1917 Western Australian state election

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Western Australian state election, 1917

  1914 29 September 1917 (1917-09-29) 1921  

All 50 seats in the Western Australian Legislative Assembly
 First partySecond party
Leader Henry Lefroy Philip Collier
Party Nationalist/Country coalition Labor
Leader since28 June 191716 April 1917
Leader's seat Moore Boulder
Seats won34 seats15 seats
Seat changeDecrease2Increase1

Premier before election

Henry Lefroy
Nationalist/Country coalition

Elected Premier

Henry Lefroy
Nationalist/Country coalition

Elections were held in the state of Western Australia on 29 September 1917 to elect 50 members to the Western Australian Legislative Assembly. The Nationalist-Country-National Labor coalition, led by Premier Sir Henry Lefroy, retained government against the Labor Party led by Opposition Leader Philip Collier. The election followed a series of major changes in the Western Australian political landscape.



As the political changes were of a nature which make direct comparison meaningless, no vote swings have been included, and seat swings indicated are those caused by the election itself, rather than a comparison with the previous election. The National Liberal grouping was not a party in its own right, but a faction within the Nationalist Party, so the Nationalist Party as a whole held 16 seats—unchanged from before the election—and attracted 34.85% of the vote.

Western Australian state election, 29 September 1917
Legislative Assembly

Enrolled voters138,115 [1]
Votes cast85,620 Turnout 61.99%+4.67%
Informal votes1,447Informal1.69%+0.50%
Summary of votes by party
PartyPrimary votes%SwingSeatsChange
  Labor 20,86724.79%15+ 1
  Nationalist 18,08721.49%8+ 3
  National Liberal 11,24213.36%8– 3
  Country 15,56018.49%12+ 1
  National Labor 13,18615.67%6– 3
 Independent Labor WA2,4902.96%1+ 1
  Independent 2,7093.22%0± 0
Total84,173  50 


1 A total of 167,311 people were enrolled to vote at the election, but 10 of the 50 seats, representing 29,196 voters, were not contested by more than one candidate. Six of these were Labor seats, two were Country Party, one was Nationalist and one was National Labor.

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