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1990 Federal Election

March 24, 1990

The 1990 election was the Labor Government’s and Bob Hawke’s fourth successive electoral victory.

No previous Labor government or Labor leader had enjoyed such political success. Hawke’s record of election victories is unsurpassed by any other federal Labor leader.

But the election was a close-run thing, decided on the preferences of minor parties such as the Australian Democrats and the Greens. Ultimately, the ALP narrowly failed to secure a majority of the two-party-preferred vote.

The election was Andrew Peacock’s second as Liberal leader. He had returned to the leadership of his party following a coup against John Howard in May 1989. National Party leader, Ian Sinclair, had been deposed at the same time and replaced by Charles Blunt. Blunt lost his seat of Richmond at the election.

Australian Democrats leader, Janine Haines, also failed in her attempt to capture the Labor-held electorate of Kingston in South Australia. She had resigned from the Senate to contest the seat.

State of the Parties

This is the state of the parties in the House of Representatives following the 1990 Federal Election.

House of Representatives Elections 1990
ALP LIB NPA IND Total
NSW
30
12
8
1
51
VIC
14
21
3
38
QLD
15
6
3
24
WA
8
6
14
SA
7
6
13
TAS
1
4
5
ACT
2
2
NT
1
1
Total
78
55
14
1
148

 

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