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Country Progressive Party (Victoria)

Country Progressive Party
LeaderAlbert Dunstan
FoundedApril 1926
DissolvedOctober 1930
Split fromVictorian Country Party
Merged intoUnited Country Party

The Country Progressive Party was a political party in the Australian state of Victoria from 1926 to 1930. It was a splinter group from the Victorian Country Party. It was formed by federal MP Percy Stewart and future Victorian Premier Albert Dunstan in protest over protection of sitting members and state governments. Stewart was the party's only federal MP, while it elected four state MPs at the 1927 and 1929 Victorian state elections. The Country Progressives reunited with the main party in 1930.[1]

Much like the Victorian Country Party was associated with the branches of the Victorian Farmers Union, the Country Progressive Party established the Primary Producers Union which established branches in parts of Victoria.

Election results

House of Representatives

Year Australia Victoria
Seats won ± Total votes % ±% Seats won ± Total votes % ±%
1928
1 / 75
Increase1 41,713 1.61% Increase1.61%
1 / 20
Increase1 41,713 4.94% Increase4.94%
1929
1 / 75
Steady0 27,942 0.97% Decrease0.64%
1 / 20
Steady0 27,942 3.31% Decrease1.63%

Victorian Legislative Assembly

Year Overall In seats contested
Seats won ± Total votes % ±% Seats won ± Total votes % ±%
1927
4 / 65
Increase4 31,849 4.16% Increase4.16%
4 / 10
Increase4 31,849 35.19% Increase35.19%
1929
4 / 65
Steady0 33,798 5.34% Increase1.18%
4 / 10
Steady0 33,798 38.69% Increase3.50%

Further reading

  • Lamb, Antony (2009). Of Measures and Men: The Victorian Country Party, 1917 to 1945 (PDF) (PhD thesis). Swinburne University of Technology.

References

  1. ^ K. M. Haig-Muir. "Stewart, Percy Gerald (1885–1931)". Biography - Percy Gerald Stewart. Australian Dictionary of Biography. Retrieved 31 August 2017.
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