2007 Federal Election

November 24, 2007

The 2007 Federal Election brought to end nearly twelve years of coalition government under the prime ministership of John Howard. Howard won four elections (1996, 1998, 2001 and 2004) and left office as the second-longest serving Prime Minister since Federation.

The ALP was led by Kevin Rudd, who had been elected a year earlier in place of Kim Beazley. Beazley, in turn, had replaced Mark Latham, who resigned three months after the 2001 election.

Rudd ran a presidential-style campaign with the slogan, Kevin07. From the beginning of 2007, Howard’s government struggled and it became clear that the electoral cycle was turning. Howard’s controversial industrial relations policy, WorkChoices, led to a significant campaign against the government by the union movement.

Rudd secured a 5.4% two-party swing. The ALP made a net gain of 23 seats and secured a 16-seat majority. John Howard became the second prime minister to lose his seat as well as the election.

State of the Parties

House of Representatives Elections 2007
ALP LIB LNP NPA CLP GREENS OTHERS Total
NSW
28
15
5
1
49
VIC
21
14
2
37
QLD
15
10
3
1
29
WA
4
11
15
SA
6
5
11
TAS
5
5
ACT
2
2
NT
2
2
Total
83
55
10
2
150

 

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