Terri Butler Wins Griffith By-Election For ALP; Status Quo Result Sees 0.68% Swing To Liberals

Terri Butler will become the new Labor member for Griffith, following her by-election victory in the Brisbane-based electorate vacated by former prime minister Kevin Rudd.

Butler

At the close of counting tonight, Butler had recorded a two-party-preferred vote of 52.33%. This is a swing against the ALP of 0.68% since the September 2013 general election. [Read more…]


LNP Running Anti-Union Campaign In Griffith By-Election

This is an advertisement posted on YouTube by the Liberal National Party for this weekend’s Griffith by-election.

The by-election is to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of former prime minister Kevin Rudd. The ALP holds Griffith with a margin of 3.01% or 5,201 votes. There was a 5.45% two-party swing against Rudd in 2013 and a 3.86% swing in 2010. Rudd polled 53.09% of the primary vote in 2007 but this had declined to 40.36% in 2013. [Read more…]


Abbott Launches Liberal Party Campaign For Griffith By-Election

The Liberal Party has launched its campaign for next weekend’s by-election in Griffith.

Glasson

The Liberal National candidate for the Brisbane electorate, Dr. Bill Glasson, is contesting the by-election caused by the retirement of former prime minister Kevin Rudd who held the seat for 15 years. [Read more…]


Griffith By-Election Set For February 8

The Griffith by-election will be held on February 8, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Bronwyn Bishop, has announced.

The by-election has been caused by the resignation of former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd who had held the seat since 1998.

Under Section 33 of the Constitution, the Speaker is responsible for the issue of writs for vacancies. The writ will be issued today, with the rolls closing next Monday. Nominations close on January 16.

The by-election will be held the weekend before Parliament resumes for 2014.

The ALP holds the seat with a margin of 3.01%. There was a 5.45% swing against Rudd at last year’s federal election. In 2010, there was a 3.86% swing against Rudd. When Rudd led the ALP into government in 2007 he received 62.32% of the two-party-preferred vote in Griffith. [Read more…]


A Week After Announcing His Retirement, Kevin Rudd Still Hasn’t Resigned

A week after announcing his resignation from the House of Representatives, former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has not yet submitted his resignation to the Speaker.

RuddUnder Section 37 of the Constitution, a member resigns “by writing addressed to the Speaker”. As of close of business on Wednesday night (November 20), the Speaker had made no announcement to the House of Rudd’s resignation as the member for Griffith.

Rudd’s biographical details also remain on the Parliament House website.

Rudd has not appeared in the House chamber since announcing his resignation last week. He has not voted in any of the divisions called since then.

Given that a minimum 33 days notice is required for a by-election, it is now not possible for a by-election this year. The end of January is now the likely earliest date for the by-election. [Read more…]


Can Bill Glasson Topple Kevin Rudd In Griffith?

One of the intriguing aspects of tomorrow’s election is whether Kevin Rudd can hold on in his own seat of Griffith.

Rudd has held Griffith since 1998. He first contested it in 1996 but was defeated. His opponent this year is the former president of the Australian Medical Association, Bill Glasson.

Glasson has fought an intensive ground war in the Brisbane-based electorate over the past year. At least one opinion poll during the campaign has shown him ahead.

The ALP is struggling in Queensland. It currently holds 8 of the 30 electorates and it appears unlikely that it can win anymore. It is in danger of losing seats such as Moreton, Petrie, Lilley and Capricornia.

In the 1996 defeat of the Keating government, the ALP was reduced to two seats in Queensland (Brisbane and Rankin). In the 1975 defeat of the Whitlam government, it was reduced to one seat (Oxley).

If Labor is defeated decisively tomorrow, it is possible that Kevin Rudd could join John Howard (Bennelong 1996) and Stanley Melbourne Bruce (Flinders 1929) as the third prime minister to lose an election and his seat.

  • This video has been produced by Liberal candidate Bill Glasson’s campaign team: