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Encyclopedia > Australian federal election, 2004
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Australian federal election, 2004
All 150 seats to the Australian House of Representatives
and 40 (of the 76) seats to the Australian Senate
9 October 2004
Government Opposition
Leader John Howard Mark Latham
Party Liberal/National coalition Labor
Leader since 30 January 1995 2 December 2003
Leader's seat Bennelong Werriwa
Last election 81 seats 65 seats
Seats won 86 60
Seat change +5 -5
Popular vote 6,179,130 5,536,002
Percentage 52.74% 47.26%
Swing +1.71 -1.71
Incumbent PM
John Howard
Liberal/National coalition
PM-Elect
John Howard
Liberal/National coalition

Federal elections were held in Australia on 9 October 2004. All 150 seats in the House of Representatives and 40 seats in the 76-member Senate were up for election. The incumbent Liberal Party of Australia led by Prime Minister of Australia John Howard and coalition partner the National Party of Australia led by John Anderson defeated the opposition Australian Labor Party led by Mark Latham. Federal elections were held in Australia on 10 November 2001. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The 2007 election for the federal Parliament of Australia, in which 13. ... Type Lower house Speaker of the House David Hawker, Liberal since November 16, 2004 Members 150 Political groups ALP (85) Liberal Party (53) National Party (10) Last elections 24 November 2007 Meeting place Parliament House, Canberra, ACT Web site House of Representatives Entrance to the House of Representatives Judicial High... Type Upper house President Alan Ferguson, Liberal since 14 August 2007 Members 76 Political groups Coalition (39) ALP (28) Green (4) Democrat (4) FFP (1) Last elections 9 October 2004 Meeting place Parliament House, Canberra, ACT Web site Senate Entrance to the Senate Judicial High Court Lower Courts Constitution State... is the 282nd day of the year (283rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links John_Howard_May_2006. ... Mark Latham, photo by Adam Carr File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... John Winston Howard (born 26 July 1939) is an Australian politician and the 25th Prime Minister of Australia. ... Mark William Latham (born 28 February 1961), a former Australian politician, was leader of the Federal Parliamentary Australian Labor Party and Leader of the Opposition from December 2003 to January 2005. ... is the 30th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... is the 336th day of the year (337th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Division of Bennelong is an Australian Electoral Division in New South Wales. ... The Division of Werriwa is a Federal Electoral Division for the Australian House of Representatives. ... John Winston Howard (born 26 July 1939) is an Australian politician and the 25th Prime Minister of Australia. ... John Winston Howard (born 26 July 1939) is an Australian politician and the 25th Prime Minister of Australia. ... is the 282nd day of the year (283rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Type Lower house Speaker of the House David Hawker, Liberal since November 16, 2004 Members 150 Political groups ALP (85) Liberal Party (53) National Party (10) Last elections 24 November 2007 Meeting place Parliament House, Canberra, ACT Web site House of Representatives Entrance to the House of Representatives Judicial High... Type Upper house President Alan Ferguson, Liberal since 14 August 2007 Members 76 Political groups Coalition (39) ALP (28) Green (4) Democrat (4) FFP (1) Last elections 9 October 2004 Meeting place Parliament House, Canberra, ACT Web site Senate Entrance to the Senate Judicial High Court Lower Courts Constitution State... This article is about the modern Australian political party. ... The Prime Minister of Australia is the head of government of the Commonwealth of Australia, holding office on commission from the Governor-General. ... John Winston Howard (born 26 July 1939) is an Australian politician and the 25th Prime Minister of Australia. ... The Coalition in Australian politics refers to the grouping of two political parties that has existed in the form of a coalition agreement since 1922, with only brief breaks (e. ... The National Party of Australia is an Australian political party. ... Hon John Anderson John Duncan Anderson (born 14 November 1956) is an Australian politician. ... ALP redirects here. ... Mark William Latham (born 28 February 1961), a former Australian politician, was leader of the Federal Parliamentary Australian Labor Party and Leader of the Opposition from December 2003 to January 2005. ...

House of Reps (IRV) — 2004-07 — Turnout 94.32% (CV) — Informal 5.18%
  Party Votes % Swing Seats Change
  Liberal Party of Australia 4,781,313 40.81 +3.42 75 +6
  Australian Labor Party 4,409,117 37.64 -0.20 60 -5
  Australian Greens 841,734 7.19 +2.23 0 0
  National Party of Australia 690,275 5.89 +0.28 12 -1
  Family First Party 235,315 2.01 * 0 0
  Australian Democrats 144,832 1.24 -4.17 0 0
  One Nation Party 139,956 1.19 -3.15 0 0
  Independents 292,036 2.49 -0.41 3 0
  Other 180,554 1.54 -0.01 0 0
  Total 11,715,132     150
  Liberal/National coalition WIN 52.74 +1.71 87 +5
  Australian Labor Party   47.26 -1.71 60 -5

Independents: Peter Andren, Tony Windsor, Bob Katter Example Instant-runoff voting ballot Instant-runoff voting (IRV) is a voting system most commonly used for single member elections in which voters have one vote, but can rank candidates in order of preference. ... Compulsory voting is a practice that requires citizens to vote in elections or to attend a polling place to get their name crossed off the electoral roll. ... This article is about the modern Australian political party. ... ALP redirects here. ... The Australian Greens, commonly known as The Greens, is a Green Australian political party. ... The National Party of Australia is an Australian political party. ... The Family First Party is a political party in Australia. ... The Australian Democrats is an Australian political party which was formed in 1977 through a merger of the Australia Party and the Liberal Movement after principals of those minor parties secured the commitment of former Liberal minister Don Chipp as a high-profile leader[1]. The new party was based... One Nation is a nationalist and protectionist political group in Australia. ... The Coalition in Australian politics refers to the grouping of two political parties that has existed in the form of a coalition agreement since 1922, with only brief breaks (e. ... ALP redirects here. ... Peter James Andren (born 28 August 1946), is an Australian politician. ... Tony Windsor Antony Harold Curties Tony Windsor (born 2 September 1950), Australian politician, has been an independent member of the Australian House of Representatives since 2001, representing the Division of New England, New South Wales. ... Hon Bob Katter The Hon Robert Carl Bob Katter MP (born 22 May 1945), is an Australian politician. ...

