Seats That Swung To The Coalition In The 2016 Federal Election

As counting proceeds in the 2016 House of Representatives elections, it appears that only 16 seats resisted the nationwide swing to the ALP.

Fifteen seats held by the Liberal Party and 1 seat held by The Nationals recorded swings away from the ALP. Thirteen of these seats were already held by the Coalition.

The swings range from 0.09% in Cook to 3.04% in Deakin.

The Liberal Party won just one seat from the ALP, the Melbourne electorate of Chisholm, with a swing of 2.91%.

The national two-party-preferred swing against the Coalition currently stands at 3.16%. Every State and Territory swung to the ALP, ranging from 0.72% in the Australian Capital Territory to 8.90% in South Australia.

The Coalition won the State two-party-preferred contest in NSW (50.42%), Queensland (53.95%) and Western Australia (54.54%). [Read more…]


Paul Fletcher (Lib-Bradfield) – Maiden Speech

This is Paul Fletcher’s maiden speech to the House of Representatives as the Liberal member for Bradfield.

Flectcher won Bradfield in a by-election on December 5, 2009. He replaced Brendan Nelson, the former Liberal leader who had represented the seat since 1996.

Bradfield is an inner metropolitcan electorate in North Sydney. It includes Killara, Pymble, Roseville, St Ives, Wahroonga and extends to parts of Hornsby and Normanhurst.

Fletcher, 45, has worked as a solicitor and in a variety of corporate positions. He was Director of Corporate and Regulator Affairs with Optus between 2000-07. He was an adviser and Chief of Staff to Howard government minister Senator Richard Alston between 1996-2000. [Read more…]