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1912 Tasmanian state election

1912 Tasmanian state election

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All 30 seats to the House of Assembly
  First party Second party
Leader Elliott Lewis John Earle
Party Liberal Labor
Leader since 1909 1906
Leader's seat Denison Franklin
Last election 18 seats 12 seats
Seats won 16 seats 14 seats
Seat change Decrease2 Increase2
Percentage 54.48% 45.54%
Swing Increase3.87 Increase6.58

Results of the election

Premier before election

Elliott Lewis

Elected Premier

Elliott Lewis

The 1912 Tasmanian state election was held on Tuesday, 30 April 1912 in the Australian state of Tasmania to elect 30 members of the Tasmanian House of Assembly. The election used the Hare-Clark proportional representation system[1] — six members were elected from each of five electorates.

Elliott Lewis was elected as an Anti-Socialist at the 1909 election, and was Premier of Tasmania from 27 October 1909. He was urged by his predecessor, John Evans (premier from 11 July 1904 to 19 June 1909), to organise anti-Labor forces against a resurgent Labor Party (which won 12 seats at the 1909 election) and to support the formation of the Tasmanian Liberal League (not directly related to the modern Liberal Party).[2]

Lewis was the incumbent Premier at the 1912 election, and John Earle was Labor Party leader. The election saw an increase in Labor seats from 12 to 14, just short of a House of Assembly majority. The Liberal Party won the election, with a two-seat majority. Despite leading the Liberals to victory, Lewis was criticised within the party, and resigned the leadership to Albert Solomon on 14 June the same year.[2]

Key dates

Date Event
23 March 1912 New electoral rolls came into force.[3]
4 April 1912 The Parliament was dissolved.[4]
30 April 1912 Polling day, between the hours of 8am and 6pm.
14 June 1912 Elliott Lewis resigned, succeeded by Albert Solomon.
2 July 1912 Parliament was summoned for business.[5]


Liberal40,25254.48Increase 3.8716Decrease 2
Labor33,63445.52Increase 6.5814Increase 2
Valid votes73,88697.15
Invalid/blank votes2,1662.85Decrease 0.01
Total votes76,052100.00
Registered voters/turnout103,51373.47Increase 20.85
Popular vote

Distribution of seats

See also


  1. ^ House of Assembly Elections, Parliament of Tasmania.
  2. ^ a b Scott Bennett, 'Lewis, Sir Neil Elliott (1858 - 1935)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 10, Melbourne University Press, 1986, pp 94-95.
  3. ^ "Electoral Act 1907: A Proclamation", Tasmanian Government Gazette, 1912:876 (23 March 1912)
  4. ^ "Dissolution of the House of Assembly", Tasmanian Government Gazette, 1912:929A (4 April 1912)
  5. ^ "Parliament of Tasmania: A Proclamation", Tasmanian Government Gazette, 1912:1372 (21 June 1912)
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1912 Tasmanian state election
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