Senate (STV GV) — 2005-08 — Turnout 94.82% (CV) — Informal 3.75%
  Party Votes % Swing Seats Won Seats Held
  Australian Labor Party 4,186,715 35.02 +0.70 16 28
  Liberal/National (Joint Ticket) 3,074,952 25.72 +1.85 6  
  Liberal Party of Australia 2,109,978 17.65 +1.96 13 33
  Australian Greens 916,431 7.67 +2.73 2 4
  Australian Democrats 250,373 2.09 -5.16 0 4
  Family First Party 210,567 1.76 * 1 1
  One Nation Party 206,455 1.73 -3.81 0 0
  National Party of Australia 163,261 1.37 -0.55 1 5
  Country Liberal Party 41,923 0.35 +0.00 1 1
  Other 792,994 6.63 +0.52 0 0
  Total 11,953,649     40 76
This large election billboard by the Liberal Party in Melbourne's Bourke Street Mall was an example of an attack ad directed against Mark Latham's economic management credentials, and typical of many used during the campaign. Economic management has been identified by most commentators as the issue which most benefitted the incumbent government. The "L" is a reference to Latham's alleged lack of economic credentials (in Australia, learner drivers must carry an "L-plate" on their vehicles).
This large election billboard by the Liberal Party in Melbourne's Bourke Street Mall was an example of an attack ad directed against Mark Latham's economic management credentials, and typical of many used during the campaign. Economic management has been identified by most commentators as the issue which most benefitted the incumbent government. The "L" is a reference to Latham's alleged lack of economic credentials (in Australia, learner drivers must carry an "L-plate" on their vehicles).

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Contents

House of Representatives preference flows

  • The Nationals had candidates in 9 seats where three-cornered-contests existed, with 84.70% of preferences favouring the Liberal Party.
  • The Greens contested all 150 electorates with preferences strongly favouring Labor (80.86%)
  • Family First contested 109 electorates with preferences favouring the Liberal/National Coalition (66.57%)
  • The Democrats contested 125 electorates with preferences slightly favouring Labor (58.91%)
  • One Nation contested 77 electorates with preferences slightly favouring the Liberal/National Coalition (56.4%)

In a three-cornered-contest at an election, two candidates representing roughly the same viewpoint stand for election, thereby splitting the vote so that their common foe gets elected. ...

Seats changing hands

In the House of Representatives, the Coalition won eight seats from Labor: Bass (Tas), Bonner (Qld), Braddon (Tas), Greenway (NSW), Hasluck (WA), Kingston (SA), Stirling (WA) and Wakefield (SA). Labor won four seats from the Coalition: Adelaide (SA), Hindmarsh (SA), Parramatta (NSW) and Richmond (NSW). The Coalition thus had a net gain of four seats. The redistribution had also delivered them McMillan (Vic), formerly held by Christian Zahra of Labor and won by Liberal Russell Broadbent; and Bowman (Qld), formerly held by Labor's Con Sciacca and won by Liberal Andrew Laming. Labor, meanwhile, received the new seat of Bonner (Qld) and the redistributed Wakefield (SA), both of which were lost to the Liberal Party. The Labor Party regained the seat of Cunningham, which had been lost to the Greens in a by-election in 2002. The Mackerras federal election pendulum, 2006 shows the state of the major political parties ahead of the Australian general election, 2007. ... The Division of Bass is an Australian Electoral Division northern Tasmania, Australia. ... The Division of Bonner is an Australian Electoral Division in Queensland. ... The Division of Braddon is an Australian Electoral Division in Tasmania. ... The Division of Greenway is an Australian Electoral Division in New South Wales. ... The Division of Hasluck is an Australian Electoral Division in Western Australia. ... The Division of Kingston is an Australian Electoral Division in South Australia covering the far-south metropolitan area of Adelaide. ... Stirling is an Australian federal electoral division in the inner northern and beachside suburbs of Perth, Western Australia. ... The Division of Wakefield is an Australian Electoral Division in the state of South Australia. ... The Division of Adelaide is an Australian Electoral Division in South Australia. ... The Division of Hindmarsh is an Australian Electoral Division in South Australia. ... The Division of Parramatta is an Australian Electoral Division in New South Wales. ... The Division of Richmond is an Australian Electoral Division in the state of New South Wales. ... The Division of McMillan is an Australian Electoral Division in the state of Victoria. ... Christian Zahra Christian John Zahra (born 8 April Australian politician, has been an Australian Labor Party member of the Australian House of Representatives since October 1998, representing the Division of McMillan, Victoria. ... Russell Evan Broadbent (born 25 December 1950), Australian politician, was elected to the Australian House of Representatives as member for the Division of McMillan, Victoria for the Liberal Party of Australia at the 2004 federal election. ... The Division of Bowman is an Australian Electoral Division in Queensland. ... Hon Con Sciacca Concetto Antonio Con Sciacca (born 13 June 1947), Australian politician, was an Australian Labor Party member of the Australian House of Representatives from July 1987 to March 1996 and again from October 1998 to October 2004, representing the Division of Bowman, Queensland. ... Dr Andrew Laming (born 30 September 1966), Australian politician, was elected to the House of Representatives as member for the Division of Bowman, Queensland for the Liberal Party of Australia at the 2004 federal election. ... The Division of Bonner is an Australian Electoral Division in Queensland. ... The Division of Wakefield is an Australian Electoral Division in the state of South Australia. ... The Division of Cunningham is an Australian Electoral Division in New South Wales. ... The Australian Greens, commonly known as The Greens, is a Green Australian political party. ...

