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Seats Changing Hands At The 2004 Federal Election

Last updated on January 23, 2024

The table on this page shows the seats that changed hands in the 2004 House of Representatives election.

A total of 15 seats changed hands. A new seat was created in Queensland (Bonner) and a South Australian seat (Bonython) was abolished. A number of seats had notional majorities for one side or the other, due to redistributions.

The ALP won 60 seats, a net loss of 5. It lost 8 seats to the Coalition (including the new and notionally ALP seat of Bonner) but won 4 back. The South Australian seat of Bonython was abolished in a redistribution and its sitting member transferred to the notionally Labor seat of Wakefield, but was defeated. The ALP also regained Cunningham, lost in a 2002 by-election to the Greens.

The Coalition won 87 seats, a net gain of 5. It won 9 seats from the ALP but also lost 4 to the ALP. The Coalition’s parliamentary majority was an overall 24 seats. It was the Howard government’s 4th consecutive election win and the second in a row in which the government increased its majority.

The three independents from the previous parliament all retained their seats: Peter Andren (Calare), Bob Katter (Kennedy) and Tony Windsor (New England).

Summary of Seats Changing Hands – 2004 Federal Election
Party/Group 2007 Seats Seats Won Seats Lost 2010 Total
ALP
65 64
5
9
60
Coalition (Liberal, Nationals & Country Liberals)
82
9
4
87
Independent
3
3
(Calare, Kennedy, New England)

In the following table, the names of retiring sitting members are shown in italics, followed by the name of the new candidate for that party.

SEATS CHANGING HANDS AT THE 2004 FEDERAL ELECTION
No. Seat State/
Territory
Member/
Candidate
HELD BY Member WON BY
1.
Cunningham
NSW
Michael Organ Greens Sharon Bird ALP
2.
Greenway
NSW
Frank Mossfield
Ed Husic
ALP Louise Markus Liberal
3.
Parramatta
NSW
Ross Cameron Liberal Julie Owens ALP
4.
Richmond
NSW
Larry Anthony National Justine Elliot ALP
5.
McMillan
VIC
Christian Zahra ALP (nominally Liberal) Russell Broadbent Liberal
6.
Bonner
QLD
Con Sciacca ALP (nominally ALP) Ross Vasta Liberal
7.
Bowman
QLD
Con Sciacca
Donna Webster
ALP (nominally Liberal) Andrew Laming Liberal
8.
Hasluck
WA
Sharryn Jackson ALP Stuart Henry Liberal
9.
Stirling
WA
Jann McFarlane ALP Michael Keenan Liberal
10.
Adelaide
SA
Trish Worth Liberal Kate Ellis ALP
11.
Hindmarsh
SA
Christine Gallus
Simon Birmingham
Liberal Steve Georganas ALP
12.
Kingston
SA
David Cox ALP Kym Richardson Liberal
13.
Wakefield
SA
Martyn Evans
(ex-Bonython – abolished)
ALP (nominally ALP) David Fawcett Liberal
14.
Bass
TAS
Michelle O’Byrne ALP Michael Ferguson Liberal
15.
Braddon
TAS
Sid Sidebottom ALP Mark Baker Liberal

 

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