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Part 6 - Historical information on the Australian Parliament - Party representation in Parliament - House of Representatives

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House of Representatives

Date

Govt(a)

ALP

FT

PROT

A-S

LIB

NAT

CP

UAP

Others(b)

Total

29/30.3.1901

PROT

14

28

31

-

-

-

-

-

2

75

16.12.1903

PROT

23

25

26

-

-

-

-

-

1

75

12.12.1906

PROT

26

-

16

27

-

-

-

-

6

75

13.4.1910

ALP

43

-

-

-

31(c)

-

-

-

1

75

31.5.1913

LIB

37

-

-

-

38

-

-

-

-

75

5.9.1914

ALP

42

-

-

-

32

-

-

-

1

75

5.5.1917

NAT

22

-

-

-

-

53

-

-

-

75

13.12.1919

NAT

26

-

-

-

-

37

11

-

1

75

16.12.1922

NAT/CP

30

-

-

-

5

26

14

-

1

76

14.11.1925

NAT/CP

24

-

-

-

-

37

14

-

1

76

17.11.1928

NAT/CP

32

-

-

-

-

29

13

-

2

76

12.10.1929(d)

ALP

47

-

-

-

-

14

10

-

5

76

19.12.1931

UAP

15

-

-

-

-

-

16

40

5

76

15.9.1934

UAP/CP

18

-

-

-

-

-

14

33

10

75

23.10.1937

UAP/CP

29

-

-

-

-

-

16

28

2

75

21.9.1940

UAP/CP

32

-

-

-

-

-

14

23

6

75

21.8.1943

ALP

49

-

-

-

-

-

12

12

2

75

28.9.1946

ALP

43

-

-

-

17

-

12

-

3

75





Date

Govt(a)

ALP

LIB

NPA(e)/CLP

DLP

AD

GRN

Others(b)

Total

10.12.1949

LIB/CP

48

55

19

-

-

-

1

123

28.4.1951

LIB/CP

54

52

17

-

-

-

-

123

29.5.1954(d)

LIB/CP

59

47

17

-

-

-

-

123

10.12.1955

LIB/CP

49

57

18

-

-

-

-

124

22.11.1958

LIB/CP

47

58

19

-

-

-

-

124

9.12.1961

LIB/CP

62(f)

45

17

-

-

-

-

124

30.11.1963(d)

LIB/CP

52

52

20

-

-

-

-

124

26.11.1966(d)

LIB/CP

41

61

21

-

-

-

1

124

25.10.1969(d)

LIB/CP

59

46

20

-

-

-

-

125

2.12.1972(d)

ALP

67

38

20

-

-

-

-

125

18.5.1974

ALP

66

40

21

-

-

-

-

127

13.12.1975

LIB/NCP

36

68

23

-

-

-

-

127

10.12.1977

LIB/NCP

38

67

19

-

-

-

-

124

18.10.1980

LIB/NCP

51

54

20

-

-

-

-

125

5.3.1983

ALP

75

33

17

-

-

-

-

125

1.12.1984

ALP

82

45

21

-

-

-

-

148

11.7.1987

ALP

86

43

19

-

-

-

-

148

24.3.1990

ALP

78

55

14

-

-

-

1

148

13.3.1993

ALP

80

49

16

-

-

-

2

147

2.3.1996

LIB/NPA

49

75

19

-

-

-

5

148

3.10.1998

LIB/NPA

67

64

16

-

-

-

1

148

10.11.2001

LIB/NPA

65

68

14

-

-

-

3

150

9.10.2004

LIB/NP

60

74

13

-

-

-

3

150

24.11.2007

ALP

83

55

10

-

-

-

2

150





Shading denotes elections when the government gained an absolute majority in the Senate.

Simultaneous dissolution election years are in bold.

From 1922 figures include a Member for the Northern Territory who did not have full voting rights until 1968.

Similarly from 1949 figures include a Member for the Australian Capital Territory who did not have full voting rights until 1968.

(a) Government after election.

(b) Others include: 1903 - 1 Revenue Tariff; 1906 - 4 Independent Protectionist and 2 Western Australia Party;

1919 - 1 Independent Nationalist; 1928 - 1 Country Progressive; 1929 - 3 Independent Nationalists and 1 Country Progressive;

1931 - 4 Lang Labor; 1934 - 9 Lang Labor; 1937 - 1 Independent UAP; 1940 - 4 Non-Communist Labor;

1966 - 1 Independent (formerly ALP). The remainder are Independents.

(c) Known as 'Fusion' in 1910.

(d) Separate House of Representatives election.

(e) Country Party (CP) until May 1975; National Country Party (NCP) from 1975-82; National Party of Australia 1982-2003; The Nationals from October 2003.

(f) Includes the two Territory members who did not have full voting rights (hence the LIB/CP government remained in office).

Elections: Except for simultaneous dissolutions, or as noted, elections are simultaneously held for the House of Representatives and half of the Senate.

Voting system: 1901-18 first-past-the-post voting; 1919-48 preferential voting; from 1949 proportional representation.