Seat Party, pre-2004 Member, pre-2004 Margin, pre-2004 % Swing % Margin, post-2004 % Member, post-2004 Party, post-2004
Adelaide, SA   Liberal Party of Australia Trish Worth 0.62 1.95 1.33 Kate Ellis Australian Labor Party  
Bass, Tas   Australian Labor Party Michelle O'Byrne 2.06 4.69 2.63 Michael Ferguson Liberal Party of Australia  
Bonner, Qld   Australian Labor Party Hon Con Sciacca* 1.89 2.40 0.51 Ross Vasta Liberal Party of Australia  
Braddon, Tas   Australian Labor Party Sid Sidebottom 5.96 7.09 1.13 Mark Baker Liberal Party of Australia  
Cunningham, NSW   Australian Greens Michael Organ 2.17 12.82 10.65 Sharon Bird Australian Labor Party  
Greenway, NSW   Australian Labor Party vacant 3.11 3.69 0.58 Louise Markus Liberal Party of Australia  
Hasluck, WA   Australian Labor Party Sharryn Jackson 1.78 3.60 1.82 Stuart Henry Liberal Party of Australia  
Hindmarsh, SA   Liberal Party of Australia vacant 0.96 1.02 0.06 Steve Georganas Australian Labor Party  
Kingston, SA   Australian Labor Party David Cox 1.35 1.42 0.07 Kym Richardson Liberal Party of Australia  
Parramatta, NSW   Liberal Party of Australia Ross Cameron 1.15 1.92 0.77 Julie Owens Australian Labor Party  
Richmond, NSW   National Party of Australia Hon Larry Anthony 1.68 1.87 0.19 Justine Elliot Australian Labor Party  
Stirling, WA   Australian Labor Party Jann McFarlane 1.58 3.62 2.04 Michael Keenan Liberal Party of Australia  
Wakefield, SA   Australian Labor Party Martyn Evans* 1.26 1.93 0.67 David Fawcett Liberal Party of Australia  
  • *Con Sciacca was in fact the member for the seat of Bowman, which had become Liberal in a redistribution; he instead contested the new seat of Bonner. Martyn Evans was the member for the abolished seat of Bonython; he instead contested the seat of Wakefield.

The Division of Adelaide is an Australian Electoral Division in South Australia. ... This article is about the modern Australian political party. ... Patricia Mary Trish Worth (born 21 April 1946), Australian politician, was a Liberal member of the Australian House of Representatives from March 1993 to October 2004, representing the Division of Adelaide, South Australia. ... The Hon. ... ALP redirects here. ... The Division of Bass is an Australian Electoral Division northern Tasmania, Australia. ... ALP redirects here. ... Michelle OByrne Michelle Anne OByrne (born March 6, 1968) is an Australian politician who was a Australian Labor Party member of the Australian House of Representatives from 1998 to 2004, representing the Division of Bass, Tasmania. ... This article is about the Australian politician. ... This article is about the modern Australian political party. ... The Division of Bonner is an Australian Electoral Division in Queensland. ... ALP redirects here. ... Hon Con Sciacca Concetto Antonio Con Sciacca (born 13 June 1947), Australian politician, was an Australian Labor Party member of the Australian House of Representatives from July 1987 to March 1996 and again from October 1998 to October 2004, representing the Division of Bowman, Queensland. ... Ross Vasta (left), with Federal Liberal leader and Prime Minister of Australia John Howard Ross Vasta MP (born 8 October 1966), Australian politician, was elected to the House of Representatives as member for the Division of Bonner, Queensland for the Liberal Party of Australia at the 2004 federal election. ... This article is about the modern Australian political party. ... The Division of Braddon is an Australian Electoral Division in Tasmania. ... ALP redirects here. ... Sid Sidebottom Peter Sid Sidebottom (born 23 April 1951), Australian politician, was an Australian Labor Party member of the Australian House of Representatives between 1998 and 2004, representing the Division of Braddon, Tasmania. ... This article is about the Australian politician. ... This article is about the modern Australian political party. ... The Division of Cunningham is an Australian Electoral Division in New South Wales. ... The Australian Greens, commonly known as The Greens, is a Green Australian political party. ... Michael Organ Michael Organ (born 22 September 1956) is an Australian politician. ... Sharon Bird (born 15 November 1962), Australian politician, was elected to the Australian House of Representatives for the Division of Cunningham, New South Wales, at the October 2004 election. ... ALP redirects here. ... The Division of Greenway is an Australian Electoral Division in New South Wales. ... ALP redirects here. ... Louise Markus (born 6 September 1958), Australian politician, was elected to the House of Representatives as member for the Division of Greenway, New South Wales for the Liberal Party of Australia at the 2004 federal election, in a very close result. ... This article is about the modern Australian political party. ... The Division of Hasluck is an Australian Electoral Division in Western Australia. ... ALP redirects here. ... Sharryn Jackson Sharryn Maree Jackson (born 12 February 1962), Australian politician, was an Australian Labor Party member of the Australian House of Representatives for one term from November 2001 representing the Division of Hasluck, Western Australia. ... Stuart Henry (born 21 June 1946), is a former Australian politician, who was elected to the House of Representatives as member for the Division of Hasluck, Western Australia for the Liberal Party of Australia at the 2004 federal election. ... This article is about the modern Australian political party. ... The Division of Hindmarsh is an Australian Electoral Division in South Australia. ... This article is about the modern Australian political party. ... Steve Georganas (13 June 1959–), Australian politician of the Australian Labor Party, was elected to the House of Representatives as member for the Division of Hindmarsh, South Australia for the at the 2004 federal election replacing the retiring incumbent, Christine Gallus of the Liberal Party of Australia. ... ALP redirects here. ... The Division of Kingston is an Australian Electoral Division in South Australia covering the far-south metropolitan area of Adelaide. ... ALP redirects here. ... David Cox David Alexander Cox (born 1 August 1954), Australian politician, was an Australian Labor Party member of the Australian House of Representatives October 1998 to October 2004, representing the Division of Kingston, South Australia. ... Kym Charles Richardson (born March 16, 1958) is an Australian politician. ... This article is about the modern Australian political party. ... The Division of Parramatta is an Australian Electoral Division in New South Wales. ... This article is about the modern Australian political party. ... Hon Ross Cameron Ross Alexander Cameron (born 14 May 1965), Australian politician, was a Liberal member of the Australian House of Representatives from March 1996 to October 2004, representing the Division of Parramatta, New South Wales. ... Julie Owens (born 17 October 1958), Australian politician, has been an Australian Labor Party member of the Australian House of Representatives since October 2004, representing the Division of Parramatta, New South Wales. ... ALP redirects here. ... The Division of Richmond is an Australian Electoral Division in the state of New South Wales. ... The National Party of Australia is an Australian political party. ... Hon Larry Anthony Lawrence James Larry Anthony (born 17 December 1961), Australian politician, was a National Party of Australia member of the Australian House of Representatives representing the Division of Richmond, New South Wales, from March 1996 until his defeat in the parliamentary election of October 9, 2004. ... Justine Elliot (born 29 July 1967), Australian politician, was elected to the House of Representatives as member for the Division of Richmond, New South Wales for the Australian Labor Party at the 2004 federal election. ... ALP redirects here. ... Stirling is an Australian federal electoral division in the inner northern and beachside suburbs of Perth, Western Australia. ... ALP redirects here. ... Jann Sonya McFarlane (born 22 May 1944), Australian politician, was an Australian Labor Party member of the Australian House of Representatives from October 1998 to October 2004, representing the Division of Stirling, Western Australia. ... Michael Keenan (born 19 March 1972), Australian politician, was elected to the House of Representatives as member for the Division of Stirling, Western Australia for the Liberal Party of Australia at the 2004 federal election. ... This article is about the modern Australian political party. ... The Division of Wakefield is an Australian Electoral Division in the state of South Australia. ... ALP redirects here. ... Martyn Evans Martyn John Evans (born 27 November 1953), Australian politician, was an Australian Labor Party member of the Australian House of Representatives from March 1994 to October 2004, representing the Division of Bonython, South Australia. ... David Fawcett (born 23 October 1963), Australian politician, was elected to the House of Representatives as member for the Division of Wakefield, South Australia for the Liberal Party of Australia at the 2004 federal election. ... This article is about the modern Australian political party. ... The Division of Bowman is an Australian Electoral Division in Queensland. ... The Division of Bonython was an Australian Electoral Division in South Australia. ...

