1905 Western Australian state election

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Western Australian state election, 1905
Flag of Western Australia (1870-1953).svg
  1904 27 October – 13 November 1905 1908  

All 50 seats in the Western Australian Legislative Assembly
 First partySecond party
  Cornthwaite Rason (1858-1927).jpg William Dartnell Johnson.png
Leader Hector Rason William Johnson
Party Ministerialist Labour
Leader since28 September 19044 October 1905
Leader's seat Guildford Kalgoorlie
(lost seat)
Last election18 seats22 seats
Seats won33 seats14 seats
Seat changeIncrease2.svg15Decrease2.svg8
Percentage53.8435.07%
SwingIncrease2.svg17.15Decrease2.svg7.50

Premier before election

Hector Rason
Ministerialist

Elected Premier

Hector Rason
Ministerialist

Elections were held in the Australian state of Western Australia in late 1905 to elect 50 members to the state's Legislative Assembly. The main polling day was 27 October, although four remote electorates (Dundas, Gascoyne, Kimberley, and Pilbara) went to the polls on 13 November.

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Contents

Hector Rason, the sitting premier and a member of the Ministerialist faction, had taken office on 25 August 1905 at the head of a minority government, following the fall of the previous minority government led by Henry Daglish of the Labour Party. Daglish resigned as party leader on 27 September, and was replaced by William Johnson on 4 October. At the election, Rason and the Ministerialists recorded a landslide victory, with their gain of 15 seats allowing them to form a comfortable majority government. Eight Labour members lost their seats, including their leader Johnson, who was defeated in Kalgoorlie by Norbert Keenan.

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Sir Cornthwaite Hector William James Rason, better known as Hector Rason, was the seventh Premier of Western Australia.

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Results

Western Australian state election, 1905 [1]
Legislative Assembly

Enrolled voters121,722 [1]
Votes cast52,896 Turnout 51.86%
Informal votes535Informal1.01%
Summary of votes by party
PartyPrimary votes%SwingSeatsChange
  Ministerial 28,18953.84%+17.1533+15
  Labour 18,36435.07%–7.5014–8
  Independent Labour 2,1614.13%+2.781+1
  Independent National 1,9433.71%+3.712+2
  Independent 1,7043.25%–16.140–10
Total52,361  50 

See also

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.

This is a list of members of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly between the 1905 elections and the 1908 elections, together known as the Sixth Parliament.

Notes

1 The total number of enrolled voters was 121,722, of whom 19,720 were registered in 11 uncontested seats. Eight of the uncontested seats were won by Ministerialists and three by Labour.

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References

  1. Australian Politics and Elections Database, University of Western Australia.