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Australian federal election, 1925


Australian federal election, 1925

Australian federal election, 1925

14 November 1925 (1925-11-14)

All 75 seats in the Australian House of Representatives
38 seats were needed for a majority in the House
22 (of the 36) seats in the Australian Senate
  First party Second party
Leader Stanley Bruce Matthew Charlton
Party Nationalist/Country coalition Labor
Leader since 9 February 1923 16 May 1922
Leader's seat Flinders Hunter
Last election 40 seats 29 seats
Seats won 51 seats 23 seats
Seat change Increase11 Decrease6

Prime Minister before election

Stanley Bruce
Nationalist/Country coalition

Resulting Prime Minister

Stanley Bruce
Nationalist/Country coalition

Federal elections were held in Australia on 14 November 1925. All 75 seats in the House of Representatives, and 22 of the 36 seats in the Senate were up for election. The incumbent Nationalist Party of Australia led by Prime Minister of Australia Stanley Bruce in power since 1922 with coalition partner the Country Party led by Earle Page defeated the opposition Australian Labor Party led by Matthew Charlton.

Compulsory voting for Federal elections was introduced in 1924 and first used in the 1925 elections where 91% of the electorate cast a vote.

House of Reps (IRV) — 1925–28—Turnout 91.39% (CV) — Informal 2.36%
  Party Votes % Swing Seats Change
  Australian Labor Party 1,313,627 45.04 +2.74 23 −6
  Nationalist Party of Australia 1,238,397 42.46 +7.23 37 +11 (1 elected
  Country Party 313,363 10.74 −1.82 13 −1
  Independents/Other 51,251 1.76 −2.80 2 -4
  Total 2,916,638     75
  Nationalist/Country coalition WIN 51 +11
  Australian Labor Party 23 −6

Independent: Percy Stewart (Wimmera, Vic), William Watson (Fremantle, WA). Labor lost Kennedy when the sitting member Charles McDonald died on the day before the election, leading to his opponent Grosvenor Francis being declared elected unopposed.[1]

Senate (P BV) — 1925–28—Turnout 91.31% (CV) — Informal 6.96%
  Party Votes % Swing Seats Won Seats Held Change
  Nationalist Party of Australia 1,272,127 45.35 +9.12 18 25 +1
  Australian Labor Party 1,262,912 45.02 −0.67 0 8 −4
  Country Party 265,155 9.45 −3.53 4 3 +3
  Independents 4,808 0.17 −1.87 0 0 0
  Total 2,805,002     22 36


  • Seats changing hands 1
  • See also 2
  • Notes 3
  • References 4

Seats changing hands

Seat Pre-1925 Swing Post-1925
Party Member Margin Margin Member Party
Angas, SA   Labor Moses Gabb 8.0 8.3 0.3 Walter Parsons Nationalist  
Balaclava, Vic   Liberal William Watt 100.0 30.3 19.7 William Watt Nationalist  
Barker, SA   Liberal Malcolm Cameron 2.3 9.3 11.6 Malcolm Cameron Nationalist  
Barton, NSW   Labor Frederick McDonald 7.6 8.6 1.0 Thomas Ley Nationalist  
Boothby, SA   Liberal Jack Duncan-Hughes 4.7 2.9 7.6 Jack Duncan-Hughes Nationalist  
Darwin, Tas   Country Joshua Whitsitt 0.4 10.9 10.5* George Bell Nationalist  
Denison, Tas   Labor David O'Keefe 0.4 2.6 2.2 John Gellibrand Nationalist  
Gwydir, NSW   Labor Lou Cunningham 0.1 3.2 3.1 Aubrey Abbott Country  
Kennedy, Qld   Labor Charles McDonald N/A 100.0 100.0 Grosvenor Francis Nationalist  
Kooyong, Vic   Liberal John Latham 0.6 18.3 17.7 John Latham Nationalist  
Wakefield, SA   Liberal Richard Foster 5.3 9.5 14.8 Richard Foster Nationalist  
Wannon, Vic   Labor John McNeill 0.8 4.8 4.0 Arthur Rodgers Nationalist  
Wimmera, Vic   Country Percy Stewart 21.2 77.8 27.8 Percy Stewart Independent  
  • Members in italics did not contest their seat at this election.
  • *Figure is Nationalist versus Labor.

See also


  1. ^ "Kennedy Seat".  


  • University of WA election results in Australia since 1890
  • Compulsory Voting in Australia
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