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Australian federal election, 1913

Australian federal election, 1913

31 May 1913 (1913-05-31)

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 Joseph Cook Andrew Fisher
Party Commonwealth Liberal Labor
Leader since 20 January 1913 October 1907
Leader's seat Parramatta Wide Bay
Last election 31 seats 42 seats
Seats won 38 seats 37 seats
Seat change Increase7 Decrease5
Percentage 48.94% 48.47%
Swing Increase3.85 Decrease1.50

Prime Minister before election

Andrew Fisher

Resulting Prime Minister

Joseph Cook
Commonwealth Liberal

Federal elections were held in Australia on 31 May 1913. All 75 seats in the House of Representatives, and 18 of the 36 seats in the Senate were up for election. The incumbent Australian Labor Party led by Prime Minister Andrew Fisher was defeated by the opposition Commonwealth Liberal Party led by Joseph Cook, by a single seat. The new government also held a minority of seats in the Senate.

The election was held in conjunction with six referendum questions, none of which was carried.

House of Reps 1913–14 (FPTP) — Turnout 73.49% (Non-CV) — Informal 2.83%
  Party Votes % Swing Seats Change
  Commonwealth Liberal Party 930,076 48.94 +3.85 38 +7 (1 elected
  Australian Labor Party 921,099 48.47 −1.50 37 −5 (2 elected
  Independents 49,194 2.59 −2.35 0 −2
  Total 1,900,369     75
  Commonwealth Liberal Party WIN 38 +7
  Australian Labor Party 37 −5

Senate 1913–14 (FPTP BV) — Turnout 73.66% (Non-CV) — Informal N/A
  Party Votes % Swing Seats Won Seats Held Change
  Commonwealth Liberal Party 2,840,420 49.38 +3.83 7 7 −7
  Australian Labor Party 2,802,259 48.72 −1.58 11 29 +7
  Independents 48,699 0.85 −2.51 0 0 0
  Other 60,819 1.06 0 0 0
  Total 5,752,197     18 36


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

Seats changing hands

Seat Pre-1913 Swing Post-1913
Party Member Margin Margin Member Party
Ballaarat, Vic   Commonwealth Liberal Alfred Deakin 1.1 3.1 0.6 Charles McGrath Labor  
Bendigo, Vic   Commonwealth Liberal John Quick 1.3 3.6 2.0 John Arthur Labor  
Boothby, SA   Commonwealth Liberal David Gordon 7.1 10.8 3.0 George Dankel Labor  
Calare, NSW   Labor Thomas Brown 3.6 5.9 2.1 Henry Pigott Commonwealth Liberal  
Corangamite, Vic   Labor James Scullin 4.7 6.1 2.2 Chester Manifold Commonwealth Liberal  
Corio, Vic   Labor Alfred Ozanne 4.4 5.1 1.8 William Kendell Commonwealth Liberal  
Fremantle, WA   Commonwealth Liberal William Hedges 4.5 11.4 5.8 Reginald Burchell Labor  
Gippsland, Vic   Independent George Wise 12.1 12.7 5.0 James Bennett Commonwealth Liberal  
Hume, NSW   Independent William Lyne 16.4 16.2 0.7 Robert Patten Commonwealth Liberal  
Indi, Vic   Labor Parker Moloney 3.1 3.2 2.2 Cornelius Ahern Commonwealth Liberal  
New England, NSW   Labor Francis Foster 2.7 9.5 6.5 Percy Abbott Commonwealth Liberal  
Oxley, Qld   Commonwealth Liberal Richard Edwards 12.2 N/A 4.4 James Sharpe Labor  
Riverina, NSW   Labor John Chanter 7.0 8.6 1.0 Franc Falkiner Commonwealth Liberal  
Wannon, Vic   Labor John McDougall 5.0 7.8 4.2 Arthur Rodgers Commonwealth Liberal  
Werriwa, NSW   Labor Benjamin Bennett 0.8 6.5 5.9 Alfred Conroy Commonwealth Liberal  
  • Members in italics did not contest their seat at this election.

Post-election pendulum

See also



  • University of WA election results in Australia since 1890
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