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Blayney - By-election (Roll: 6,810)
Liberal Party gain from Progressive
Nominations: Saturday, 29 December 1906, Polling: Saturday, 12 January 1907
Candidate Party Votes Votes %
Beeby, George Stephenson Labor Party 1,710 49.67
Withington, John Swann (Elected) Liberal Party 1,733 50.33
Formal Votes 3,443
Informal Votes 0 0.00
Total Votes / Turnout 3,443 50.56
Cause Category: Resignation - Other
Notes: In July 1906, W.P.Crick was suspended from the service of the Assembly pending a criminal trial after a Royal Commission found that he had unlawfully accepted money while serving as a Minister. At a criminal trial, the jury was unable to agree on a verdict and the Attorney-General chose not to proceed to further trial. Crick resigned from the Assembly which then passed an expulsion motion which did not prevent him re-contesting the seat. However, when Labor nominated a candidate for the seat, he chose not to contest the by-election, claiming the contest prevented the electorate expressing a straight opinion on his conduct. (Rydon Spann and Nelson)
Source: SMH 14 January 1907, p.7 col.6