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Archives for March 1998

Howard Appoints Murray Gleeson As New High Court Chief Justice

The Prime Minister, John Howard, has announced the appointment of the current Chief Justice of the NSW Supreme Court, Murray Gleeson, as Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia.

Justice Gleeson will become the eleventh Chief Justice of the High Court since it was established in 1903.

It is Mr. Howard’s second appointment to the court since his election in 1996. [Read more…]


Kennedy And Lincoln

Some interesting facts about Presidents Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy. [Read more…]


Background Information On Pauline Hanson

Pauline Hanson was elected to the Australian House of Representatives at the general election of March 2, 1996.

She represents the electorate of Oxley in Queensland, an outer metropolitan seat centred on Ispwich.

Hanson was pre-selected as the Liberal candidate, but disendorsed by the Liberal Party during the election campaign because of comments she made concerning aborigines and immigration. However, since she was disendorsed after the close of nominations, she appeared on the ballot paper as a Liberal.

Oxley is a traditionally safe Labor electorate. From 1961 until 1988, the seat was held by the former ALP leader and Governor-General, Bill Hayden.

In 1975, Oxley was the only Queensland electorate retained by the ALP in the election that followed the dismissal of the Whitlam Labor Government.

From October 1988 until the general election of 1996, Oxley was held for the ALP by Les Scott.

Hanson secured a swing of 19.31% to take the seat from the ALP. This was the single biggest swing in any of the 148 electorates in the House of Representatives.

Note: The design of this table has been copied on the One Nation web site (http://www.gwb.com.au/onenation/hanson/vote.html).

Election Result in Oxley (Qld) 2 March 1996
Candidate Party Votes %
Wyles, Carl 765 1.09
Scott, Les ALP 27,497 39.36
Hanson, Pauline IND 33,960 48.61
Pullen, David Roy DEM 4,248 6.08
Robb, Victor IND 1,094 1.57
McKeon, John Robert GRN 1,870 2.68
Chapman, Bill AIP 433 0.62
Formal 69,867 97.15
Informal 2,049 2.85
Total 71,916 94.94
Two Party Preferred Coalition 38,129 54.66
ALP 31,622 45.34

 


ALP National Executive – 1998

The ALP National Executive is elected at the triennial National Conference.

The State branches of the ALP are represented in proportion to their size. The overall composition of the Executive reflects the factional make-up of the party. [Read more…]