Overall result

The Coalition parties won 46.7% of the primary vote, a gain of 3.7% over the 2001 election. The opposition Australian Labor Party polled 37.6%, a loss of 0.2%. The Australian Greens emerged as the most prominent minor party, polling 7.2%, a gain of 2.2%. Both the Australian Democrats and One Nation had their vote greatly reduced. After a notional distribution of preferences, the Australian Electoral Commission estimated that the Coalition had polled 52.74% of the two-party preferred vote, a gain of 1.7% from 2001. Federal elections were held in Australia on 10 November 2001. ... ALP redirects here. ... The Australian Greens, commonly known as The Greens, is a Green Australian political party. ... The Australian Democrats is an Australian political party which was formed in 1977 through a merger of the Australia Party and the Liberal Movement after principals of those minor parties secured the commitment of former Liberal minister Don Chipp as a high-profile leader[1]. The new party was based... One Nation is a nationalist and protectionist political group in Australia. ... AEC logo The Australian Electoral Commission, or the AEC, is the federal government agency in charge of organising and supervising federal elections. ... This article deals with elections to the Australian Parliament. ...


The Liberal Party won 74 seats, the National Party 12 seats and the Country Liberal Party (the Northern Territory branch of the Liberal Party) one seat, against the Labor opposition's 60 seats. Three independent members were re-elected. The Coalition also won 39 seats in the 76-member Senate, making the Howard Government the first government to have a majority in the Senate since 1981. The size of the government's win was unexpected: few commentators had predicted that the coalition would actually increase its majority in the House of Representatives, and almost none had foreseen its gaining a majority in the Senate. Even Howard had described that feat as "a big ask." In Australian politics, the Country Liberal Party (CLP) is the Northern Territory equivalent to the Liberal and National parties. ... For similar terms, see Northern Territories (disambiguation) Slogan or Nickname: The Territory, The NT, The Top End Motto(s): none Other Australian states and territories Capital Darwin Government Constitutional monarchy Administrator Ted Egan Chief Minister Clare Martin (ALP) Federal representation  - House seats 2  - Senate seats 2 Gross Territorial Product (2004... Type Upper house President Alan Ferguson, Liberal since 14 August 2007 Members 76 Political groups Coalition (39) ALP (28) Green (4) Democrat (4) FFP (1) Last elections 9 October 2004 Meeting place Parliament House, Canberra, ACT Web site Senate Entrance to the Senate Judicial High Court Lower Courts Constitution State... AUGUST 25 1981 US Marine Sean Vance is Born on the 25th of August {ear nav|1981}} Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ...


The election result was a triumph for Howard, who in December 2004 became Australia's second-longest serving Prime Minister, and who saw the election result as a vindication of his policies, particularly his decision to join in the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The results were a setback for the Labor leader, Mark Latham, and contributed to his resignation in January 2005 after assuming the leadership from Simon Crean in 2003. It made Labor's task in winning the next election more difficult. (A provisional pendulum for the House of Representatives can be seen at Adam Carr's Electoral Archive. It shows that in order to win the next election, Labor would have needed to win 16 seats, which it did easily.) However, Kim Beazley said that the accession of Latham to the ALP leadership, in December 2003, had rescued the party from a much heavier defeat. [1] Beazley stated that polling a year before the election indicated that the ALP would lose "25-30 seats" in the House of Representatives. Instead the party lost a net four seats in the House, a swing of 0.21%. There was a 1.1% swing to the ALP in the Senate. The fact that the Coalition gained control of the Senate was enabled only by a collapse in first preferences for the Australian Democrats and One Nation. Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Iraq war (disambiguation). ... Mark William Latham (born 28 February 1961), a former Australian politician, was leader of the Federal Parliamentary Australian Labor Party and Leader of the Opposition from December 2003 to January 2005. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Simon Findlay Crean (born 26 February 1949) an Australian politician, was leader of the Australian Labor Party and Leader of the Opposition at the Federal level, from November 2001 to 2 December 2003. ... The 2007 election for the federal Parliament of Australia, in which 13. ... The 2007 election for the federal Parliament of Australia, in which 13. ... For Kim Beazleys father, Kim Beazley senior, see Kim Edward Beazley. ... The Australian Democrats is an Australian political party which was formed in 1977 through a merger of the Australia Party and the Liberal Movement after principals of those minor parties secured the commitment of former Liberal minister Don Chipp as a high-profile leader[1]. The new party was based... One Nation is a nationalist and protectionist political group in Australia. ...


