2]

Lee's ministry lasted only 10 weeks and in October 1923, a small group of Nationalists revolted against Lee, and pledged support for Joseph Lyons and the opposition Labor Party. Lyons was sworn in as Premier, and was the incumbent Premier at the 1925 election.[3] Labor won the 1925 election in a landslide – Lyons' economic improvements and diplomacy with the Nationalists made him a popular Premier.[3]

Results[edit]

Tasmanian state election, 3 June 1925
House of Assembly
<< 19221928 >>

Enrolled voters 114,901
Votes cast 77,281 Turnout 67.26% +4.16%
Informal votes 1,714 Informal 2.22% -0.41%
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary votes  % Swing Seats Change
  Labor 36,631 48.47% +11.73% 16 + 4
  Nationalist 21,932 29.02% –11.93% 7 – 5
  Liberal (Lee) 7,815 10.34% +10.34% 4 + 4
  Independent Labor 2,604 3.45% +2.14% 0 ± 0
  Independent 6,585 8.71% +1.70% 3 + 2
  Others –13.98% 0 – 5
Total 75,567     30  

Distribution of Seats[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ House of Assembly Elections, Parliament of Tasmania.
  2. ^ Scott Bennett, Hayes, John Blyth (1868 - 1956), Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 9, Melbourne University Press, 1983, pp 239-240.
  3. ^ a b P. R. Hart, C. J. Lloyd, Lyons, Joseph Aloysius (1879 - 1939), Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 10, Melbourne University Press, 1986, pp 184-189.

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