Western Australian state election, 1939

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Western Australian state election, 1939
Western Australia
← 1936 18 March 1939 1943 →

All 50 seats in the Western Australian Legislative Assembly
  First party Second party
  John Willcock.jpg Charles Latham.jpg
Leader John Willcock Charles Latham
Party Labor Country/Nationalist coalition
Leader since 20 August 1936 24 April 1933
Leader's seat Geraldton York
Last election 26 seats 21 seats
Seats won 27 seats 19 seats
Seat change Increase1 Decrease2
Percentage 45.02% 35.97%
Swing Increase2.63 Decrease10.99

Premier before election

John Willcock
Labor

Elected Premier

John Willcock
Labor

Elections were held in the state of Western Australia on 18 March 1939 to elect all 50 members to the Legislative Assembly. The Labor Party, led by Premier John Willcock, won a third term in office against the Country and Nationalist parties, led by Opposition Leader Charles Latham and Robert Ross McDonald respectively.

Results[edit]

The election was notable for the lack of change to the status quo. Only one member—former Speaker Michael Troy, who had been in the Assembly continuously since 1904—opted to retire, being replaced in his seat of Mount Magnet by fellow Labor member Lucien Triat. Labor's Bill Hegney gained the seat of Pilbara from two-term Nationalist MLA Frank Welsh, whilst the Nationalist member since 1914 for North Perth, James MacCallum Smith, was defeated by independent Nationalist Arthur Abbott (who joined the party some years later).

Elsewhere, the only change was the exit of one Independent member—Clarence Doust in Nelson, who was defeated by his Nationalist predecessor John Henry Smith after one term—and the entry of another from Irwin-Moore, Claude Barker, replacing Country member Percy Ferguson.

Western Australian state election, 18 March 1939
Legislative Assembly
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Enrolled voters 228,563[1]
Votes cast 209,331 Turnout 91.59% +21.46%
Informal votes 3,660 Informal 1.75% +0.63%
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary votes  % Swing Seats Change
  Labor 92,585 45.02% +2.63% 27 + 1
  Nationalist 49,307 23.97% –8.39% 7 – 1
  Country 24,681 12.00% –2.60% 12 – 1
  Ind. Nat. 13,977 6.80% +4.26% 2 + 1
  Communist 308 0.15% +0.06% 0 ± 0
  Independent 24,813 12.06% +5.07% 2 ± 0
Total 205,671     50  
1 265,987 electors were enrolled to vote at the election, but 10 of the 50 seats were uncontested—4 Labor seats representing 9,414 enrolled voters, 2 Nationalist seats representing 11,396 voters and 4 Country seats representing 16,614 voters.

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