1904 Western Australian state election

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Western Australian state election, 1904
Flag of Western Australia (1870-1953).svg
  1901 28 June 1904 1905  

All 50 seats in the Western Australian Legislative Assembly
 First partySecond party
  Walter James HOFWA.jpg Robert Hastie.png
Leader Walter James Robert Hastie
Party Ministerialist Labour
Leader since1 July 190210 May 1901
Leader's seat East Perth Kanowna
Last election19 seats6 seats
Seats won18 seats22 seats
Seat changeDecrease2.svg1Increase2.svg16
Percentage36.69%42.57%
SwingIncrease2.svg16.46Increase2.svg16.70

Premier before election

Walter James
Ministerialist

Elected Premier

Walter James
Ministerialist

Elections were held in the Australian state of Western Australia on 28 June 1904 to elect 50 members to the state's Legislative Assembly.

Western Australia State in Australia

Western Australia is a state occupying the entire western third of Australia. It is bounded by the Indian Ocean to the north and west, and the Southern Ocean to the south, the Northern Territory to the north-east, and South Australia to the south-east. Western Australia is Australia's largest state, with a total land area of 2,529,875 square kilometres, and the second-largest country subdivision in the world, surpassed only by Russia's Sakha Republic. The state has about 2.6 million inhabitants – around 11 percent of the national total – of whom the vast majority live in the south-west corner, 79 per cent of the population living in the Perth area, leaving the remainder of the state sparsely populated.

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

The election resulted in a hung parliament. The Labour Party, led by Robert Hastie, won 22 seats, while the governing Ministerialists won 18 seats, and independents won 12 seats. Walter James, who had been premier since July 1902, initially continued on in the role after the election. The Labour Party elected a new leader, Henry Daglish, on 8 July. [1] Daglish successfully moved a motion of no confidence on 2 August, and after James's resignation became premier on 10 August. He was Western Australia's first premier from the Labour Party.

A hung parliament is a term used in legislatures under the Westminster system to describe a situation in which no particular political party or pre-existing coalition has an absolute majority of legislators in a parliament or other legislature. This situation is also known, albeit less commonly, as a balanced parliament, or as a legislature under no overall control, and can result in a minority government. The term is not relevant in multi-party systems where it is rare for a single party to hold a majority.

Australian Labor Party (Western Australian Branch) Western Australian state branch of the Australian Labor Party

The Australian Labor Party , commonly known as WA Labor, is the Western Australian branch of the Australian Labor Party. It is the current governing party of Western Australia since winning the 2017 election under Mark McGowan.

Robert Hastie Australian politician

Robert "Bob" Hastie was an Australian politician who was the first parliamentary leader of the Labour Party in Western Australia. He was a member of the state's Legislative Assembly from 1901 to 1905.

Results

Western Australian state election, 1904 [2]
Legislative Assembly

Enrolled voters163,826 [1]
Votes cast66,054 Turnout 48.28%
Informal votes731Informal1.09%
Summary of votes by party
PartyPrimary votes%SwingSeatsChange
  Labour 28,12242.57%+16.7022+16
  Ministerial 24,23436.69%+16.4618–1
  Independent 12,81019.39%+5.9910+5
  Independent Labour 8881.34%+1.340±0
Total66,054  50 

See also

This is a list of members of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly between the 1901 election and the 1904 election, together known as the Fourth Parliament.

This is a list of members of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly between the 1904 elections and the 1905 elections, together known as the Fifth Parliament.

Notes

1 The total number of enrolled voters was 163,826, of whom 25,511 were registered in ten uncontested seats. Five of the uncontested seats were won by Labour, three by Ministerialists, and two by independents.

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