Largely overlooked in today’s focus on the two referendums is the by-election in the Dandenong-based federal electorate of Holt.
The by-election has been caused by the resignation of Gareth Evans who recently failed in his bid to become Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO.
The Labor Party holds Holt with a margin of 15.11%. Gareth Evans secured a primary vote of 59.78% at the October 1998 election. He obtained 65.11% of the two-party-preferred vote.
The Liberal Party is not contesting the by-election.