Tasmanian state election, 1928

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Tasmanian state election, 1928
1925 ←
30 May 1928 → 1931

All 30 seats to the House of Assembly
  First party Second party
  Sir John McPhee.jpg JosephLyons2.jpg
Leader John McPhee Joseph Lyons
Party Nationalist Labor
Leader since July 1925 November 1916
Leader's seat Denison Wilmot
Last election 11 seats 16 seats
Seats won 15 seats 14 seats
Seat change Increase4 Decrease2
Percentage 42.20% 47.15%
Swing Increase2.83 Decrease1.32

Premier before election

Joseph Lyons

Resulting Premier

John McPhee

A general election for the House of Assembly was held in the Australian state of Tasmania on 30 May 1928 (a Wednesday).


The 1925 election had seen Labor win in a landslide, and the Nationalist Party lose five seats in the House of Assembly. In 1928, leading up to the election, the Nationalists reverted to "hard politics", criticising Labor Premier Joseph Lyons for an increasing unemployment problem and economic stagnation. This shift was much to the chagrin of Lyons, who had encouraged cordial relations with the Nationalists, and referred to their leader John McPhee as a "colleague and mate".[1]


Tasmanian state election, 30 May 1928
House of Assembly
<< 19251931 >>

Enrolled voters 111,956
Votes cast 91,679 Turnout 81.89% +14.63%
Informal votes 2,973 Informal 3.24% +1.02%
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary votes  % Swing Seats Change
  Labor 41,829 47.15% –1.32% 14 – 2
  Nationalist[1] 37,432 42.20% +2.83% 15 + 4
  Independent Labor 1,982 2.23% –1.22% 0 ± 0
  Independent 7,461 8.41% –0.30% 1 – 2
Total 88,706     30  
1 Prior to the 1925 election, the Nationalist Party had split with a number of candidates, including former Premier Walter Lee, contesting the election under a "Liberal" banner. The grouping subsequently reunited with the Nationalists.

Distribution of Seats[edit]

Electorate Seats won


The Labor Party won a slim majority of the vote in the 1928 election, but only fourteen seats. As the Nationalist Party held half the seats in the House of Assembly (one more than Labor, and with one independent in Franklin), Nationalist leader John McPhee was made Premier of Tasmania, and he praised Lyons for his statesmanship.[1]

Lyons, who had been considering a career in Federal politics, stood for the federal seat of Wilmot in 1929, and would go on to become Prime Minister of Australia in 1932.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c 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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