1913 Tasmanian state election

The 1913 Tasmanian state election was held on Thursday, 23 January 1913 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.

1913 Tasmanian state election

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All 30 seats to the House of Assembly
  First party Second party
  Albert Edgar Solomon.jpg John Earle (Australian politician).jpg
Leader Albert Solomon John Earle
Party Liberal Labor
Leader since 14 June 1912 1906
Leader's seat Bass Franklin
Last election 16 seats 14 seats
Seats won 16 seats 14 seats
Seat change Steady0 Steady0
Percentage 52.58% 46.00%
Swing Decrease1.90 Increase0.48

Premier before election

Albert Solomon

Elected Premier

Albert Solomon

The 1913 election was called less than a year after the 1912 election. Following the 1912 election, the Liberal League held only a small majority in the House of Assembly, and Premier Albert Solomon was dependent on the support of Norman Cameron. In addition, Solomon was under threat from the same CLP unrest that had unseated his predecessor, Elliott Lewis. Labor sought to capitalise on Solomon's tenuous grasp on government, and moved a series of no-confidence motions against him, including a censure motion over the Mount Lyell disaster.

In an attempt to secure his position, Solomon requested and received from the Governor of Tasmania an early dissolution of the House of Assembly, and an early election.[2] The result was the same as had been in the outgoing House of Assembly, except that Cameron lost his seat to another Liberal.

Solomon's advantage, however, was short-lived. The Liberals lost a seat in a by-election, and Joshua Whitsitt's behaviour was becoming erratic. Solomon lost a no-confidence motion in April 1914, and the Governor denied his request for another dissolution, calling upon John Earle to form a Labor government.[2]


Tasmanian state election, 23 January 1913
House of Assembly
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Enrolled voters 105,292
Votes cast 70,802 Turnout 67.24% –6.23%
Informal votes 2,035 Informal 2.87% +0.02%
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary votes % Swing Seats Change
  Liberal 36,157 52.58% –1.90% 16 + 1
  Labor 31,633 46.00% +0.48% 14 ± 0
  Independent 977 1.42% +1.42% 0 – 1
Total 68,767     30  

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