1939 Western Australian state election

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Western Australian state election, 1939
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  1936 18 March 1939 1943  

All 50 seats in the Western Australian Legislative Assembly
 First partySecond party
  John Willcock.jpg Charles Latham.jpg
Leader John Willcock Charles Latham
Party Labor Country/National coalition
Leader since20 August 193624 April 1933
Leader's seat Geraldton York
Last election26 seats21 seats
Seats won27 seats19 seats
Seat changeIncrease2.svg1Decrease2.svg2
Percentage45.02%35.97%
SwingIncrease2.svg2.63Decrease2.svg10.99

Premier before election

John Willcock
Labor

Elected Premier

John Willcock
Labor

Elections were held in the state of Western Australia on 18 March 1939 to elect all 50 members to the Legislative Assembly. The Labor Party, led by Premier John Willcock, won a third term in office against the Country and Nationalist parties, led by Opposition Leader Charles Latham and Robert Ross McDonald respectively.

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Results

The election was notable for the lack of change to the status quo. Only one member—former Speaker Michael Troy, who had been in the Assembly continuously since 1904—opted to retire, being replaced in his seat of Mount Magnet by fellow Labor member Lucien Triat. Labor's Bill Hegney gained the seat of Pilbara from two-term Nationalist MLA Frank Welsh, whilst the Nationalist member since 1914 for North Perth, James MacCallum Smith, was defeated by independent Nationalist Arthur Abbott (who joined the party some years later).

Mount Magnet was an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of Western Australia from 1901 to 1950. It replaced the former pre-federation seat of Yalgoo (1897-1901)

Lucien John Triat was an Australian trade unionist and politician who was a Labor Party member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia from 1939 to 1950, representing the seat of Mount Magnet.

William "Bill" Hegney was an Australian politician who was a Labor Party member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia from 1939 to 1968. He served as a minister in the government of Albert Hawke.

Elsewhere, the only change was the exit of one Independent member—Clarence Doust in Nelson, who was defeated by his Nationalist predecessor John Henry Smith after one term—and the entry of another from Irwin-Moore, Claude Barker, replacing Country member Percy Ferguson.

Clarence Isaac Doust was an Australian farmer and politician who was an independent member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia from 1936 to 1939, representing the seat of Nelson.

Nelson was an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of Western Australia from 1890 to 1950.

John Henry "Jack" Smith was an Australian politician who was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia from 1921 to 1936 and again from 1939 to 1943, on both occasions representing the seat of Nelson. He stood for parliament eleven times in total, winning on six occasions.

Western Australian state election, 18 March 1939
Legislative Assembly
<< 19361943 >>

Enrolled voters228,563 [1]
Votes cast209,331 Turnout 91.59%+21.46%
Informal votes3,660Informal1.75%+0.63%
Summary of votes by party
PartyPrimary votes%SwingSeatsChange
  Labor 92,58545.02%+2.63%27+ 1
  Nationalist 49,30723.97%–8.39%7– 1
  Country 24,68112.00%–2.60%12– 1
 Ind. Nat.13,9776.80%+4.26%2+ 1
  Communist 3080.15%+0.06%0± 0
  Independent 24,81312.06%+5.07%2± 0
Total205,671  50 
1 265,987 electors were enrolled to vote at the election, but 10 of the 50 seats were uncontested—4 Labor seats representing 9,414 enrolled voters, 2 Nationalist seats representing 11,396 voters and 4 Country seats representing 16,614 voters.

See also

This is a list of members of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly between the 1936 election and the 1939 election, together known as the 16th Parliament.

This is a list of members of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly between the 1939 election and the 1943 election, together known as the 17th Parliament.

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