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Victorian state election, 1940

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16 March 1940 (1940-03-16)  1943 →
14 March 1935  3 September 1930
20 seats  21 seats
Start date  March 16, 1940
18 October 1937  14 March 1935
20 seats  20 seats
21 seats  22 seats
Victorian state election, 1940
Winner  Albert Dunstan

The 1940 Victorian state election was held in the Australian state of Victoria on Saturday 16 March 1940 to elect 44 of the 65 members of the state's Legislative Assembly.

Background

Several events had taken place since the previous state election on 2 October 1937, which had changed the breakdown of the parties in the Assembly:

  • In November 1937, Ian Macfarlan (the member for Brighton) left the United Australia Party (UAP) and sat as an Independent. Macfarlan gave two reasons for his resignation from the UAP: that the party was sitting in opposition to the Dunstan Country government which he praised; and that it was controlled by a central body outside of the parliament, the members of which were unknown to most party members. Frederick Holden (Grant) also left the UAP and sat on the cross benches. This reduced the UAP's numbers from 21 to 19.
  • Ernie Bond (Port Fairy and Glenelg) had been expelled from the Labor Party (ALP) over his support for the "Premiers' Plan" in 1932, and had won several elections as an independent. He was re-admitted to the ALP in on 16 April 1938. This increased the ALP's numbers from 20 to 21.
  • On 5 November 1938, the United Country Party (UCP) won a by-election in the seat of Gippsland North, after the death of the sitting member James Weir McLachlan, an independent. This reduced the number of Independents to 3, and increased the numbers for the UCP from 20 to 21.
  • In August 1939, Alfred Kirton (Mornington) resigned from the UAP and sat briefly as an independent, before joining the United Country Party on 29 August 1939. This reduced the UAP from 19 seats to 18, and increased the UCP seats from 21 to 22.
  • References

    Victorian state election, 1940 Wikipedia


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