House of Representatives Seats 1984-2016

This table shows the winning party in each electorate in the current parliament at every federal election since 1984.

In 1984, the House of Representatives was increased in size from 127 to 148. It is now 150. There have been eleven federal elections since 1984 and the table is designed to give a pictorial overview of the results. Whilst there have been multiple electoral redistributions in every state and territory since 1984, the colour-coded table nevertheless gives a general picture of electoral shifts in that time.

The table demonstrates the stability inherent in the electoral system. The table shows that 71 seats, representing 47.3% of the total, have been held by either the ALP or one of the coalition parties at every election since 1984. Another 12 seats, or 8%, have switched sides once before reverting to their usual voting pattern. At any election, only around 30-35 seats are seriously in play.

In interpreting the table, it is important to bear in mind that some seats have undergone significant boundary changes as a result of redistributions every seven years. New seats have been created and some have been abolished. It is wise not to draw conclusions about electoral shifts without consulting the detailed results. The table is indicative only, not definitive.

The table does not show by-election results. In several cases, one party has won a by-election only to lose it in the general election. For example, the Liberals won Adelaide in 1988 and Canberra in 1995, whilst the ALP won Ryan in 2001 and the Greens won Cunningham in 2002. In each case, the seat returned to their opponents at the next general election.

I have shown Pauline Hanson’s victory in Oxley in 1996 as an Independent win but it should be remembered that even though she was disendorsed by the Liberal Party she appeared on the ballot paper as a Liberal candidate.

I have not shown seats abolished since 1984, except for the Northern Territory. Until 2001, the Northern Territory voted as one electorate and showing this seat gives a more complete overview of voting patterns in the territory.

Where a cell is blank it means that the seat did not exist at that election.

