Greens And Sports Party Prevail In WA Senate Count; Next Stop Court Of Disputed Returns

The Greens and Sports Party candidates have prevailed in the recount of the Western Australian Senate election but their success may be shortlived as a legal challenge to the result looms.

The official recount concluded today after the Australian Electoral Commission computer conducted a full distribution of preferences. The Australian Sports Party candidate, Wayne Dropulich, was elected to the fifth position, whilst Greens Senator Scott Ludlam was re-elected to the final position.


Dropulich and Ludlam missed out in the first count. A 14-vote margin in one of the distributions led to the ALP’s Louise Pratt being re-elected and the Palmer United Party picking up a seat. The recount has overturned that result. [Read more…]

Clive Palmer Wins Fairfax By 53 Votes After Recount

Clive Palmer has won the seat of Fairfax by 53 votes, following a recount in the Queensland electorate.


Palmer’s margin has increased by 46 votes over his 7 vote victory in the first count.

It is possible that the LNP might challenge the result on behalf of its candidate, Ted O’Brien, but this seems unlikely given the outcome of the recount.

The result in Fairfax will be officially declared tomorrow morning.

A total of 50,099 votes out of 89,173 (56.18%) were challenged and referred to the Fairfax Divisional Returning Officer during the recount. Of these, 43,942 votes were referred to the Australian Electoral Officer for a final ruling.

The final result of the election is now officially: Coalition 90 seats, ALP 55, KAP 1, PUP 1, Greens 1, Independent 2. The Abbott government’s majority is 30. After providing the Speaker, the government will have a majority of 29 on the floor of the House of Representatives.

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Statement from the Australian Electoral Commission.

Declaration of the poll in the electorate of Fairfax

The recount of the House of Representatives election in the electorate of Fairfax has been finalised, the Australian Electoral Commission announced today.

The candidate elected to represent the electorate of Fairfax is Mr Clive Palmer from the Palmer United Party with a final margin of 53 votes.

The official declaration of the result will take place at 12 noon on Friday 1 November 2013 at the Maroochydore Scrutiny Centre, in the Ex-Global Living Furniture premises, where the WIN TV Building is located, on the corner of Evans Street and Millwell Road, Maroochydore.

All candidates, the media and members of the public are welcome to attend.


The recount began at 9am on Thursday 3 October with the process finalising at about 3pm on Thursday 31 October 2013.

The full recount involved a fresh look at every vote cast by voters for the electorate of Fairfax in the 2013 Federal Election, involving more than 89,000 ballot papers. View the detailed explanation of the process undertaken for the recount in the electorate of Fairfax.

George Wright: ALP’s 2013 Federal Election Analysis

The ALP National Secretary, George Wright, has addressed the National Press Club on the outcome of the 2013 federal election.

Wright said the party’s polling had showed it was likely to lose more than 40 seats and be reduced to 30 seats under Julia Gillard. He said the ALP “cauterised” its losses by returning to Kevin Rudd. “He did make a difference,” Wright said. In the end, the ALP lost 17 seats and will have 55 members in the new House.


Disunity and division crippled the ALP’s election chances, Wright maintained. He said issues such as the carbon tax, aslyum seekers and debt were lesser order issues than Labor’s conduct in office. [Read more…]

Brian Loughnane: Liberal Party’s 2013 Federal Election Analysis

Brian Loughnane, the Federal Director of the Liberal Party, has addressed the National Press Club on the outcome of the 2013 Federal Election.


Loughnane told the Press Club that Labor’s change to Kevin Rudd in the lead-up to the election failed. The campaign was important in determining the final result. He said Labor’s basic problem now is “a collapse of its core support” which saw its primary vote fall 10% over the last two elections. [Read more…]

Orientation Day For New Members Of The House Of Representatives

New members of the House of Representatives have assembled in Canberra for an orientation session.

New Members

The new members – 23 Liberals, 6 Nationals, 11 ALP, 1 Independent and 1 Palmer United Party – were addressed by the outgoing Speaker of the House, Anna Burke. She reminded them of the privilege it is to be one of only 1,133 members who have been elected to the House of Representatives since Federation in 1901. For non-members, Burke’s speech provides a fascinating insight into the life of a member of parliament. [Read more…]

Electoral Commissioner Orders Senate Recount In Western Australia

The Electoral Commissioner, Ed Killesteyn, has ordered a recount of Senate votes in Western Australia.

The Commissioner has instructed the Australian Electoral Officer for Western Australia to conduct a full recount of all above the line ballots and all informal ballots. This represents over 96% of all votes casts. It excludes ballots where electors voted below the line.

The decision follows a request by two defeated candidates, Greens Senator Scott Ludlam and the Australian Sports Party’s Wayne Dropulich. At issue is a 14-vote margin that resulted in a preference flow that defeated Ludlam and Dropulich and elected the ALP’s Louise Pratt and the Palmer United Party’s Zhenya Wang. [Read more…]

AEC Defers Declaration Of W.A. Senate Poll To Consider Recount Request

The Australian Electoral Commission has deferred the declaration of the Western Australian Senate poll whilst it considers requests for a recount.

The declaration was due to take place at 11.30am today, W.A. time.

Recount requests were made by the defeated Greens senator, Scott Ludlam, and the Australian Sports Party candidate, Wayne Dropulich. The request was denied by the AEC yesterday. Senator Ludlam last night appealed against the decision, as he is entitle to do under Section 278(2) of the Commonwealth Electoral Act. [Read more…]