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Ryan By-Election (2001)

The Ryan by-election was held because of the resignation of the sitting member, John Moore.

The Liberal Party had held the Queensland seat since its creation in 1949.

There was a two-party-preferred swing of 9.69% in the by-election, delivering a narrow victory to the Labor candidate, Leonie Short.

Ryan By-Election
March 17, 2001
Name Party Votes Percent Swing
SHORT, Leonie

ALP

29,173

38.68

+8.34
STAGG, Warren

Ind

440

0.58

+0.58
HYLAND, Terry

Ind

822

1.09

+1.09
MOORE, Jody

Ind

1,351

1.79

+1.79
HASSALL, Andrew R

CTA

955

1.27

+1.27
STASSE, Mike

Greens

4,608

6.11

+6.11
TUCKER, Bob

Liberal

32,571

43.19

-7.21
FREEMARIJUANA, Nigel David

HMP

1,685

2.23

+2.23
DENGATE, Lyn

Dem

3,808

5.05

-2.93
Two-Party-Preferred
Australian Labor Party 50.17% +9.69%
Liberal Party 49.83% -9.69%

 


A Night Of See-Saw Counting In Ryan By-Election

Counting in the Ryan by-election showed a strong swing to the ALP from the outset, but a close result was also evident from the earliest figures.

At one stage, the Australian Electoral Commission website reported that counting in all 32 booths had been completed and gave the Liberal candidate, Bob Tucker, a narrow lead of 50.13%. Around an hour later, the site was updated with fresh figures showing the Labor candidate, Leonie Short, with a lead of 50.64%.

This is how the night unfolded: [Read more…]


Howard Opens Liberal Party Campaign For Ryan By-Election

After a dramatic week in Federal politics, the Prime Minister, John Howard, has opened the Liberal Party’s campaign for the Ryan by-election on March 17.

HowardThe Liberal Party holds Ryan with a margin of 9.5%, but its candidate, Bob Tucker, faces a difficult task to retain the seat.

The government has this week reversed a number of previous policy positions, notably the decision to cut the fuel excise by 1.5% and remove indexation of petrol prices.

The Ryan by-election was caused by the retirement of John Moore, the former Defence Minister. The Liberal candidate is Bob Tucker. The ALP candidate is Leonie Short.

Text of John Howard’s speech at the opening of Liberal candidate Bob Tucker’s campaign for the Ryan by-election.

Well thank you very much Bob, to Greer and the other members, all generations of the Tucker family, Con Galtos, Shane Stone, other parliamentary colleagues, ladies and gentlemen. [Read more…]