1950 Queensland state election

Elections were held in the Australian state of Queensland on 29 April 1950 to elect the 75 members of the state's Legislative Assembly. The Labor government was seeking its seventh continuous term in office since the 1932 election; it would be Premier Ned Hanlon's second election.

1950 Queensland state election

← 1947 29 April 1950 (1950-04-29) 1953 →

All 75 seats in the Legislative Assembly of Queensland
38 Assembly seats were needed for a majority
Turnout92.51 (Increase1.76 pp)
  First party Second party Third party
  Queensland State Archives 4694 Premier Hanlon MLA c 1952.png Frank Nicklin.jpg Townsville politician Tom Aikens.jpg
Leader Ned Hanlon Frank Nicklin Tom Aikens
Party Labor Country (Coalition)[a] North Queensland Labor
Leader since 7 March 1946 (1946-03-07) 21 May 1941 1942
Leader's seat Ithaca Landsborough Mundingburra
Last election 35 seats 23 seats 1 seat
Seats won 42 seats 31 seats 1 seat
Seat change Increase7 Increase8 Steady0
Popular vote 295,138 310,020 7,689
Percentage 46.87% 49.16% 1.22
Swing Increase3.29 Increase3.94 Increase0.50

Premier before election

Ned Hanlon

Elected Premier

Ned Hanlon

The Assembly had been increased in size prior to the election by the Electoral Districts Act 1949 from 62 to 75 seats.

Key datesEdit

Date Event
8 December 1949 The new electoral boundaries under the Electoral Districts Act 1949 were proclaimed.[1]
27 March 1950 The Parliament was dissolved.[2]
27 March 1950 Writs were issued by the Governor to proceed with an election.[3]
3 April 1950 Close of nominations.
29 April 1950 Polling day, between the hours of 8am and 6pm.
10 May 1950 The Hanlon Ministry was re-sworn in.[4]
13 May 1950 Polling day in the seat of Gregory.[5]
9 June 1950 The writ was returned and the results formally declared.
1 August 1950 Parliament resumed for business.[6]


Queensland state election, 29 April 1950[7]
Legislative Assembly
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Enrolled voters 688,309[1]
Votes cast 636,750 Turnout 92.51 +1.76
Informal votes 7,088 Informal 1.11 –0.25
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary votes % Swing Seats Change
  Labor 295,138 46.87 +3.29 42 + 7
  Liberal 188,331 29.91 +4.18 11 + 2
  Country 121,689 19.33 –0.16 20 + 6
  NQ Labor 7,689 1.22 +0.50 1 ± 0
  Independent Labor 3,509 0.56 –0.52 0 – 1
  Frank Barnes Labor 2,759 0.44 –3.53 0 – 1
  Communist 2,351 0.37 –0.89 0 – 1
  Independent 8,196 1.30 –2.86 1 + 1
Total 629,662     75  
Popular vote
NQ Labor
Frank Barnes Labor
NQ Labor
1 718,685 electors were enrolled to vote at the election, but 3 seats held by the Country Party representing 30,376 enrolled voters were unopposed.

Seats changing party representationEdit

There was an extensive redistribution across Queensland prior to this election, increasing the amount of seats from 62 to 75. The seat changes are as follows.

Abolished seatsEdit

Seat Incumbent member Party
Albert Tom Plunkett   Country
Bowen Fred Paterson   Communist
Dalby* vacant  
East Toowoomba Gordon Chalk   Liberal
Enoggera Kenneth Morris   Liberal
Gympie Thomas Dunstan   Labor
Hamilton Harold Taylor   Liberal
Herbert Stephen Theodore   Labor
Kennedy Cecil Jesson   Labor
Logan Thomas Hiley   Liberal
Maranoa John Taylor   Labor
Maree Louis Luckins   Liberal
Nanango Joh Bjelke-Petersen   Country
Normanby Tom Foley   Labor
Oxley Tom Kerr   Liberal
Stanley Duncan MacDonald   Country
The Tableland Harry Bruce   Labor
West Moreton* vacant  
Wide Bay James Heading   Country
  • Members listed in italics resigned from politics at this election.
  • The Country Party member for Dalby, Charles Russell resigned from the seat to contest and win the seat of Maranoa at the 1949 federal election. No by-election was held due to the proximity to the state election.
  • The Country Party member for West Moreton, Ted Maher resigned from the seat to contest and win a seat in the Senate at the 1949 federal election. No by-election was held due to the proximity to the state election.

New seatsEdit

Seat Party Elected member
Balonne   Labor John Taylor
Barambah   Country Joh Bjelke-Petersen
Belyando   Labor Tom Foley
Burdekin   Independent Arthur Coburn
Callide   Country Vince Jones
Chermside   Liberal Alex Dewar
Clayfield   Liberal Harold Taylor
Condamine   Country Eric Allpass
Coorparoo   Liberal Thomas Hiley
Darlington   Country Tom Plunkett
Flinders   Labor Ernest Riordan
Haughton   Labor Colin McCathie
Hinchinbrook   Labor Cecil Jesson
Kedron   Liberal Bruce Pie
Landsborough   Country Frank Nicklin
Lockyer   Liberal Gordon Chalk
Mackenzie   Labor Paddy Whyte
Marodian   Country James Heading
Mount Coot-tha   Liberal Kenneth Morris
Mount Gravatt   Labor Felix Dittmer
Mourilyan   Labor Peter Byrne
Mulgrave   Country Bob Watson
Nash   Labor Thomas Dunstan
Norman   Liberal Louis Luckins
North Toowoomba   Labor Les Wood
Roma   Country William Ewan
Sherwood   Liberal Tom Kerr
Somerset   Country Duncan MacDonald
Southport   Country Eric Gaven
Tablelands   Labor Harold Collins
Whitsunday   Country Lloyd Roberts
Yeronga   Liberal Winston Noble

Seats changing handsEdit

Seat Incumbent member Party New member Party
Bulimba George Marriott   Independent Labor Bob Gardner   Labor
Bundaberg Frank Barnes   Frank Barnes Labor Ted Walsh   Labor
Cook Harold Collins   Labor Carlisle Wordsworth   Country
Windsor Bruce Pie   Liberal Tom Rasey   Labor
  • Members listed in italics did not recontest their seats.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Nicklin was leader of the Country Party, however as there was a Coalition agreement since the 1920s (between the Country Party and the Liberal Party), Nicklin was de facto leader of the Coalition in the state of Queensland.


  1. ^ "A Proclamation". Queensland Government Gazette. 8 December 1949. p. 173:2273.
  2. ^ "A Proclamation". Queensland Government Gazette. 27 March 1950. p. 174:1175.
  3. ^ "Untitled". Queensland Government Gazette. 27 March 1950. p. 174:1177.
  4. ^ "Untitled". Queensland Government Gazette. 10 May 1950. p. 174:1907–1908.
  5. ^ "Order in Council". Queensland Government Gazette. 29 July 1950. p. 175:596.
  6. ^ "Untitled". Queensland Government Gazette. 29 June 1950. p. 174:3141.
  7. ^ Australian Government and Politics Database. "Parliament of Queensland, Assembly election, 29 April 1950". Retrieved 30 December 2009.