Members and Senators defeated in the election include Larry Anthony, the National Party Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, defeated in Richmond, New South Wales; former Labor minister Con Sciacca, defeated in Bonner, Queensland; Liberal Parliamentary Secretaries Trish Worth (Adelaide, South Australia) and Ross Cameron (Parramatta, New South Wales); and Democrat Senators Aden Ridgeway (the only indigenous member of the outgoing Parliament), Brian Greig and John Cherry. Liberal Senator John Tierney (New South Wales), who was dropped to number four on the Coalition Senate ticket, was also defeated. Hon Larry Anthony Lawrence James Larry Anthony (born 17 December 1961), Australian politician, was a National Party of Australia member of the Australian House of Representatives representing the Division of Richmond, New South Wales, from March 1996 until his defeat in the parliamentary election of October 9, 2004. ... The Division of Richmond is an Australian Electoral Division in the state of New South Wales. ... Hon Con Sciacca Concetto Antonio Con Sciacca (born 13 June 1947), Australian politician, was an Australian Labor Party member of the Australian House of Representatives from July 1987 to March 1996 and again from October 1998 to October 2004, representing the Division of Bowman, Queensland. ... The Division of Bonner is an Australian Electoral Division in Queensland. ... Patricia Mary Trish Worth (born 21 April 1946), Australian politician, was a Liberal member of the Australian House of Representatives from March 1993 to October 2004, representing the Division of Adelaide, South Australia. ... The Division of Adelaide is an Australian Electoral Division in South Australia. ... Hon Ross Cameron Ross Alexander Cameron (born 14 May 1965), Australian politician, was a Liberal member of the Australian House of Representatives from March 1996 to October 2004, representing the Division of Parramatta, New South Wales. ... The Division of Parramatta is an Australian Electoral Division in New South Wales. ... Aden Ridgeway Aden Derek Ridgeway (born 18 September 1962), Australian politician, was a member of the Australian Senate for New South Wales, from 1999 to 2005, representing the Australian Democrats. ... Australian Aborigines are the indigenous peoples of Australia. ... Brian Greig Brian Andrew Greig (born February 22, Australian politician, has been an Australian Democrats member of the Australian Senate since July 1999, representing the state of Western Australia. ... Image:JohnCherry. ... Dr John Tierney (born 21 January 1946), Australian politician, has been a Liberal member of the Australian Senate since 1991, representing the state of New South Wales. ...

A party worker for the Australian Labor Party hands out How-to-Vote Cards at a polling place in St Kilda, Victoria, in the Division of Melbourne Ports, on election day, 9 October 2004.
A party worker for the Australian Labor Party hands out How-to-Vote Cards at a polling place in St Kilda, Victoria, in the Division of Melbourne Ports, on election day, 9 October 2004.

Celebrity candidates Peter Garrett (Labor, Kingsford Smith, New South Wales) and Malcolm Turnbull (Liberal, Wentworth, New South Wales) easily won their contests. Prominent clergyman Fred Nile failed to win a Senate seat in New South Wales. The first Muslim candidate to be endorsed by a major party in Australia, Ed Husic, failed to win the seat of Greenway, New South Wales, for Labor. The former One Nation leader, Pauline Hanson, failed in her bid to win a Senate seat in Queensland as an independent. This photo was taken by me, User:Adam Carr, and is released for general use This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... This photo was taken by me, User:Adam Carr, and is released for general use This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... ALP redirects here. ... St Kilda is a inner city suburb of the Victorian capital of Melbourne, Australia. ... Melbourne Ports is an Australian federal electoral division in the inner south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. ... is the 282nd day of the year (283rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Peter Robert Garrett AM MP (born 16 April 1953), is an Australian musician and politician. ... The Division of Kingsford Smith is an Australian Electoral Division in the state of New South Wales. ... Malcolm Bligh Turnbull (born 24 October 1954), Australian politician, was the Federal Minister for Environment and Water Resources until November 2007. ... Location in Sydney The Federal Division of Wentworth is a foundation division of the Australian Parliament, created at the Federation of the Australian Colonies as the Commonwealth of Australia. ... Rev Hon Fred Nile MLC Frederick John Nile (born 15 September 1934), Australian politician, clergyman and social activist, has been a member of the New South Wales Legislative Council since 1981, except for a period in 2004 when he resigned to contest (unsuccessfully) the Australian Senate at the 2004 federal... For people named Islam, see Islam (name). ... The Division of Greenway is an Australian Electoral Division in New South Wales. ... One Nation is a nationalist and protectionist political group in Australia. ... Pauline Hanson at a book signing, 2007 Pauline Lee Hanson (née Seccombe; born May 27, 1954) is an Australian politician and former leader of the One Nation Party, a party with a populist, anti-immigration platform. ...


Minor parties had mixed results. The Australian Democrats polled their lowest vote since their creation in 1977, and lost the three Senate seats they were defending. The Australian Greens won Senate seats in Western Australia and in Tasmania. They missed seats in Victoria, Queensland and South Australia, partly because of preference deals by other parties. This was a poorer result than they had expected. They failed to win a seat in the House, losing the seat of Cunningham which they gained at a 2002 by-election. The Australian Democrats is an Australian political party which was formed in 1977 through a merger of the Australia Party and the Liberal Movement after principals of those minor parties secured the commitment of former Liberal minister Don Chipp as a high-profile leader[1]. The new party was based... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... The Australian Greens, commonly known as The Greens, is a Green Australian political party. ... The Division of Cunningham is an Australian Electoral Division in New South Wales. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ...


