1928 Australian federal election

Federal elections were held in Australia on 17 November 1928. All 75 seats in the House of Representatives and 19 of the 36 seats in the Senate were up for election. The incumbent Nationalist–Country coalition, led by Prime Minister Stanley Bruce, defeated the opposition Labor Party led by James Scullin.

The election was held in conjunction with a referendum on Commonwealth–State relations, which was carried.

Future Prime Ministers John Curtin and Ben Chifley both entered parliament at this election. Both then lost their seats in the 1931 election and did not re-enter parliament until 1934 and 1940 respectively.

Australian federal election, 1928

17 November 1928

All 75 seats in the House of Representatives
38 seats were needed for a majority in the House
19 (of the 36) seats in the Senate
  Stanley Bruce - Stoneman James Scullin October 1928-02
Leader Stanley Bruce James Scullin
Party Nationalist/Country coalition Labor
Leader since 9 February 1923 26 April 1928
Leader's seat Flinders (Vic.) Yarra (Vic.)
Last election 51 seats 23 seats
Seats won 42 seats 31 seats
Seat change Decrease9 Increase8
Percentage 51.60% 48.40%
Swing Decrease 2.20% Increase2.20

Prime Minister before election

Stanley Bruce
Nationalist/Country coalition

Subsequent Prime Minister

Stanley Bruce
Nationalist/Country coalition

Results

Australian Federal Election, 1928
  Nationalist: 29 seats
  Labor: 31 seats
  Country: 13 seats
  Country Progressive: 1 seat
  Independent: 1 seat

House of Representatives

House of Reps (IRV) — 1928–29—Turnout 93.64% (CV) — Informal 4.90%
Party Votes % Swing Seats Change
  Nationalist–Country coalition 1,286,208 49.56 –3.64 42 –8
  Nationalist  1,014,522 39.09 –3.37 29 –8
  Country  271,686 10.47 –0.27 13 0
  Labor 1,158,505 44.64 –0.40 31 +8
  Country Progressive 41,713 1.61 +1.61 1 +1
  Protestant Labor 20,212 0.78 +0.78 0 0
  Independents 88,447 3.41 +1.65 1 –1
  Total 2,595,085     75
Two-party-preferred (estimated)
  Nationalist–Country coalition WIN 51.60 −2.20 42 –8
  Labor 48.40 +2.20 31 +8
Notes
  • Independent: William McWilliams (Franklin, Tas.).
  • Twelve members were elected unopposed – three Labor, five Nationalist, and four Country.
Popular Vote
Labor
44.64%
Nationalist
39.09%
Country
10.47%
Country Progressive
1.61%
Independent/Other
4.19%
Two Party Preferred Vote
Coalition
51.60%
Labor
48.40%
Parliament Seats
Coalition
56.00%
Labor
41.33%
Country Progressive
1.33%
Independent
1.33%

Senate

Senate (P BV) — 1928–31—Turnout 93.61% (CV) — Informal 9.88%
Party Votes % Swing Seats Won Seats Held Change
  Nationalist–Country coalition 1,466,323 50.46 –4.35 12 29 +1
  Nationalist  1,141,405 39.28 –6.07 10 24 0
  Country  324,918 11.18 +1.73 2 5 +1
  Labor 1,422,418 48.95 +3.93 7 7 –1
  Independents 17,092 0.59 +0.42 0 0 0
  Total 2,905,833     19 36

Seats changing hands

Seat Pre-1928 Swing Post-1928
Party Member Margin Margin Member Party
Barton, NSW   Nationalist Thomas Ley 1.0 7.3 6.3 James Tully Labor  
Boothby, SA   Nationalist Jack Duncan-Hughes 7.6 7.7 0.1 John Price Labor  
Denison, Tas   Nationalist John Gellibrand 2.2 2.5 0.3 Charles Culley Labor  
Franklin, Tas   Nationalist Alfred Seabrook N/A 7.2 1.6 William McWilliams Independent  
Fremantle, WA   Independent William Watson 8.1 1.2 2.1 John Curtin Labor  
Herbert, Qld   Nationalist Lewis Nott 0.3 0.5 0.2 George Martens Labor  
Indi, Vic   Country Robert Cook 6.7 N/A (Unopposed) Paul Jones Labor  
Lang, NSW   Nationalist Elliot Johnson 5.9 9.4 3.5 William Long Labor  
Macquarie, NSW   Nationalist Arthur Manning 1.3 6.2 4.9 Ben Chifley Labor  
Wakefield, SA   Nationalist Richard Foster 14.8 24.4 9.6 Maurice Collins Country  
Wilmot, Tas   Country Llewellyn Atkinson 7.0 N/A 4.6 Llewellyn Atkinson Nationalist  
  • Members in italics did not contest their seat at this election.

In the Division of Indi, the sitting candidate Robert Cook lost his seat after forgetting to file nomination papers, resulting in Labor candidate Paul Jones winning the seat unopposed.

See also

References

Candidates of the 1928 Australian federal election

This article provides information on candidates who stood for the 1928 Australian federal election. The election was held on 17 November 1928.

List of elections in 1928

The following elections occurred in the year 1928.

Argentine general election, 1928

Danish Landsting election, 1928

French legislative election, 1928

German federal election, 1928

Greek legislative election, 1928

Honduran general election, 1928

Luxembourgian legislative election, 1928

Newfoundland general election, 1928

Nicaraguan general election, 1928

Norwegian local elections, 1928

Panamanian general election, 1928

Polish legislative election, 1928

Salvadoran legislative election, 1928

Southern Rhodesian general election, 1928

Swiss federal election, 1928

Results of the 1928 Australian federal election (House of Representatives)

This is a list of electoral division results for the Australian 1928 federal election.

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