1960 Queensland state election
Elections were held in the Australian state of Queensland on 28 May 1960 to elect the 78 members of the state's Legislative Assembly. The election followed the enactment of the Electoral Districts Act 1958 which increased the Assembly from 75 to 78 seats and modified the zonal system first established by Labor ahead of the 1950 election.
All 78 seats in the Legislative Assembly of Queensland
40 Assembly seats were needed for a majority
The major parties contesting the election were the Country Party led by Premier Frank Nicklin, the Liberal Party led by Kenneth Morris, the Labor Party led by Jack Duggan and the Queensland Labor Party led by Vince Gair. The Country and Liberal parties had formed a coalition.
The Country-Liberal coalition won a second term in office at the election, although the Labor Party recovered 5 seats and 11% of its vote from the 1957 election. Still, it was the first time since 1912 that a non-Labor government had been re-elected in Queensland.
|13 April 1960||The Parliament was dissolved.|
|19 April 1960||Writs were issued by the Governor to proceed with an election.|
|26 April 1960||Close of nominations.|
|28 May 1960||Polling day, between the hours of 8am and 6pm.|
|9 June 1960||The Nicklin Ministry was reconstituted.|
|8 July 1960||The writ was returned and the results formally declared.|
|23 August 1960||Parliament resumed for business.|
|Summary of votes by party|
|Queensland Labor||91,212||12.28||–11.12||4||– 7|
|NQ Labor||7,488||1.01||–0.25||1||± 0|
|Ind. Labor||2,257||0.32||+0.26||0||± 0|
|Ind. Conservative||2,723||0.39||+0.39||0||± 0|
- 1 831,398 electors were enrolled to vote at the election, but two Country seats representing 17,814 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 75 to 78. The seat changes are as follows.
|Belyando||Tom Foley||Queensland Labor|
|Carpentaria||Norm Smith||Queensland Labor|
|Charters Towers||Arthur Jones||Queensland Labor|
|Fortitude Valley||Bob Windsor||Liberal|
|Haughton||Colin McCathie||Queensland Labor|
|Kelvin Grove||Douglas Tooth||Liberal|
|Mundingburra||Tom Aikens||NQ Labor|
|North Toowoomba||Jack Duggan||Labor|
|Rockhampton||Mick Gardner||Queensland Labor|
- Members in italics retired at this election.
|Ipswich East||Labor||Jim Donald|
|Ipswich West||Labor||Ivor Marsden|
|Rockhampton North||Labor||Merv Thackeray|
|Rockhampton South||Liberal||Rex Pilbeam|
|South Coast||Country||Eric Gaven|
|Toowoomba East||Liberal||Mervyn Anderson|
|Toowoomba West||Labor||Jack Duggan|
|Townsville North||Labor||Perc Tucker|
|Townsville South||NQ Labor||Tom Aikens|
Seats changing handsEdit
|Seat||Incumbent member||Party||New member||Party|
|Aubigny||Jim Sparkes||Country||Les Diplock||Queensland Labor|
|Baroona||Bill Power||Queensland Labor||Pat Hanlon||Labor|
|Condamine||Les Diplock||Queensland Labor||Vic Sullivan||Country|
|Hinchinbrook||Cecil Jesson||Labor||John Row||Country|
|Ithaca||Pat Hanlon||Labor||Bob Windsor||Liberal|
|Sandgate||Thomas Ahearn||Liberal||Harry Dean||Labor|
|South Brisbane||Vince Gair||Queensland Labor||Col Bennett||Labor|
- Members in italics did not recontest their seats.
- "A Proclamation". Queensland Government Gazette. 13 April 1960. p. 203:1855.
- "Untitled". Queensland Government Gazette. 19 April 1960. p. 203:1923.
- "Untitled". Queensland Government Gazette. 21 July 1960. p. 204:1629.
- Australian Government and Politics Database. "Parliament of Queensland, Assembly election, 28 May 1960". Retrieved 12 February 2010.