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Australian federal election, 1910

Australian federal election, 1910

13 April 1910 (1910-04-13)

All 75 seats in the Australian House of Representatives
38 seats were needed for a majority in the House
18 (of the 36) seats in the Australian Senate
  First party Second party
Leader Andrew Fisher Alfred Deakin
Party Labour Commonwealth Liberal
Leader since October 1907 1909
Leader's seat Wide Bay Ballaarat
Last election 26 seats N/A
Seats won 42 seats 31 seats
Seat change Increase16 Increase31
Percentage 49.97% 45.09%
Swing Increase13.33 N/A

Prime Minister before election

Alfred Deakin
Commonwealth Liberal

Resulting Prime Minister

Andrew Fisher

Federal elections were held in Australia on 13 April 1910. All 75 seats in the House of Representatives, and 18 of the 36 seats in the Senate were up for election. The incumbent Commonwealth Liberal Party (the result of a merger between the Protectionist Party and the Free Trade Party) led by Prime Minister of Australia Alfred Deakin was defeated by the opposition Australian Labour Party led by Andrew Fisher.

The election represented a number of firsts: it was Australia's first elected federal majority government; Australia's first Senate majority; the world's first Labour Party majority government; and the first time it controlled both houses of a bicameral legislature. It also remains the only election in Australia's federal history to have occurred following expiration of a full three-year parliamentary term by the 'effluxion of time'.[1]

Two referenda to approve proposed amendments to the Constitution were held on the same day. The State Debts referendum was carried, but the Surplus Revenue referendum was not carried.

The 113 acts passed in the second Fisher government (1910–13) exceeded even the output of the second Alfred Deakin government over a similar period. At the time, it represented the culmination of Labour's involvement in politics. It was a period of reform unmatched in the Commonwealth until the 1940s under John Curtin and Ben Chifley.

House of Reps 1910–13 (FPTP) — Turnout 62.80% (Non-CV) — Informal 2.00%
  Party Votes % Swing Seats Change
  Australian Labour Party 660,864 49.97 +13.33 42 +16 (2 elected
  Commonwealth Liberal Party 596,350 45.09 * 31 * (2 elected
  Independents 65,368 4.94 +3.36 2 +1
  Total 1,322,582     75
  Australian Labour Party WIN 42 +1
  Commonwealth Liberal Party 31 +4
Independents: Gippsland, Vic)
Senate 1910–13 (FPTP BV) — Turnout 62.16% (Non-CV) — Informal N/A
  Party Votes % Swing Seats Won Seats Held Change
  Australian Labour Party 2,021,090 50.30 +11.57 18 22 +7
  Commonwealth Liberal Party 1,830,353 45.55 * 0 14 -6
  Independents 134,976 3.36 +2.46 0 0 −1
  Other 31,700 0.79 0 0 0
  Total 4,018,119     18 36


  • Seats changing hands 1
  • Post-election pendulum 2
  • See also 3
  • Notes 4
  • References 5

Seats changing hands

Seat Pre-1910 Swing Post-1910
Party Member Margin Margin Member Party
Bass, Tas   Commonwealth Liberal David Storrer 12.3 56.8 6.8 Jens Jensen Labour  
Batman, Vic   Commonwealth Liberal Jabez Coon 1.3 15.3 13.6 Henry Beard Labour  
Bendigo, Vic   Independent John Quick 1.7 0.4 1.3 John Quick Commonwealth Liberal  
Bourke, Vic   Commonwealth Liberal James Hume Cook 2.2 15.3 8.6 Frank Anstey Labour  
Brisbane, Qld   Commonwealth Liberal Justin Foxton 11.3 12.5 1.2 William Finlayson Labour  
Capricornia, Qld   Commonwealth Liberal Edward Archer 5.6 12.4 6.8 William Higgs Labour  
Corangamite, Vic   Commonwealth Liberal Gratton Wilson 24.7 29.4 4.7 James Scullin Labour  
Corio, Vic   Commonwealth Liberal Richard Crouch 100.0 54.4 4.4 Alfred Ozanne Labour  
Dalley, NSW   Commonwealth Liberal William Wilks 2.7 9.3 6.6 Robert Howe Labour  
Denison, Tas   Commonwealth Liberal Philip Fysh 6.5 18.6 8.1 William Laird Smith Labour  
East Sydney, NSW   Commonwealth Liberal George Reid 4.9 12.0 7.1 John West Labour  
Gippsland, Vic   Commonwealth Liberal George Wise 100.0 62.1 12.1 George Wise Independent  
Hume, NSW   Commonwealth Liberal William Lyne 100.0 66.4 16.4 William Lyne Independent  
Hunter, NSW   Commonwealth Liberal Frank Liddell 0.8 11.7 0.9 Matthew Charlton Labour  
Indi, Vic   Commonwealth Liberal Joseph Brown 11.0 14.1 3.1 Parker Moloney Labour  
Maribyrnong, Vic   Commonwealth Liberal Samuel Mauger 6.9 17.7 10.8 James Fenton Labour  
Nepean, NSW   Commonwealth Liberal Eric Bowden 10.6 14.8 1.5 George Cann Labour  
Perth, WA   Labour James Fowler 2.7 13.4 10.7 James Fowler Commonwealth Liberal  
Riverina, NSW   Commonwealth Liberal John Chanter 100.0 57.0 7.0 John Chanter Labour  
Robertson, NSW   Commonwealth Liberal Henry Willis 7.0 7.9 0.9 William Johnson Labour  
  • Members in italics did not contest their seat at this election.

Post-election pendulum

See also


  1. ^ Dissolution


  • University of WA election results in Australia since 1890
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