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Quiz: 2013 Federal Election


2013 Federal Election

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Question 1
Which party or parties won the 2013 Federal Election?
A
Liberal Party
B
Australian Labor Party
C
Australian Greens
D
The Nationals
E
Liberal-Nationals Coalition
F
ALP-Greens Coalition
Question 1 Explanation: 
The Liberal and Nationals Coalition won the election. The Liberal Party won 58 seats, whilst the Qld LNP won 22 seats, The Nationals 9 and the NT CLP 1. Together, the Coalition won 90 seats.

The ALP won 55 seats, the Greens 1, Palmer United Party 1, and independents 3.
Question 2
How many seats did the ALP lose in this election?
A
7
B
17
C
27
D
37
Question 2 Explanation: 
The ALP lost 17 seats to the coalition in the election: 8 in NSW, 3 in Victoria, 3 in Tasmania, 2 in Queensland and 1 in South Australia. They won a total of 55 seats.

The Coalition picked up an additional two seats from independents (New England & Lyne) but lost two (Indi & Fairfax) to an independent and the Palmer United Party.
Question 3
What percentage of the national two-party-preferred vote did the ALP win?
A
43.51%
B
44.51%
C
45.51%
D
46.51%
Question 3 Explanation: 
The ALP polled 46.51% of the two-party-preferred vote, compared to 53.49% for the Coalition.

This was on a par with the 2PP achieved when Bob Hawke won in 1983, John Howard won in 1996 and Kevin Rudd won in 2007.
Question 4
In which state or territory did the Coalition poll its highest two-party-preferred vote?
A
Tasmania
B
South Australia
C
Western Australia
D
Northern Territory
Question 4 Explanation: 
Western Australia was the Coalition's best state, with 58.28% of the two-party-preferred vote.

The Liberal Party won 12 of the 15 seats.
Question 5
In which state or territory did the Australian Labor Party poll its highest two-party-preferred vote?
A
Australian Capital Territory
B
Tasmania
C
Victoria
D
South Australia
Question 5 Explanation: 
The ALP's two-party vote was highest in the Australian Capital Territory: 59.91%.

There are only 2 seats in the ACT and the ALP holds both.
Question 6
How many independents were elected in the House of Representatives at this election?
A
2
B
3
C
4
D
5
Question 6 Explanation: 
There were 2 independents elected: Andrew Wilkie in Denison (Tas) and Cathy McGowan in Indi (Vic).

Adam Bandt won Melbourne (Vic) for the Greens, Bob Katter won Kennedy (Qld for Katter's Australian Party and Clive Palmer won Fairfax (Qld) for the Palmer United Party.
Question 7
How many Palmer United Party Senate candidates were successful at this election?
A
2
B
3
C
4
D
5
Question 7 Explanation: 
There were 3 Palmer United Party candidates elected to the Senate: Glenn Lazarus (Qld), Jacqui Lambie (Tas) and Zhenya Wang (WA).

As of March 2015, Lazarus and Lambie have both left PUP. Senator Wang and Clive Palmer are the remaining parliamentary representatives.
Question 8
What was the national informal vote in the House of Representatives at this election?
A
4.91%
B
5.91%
C
6.91%
D
7.91%
Question 8 Explanation: 
The informal vote was 5.91%. It was highest in NSW (7.59%) and lowest in the ACT (3.83%).

It was the highest informal vote in the House since 1984, when it reached 6.3%, a figure widely believed to have been caused by confusion with the introduction of above-the-line voting in the Senate.
Question 9
What was the national informal vote in the Senate at this election?
A
4.96%
B
3.96%
C
2.96%
D
1.96%
Question 9 Explanation: 
The Senate informal vote was 2.96%, down from 3.75% in 2010.

It was highest in Victoria (3.37%) and lowest in the ACT (1.98%).

Prior to the introduction of above-the-line voting in 1984, the informal vote hit 9.9% in the Senate in 1983.
Question 10
What percentage of the primary vote did the Australian Greens poll in the House of Representatives at this election?
A
12.65%
B
10.65%
C
8.65%
D
6.65%
Question 10 Explanation: 
The Greens polled 8.65% of the primary vote. This was 3.11% down on their 2010 result of 11.76%.

Even though their vote declined substantially, Adam Bandt was comfortably re-elected in Melbourne and all of the Greens senators were returned, with Janet Rice picking up an extra Senate seat in Victoria.
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