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Archives for October 2004

Seats Changing Hands At The 2004 Federal Election

The table on this page shows the seats that changed hands in the 2004 House of Representatives election.

A total of 15 seats changed hands. A new seat was created in Queensland (Bonner) and a South Australian seat (Bonython) was abolished. A number of seats had notional majorities for one side or the other, due to redistributions.

The ALP won 60 seats, a net loss of 5. It lost 8 seats to the Coalition (including the new and notionally ALP seat of Bonner) but won 4 back. The South Australian seat of Bonython was abolished in a redistribution and its sitting member transferred to the notionally Labor seat of Wakefield, but was defeated. The ALP also regained Cunningham, lost in a 2002 by-election to the Greens.

The Coalition won 87 seats, a net gain of 5. It won 9 seats from the ALP but also lost 4 to the ALP. The Coalition’s parliamentary majority was an overall 24 seats. It was the Howard government’s 4th consecutive election win and the second in a row in which the government increased its majority. [Read more…]


Latham: Positive Approach Failed Labor In 2004 Election

In his first major speech since the October 9 election, the Leader of the Opposition, Mark Latham, has claimed that the ALP’s positive approach to the election campaign contributed to its defeat.

Addressing the ALP State Conference in Tasmania, Latham said: “The sheer weight of this campaign broke through in the last week and sent us backwards. I believe with the benefit of hindsight … that my greatest misjudgement was in believing that the positive party would win the election.” [Read more…]


Brian Loughnane: Liberal Party’s 2004 Federal Election Analysis

The Federal Director of the Liberal Party, Brian Loughnane, has addressed the National Press Club on the outcome of the 2004 Federal Election.

This is the official transcript of Loughnane’s Address. [Read more…]


McHugh Calls For More Women Justices On The High Court

There should be more female justices on the High Court of Australia, according to Justice Michael McHugh.

Addressing a dinner hosted by the Western Australian Law Society, McHugh said that despite many changes in recent years, “one thing that has not changed in the High Court is the small percentage of cases argued in the Court by female advocates. Some of the finest arguments that I have heard in nearly 16 years on the Court have come from women advocates. Indeed, given the small number of appearances by female advocates, superior arguments by women advocates are disproportionately high.”

Noting that he was facing imminent compulsory retirement at age 70, and that 4 Justices would retire over the next 4 years, McHugh said: “These retirements will present the federal government with a remarkable opportunity to ensure, to adapt the words of Chief Justice McLachlin, that the composition of the High Court approaches an accurate reflection of the place of women within the judiciary, within the legal profession, and within Australian society more generally.” [Read more…]


Mark Latham Announces His New Shadow Ministry

The Leader of the Opposition, Mark Latham, has announced his new shadow ministry, following the 2004 federal election.

For the announcement, Latham was accompanied by Wayne Swan, the new Shadow Treasurer, and Stephen Smith, the new Shadow Minister for Industry, Infrastructure and Industrial Relations. [Read more…]


Fourth Howard Ministry Sworn In

This is the audio of the swearing-in ceremony of the Howard ministry, following the 2004 federal election.

The ministry constitutes the Fourth Howard Government.

The ceremony took place at Government House, Yarralumla, and was presided over by the Governor-General, Michael Jeffery.

The audio is taken from the Sky News telecast of the event. [Read more…]


Indonesian Relationship Should Be Based On Mutual Respect And Realism: Howard

The Prime Minister, John Howard, fresh from his re-election and first party-room meeting, has flown to Indonesia to attend the inauguration of the new President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

Howard discussed Australia’s relationship with Indonesia in an interview with Metro TV in Jakarta. [Read more…]


New York Times Endorses John Kerry For President

This is the text of an editorial in the New York Times.

New York Times editorial, October 17, 2004.

NYTSenator John Kerry goes toward the election with a base that is built more on opposition to George W. Bush than loyalty to his own candidacy. But over the last year we have come to know Mr. Kerry as more than just an alternative to the status quo. We like what we’ve seen. He has qualities that could be the basis for a great chief executive, not just a modest improvement on the incumbent.

We have been impressed with Mr. Kerry’s wide knowledge and clear thinking – something that became more apparent once he was reined in by that two-minute debate light. He is blessedly willing to re-evaluate decisions when conditions change. And while Mr. Kerry’s service in Vietnam was first over-promoted and then over-pilloried, his entire life has been devoted to public service, from the war to a series of elected offices. He strikes us, above all, as a man with a strong moral core. [Read more…]


The Latham-Howard Handshake

On election eve, October 8, 2004, Prime Minister John Howard and Opposition Leader Mark Latham crossed paths in a radio studio and Latham aggressively gripped Howard’s hand in a less-than-friendly handshake.

The handshake may well have confirmed for many voters the doubts they had about Latham’s maturity and suitability for the prime ministership.

However, since the video only appeared on the Friday night before the election, you have to wonder how many people saw it. It’s not as if the footage had been shown repeatedly for weeks before polling day.

As time passes, many events develop a reputation as turning points. This may have been one but I doubt it.



Senator Len Harris – One Nation How-To-Vote

This is the One Nation Queensland how-to-vote card for the 2004 Federal Election.

Senator Len Harris was the sitting One Nation senator, seeking re-election to a second term. He had been appointed to the position in 1999, after the elected senator, Heather Hill, was disqualified under Section 44 if the Constitution for not renouncing her UK citizenship.

One Nation polled just 3.14% of the primary vote in the Queensland Senate election, a drop of 6.88% from the 2001 election. Harris served out the remainder of his term and left the Senate on June 30, 2005. [Read more…]