Oppositions Do Win Elections: Gartrell Analyses ALP Election Victory

The ALP has disproved the notion that oppositions don’t win elections, governments lose them, according to Tim Gartrell, National Secretary of the ALP.

GartrellAddressing the National Press Club in Canberra, Gartrell argued that Labor won the election campaign outright and that the election of Kevin Rudd as leader of the ALP exactly one year ago was when the momentum began.

Gartrell argued that “the momentum Labor built through 2007 was not confined to the return of one single group. It goes comprehensively deeper and wider than that. It was a wave that swept up Australians in almost every demographic – at either end of the spectrum and in the middle. The under 30s and the over 60s. Manual trades workers and the university educated. Mums at home and families with both parents working.”

Gartrell claimed a wide-ranging swing for the ALP: “This was self-evidently not a swing confined to narrow, sectional groups. This was a swing that on election day would deliver seats to Labor in Far North Queensland, on the Central Coast of New South Wales, in western Sydney and the suburbs of Brisbane and in John Howard’s own backyard – Bennelong.” [Read more…]


Tim Gartrell: 2004 Election Analysis

The most important factor contributing to the ALP’s 2004 election defeat “was whether people had a mortgage”, according to the National Secretary of the ALP, Tim Gartrell.

Addressing the National Press Club, Gartrell highlighted the difficult position the ALP now finds itself in: “Because of [the ALP’s] two consecutive poor election results, from July next year the Government will take control of the Senate, and the outcome means in the lower house we now need to gain more seats than either Whitlam required in 1972, Hawke required in 1983 or
Howard required in 1996 to win the next election.” [Read more…]


Parties Haggle Over Rules For Leaders’ Debate

Following Prime Minister John Howard’s announcement of the 2004 Federal Election, the Liberal and Labor parties immediately began negotiating on the terms of a leader’s debate.

The Liberal Party’s Federal Director, Brian Loughnane, wrote to the ALP National Secretary, Tim Gartrell, proposing a set of debate rules.

The proposed rules and the correspondence between the two men is shown below. [Read more…]