Tasmanian state election, 1931

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Tasmanian state election, 1931
1928 ←
9 May 1931 → 1934

All 30 seats to the House of Assembly
  First party Second party
  Sir John McPhee.jpg Albert Ogilvie.jpg
Leader John McPhee Albert Ogilvie
Party Nationalist Labor
Leader since July 1925 October 1929
Leader's seat Denison Franklin
Last election 15 seats 14 seats
Seats won 19 seats 10 seats
Seat change Increase4 Decrease4
Percentage 56.40% 34.92%
Swing Increase14.20 Decrease12.23

Premier before election

John McPhee

Elected Premier

John McPhee

A general election for the House of Assembly was held in the Australian state of Tasmania on 9 May 1931.


The Nationalist Party had defeated Labor by one seat at the 1928 election, and John McPhee had been Premier of Tasmania since then. Joseph Lyons had retired from state politics after his 1928 defeat and had entered federal politics, and the Labor Party was now led by Albert Ogilvie.


Tasmanian state election, 9 May 1931
House of Assembly
<< 19281934 >>

Enrolled voters 118,730
Votes cast 112,779 Turnout 94.99% +13.10%
Informal votes 3,885 Informal 3.44% +0.20%
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary votes  % Swing Seats Change
  Nationalist 61,414 56.40% +14.20% 19 + 4
  Labor 38,030 34.92% –12.23% 10 – 4
  Independent 9,450 8.68% –2.07% 1 ± 0
Total 108,894     30  

Distribution of Seats[edit]

Electorate Seats won


The Nationalist Party won the 1931 election in a landslide, with an over 22 per cent margin over Labor, and taking a nineteen seats in the House of Assembly. This was the largest victory over Labor in Tasmania since Hare-Clark elections began in 1909, and was attributed to public endorsement of McPhee's expenditure cuts over Ogilvie's expansionist policies.[1]

The high turnout of voting in the election was due to the implementation of compulsory voting clauses of the Electoral Act for the first time.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ R. P. Davis, McPhee, Sir John Cameron (1878 - 1952), Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 10, Melbourne University Press, 1986, pp 355-356.
  2. ^ Report on General Election, 1931, Tasmanian Electoral Commission.

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