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Victorian state election, 1920

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21 October 1920 (1920-10-21)  1921 →
40 seats  18 seats
30 seats  20 seats
Start date  October 21, 1920
May 1918  18 June 1918
18 seats  4 seats
20 seats  13 seats
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Winner  Harry Lawson

The 1920 Victorian state election was held in the Australian state of Victoria on Thursday 21 October 1920 to elect 54 of the 65 members of the state's Legislative Assembly.

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Background

The Nationalist party had reunited after the 1917 election in which the Nationalist members supporting John Bowser defeated those supporting the former Premier Alexander Peacock over his decision to increase country rail fares, and formed a majority government with 40 members. Bowser resigned as premier in March 1918, having little taste for the office, and was replaced by Peacock supporter Harry Lawson.

Meanwhile, in rural Victoria, the Victorian Farmers' Union had been gathering support and was looking to gain more seats from the Nationalists in these regions. This election would be their debut as a major force in Victorian politics where neither the Nationalists and their successors or Labor could form government without their support (or that of their successors, the Country Party) until 1952.

Legislative Assembly

Notes:

  • Eleven seats were uncontested at this election, and were retained by the incumbent parties:
  • Nationalist (3): Allandale, Gippsland West, Ovens
  • Labor (7): Abbotsford, Carlton, Flemington, Port Fairy, Richmond, Warrenheip, Williamstown
  • VFU (1): Wangaratta
  • References

    Victorian state election, 1920 Wikipedia


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