House of Representatives Seats 1984-2016
NEW SOUTH WALES
Seat 1984 1987 1990 1993 1996 1998 2001 2004 2007 2010 2013 2016
Banks
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
LIB
LIB
Barton
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
LIB
ALP
Bennelong
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
ALP
LIB
LIB
LIB
Berowra
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
Blaxland
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
Bradfield
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
Calare
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
IND
IND
IND
IND
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
Chifley
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
Cook
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
Cowper
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
Cunningham
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
Dobell
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
LIB
LIB
ALP
ALP
LIB
ALP
Eden-Monaro
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
ALP
ALP
LIB
ALP
Farrer
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
Fowler
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
Gilmore
NAT
NAT
NAT
ALP
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
Grayndler
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
Greenway
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
LIB
LIB
ALP
ALP
ALP
Hughes
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
Hume
LIB
LIB
LIB
NAT
NAT
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
Hunter
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
Kingsford Smith
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
Lindsay
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
ALP
ALP
LIB
ALP
Lyne
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
IND
NAT
NAT
Macarthur
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
ALP
Mackellar
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
Macquarie
LIB
LIB
LIB
ALP
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
ALP
LIB
LIB
ALP
McMahon / Prospect
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
Mitchell
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
Newcastle
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
New England
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
IND
IND
IND
IND
NAT
NAT
North Sydney
LIB
LIB
IND
IND
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
Page
NAT
NAT
ALP
ALP
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
ALP
ALP
NAT
NAT
Parkes
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
Parramatta
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
LIB
LIB
LIB
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
Paterson
ALP
LIB
ALP
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
ALP
Reid
ALP
LIB
LIB
ALP
LIB
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
LIB
LIB
Richmond
NAT
NAT
ALP
ALP
NAT
NAT
NAT
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
Riverina
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
Robertson
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
ALP
ALP
LIB
LIB
Shortland
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
Sydney
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
Warringah
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
Watson
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
Wentworth
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
Werriwa
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
Whitlam / Throsby
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
VICTORIA
Seat 1984 1987 1990 1993 1996 1998 2001 2004 2007 2010 2013 2016
Aston
ALP
ALP
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
Ballarat
ALP
ALP
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
Batman
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
Bendigo
ALP
ALP
LIB
LIB
LIB
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
Bruce
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
Calwell
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
Casey
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
Chisholm
ALP
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
LIB
Corangamite
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
ALP
ALP
LIB
LIB
Corio
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
Deakin
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
ALP
ALP
LIB
LIB
Dunkley
ALP
ALP
LIB
ALP
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
Flinders
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
Gellibrand
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
Gippsland
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
Goldstein
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
Gorton
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
Higgins
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
Holt
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
Hotham
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
Indi
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
IND
IND
Isaacs
ALP
ALP
LIB
LIB
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
Jagajaga
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
Kooyong
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
Lalor
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
La Trobe
ALP
ALP
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
ALP
LIB
LIB
Mallee
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
Maribyrnong
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
McEwen
ALP
ALP
LIB
ALP
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
ALP
ALP
ALP
McMillan
ALP
ALP
LIB
ALP
LIB
ALP
ALP
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
Melbourne
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
GRN
GRN
GRN
Melbourne Ports
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
Menzies
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
Murray
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
NAT
Scullin
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
Wannon
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
Wills
ALP
ALP
ALP
IND
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
QUEENSLAND
Seat 1984 1987 1990 1993 1996 1998 2001 2004 2007 2010 2013 2016
Blair
LIB
LIB
LIB
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
Bonner
LIB
ALP
LNP/LIB
LNP
LNP
Bowman
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
LIB
ALP
ALP
LIB
LIB
LNP/LIB
LNP
LNP
Brisbane
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
LNP/LIB
LNP
LNP
Capricornia
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
NAT
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
LNP/NAT
LNP
Dawson
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
ALP
LNP/NAT
LNP
LNP
Dickson
ALP
LIB
ALP
LIB
LIB
LIB
LNP/LIB
LNP
LNP
Fadden
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LNP/LIB
LNP
LNP
Fairfax
NAT
NAT
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LNP/LIB
PUP
LNP
Fisher
NAT
ALP
ALP
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LNP/LIB
LNP
LNP
Flynn
ALP
LNP/NAT
LNP
LNP
Forde
LIB
ALP
ALP
ALP
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
ALP
LNP/LIB
LNP
LNP
Griffith
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
LIB
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
Groom
NAT
NAT
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LNP/LIB
LNP
LNP
Herbert
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LNP/LIB
LNP
ALP
Hinkler
NAT
ALP
ALP
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
LNP/NAT
LNP
LNP
Kennedy
NAT
NAT
ALP
NAT
NAT
NAT
IND
IND
IND
IND
IND
IND
Leichhardt
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
ALP
LNP/LIB
LNP
LNP
Lilley
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
LIB
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
Longman
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
ALP
LNP/LIB
LNP
ALP
Maranoa
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
LNP/NAT
LNP
LNP
McPherson
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LNP/LIB
LNP
LNP
Moncrieff
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LNP/LIB
LNP
LNP
Moreton
LIB
LIB
ALP
ALP
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
Oxley
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
IND
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
Petrie
LIB
ALP
ALP
ALP
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
ALP
ALP
LNP/LIB
LNP
Rankin
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
Ryan
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LNP/LIB
LNP
LNP
Wide Bay
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
NAT
LNP/NAT
LNP
LNP
Wright
LNP/LIB
LNP
LNP
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Seat 1984 1987 1990 1993 1996 1998 2001 2004 2007 2010 2013 2016
Brand
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
Burt
ALP
Canning
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
LIB
ALP
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
Cowan
ALP
ALP
ALP
LIB
LIB
ALP
ALP
ALP
LIB
LIB
LIB
ALP
Curtin
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
IND
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
Durack
LIB
LIB
LIB
Forrest
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
Fremantle
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
Hasluck
ALP
LIB
ALP
LIB
LIB
LIB
Moore
ALP
ALP
LIB
LIB
IND
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
O’Connor
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
NAT
LIB
LIB
Pearce
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
Perth
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
Stirling
ALP
ALP
ALP
LIB
LIB
ALP
ALP
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
Swan
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
LIB
ALP
ALP
ALP
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
Tangney
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Seat 1984 1987 1990 1993 1996 1998 2001 2004 2007 2010 2013 2016
Adelaide
ALP
ALP
ALP
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
Barker
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
Boothby
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
Grey
ALP
ALP
ALP
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
Hindmarsh
ALP
ALP
ALP
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
ALP
ALP
ALP
LIB
ALP
Kingston
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
LIB
ALP
ALP
LIB
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
Makin
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
Mayo
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
NXT
Port Adelaide
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
Sturt
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
Wakefield
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
TASMANIA
Seat 1984 1987 1990 1993 1996 1998 2001 2004 2007 2010 2013 2016
Bass
LIB
LIB
LIB
ALP
LIB
ALP
ALP
LIB
ALP
ALP
LIB
ALP
Braddon
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
LIB
ALP
ALP
LIB
ALP
ALP
LIB
ALP
Denison
LIB
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
IND
IND
IND
Franklin
LIB
LIB
LIB
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
Lyons
LIB
LIB
LIB
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
LIB
ALP
NORTHERN TERRITORY
Seat 1984 1987 1990 1993 1996 1998 2001 2004 2007 2010 2013 2016
Northern Territory
CLP
ALP
ALP
ALP
CLP
ALP
Lingiari
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
Solomon
CLP
CLP
ALP
CLP
CLP
ALP
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
Seat 1984 1987 1990 1993 1996 1998 2001 2004 2007 2010 2013 2016
Canberra
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
Fenner / Fraser
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP
ALP

Legend:
LIB = Liberal Party
NAT = National, National Party, The Nationals
LNP = Liberal National Party (Queensland)
LNP/LIB = Liberal National Party (Queensland), Liberal prior to Liberal-Nationals amalgamation
LNP/NAT = Liberal National Party (Queensland), Nationals prior to Liberal-Nationals amalgamation
CLP = Country Liberal Party (Northern Territory)
ALP = Australian Labor Party
GRN = Australian Greens
PUP = Palmer United Party
NXT = Nick Xenophon Team
IND = Independent

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