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Australian federal election, 1946

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28 September 1946  1949 →
49 seats  19 seats
6  7
13 July 1945  23 September 1943
43 seats  26 seats
54.10%  45.90%
Australian federal election, 1946

Federal elections were held in Australia on 28 September 1946. All 74 seats in the House of Representatives, and 19 of the 36 seats in the Senate were up for election. The incumbent Australian Labor Party led by Prime Minister of Australia Ben Chifley defeated the newly formed opposition Liberal Party of Australia (descended from the United Australia Party) led by its founder Robert Menzies with coalition partner the Country Party led by Arthur Fadden, with Labor also retaining control of the Senate.


The election was held in conjunction with three referendum questions, one of which was carried.

The radical reforming nature of Chifley's government was such that between 1946 and 1949, the Australian Parliament passed 299 Acts, a record until then, well beyond Labor's Andrew Fisher's 113 Acts from 1910 to 1913.


Independent: Doris Blackburn

Seats changing hands

  • Members in italics did not contest their seat at this election.
  • References

    Australian federal election, 1946 Wikipedia

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