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ALP National Secretary Gary Gray’s Address to the Queensland ALP Conference

ALP National Secretary Gary Gray says the ALP needs to “act as a Party” if it is to return to office federally and in the states.

Addressing the Queensland ALP Conference, Gray said it was important that the ALP not behave “as a bickering and jostling collection of factions, more interested in small victories over internal rivals than in the larger victory: over the hearts, the minds, the perceptions and the votes of the electorate.”

Gray said: “The way back to government for Labor, all around the country is: the pursuit of a “common cause” through “common sense”. Common sense doesn’t sound like a grand ideal. But it is – I would argue – the core value of the Labor Party.” [Read more…]


1996 Federal Election: Two-Party-Preferred Statistics

The 1996 election produced the third largest majority ever for a government in the House of Representatives.

The new coalition government led by John Howard won 94 seats in the 148-seat lower house. The ALP won 49 seats, a loss of 31. There were 5 independents elected: 3 ex-Liberal members, 1 ex-Labor member and Pauline Hanson. Hanson won Oxley as a disendorsed Liberal candidate.

The overall swing against the ALP was 5.06%, with every part of the country swinging to the coalition. The largest swing was 8.65% in Queensland. The smallest swing was 1.50% in Victoria.

There were swings against the ALP in 140 electorates. The biggest swing was 12.68% in the Queensland electorate of Fadden. The smallest swing to the coalition was 0.10% in the Victorian electorate of La Trobe.

The ALP won a majority of the two-party-preferred vote only in Victoria, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory.

The election reduced the ALP to a “south-east triangle” of seats in Victoria, and New South Wales, the party winning 36 of its 49 seats in those two States, and most of those in Sydney and Melbourne.

The ALP won only 2 seats in Queensland and South Australia, 3 in Western Australia, 3 in Tasmania (the only State where it won a majority of seats) and all 3 seats in the ACT.

Two-Party-Preferred Statistics 1996
House of Representatives – Summary
State ALP Votes ALP % L/NP Votes L/NP % % Swing To ALP
New South Wales 1,734,777
47.44
1,922,165
52.56
-6.95
Victoria 1,388,142
50.30
1,371,480
49.70
-1.50
Queensland 765,019
39.78
1,158,122
60.22
-8.65
Western Australia 437,694
44.00
557,055
56.00
-2.02
South Australia 391,516
42.74
524,445
57.26
-4.59
Tasmania 159,853
51.58
150,057
48.42
-3.07
Australian Capital Territory 105,323
55.46
84,592
44.54
-5.73
Northern Territory 42,003
49.63
42,630
50.37
-5.68
Total 5,024,327
46.37
5,810,546
53.63
-5.06

 

Source: Australian Electoral Commission publications

 


Electoral Margins Following The 1996 Federal Election

The state-by-state tables on this page show the margins in every House of Representatives electorate following the 1996 federal election.

All results tabulated below are March 2, 1996 general election results. The swing required for the incumbent member to lose is based on Australian Electoral Commission figures. [Read more…]


Paul Keating Resigns From Parliament

Following his defeat in the 1996 Federal Election, Paul Keating resigned as member for Blaxland before the new parliament met for the first time.

Keating had been member for Blaxland since the October 1969 Federal Election. He served 11 full terms in a period just over 26 years.

Keating served as the Minister for Northern Australia in the final three weeks of the Whitlam government in 1975. He was Treasurer in the Hawke government from 1983 until 1991. He was Prime Minister from December 20, 1991 until March 11, 1996. [Read more…]


1996 Primary Vote Winners, Preference Vote Losers

There were 7 seats in the 1996 Federal election where the primary vote lead was overturned on preferences.

This table provides some statistics on this phenomenon.

