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Independent Members – House – 1998

The 1998 Federal Election resulted in just one independent member being returned to the House of Representatives.

The election was held on October 3, 1998.

Independent Members of the House of Representatives 1998
1 member
Name Division, State First
Andren, Peter James Calare, NSW 1996

Note: Peter Andren was the only independent member elected in 1998.

He was subsequently joined by Andrew Theophanous (Calwell, Vic) who resigned from the ALP on April 18, 2000, and by Bob Katter (Kennedy, Qld) who resigned from the National Party in July 2001.

There have been a number of independent members of the House of Representatives in recent years. All, apart from Andren, were previously elected as members of a party. Andren and Ted Mack (North Sydney, 1990-96) have been the only genuine independents to sit in the House in the post-war era.

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