The Australian Progressive Alliance leader, Senator Meg Lees, and the One Nation parliamentary leader, Senator Len Harris, lost their seats. One Nation's vote in the House of Representatives collapsed. The Christian Democratic Party, the Citizens Electoral Council, the Democratic Labor Party, the Progressive Labour Party and the Socialist Alliance all failed to make any impact. The Family First Party polled 2% of the vote nationally, and their candidate Steve Fielding won a Senate seat in Victoria. The Australian Progressive Alliance (APA) was a minor liberal party in Australia. ... Meg Lees Meg Heather Lees (born October 19, 1948) has been the founder and sole representative of the Australian Progressive Alliance in the Australian Senate since 2003, representing the state of South Australia. ... One Nation is a nationalist and protectionist political group in Australia. ... Len Harris was the sole One Nation Party representative to ever gain a seat in the Australian Parliament, representing the state of Queensland. ... The Christian Democratic Party (CDP) is a minor political party in Australia. ... The Citizens Electoral Council of Australia (CEC) is a minor [1] political party in Australia affiliated with the international LaRouche Movement, led by American political activist and conspiracy theorist[2] Lyndon LaRouche. ... The Democratic Labor Party (DLP) is a minor political party in Australia that espouses social conservatism. ... The Progressive Labour Party (PLP) is a minor political party in Australia. ... The Socialist Alliance was founded in 2001 as an alliance of socialist organisations and individuals in Australia, initiated by the Democratic Socialist Party and the International Socialist Organisation along with 6 other founding socialist organisations. ... The Family First Party is a political party in Australia. ... Steven Fielding (born 17 October 1960), Australian politician, is parliamentary leader of the Family First Party. ...


Result

e•d Summary of the 9 October 2004 Parliament of Australia election results
Parties Primary Votes House % House Seats House Votes Senate % Senate Seats Won Senate Total Seats Senate
  Liberal Party of Australia 4,741,458 40.5 74 2,109,978 17.7 13 33
  National Party of Australia 690,275 5.9 12 163,261 1.4 1 5
Liberal/National Party senate ticket (NSW and Vic) - - - 3,074,952 25.7 6 *
  Country Liberal Party 39,855 0.3 1 41,923 0.4 1 1
  Australian Labor Party 4,409,117 37.6 60 4,186,715 35.0 16 28
  Australian Greens 841,734 7.2 - 916,431 7.7 2 4
  Family First Party 235,315 2.0 - 210,567 1.8 1 1
  Australian Democrats 144,832 1.2 - 250,373 2.1 - 4
  One Nation Party 139,956 1.2 - 206,455 1.7 - -
  Christian Democratic Party 72,241 0.6 - 140,674 1.2 - -
  Other parties 108,313 0.9 - 652,320 5.5 - -
  Independents 288,206 2.4 3 - - - -
Total (turnout 94.85%) 11,715,132 100.0 150 11,953,649 100.0 40 76
Informal votes 639,851
Total votes 12,354,983
Registered voters 13,021,230
* Liberal/National senators shown under their respective parties
Sources: Australian Electoral Commission, Parliament of Australia Parliamentary Handbook

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The National and Liberal Parties won the fifth and sixth Senate seats in Queensland, thus giving the Coalition 39 seats and outright control of the Senate. Labor won the final Senate seats in New South Wales and South Australia, giving it 28 seats. The Greens won the final Senate seats in Western Australia and Tasmania, increasing their Senate seats from 2 to 4.


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The campaign

The Prime Minister, John Howard, announced the election at a press conference in Canberra on 29 August, after meeting the Governor-General, Major General Michael Jeffery, at Government House. The Prime Minister of Australia is the head of government of the Commonwealth of Australia, holding office on commission from the Governor-General. ... John Winston Howard (born 26 July 1939) is an Australian politician and the 25th Prime Minister of Australia. ... For other uses, see Canberra (disambiguation). ... is the 241st day of the year (242nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia is the representative of Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia. ... This article is about the Governor-General of Australia. ... Government House from the lookout on Lady Denman Drive Government House, Canberra, commonly known as Yarralumla, is the official residence of the Governor-General of Australia, located in the suburb of Yarralumla, Canberra. ...


Opening shots: "who do you trust?"

John Howard told the press conference that the election would be about trust. "Who do you trust to keep the economy strong and protect family living standards?" he asked "Who do you trust to keep interest rates low? Who do you trust to lead the fight on Australia's behalf against international terrorism?"


Howard, who turned 68 in July, declined to answer questions about whether he would serve a full three-year term if his government was re-elected. "I will serve as long as my party wants me to," he said. (See full report and transcript of Howard's press conference).


At a press conference in Sydney half an hour after Howard's announcement, Opposition Leader Mark Latham welcomed the election, saying the Howard Government had been in power too long. He said the main issue would be truth in government. "We've had too much dishonesty from the Howard Government," he said. "The election is about trust. The Government has been dishonest for too long." (See full report of Latham's press conference). This article is about the metropolitan area in Australia. ... Mark William Latham (born 28 February 1961), a former Australian politician, was leader of the Federal Parliamentary Australian Labor Party and Leader of the Opposition from December 2003 to January 2005. ...


Labor starts ahead in national opinion polls

The campaign began with Labor leading in all published national opinion polls. On 31 August the Newspoll published in The Australian newspaper gave Labor a lead of 52% to 48% nationwide, which would translate into a comfortable win for Labor in terms of seats. Most commentators, however, expected the election to be very close, pointing out that Labor was also ahead in the polls at the comparable point of the 1998 election, which Howard won. Howard had also consistently out-polled Latham as preferred Prime Minister by an average of 11.7 percentage points in polls taken this year. is the 243rd day of the year (244th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Australian is a national daily broadsheet newspaper published by Rupert Murdochs News Corporation. ... Federal elections were held in Australia on 3 October 1998. ...


After the first week, the Coalition draws ahead

After the first week of campaigning, a Newspoll conducted for News Corporation newspapers indicated that the Coalition held a lead on a two-party preferred basis of 52% to 48% in the government's twelve most marginal held seats. To secure government in its own right, Labor needed to win twelve more seats than in the 2001 election. In the same poll, John Howard increased his lead over Mark Latham as preferred Prime Minister by four points. Meanwhile, the Taverner poll conducted for The Sun-Herald newspaper revealed that younger voters were more likely to support Labor, with 41% of those aged 18 to 24 supporting Labor, compared with 36% who support the Coalition. Newspoll Market Research is an Australian company providing opinion polling and other market research services. ... 1211 Avenue of the Americas (Sixth Avenue), where News Corporation is based News Corporation (abbreviated to News Corp) (NYSE: NWS, NYSE: NWSa, ASX: , LSE: NCRA) is an American media conglomerate company and the third worlds largest. ... The Sydney Morning Herald is one of the most prestigious and important newspapers in Australia, published daily in Sydney, the largest city in Australia. ...


