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Queensland state election, 1929

Queensland state election, 1929
1926 ←
11 May 1929 (1929-05-11)
→ 1932

All 72 seats in the Legislative Assembly of Queensland
  First party Second party
Leader Arthur Edward Moore William McCormack
Party Labor
Leader since 19 April 1924 22 October 1925 (1925-10-22)
Leader's seat Aubigny Cairns
Last election 28 seats 43 seats
Seats won 43 seats 27 seats
Seat change Increase15 Decrease16
Percentage 54.24% 40.16%
Swing Increase5.03 Decrease7.80

Premier before election

William McCormack

Elected Premier

Arthur Edward Moore

Elections were held in the Australian state of Queensland on 11 May 1929 to elect the 72 members of the state's Legislative Assembly.

The Labor government was seeking its sixth continuous term in office since the 1915 election; it would be Premier William McCormack's second election. His main opponent was the Country and Progressive National Party (CPNP), led by Arthur Edward Moore. The term had not gone well for McCormack's government, including a railway lock-out in 1927 which pitted the Labor Party against the union movement, restrictive financial policies and attempts to sell off state-owned enterprises, as well as suggestions of corruption which later came to be known as the Mungana affair.

The election resulted in the defeat of the McCormack government, and the first non-Labor ministry since 1915.

Key dates

Date Event
11 April 1929 The Parliament was dissolved.[1]
12 April 1929 Writs were issued by the Governor to proceed with an election.[2]
19 April 1929 Close of nominations.
11 May 1929 Polling day, between the hours of 8am and 6pm.
21 May 1929 The McCormack Ministry resigned and the Moore Ministry was sworn in.[3]
15 June 1929 The writ was returned and the results formally declared.
29 June 1929 The writ was returned for the seat of Gregory.
20 August 1929 Parliament resumed for business.[4]


The election saw the defeat of the Labor government by the CPNP.

Queensland state election, 11 May 1929[5]
Legislative Assembly
<< 1926 1932 >>

Enrolled Voters 491,589[1]
Votes Cast 438,248 Turnout 89.15% +0.42
Informal Votes 6,836 Informal 1.56% +0.33
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary Votes % Swing Seats Change
  CPNP 233,977 54.23% +5.03 43 +15
  Labor 173,242 40.16% –7.80 27 –16
  Communist 2,890 0.67% +0.67 0 ± 0
  Independent 21,303 4.94% +3.33 2 + 1
Total 431,412     72  
1 517,466 electors were enrolled to vote at the election, but 4 seats (5.6% of the total) were uncontested—2 Labor seats (3 less than 1926) representing 9,041 enrolled voters and two CPNP seats (one more than 1926) representing 16,536 enrolled voters.


The CPNP, found itself in power as the Great Depression took hold. It lost power after just one term.

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