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John Forrest (Nat-Mallee) 1993 How-To-Vote Card

This is the how-to-vote card issued by the National Party in Mallee at the 1993 federal election.

John Forrest won the election and became just the third member to hold the seat in 44 years.

Mallee, usually one of the safest coalition seats in the nation, had been represented by Peter Fisher since 1972. At its establishment in 1949, the seat was held by Winton Turnbull.

Because the Liberal/National coalition agreement allows both parties to contest a seat when a sitting member retires, Forrest faced a battle at the 1993 election. The National Party’s primary vote fell by 31.66% to 37.66%, with the Liberal candidate Adrian Kidd polling 32.48%. The ALP’s John Zigouras polled 26.52% and directed his preferences to Kidd. After preferences, Forrest won the seat by just 736 votes, or 50.50%.

At the next election in 1996, without a Liberal candidate, Forrest polled 69.45% of the primary vote and 73.70% of the two-party-preferred vote.

Forrest served for twenty years and retired in 2013. [Read more…]


John Forrest, Nationals Member For Mallee, Announces Retirement

John Forrest, The Nationals member for Mallee since 1993, has announced he will retire from the House of Representatives at this year’s federal election.

ForrestMallee, in north-western Victoria, is the safest Coalition electorate in the nation. Forrest won it in 2010 with 74.41% of the two-party-preferred vote. He secured 66.79% of the primary vote. The ALP polled 19.89%.

There has been a redistribution in Victoria. Mallee’s margin is now estimated to be 23.3%.

Mallee includes the towns of Mildura in the north, Warracknabeal, St Arnaud and Horsham in the south, and Swan Hill and Kerang in the east. It has been held by The Nationals, formerly the Country Party, since its creation in 1949. Forrest is only its third member in that time.

Forrest is the thirteenth member of the House of Representatives to opt for retirement at this year’s election.

It is not clear at this stage if the Liberal Party will nominate a candidate in Mallee. Three-cornered contests involving the Coalition usually only occur when a seat is vacant.

Text of statement published on John Forrest’s website:

The Nationals thank John Forrest

The Nationals Federal President, Mrs Christine Ferguson has paid tribute to John Forrest following his announcement today that he will retire from the Federal Parliament after 20 years of outstanding service at the next Federal election. [Read more…]


A Statistical Analysis Of Question Time

The tabling of a government report into the supposed throwing overboard of children from the Tampa was the dominant issue in Question Time in the House of Representatives this afternoon.

The Prime Minister, John Howard, tabled the report which argued that the government had been misled about the incidient which featured prominently in last year’s election campaign.

The first Questions Without Notice for the 40th Parliament followed the official opening of the Parliament the day before. [Read more…]