Seats Requiring Preference Allocation in 1996
State Total No. Seats No. Requiring Preferences No. Seats Where Primary Lead Overturned
NSW
50
18 (36%)
1
Page – ALP lead overturned
VIC
37
14 (38%)
1
McMillan – ALP lead overturned
QLD
26
14 (54%)
3
Brisbane – Lib. lead overturned
Capricornia – ALP lead overturned
Leichhardt – ALP lead overturned
WA
14
9 (64%)
1
Curtin – Lib. lead overturned
SA
12
5 (42%)
0
TAS
5
2 (40%)
0
ACT & NT
4
2 (50%)
1
Namadgi – Lib. lead overturned
Total
148
65 (45%)
7
ALP lead overturned in 4
Lib. lead overturned in 3



1996 Federal Election House And Senate Primary Vote Statistics

These two tables show the complete primary vote statistics for the House of Representatives and the Senate in the 1996 Federal Election.

House of Representatives Primary Vote (%) 1996
NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS ACT NT AUST
ALP 39.56 42.92 33.16 34.73 34.83 44.31 47.91 43.50 38.75
Total Coalition 45.53 44.52 55.21 45.35 49.99 44.46 40.92 45.04 47.25
Liberal 33.46 39.90 39.29 44.02 49.99 44.46 40.92 38.69
National 12.07 4.62 15.92 1.33 8.21
CLP 45.04 0.35
Democrats 6.54 7.35 6.70 5.58 10.20 4.09 6.76
AAFI 1.42 0.61 0.67
CTA 0.93 0.39
Greens 2.52 2.46 2.95 8.70 6.26 1.74
NLP 0.31 0.76 0.25 0.49 0.41 0.38
Others * 3.19 3.83 2.46 14.09 1.55 7.14 2.06 5.20 4.06
100.00

 
* includes WA [5.31] & Tas Greens[6.34]

Senate Primary Vote (%) 1996
NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS ACT NT AUST
ALP 37.23 39.80 30.34 34.01 32.24 39.06 42.63 45.12 36.15
Total Coalition 41.35 41.43 50.34 47.52 45.84 43.45 39.02 46.73 43.97
LNP 41.35 41.43 24.49
Liberal 35.36 45.44 45.84 42.25 39.02 16.24
National 14.98 2.08 1.20 2.87
CLP 46.73 0.37
Democrats 9.55 10.87 13.21 9.35 14.54 7.12 10.20 10.82
Greens 2.66 2.41 2.08 5.88 6.36 1.66
AAFI 1.68 1.47 0.68 1.26 1.01 1.26
CTA 1.98 0.60 0.50 0.70 0.73 0.49 1.51 1.08
Shooters Party 2.01 0.71 0.63 0.96 1.05
Women’s Party 0.47 0.68 1.11 0.61 0.61 0.45
NLP 0.10 0.24 0.19 0.04 0.06 0.59 0.13 0.16
Others * 2.96 4.89 1.03 6.00 1.93 8.68 0.62 1.79 3.40
100.00

 
* (includes Tas. Greens)



1996 Federal Election Enrolment Figures

This table shows the number of enrolled voters in each state at the 1996 Federal Election and the number of votes cast.

1996 Enrolment Figures
State/Territory No. of Enrolled Voters Total Votes Cast
New South Wales
3,955,782
3,812,366
Victoria
2,972,635
2,856,936
Queensland
2,091,384
1,978,775
Western Australia
1,088,483
1,033,572
South Australia
1,001,006
959,891
Tasmania
329,304
318,043
Australian Capital Territory
203,170
196,406
Northern Territory
98,800
88,028
AUSTRALIA
11,740,568
11,244,017

 


Liberal Party Members – House – 1996

This table shows the complete list of Liberal Party members of the House of Representatives elected at the 1996 federal election.

The election was held on March 2, 1996. [Read more…]


ALP Members – House – 1996

This table shows the full list of ALP members of the House of Representatives following the 1996 federal election.

The election was held on March 2, 1996. It brought to an end 13 years of Labor government under Bob Hawke and Paul Keating. [Read more…]


National Party Members – House – 1996

This tables shows the full list of National Party members of the House of Representatives following the 1996 federal election.

The election was held on March 2, 1996. [Read more…]