1917 Western Australian state election

Elections were held in the state of Western Australia on 29 September 1917 to elect 50 members to the Western Australian Legislative Assembly. The Nationalist-Country-National Labor coalition, led by Premier Sir Henry Lefroy, retained government against the Labor Party led by Opposition Leader Philip Collier. The election followed a series of major changes in the Western Australian political landscape.

1917 Western Australian state election

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All 50 seats in the Western Australian Legislative Assembly
  First party Second party
  Henry Lefroy.jpg Philip Collier.jpg
Leader Henry Lefroy Philip Collier
Party Nationalist/Country coalition Labor
Leader since 28 June 1917 16 April 1917
Leader's seat Moore Boulder
Seats won 34 seats 15 seats
Seat change Decrease2 Increase1
Percentage 69.01% 24.79%

Premier before election

Henry Lefroy
Nationalist/Country coalition

Elected Premier

Henry Lefroy
Nationalist/Country coalition

ResultsEdit

As the political changes were of a nature which make direct comparison meaningless, no vote swings have been included, and seat swings indicated are those caused by the election itself, rather than a comparison with the previous election. The National Liberal grouping was not a party in its own right, but a faction within the Nationalist Party, so the Nationalist Party as a whole held 16 seats—unchanged from before the election—and attracted 34.85% of the vote.

1917 Western Australian state election
Legislative Assembly

Enrolled voters 138,115[1]
Votes cast 85,620 Turnout 61.99% +4.67%
Informal votes 1,447 Informal 1.69% +0.50%
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary votes % Swing Seats Change
  Labor 20,867 24.79% 15 + 1
  Nationalist 18,087 21.49% 8 + 3
  National Liberal 11,242 13.36% 8 – 3
  Country 15,560 18.49% 12 + 1
  National Labor 13,186 15.67% 6 – 3
  Independent Labor WA 2,490 2.96% 1 + 1
  Independent 2,709 3.22% 0 ± 0
Total 84,173     50  

Notes:

1 A total of 167,311 people were enrolled to vote at the election, but 10 of the 50 seats, representing 29,196 voters, were not contested by more than one candidate. Six of these were Labor seats, two were Country Party, one was Nationalist and one was National Labor.

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