1897 Western Australian colonial election

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Western Australian colonial election, 1897
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  1894 27 April – 26 May 1897 1901  

All 44 seats in the Western Australian Legislative Assembly
 First partySecond party
  John Forrest 1898.jpg George Leake.jpg
Leader John Forrest George Leake
Party Ministerialist Oppositionist
Leader since22 December 18901895
Leader's seat Bunbury Albany
Last election19 seats13 seats
Seats won29 seats8 seats
Seat changeIncrease2.svg10Decrease2.svg5
Percentage49.80%27.35%

Premier before election

John Forrest
Ministerialist

Elected Premier

John Forrest
Ministerialist

Elections were held in the state of Western Australia between 27 April and 26 May 1897 to elect 44 members to the Western Australian Legislative Assembly. The Ministerialist group led by John Forrest won a third term in office as a result of the elections. The poll took place based on boundaries established in the Constitution Act Amendment Act 1896, which increased the number of members from 33 mainly by adding new seats in the Goldfields region, and had been called a year earlier than was necessary. [1] In 18 of the 44 seats, only one candidate nominated and polls were not held.

States and territories of Australia first-level subdivision of Australia

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Western Australia State in Australia

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Western Australian Legislative Assembly legislature of the State of Western Australia

The Western Australian Legislative Assembly, or lower house, is one of the two chambers of the Parliament of Western Australia, an Australian state. The Parliament sits in Parliament House in the Western Australian capital, Perth.

Contents

As payment of members was not introduced until 1900, the Political Labour Party, formed in 1896, had found it difficult to attract candidates who could afford to enter Parliament, but three of its candidates ran for election, and Charles Oldham, a former president of the Trades and Labor Council, became the first Labour member of Parliament in Western Australia.

Charles Oldham (politician)

Charles Henry Oldham was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia from 1897 to 1900, representing the seat of North Perth.

Results

Western Australian state election, 1897
Legislative Assembly

Enrolled voters17,114 [1]
Votes cast9,016 Turnout 52.68%
Informal votes279Informal3.09%
Summary of votes by party
PartyPrimary votes%SwingSeatsChange
  Ministerial 4,35149.80%29 [1] + 10
  Opposition 2,39027.35%8– 5
  Independent 1,61318.46%6+ 5
  Labor 3834.38%+4.38%1+ 1
Total8,737  44 

Notes:

1 The Ministerialists' total of 29 seats includes 16 which were uncontested, representing 4,297 of the 23,318 enrolled voters. A further two seats, won by George Leake (Albany, Oppositionist) and Elias Solomon (South Fremantle, Independent) representing 1,907 enrolled voters were also uncontested.

See also

This is a list of members of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly between the 1894 elections and the 1897 elections, together known as the Second Parliament.

The following is a list of members of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly between the 1897 elections and the 1901 elections, together known as the Third Parliament.

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References

  1. de Garis, Brian (1991). "Self-Government and Political Parties". In Black, David (ed.). The house on the hill: A history of the Parliament of Western Australia 1832-1990. West Perth: Parliament of Western Australia. pp. 73–74. ISBN   0-7309-3983-9.