2004 Federal Election

October 9, 2004

The 2004 Federal Election saw the Liberal-National coalition government led by Prime Minister John Howard returned for a fourth term.

The election win enabled Howard to become the second longest-serving prime minister in Australia’s history. However, it would be the government’s last term.

In 1996, Howard had defeated the Labor government led by Paul Keating. In 1998 and 2001, he defeated the Labor opposition led by Kim Beazley.

Beazley stood down after the 2001 election and was replaced by Simon Crean. In 2003, Crean succumbed to leadership turmoil in the ALP and was replaced by Mark Latham. Initially, Latham had some successes against Howard and the two sides appeared to be competitive.

Howard framed the election campaign around the issue of trust and built his message around the concepts of economic security and national security. The election resulted in the second consecutive decline in support for the ALP and a further increase in the coalition’s majority. The ALP’s primary vote fell to its lowest level in 80 years.

State of the Parties

This table shows the final state of the parties in the House of Representatives following the election.

House of Representatives Elections 2004
ALP LIB NPA CLP IND Total
NSW
21
21
6
2
50
VIC
19
16
2
37
QLD
6
17
4
1
28
WA
5
10
15
SA
3
8
11
TAS
3
2
5
ACT
2
2
NT
1
1
2
Total
60
74
12
1
3
150

 

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