A terrorist attack on the Australian embassy in Jakarta marks the second week

On September 9, during the second week of campaigning the election was rocked by a terrorist attack on the Australian embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia. John Howard expressed his "utter dismay at this event" and dispatched Foreign Minister Alexander Downer to Jakarta to assist in the investigation. Mark Latham committed the Labor's "full support to all efforts by the Australian and Indonesian governments to ensure that happens". The parties reached an agreement that campaigning would cease for September 10 out of respect for the victims of this attack and that this would be in addition to the cessation of campaigning already agreed upon for September 11 out of respect for the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks in 2001. Most commentators believe that this terrorist attack increased the Coalition's chances of victory because it refocused the election on the issue of national security, which is generally considered to be a Coalition strength. is the 252nd day of the year (253rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Jakarta embassy bombing took place on September 9, 2004 in Jakarta, Indonesia. ... A diplomatic mission is a group of people from one nation state present in another nation state to represent the sending state in the receiving State. ... Jakarta (also DKI Jakarta), is the capital and largest city of Indonesia. ... Alexander John Gosse Downer, MP (born 9 September 1951) was Foreign Minister of Australia from March 1996 to December 2007, the longest serving in Australian history. ... is the 253rd day of the year (254th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 254th day of the year (255th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The World Trade Center on fire The September 11, 2001 attacks were a series of coordinated terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001. ... This article is about the year. ...


The leaders debate and the worm turns in Latham's favour

A debate between John Howard and Mark Latham was televised commercial-free on the Nine Network at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday September 12. In a change from previous election debates, which involved a single moderator, the leaders were questioned by a five member panel representing each of the major media groups in Australia. There was a representative from commercial television (Laurie Oakes), the ABC (Jim Middleton), News Limited (Malcolm Farr), John Fairfax Holdings (Michelle Grattan) and radio (Neil Mitchell). After an opening address, Howard and Latham responded to questions posed by the panel and had the opportunity to make a closing statement. The Nine Network permitted other television organisations to transmit the feed, but only the ABC decided to. The Nine Network, or Channel Nine, is an Australian television network based in Willoughby, a suburb on the North Shore of Sydney. ... is the 255th day of the year (256th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Laurie Oakes is an Australian political journalist and commentator. ... The Australian Broadcasting Corporation or ABC is Australias national non-profit public broadcaster. ... James Blaine Rifle Jim Middleton (May 28, 1889 - January 12, 1974) was a professional baseball player. ... 1211 Avenue of the Americas (Sixth Avenue), where News Corporation is based News Corporation (abbreviated to News Corp) (NYSE: NWS, NYSE: NWSa, ASX: , LSE: NCRA) is an American media conglomerate company and the third worlds largest. ... Malcolm Farr is a political journalist in the Canberra Press Gallery covering the Parliament of Australia in Canberra, the national capital of Australia. ... John Fairfax Holdings Limited (ABN 15 008 663 161) is an Australian Public Company operating in the media industry, working predominantly with newspapers. ... Michelle Grattan AO (born 1936), Australian journalist, was the first woman to become editor of an Australian metropolitan daily newspaper. ... Neil Mitchell may refer to: Neil Mitchell (musician) (born 1865) Neil Mitchell (footballer) (born 1974) Neil Mitchell (radio announcer) (born 1951) Neil Mitchell website http://www. ...


The debate was followed (only on the Nine Network) by an analysis of the leaders' performance by the "worm". The worm works by analysing the approval or disapproval of a select group of undecided voters to each statement that a leader makes. Throughout the debate, according to the worm, Latham performed strongly and Howard performed poorly. A final poll of the focus group found that 67% of the focus group believed that Latham won the debate and that 33% of the focus group believed that Howard won. Major media outlets generally agreed that Latham had won the debate, although they pointed out that with no further debates scheduled and nearly four weeks of the campaign remaining, Latham's gain in the momentum from the debate was unlikely to be decisive. Political commentators noted that the 2001 election debate, between Howard and then opposition leader Kim Beazley, gave the same worm results yet Labor still lost that election. The Nine Network, or Channel Nine, is an Australian television network based in Willoughby, a suburb on the North Shore of Sydney. ... The worm is a market research analysis tool developed by Roy Morgan Research, with the purpose of gauging an audiences reaction to some visual stimuli over some time period. ... This article is about the year. ... For Kim Beazleys father, Kim Beazley senior, see Kim Edward Beazley. ...

Officials of the Australian Electoral Commission conduct a blind ballot to determine the order of candidates on the House of Representatives ballot paper in the Division of Melbourne Ports, September 17, 2004
Officials of the Australian Electoral Commission conduct a blind ballot to determine the order of candidates on the House of Representatives ballot paper in the Division of Melbourne Ports, September 17, 2004

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At the midpoint, it is too close to call

By the midpoint of the campaign, after Labor had released its policies on taxation and education, polls showed that the election was still too close to call. The Newspoll in The Australian, showed (September 21) Labor leading with 52.5% of the two-party vote. The ACNielsen poll published in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age showed the Coalition ahead on 52%. The Morgan poll, which has a poor recent record of predicting federal elections, showed Labor ahead with 53% on the weekend of 18-19 September. A Galaxy Poll in the Melbourne Herald Sun showed the Coalition ahead with 51%, but showed Labor gaining ground. The Australian is a national daily broadsheet newspaper published by Rupert Murdochs News Corporation. ... is the 264th day of the year (265th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... (Redirected from 18 September) September 18 is the 261st day of the year (262nd in leap years). ... is the 262nd day of the year (263rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Galaxy Research is an Australian market researching company which has recently expanded into providing opinion polling for State and Federal politics. ... The Herald Sun is a newspaper in Melbourne, Australia, that is published by The Herald and Weekly Times Ltd, a subsidiary of Rupert Murdochs News Corporation. ...


