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Queensland state election, 1907

Queensland state election, 1907
1904 ←
18 May 1907 (1907-05-18)
→ 1908

All 72 seats in the Legislative Assembly
  First party Second party Third party
Leader William Kidston Robert Philp David Bowman
Party Conservative Labour
Leader since 19 January 1906 19 September 1904 15 April 1907
Leader's seat Rockhampton Townsville Fortitude Valley
Last election 31 seats 23 seats 17 seats
Seats won 24 seats 29 seats 18 seats
Seat change Decrease7 Increase6 Increase1
Percentage 31.88% 40.58% 26.39%
Swing N/A Increase11.51 Decrease9.65

Premier before election

William Kidston

Resulting Premier

William Kidston

Elections were held in the Australian state of Queensland on 18 May 1907 to elect the 72 members of the state's Legislative Assembly.

The election was the first held since Premier William Kidston, formerly of the Labour Party, had founded a new movement with his own supporters as well as the Parliamentary Liberals. The end result of the election was an improvement in Kidston's position, although he was still in minority government with Labour support. The main opposition group was Robert Philp's Conservatives.

Key dates

Date Event
11 April 1907 The Parliament was dissolved.[1]
11 April 1907 Writs were issued by the Governor to proceed with an election.[2]
27 April 1907 Close of nominations.
18 May 1907 Polling day, between the hours of 8 am and 6 pm.
8 June 1907 The writ was returned and the results formally declared.
23 July 1907 Parliament resumed for business.[3]


Seat changes indicated are those caused by the election; at the preceding election, Labour had 34 seats, Liberal 21, Conservative 15 and Independent 2.

Queensland state election, 18 May 1907[4]
Legislative Assembly
<< 1904 1908 >>

Enrolled Voters 212,337[1]
Votes Cast 152,049 Turnout 71.61 –2.56
Informal Votes 2,547 Informal 1.67 +0.87
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary Votes % Swing Seats Change
  Conservative 80,076 40.58 +11.59 29 + 6
  Kidston 109,985 31.88 24 – 7
  Labor 136,419 26.39 –9.65 18 + 1
  Independent 2,259 1.14 –3.82 1 ± 0
Total 197,312[2]     72  
1 220,189 electors were enrolled to vote at the election, but 4 seats (5.6% of the total) were uncontested—one Labor seat representing 1,352 enrolled voters, and three Conservative seats representing 4,604 voters.
2 In 11 electorates, voters had two votes each, so the total number of votes exceeds the total number of voters.

Electoral System

This election was held using the 'contingent vote'.[5]

Electoral System Changes

This election was the first held since women in Queensland gained the right to vote (although indigenous women did not gain the right until 1962).[6]

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