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Archives for June 1998

Queensland 1998 State Election Results

The Queensland state election was held on June 13, 1998.

At the previous election in 1995, Wayne Goss’s Labor government was re-elected to a third term with a one-seat majority. In February 1996, a by-election was held in the electorate of Mundingburra, as a result of a decision of the Court of Disputed Returns. The Liberal Party won the seat and Rob Borbidge became leader of a National-Liberal coalition government with the support of the independent member for Gladstone, Liz Cunningham.

The 1998 election saw the defeat of the Borbidge government and the narrow election of a Labor government led by Peter Beattie.

The election was the high point for the new Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party. It won 22.67% of the primary vote and 11 seats. One Nation won six seats from the ALP and five from the Nationals. The Nationals lost another seat to an independent.

However, the ALP won six seats from the Liberal Party in Brisbane. Voter reaction to the Liberal decision to preference One Nation was seen as the reason for the Liberal losses.

Peter Beattie was able to form a minority government with the support of an independent, Peter Wellington. Following a by-election a few months later, caused by the resignation of the One Nation member for Mulgrave, the ALP had a one-seat majority.

1998 Queensland State Election – Primary Votes
Party Abbr Formal Votes Percentage
A.L.P ALP 751,794 38.87%
Pauline Hanson’s One Nation ONP 438,580 22.67%
Liberal Party LIB 311,247 16.09%
Queensland Nationals NPA 293,357 15.17%
The Greens GRN 45,663 2.36%
The Democrats DEM 31,118 1.61%
Australia First (Qld) AFP 9,568 0.49%
ARP ARP 7,653 0.40%
C.D.P (Qld.) CDP 2,098 0.11%
Shooters Party TSP 1,051 0.05%
AWP AWP 299 0.02%
Other Candidates 41,942 2.17%

 

1998 Queensland State Election
Total Formal Votes 1,934,370
Total Informal Votes 28,416
Percentage Informal 1.45%
Total Votes Counted 1,962,786
Percentage of Total Electors 92.76%
Total Electors Enrolled 2,115,977

 

Queensland Parliament
(Note: The Queensland Legislative Council was abolished in 1922)
Party Legislative Assembly
1995 Election
Legislative Assembly
1998 Election
ALP
44
44
Liberal
15
9
National
29
23
Independent
1
2
One Nation
11
Total
89
89
ALP Government, sworn in 26 June 1998
Premier: Peter Beattie



John Howard Calls Pauline Hanson ‘Deranged’

The Prime Minister, John Howard, says Pauline Hanson’s speech last night, in which she commented on Aboriginal Australians, “verges on the deranged”.

Howard was responding to Hanson’s claims that Aborigines receive preferential treatment in government funding.

He was interviewed on Radio National by Fran Kelly.

Transcript of John Howard’s interview with Fran Kelly on Radio National.

KELLY: Prime Minister, Pauline Hanson has again accused Aboriginal Australians of getting preferential treatment in Government funding. She says she’ll campaign against the existence of native title and she has warned that Aboriginal Australians and the United Nations are plotting to establish taxpayer funded Aboriginal states. Are these sentiments racist? [Read more…]


Pauline Hanson’s Speech to Parliament on the MAI

The Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI) was an attempt by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to develop rules on international investment.

The draft treaty was released in 1997 and immediately became the subject of vigorous debate around the world. In 1998, France withdrew its support for the agreement, effectively blocking it under OECD rules.

Speech to the House of Representatives by Pauline Hanson on the MAI.

APPROPRIATION BILL (No. 1) 1998-99 Second Reading

HansonMs HANSON –I rise today to speak on a matter that has grave and wide-ranging consequences for all Australians. The matter is the ominous document entitled the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. This treaty is due to be signed by 2004. The complicity or, at the very least, the lack of will on the part of the federal government to encourage public examination and discussion on this threat to the Australian people is very similar to their reluctance to debate that other attack on Australians also sponsored by Labor and the coalition, the MAI.

Both of these treaties will take power and choice from the majority of our own people and place that power and freedom of choice firmly in the hands of foreigners and self-seeking minorities. Both of these treaties diminish Australia’s sovereignty and in the case of the so-called rights of the indigenous people could ultimately result in the disintegration of our nation. With the MAI now largely exposed — [Read more…]