New South Wales state election, 1927

New South Wales state election, 1927
New South Wales state election, 1927
New South Wales
1925 ←
8 October 1927 (1927-10-08)
→ 1930

All 90 seats in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly.
  First party Second party
  Thomas Bavin.jpg Jacklang.jpg
Leader Thomas Bavin Jack Lang
Party Nationalist/Country coalition Labor
Leader since 24 September 1925 31 July 1923
Leader's seat Gordon Auburn
Last election 41 seats 46 seats
Seats won 46 seats 40 seats
Seat change increase5 decrease6
Percentage 47.3% 43.0%
Swing decrease1.3 decrease3.0

Premier before election

Jack Lang

Elected Premier

Thomas Bavin
Nationalist/Country coalition

The 1927 New South Wales state election to elect the 90 members of the 28th Legislative Assembly was held on 8 October 1927. During the previous parliament the voting system, which had been a form of proportional representation with multi-member seats and a single transferable vote (modified Hare-Clark), was changed to single member constituencies with optional preferential voting. Severe divisions occurred within the Australian Labor Party caucus in the four months prior to the election (see Lang Labor) and a caretaker government composed of the supporters of the Premier of New South Wales and party leader, Jack Lang was in power at the time of the election.

As a result of the election the Lang government was defeated and a Nationalist/Country Party coalition government led by Thomas Bavin and Ernest Buttenshaw was formed with a parliamentary majority of 1 and the usual support of the 2 Nationalist independents. The Parliament first met on 3 November 1927, and ran its maximum term of 3 years. Lang remained the leader of the Labor Party throughout the Parliament.


Key dates

Date Event
7 September 1927 The Legislative Assembly was dissolved, and writs were issued by the Governor to proceed with an election.
14 September 1927 Nominations for candidates for the election closed at noon.
8 October 1927 Polling day.
29 October 1927 The writs were returned and the results formally declared.
3 November 1927 Opening of 28th Parliament.


New South Wales state election, 29 October 1927
Legislative Assembly
<< 19251930 >>

Enrolled Voters 1,394,254[1]
Votes Cast 1,135,681 Turnout 82.54 +13.47
Informal Votes 15,086 Informal 1.31 -2.06
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary Votes % Swing Seats Change
  Labor 488,306 43.0 -3.0 40 - 6
  Nationalist 437,050 38.5 +1.4 33 +1
  Country 100,963 8.8 -2.7 13 +4
  Independent Nationalist 30,061 2.6 +2 2 +1
  Independent Labor 32,217 2.8 +2.6 2 +2
  Protestant Labor 7,264 0.6 -1.5 0 -1
  All others 39,820 3.51 0 -
Total 1,135,681     90  
1 There were 1,409,493 enrolled voters but 15,239 were enrolled in 1 uncontested Country Party electorate.


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See also

Members of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, 1927–1930

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