1908 Western Australian state election

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1908 Western Australian state election
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  1905 11 September –
23 October 1908
1911  

All 50 seats in the Western Australian Legislative Assembly
 First partySecond party
  Newton Moore (1870-1936).jpeg Thomas Bath.jpg
Leader Newton Moore Thomas Bath
Party Ministerialist Labour
Leader since7 May 190622 November 1905
Leader's seat Bunbury Brown Hill
Last election33 seats14 seats
Seats won28 seats22 seats
Seat changeDecrease2.svg5Increase2.svg8
Percentage61.62%37.80%
SwingIncrease2.svg7.78Increase2.svg2.73

Premier before election

Newton Moore
Ministerialist

Elected Premier

Newton Moore
Ministerialist

Elections were held in the Australian state of Western Australia in late 1908 to elect 50 members to the state's Legislative Assembly. The main polling day was 11 September, although five remote electorates went to the polls at later dates.

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 governing Ministerialists (led by the premier, Newton Moore) lost five seats, but retained a majority government. The Labour Party, led by Thomas Bath, gained eight seats for a total of 22, equalling their record set at the 1904 election. For the first time, no independents were elected.

Ministerialists and Oppositionists were political groupings that were in force in the Western Australian parliament in the elections of the early twentieth century.

Premier of Western Australia head of government in the Australian state of Western Australia

The Premier of Western Australia is the head of the executive branch of government in the Australian state of Western Australia. The Premier has similar functions in Western Australia to those performed by the Prime Minister of Australia at the national level, subject to the different Constitutions.

Newton Moore eighth Premier of Western Australia

Major General Sir Newton James Moore, was an Australian politician, businessman and army officer. He served as the eighth Premier of Western Australia from 1906 to 1910 and, following service in the First World War, was a member of the House of Commons of the United Kingdom from 1918 to 1932. He was the father of Sir Rodney Moore.

Key dates

Writ of election Official writ calling for an election

A writ of election is a writ issued ordering the holding of an election. In Commonwealth countries writs are the usual mechanism by which general elections are called and are issued by the head of state or their representative. In the United States, it is more commonly used to call a special election for a political office.

The Electoral district of Roebourne was a Legislative Assembly electorate in the state of Western Australia. It was named for the town of Roebourne and was created in 1890, being one of the original 30 seats contested at the 1890 colonial election.

Gascoyne was an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of Western Australia from 1890 to 1989.

Results

Western Australian state election, 1908 [1]
Legislative Assembly

Enrolled voters135,979 [1]
Votes cast75,855 Turnout 66.49%+14.63
Informal votes926Informal1.22%+0.21
Summary of votes by party
PartyPrimary votes%SwingSeatsChange
  Ministerial 46,16961.62%+7.7828–5
  Labour 28,32537.80%+2.7322+8
  Independent Labour 4350.58%–3.550–1
Total74,929  50 

See also

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.

This is a list of members of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly between the 1908 elections and the 1911 elections, together known as the Seventh Parliament.

Notes

1 The total number of enrolled voters was 135,979, of whom 21,898 were registered in nine uncontested seats. Four of the uncontested seats were won by Ministerialists and five by Labour.

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References

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