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Ryan By-Election (2001)

The Ryan by-election was held because of the resignation of the sitting member, John Moore.

The Liberal Party had held the Queensland seat since its creation in 1949.

There was a two-party-preferred swing of 9.69% in the by-election, delivering a narrow victory to the Labor candidate, Leonie Short.

Ryan By-Election
March 17, 2001
Name Party Votes Percent Swing
SHORT, Leonie

ALP

29,173

38.68

+8.34
STAGG, Warren

Ind

440

0.58

+0.58
HYLAND, Terry

Ind

822

1.09

+1.09
MOORE, Jody

Ind

1,351

1.79

+1.79
HASSALL, Andrew R

CTA

955

1.27

+1.27
STASSE, Mike

Greens

4,608

6.11

+6.11
TUCKER, Bob

Liberal

32,571

43.19

-7.21
FREEMARIJUANA, Nigel David

HMP

1,685

2.23

+2.23
DENGATE, Lyn

Dem

3,808

5.05

-2.93
Two-Party-Preferred
Australian Labor Party 50.17% +9.69%
Liberal Party 49.83% -9.69%

 


Howard Government Ministerial Reshuffle

Prime Minister John Howard has reshuffled his ministry, following the departure of three ministers.

The ministers departing are Senator Jocelyn Newman, John Moore and Senator John Herron.

The changes see Peter Reith become Defence Minister, whilst Senator Amanda Vanstone becomes Minister for Family and Community Services. Tony Abbott becomes Minister for Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business.

Text of statement released by the Prime Minister, John Howard, announcing changes to the federal ministry.

The departure from the Ministry of three senior, long serving colleagues will result in a significant restructuring of the Ministry. [Read more…]


New Head of Defence Department Appointed

Prime Minister John Howard has announced the appointment of Dr. Allan Hawke as Secretary to the Department of Defence, replacing Mr. Paul Barratt who was sacked in controversial circumstances earlier this year.

In announcing the decision, Mr Howard said:

“Dr. Hawke has served effectively as Secretary to the Department of Transport and Regional Services since 1996 and, before that, as Secretary to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Dr. Hawke will bring to his new position not only experience at the Secretary level but also a sound knowledge of defence issues. From the mid-1980s he held a number of senior positions in the Department of Defence, culminating in his appointment as Deputy Secretary, Strategy and Intelligence, in the Department from 1991 to 1993.”

Dr. Hawke will take up his appointment on Thursday 21 October 1999 for a period of three years.

Departmental secretaries are an important aspect of the Australian political system. As the administrative
heads of government departments, they are responsible for the implementation of government policy and legislation, as well as the provision of advice to the government.

Dr. Hawke’s relationship with Defence Minister, John Moore, will be of interest to political observers, especially in the light of the rapid breakdown of relations with Mr. Barratt.


Sack Call On Liberal Plotters

In May 1989, a well-planned coup toppled John Howard and re-installed Andrew Peacock as leader of the Liberal Party.

The week after the leadership change, the main organisers of the challenge appeared on the ABC’s Four Corners program to explain and gloat about how they overthrew Howard.

John Moore and Wilson Tuckey were the main spokesmen for the plotters. [Read more…]


John Howard Takes Liberal Leadership As Andrew Peacock Miscalculates

John Howard became leader of the Liberal Party for the first time at a bizarre meeting of the parliamentary party called to remove him as deputy leader.

The party meeting was called by leader Andrew Peacock in an attempt to remove Howard from the deputy leadership. Peacock had demanded an assurance from Howard that he would not challenge for the leadership but Howard refused to give one.

A contest between Howard and John Moore saw Howard re-elected deputy leader by 38 votes to 31. Peacock then resigned and Howard was elected leader, defeating Jim Carlton by 57 votes to 6. Neil Brown became deputy leader. [Read more…]