1916 Tasmanian state election

The 1916 Tasmanian state election was held on Thursday, 23 March 1916 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.

1916 Tasmanian state election

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All 30 seats to the House of Assembly
  First party Second party
  Sir Walter Lee.jpg John Earle (Australian politician).jpg
Leader Walter Lee John Earle
Party Liberal Labor
Leader since September 1915 1906
Leader's seat Wilmot Franklin
Last election 16 seats 14 seats
Seats won 15 seats 14 seats
Seat change Decrease1 Steady0
Percentage 48.23% 48.47%
Swing Decrease4.35 Increase2.47

Premier before election

John Earle

Resulting Premier

Walter Lee

Although the Liberals had won the 1913 election, a subsequent by-election had seen both parties holding 15 seats in the House of Assembly and Solomon losing government to Labor's John Earle. Earle's government had been appointed on the expectation that Earle would quickly call for a dissolution of the House of Assembly, which he refused to do, and successfully appealed to the Colonial Office.

At the election, Earle was the incumbent Premier of Tasmania and the Liberal Party was headed by Walter Lee. The Labor Party made no gains at the 1916 election. Joshua Whitsitt won as an Independent. The Liberals had no clear majority, winning 15 seats. Lee became Premier, as leader of the party with the most seats.


Tasmanian state election, 23 March 1916
House of Assembly
<< 19131919 >>

Enrolled voters 107,321
Votes cast 78,984 Turnout 73.60% +6.35%
Informal votes 4,470 Informal 5.66% +2.79%
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary votes % Swing Seats Change
  Liberal 35,939 48.23% –4.35% 15 + 1
  Labor 36,118 48.47% +2.47% 14 – 1
  Independent 2,457 3.30% +1.88% 1 ± 0
Total 74,514     30  

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