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Hartley - 1953 (Roll: 18,697)
Ind Labor gain from Labor Party
Not contested by both major parties
Candidate Party Votes % Final %
Chalmers, James (Re-elected) Ind Labor 9,815 57.20
King, John Hodge Communist 1,901 11.08
Punch, James Stanislaus Labor Party 5,443 31.72
Formal Votes 17,159
Informal Votes 625 3.51
Total Votes / Turnout 17,784 95.12
Notes: Sitting MP James Chalmers resigned from the Labor Party claiming a conspiracy within the party to deny him pre-selection. He was re-elected as an Independent Labor MP.