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Archives for May 1990

Governor-General Bill Hayden Opens The 36th Parliament

This is the speech by Governor-General Bill Hayden opening the 36th Parliament following the 1990 federal election.

It was Hayden’s first opening of parliament since his appointment as Governor-General in 1989. Previously, Hayden was Foreign Minister in the Hawke Labor government (1983-88). He was Minister for Social Security and Treasurer in the Whitlam Labor government (1972-75).

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Hansard transcript of Governor-General Bill Hayden’s speech opening Parliament.

His Excellency the Governor-General entered the chamber and, being seated, with the President on his right hand, commanded that a message be sent to the House of Representatives intimating that His Excellency desired the attendance of honourable members in the Senate chamber forthwith, who having come with their Speaker, His Excellency was pleased to deliver the following speech: [Read more…]


1990 Federal Election: Two-Party-Preferred Statistics

The 1990 Federal Election joins a select list of federal elections where the party or parties that won a majority of the two-party-preferred vote failed to win the election.

The other elections were 1998, 1969, 1961 and 1954.

The Hawke Labor government was elected with 49.90% of the two-party-preferred vote. It secured 78 of the 148 seats (52.70%) in the House of Representatives. Thus, its exaggerated majority is 2.8%.

The ALP secured a majority of the two-party vote in two States (NSW & Queensland) and both Territories. There was an overall swing against the ALP of 0.9%.

Two-Party-Preferred Statistics 1990
House of Representatives – Summary
State ALP Votes ALP % L/NP Votes L/NP % Total Votes Exhausted Votes
New South Wales 1,744,666
52.13
1,601,846
47.87
3,346,512 8,159
Victoria 1,216,633
47.46
1,347,048
52.54
2,563,681 3,449
Queensland 837,508
50.19
831,015
49.81
1,668,523 3,074
Western Australia 420,816
47.13
472,092
52.87
892,908 1,791
South Australia 441,659
49.50
450,503
50.50
892,162 1,592
Tasmania 138,556
47.90
150,709
52.10
289,265 239
Australian Capital Territory 93,498
58.54
66,206
41.46
159,704 358
Northern Territory 37,498
55.02
30,650
44.98
68,148 109
Australia 4,930,834
49.90
4,950,069
50.10
9,880,903 18,771

 

Source: Australian Electoral Commission publications