1953 South Australian state election
State elections were held in South Australia on 7 March 1953. All 39 seats in the South Australian House of Assembly were up for election. The incumbent Liberal and Country League led by Premier of South Australia Thomas Playford IV defeated the Australian Labor Party led by Leader of the Opposition Mick O'Halloran.
All 39 seats in the South Australian House of Assembly
20 seats were needed for a majority
Labor won three seats, metropolitan Norwood and Prospect and rural Victoria from the LCL. The LCL won one seat, rural Murray from Labor. Notably, neither major party contested the independent-held seat of Ridley.
The Labor opposition won 53 percent of the statewide two-party vote however the LCL retained government with the assistance of the Playmander − an electoral malapportionment that also saw a clear majority of the statewide two-party vote won by Labor while failing to form government in 1944, 1962 and 1968.
|Summary of votes by party|
|Liberal and Country||119,106||36.45%||–4.05%||21||– 2|
|Liberal and Country||47.00%||–4.30%|
- The primary vote figures were from contested seats, while the state-wide two-party-preferred vote figures were estimated from all seats.
|LCL SEATS (21)|
|Eyre||Arthur Christian||LCL||17.8% v IND|
|Angas||Berthold Teusner||LCL||18.1% v IND|
|Gumeracha||Thomas Playford||LCL||40.4% v COM|
|Rocky River||James Heaslip||LCL||unopposed|
|Yorke Peninsula||Cecil Hincks||LCL||unopposed|
|LABOR SEATS (14)|
|Gawler||John Clark||ALP||27.1% v IND|
|Semaphore||Harold Tapping||ALP||37.6% v IND|
|Adelaide||Sam Lawn||ALP||39.5% v COM|
|Stuart||Lindsay Riches||ALP||39.8% v COM|
|Port Adelaide||James Stephens||ALP||41.9% v COM|
|Port Pirie||Charles Davis||ALP||undistributed|
|CROSSBENCH SEATS (4)|
|Mount Gambier||John Fletcher||IND||4.3% v ALP|
|Stanley||Percy Quirke||IND||11.9% v LCL|
|Chaffey||William MacGillivray||IND||19.1% v LCL|
|Ridley||Tom Stott||IND||27.8% v IND|
- Jaensch, Dean (March 2007). "The 1953 General Election - Formed the 34th Parliament". History of South Australian elections 1857-2006: House of Assembly, Volume 1. State Electoral Office South Australia. pp. 270–273. ISBN 9780975048634 – via Electoral Commission of South Australia.
- Tilby Stock, Jenny (1996). "The 'Playmander', Its origins, operation and effect on South Australia". In O'Neil, Bernard; Raftery, Judith; Round, Kerrie (eds.). Playford's South Australia: essays on the history of South Australia, 1933-1968. Association of Professional Historians. pp. 73–90. ISBN 9780646290928 – via Professional Historians Association (South Australia).
- "Fate of Govern. in Doubt in Swing to Labor: LCL Appears Certain to Lose at least Three Seats". The Mail. 7 March 1953. Retrieved 13 January 2016 – via Trove.
- "Absolute Majority for Government: L.C.L. Candidate Wins Murray Seat". The Advertiser. 14 March 1953. Retrieved 13 January 2016 – via Trove.
- "Summary of 1953 Election". University of Western Australia. Retrieved 7 July 2015.