1947 Queensland state election

Elections were held in the Australian state of Queensland on 3 May 1947 to elect the 62 members of the state's Legislative Assembly.

1947 Queensland state election

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All 62 seats in the Legislative Assembly of Queensland
32 Assembly seats were needed for a majority
Registered697,405
Turnout90.75 (Increase3.21 pp)
  First party Second party
  Ned Hanlon on election day, 1947 (cropped).jpg Frank Nicklin.jpg
Leader Ned Hanlon Frank Nicklin
Party Labor Country (Coalition)
Leader since 7 March 1946 (1946-03-07) 21 May 1941
Leader's seat Ithaca Murrumba
Last election 37 seats 19 seats
Seats won 35 seats 23 seats
Seat change Decrease2 Increase4
Popular vote 272,103 282,312
Percentage 43.58% 45.22%
Swing Decrease1.09 Increase2.90

Premier before election

Ned Hanlon
Labor

Elected Premier

Ned Hanlon
Labor

The election was the first that the Labor government had contested under Premier Ned Hanlon, who had been in office for 14 months by the time of the poll.

The election resulted in Labor receiving a sixth term in office. It was the first Queensland election at which all seats were contested by at least two candidates.

Key datesEdit

Date Event
21 March 1947 The Parliament was dissolved.[1]
24 March 1947 Writs were issued by the Governor to proceed with an election.[2]
31 March 1947 Close of nominations.
3 May 1947 Polling day, between the hours of 8am and 6pm.
15 May 1947 The Hanlon Ministry was re-sworn in.[3]
24 May 1947 Polling day in the seat of Gregory.[4]
30 May 1947 The writ was returned and the results formally declared.
2 June 1947 Polling day in the seat of Cook.[4]
5 August 1947 Parliament resumed for business.[5]

ResultsEdit

Queensland state election, 3 May 1947[6]
Legislative Assembly
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Enrolled voters 697,405
Votes cast 632,909 Turnout 90.75% +3.21
Informal votes 8,579 Informal 1.36% –0.46
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary votes % Swing Seats Change
  Labor 272,103 43.58% –1.09 35 – 2
  People's Party 160,623 25.73% +1.01 9 + 2
  Country 121,689 19.49% +1.89 14 + 2
  Frank Barnes Labor 24,781 3.97% +1.99 1 – 1
  Communist 7,870 1.26% –1.22 1 ± 0
  Independent Labor 6,727 1.08% –1.33 1 ± 0
  Hermit Park Labor 4,541 0.73% –0.38 1 ± 0
  Independent Country 2,544 0.41% +0.08 0 ± 0
  Independent 23,452 3.75% –0.96 0 – 1
Total 624,330     62  
Popular vote
Labor
43.58%
People's Party
25.73%
Country
19.49%
Frank Barnes Labor
3.97%
Communist
1.26%
Hermit Park Labor
0.73%
Independents
5.24%
Seats
Labor
56.45%
Country
22.58%
People's Party
14.52%
Frank Barnes Labor
1.61%
Communist
1.61%
Hermit Park Labor
1.61%
Independents
1.61%

Seats changing party representationEdit

This table lists changes in party representation at the 1947 election.

Seat Incumbent member Party New member Party
Cairns Lou Barnes   Frank Barnes Labor Thomas Crowley   Labor
Dalby Aubrey Slessar   Labor Charles Russell   Country
East Toowoomba Les Wood   Labor Gordon Chalk   People's Party
Maree Louis Luckins   Independent Louis Luckins   People's Party
Mirani Ted Walsh   Labor Ernie Evans   Country
Warwick John Healy   Labor Otto Madsen   Country

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "A Proclamation". Queensland Government Gazette. 21 March 1947. p. 168:879.
  2. ^ "Untitled". Queensland Government Gazette. 24 March 1947. p. 168:925.
  3. ^ "Untitled". Queensland Government Gazette. 15 May 1947. p. 168:1511–1512.
  4. ^ a b "Order in Council". Queensland Government Gazette. 26 July 1947. p. 169:206..
  5. ^ "Untitled". Queensland Government Gazette. 3 July 1947. p. 169:15.
  6. ^ Australian Government and Politics Database. "Parliament of Queensland, Assembly election, 3 May 1947". Retrieved 30 December 2009.