Despite Latham's strong performance in the debate, most political commentators argued that he had not gained a clear advantage over Howard. They pointed to anomalies in Labor's tax policy and the controversy surrounding Labor's policy of reducing government funding to some non-government schools as issues which Howard was successfully exploiting.


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Contradictory polls in the fourth week

During the fourth week of the campaign contradictory polls continued to appear. The ACNielsen poll published in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age on 25 September showed the Coalition ahead with 54%, which would translate into a large majority for the government. The Newspoll in The Australian on 28 September showed Labor ahead with 52%, which would give Labor a comfortable majority. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... is the 268th day of the year (269th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Australian is a national daily broadsheet newspaper published by Rupert Murdochs News Corporation. ... is the 271st day of the year (272nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Tasmanian forests erupt as the main issue during the last week

In the last days of the campaign the environment policies regarding the logging of Tasmania's old-growth forests were released by both major parties, but too late for the Greens to adjust their preference flows on how-to-vote cards in most electorates as the majority were already printed. In the game of "cat and mouse" on Tasmanian forest policy between Mark Latham and John Howard, Latham eventually lost out when Dick Adams (Labor member for the Tasmanian seat of Lyons), Tasmanian Labor Premier Paul Lennon and CFMEU's Tasmanian secretary Scott McLean all attacked Latham's forest policy. At a timber workers' rally on the day Labor's forestry policy was announced, Scott McLean asked those gathered to pass a resolution of no confidence in Mr Latham's ability to lead the country [3]. Michael O'Connor, assistant national secretary of the CFMEU said the Coalition's forest policy represented a much better deal for his members than Labor's policy [4]. Australian Labor Party national president Carmen Lawrence later said that "Labor has only itself to blame for the backlash over its forestry policy" and that it was a strategic mistake to release the policy so late in the election campaign. She stated that she was disappointed in criticism from within the ALP and union movement, and that the party did not leave itself enough time to sell the package [5]. Godfrey Harry Dick Adams (born 29 April 1951), Australian politician, has been an Australian Labor Party member of the Australian House of Representatives since March 1993, representing the Division of Lyons, Tasmania. ... Slogan or Nickname: Island of Inspiration; The Apple Isle; Holiday Isle Motto(s): Ubertas et Fidelitas (Fertility and Faithfulness) Other Australian states and territories Capital Hobart Government Constitutional monarchy Governor Peter Underwood Premier David Bartlett (ALP) Federal representation  - House seats 5  - Senate seats 12 Gross State Product (2006-07)  - Product... The Division of Lyons is an Australian Electoral Division in Tasmania. ... Paul Anthony Lennon (born 8 October 1955), Australian politician, has been Premier of Tasmania since 21 March 2004. ... Scott McLean (born June 17, 1976 in East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire) is a Scottish professional footballer. ... There have been more than one person named Michael OConnor: Michael OConnor, Australian politician Michael OConnor, Catholic bishop Michael OConnor, Australia rugby league player This is a disambiguation page, a list of pages that otherwise might share the same title. ... The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) is Australias main trade union in construction, forestry and furnishing products, mining and energy production. ... The Hon. ...


Treasury and the Department of Finance reported on the validity of Labor's costings of their promises. They claimed to identify a different flaw to that identified by Liberal Treasurer Costello, but overall Labor was satisfied with the report.


The Handshake

The Handshake
The Handshake

On the morning of 8 October, the day before the election, a television crew filmed Latham and Howard shaking hands as they crossed paths outside an Australian Broadcasting Corporation radio studio in Sydney. The footage showed Latham appearing to draw Howard towards him and tower over his shorter opponent. The incident received wide media coverage and, while Latham claimed to have been attempting to get revenge for Howard squeezing his wife's hand too hard at a press function, it was variously reported as being "aggressive", "bullying" and "intimidating" on the part of Latham. The Liberal Party campaign director, Brian Loughnane, later said this incident generated more feedback to Liberal headquarters than anything else during the six-week campaign, and that it "brought together all the doubts and hesitations that people had about Mark Latham". Latham disputes the impact of this incident, however, having described it as a "Tory gee-up: we got close to each other, sure, but otherwise it was a regulation man's handshake. It's silly to say it cost us votes - my numbers spiked in the last night of our polling." (Latham Diaries, p. 369) According to Latham's account of events, Latham came in close to Howard for the handshake to prevent Howard shaking with his arm rather than his wrist. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (624x767, 64 KB) This image is a faithful digitalization of a unique historic photograph, and the copyright for it is most likely held by the photographer who took the photograph or the agency employing the photographer. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (624x767, 64 KB) This image is a faithful digitalization of a unique historic photograph, and the copyright for it is most likely held by the photographer who took the photograph or the agency employing the photographer. ... is the 281st day of the year (282nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Australian Broadcasting Corporation or ABC is Australias national non-profit public broadcaster. ... For other uses, see Tory (disambiguation). ...


Final opinion polls are not conclusive

The final opinion polls continued to be somewhat contradictory, with Newspoll showing a 50-50 tie and the Fairfax papers reporting 54-46 to the Coalition. Most Australian major daily newspaper editorials backed a return of the Howard government, with the notable exceptions of The Sydney Morning Herald which backed no party and The Canberra Times which backed Labor [6]. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Canberra Times newspaper was founded in 1926 in Canberra, Australia by Arthur Shakespeare. ...


Preference deals

As in all Australian elections, the flow of preferences from minor parties can be crucial in determining the final outcome. The close of nominations was followed by a period of bargaining among the parties. Howard made a pitch for the preferences of the Australian Greens by appearing to offer concessions on the issue of logging in old-growth forests in Tasmania, and the Coalition directed its preferences to the Greens ahead of Labor in the Senate, but the Greens nevertheless decided to allocate preferences to Labor in most electorates. In exchange, Labor agreed to direct its preferences in the Senate to the Greens ahead of the Democrats (but critically, not ahead of other minor parties), increasing the chances that the Greens would displace Australian Democrats Senators in New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia. The Australian Greens, commonly known as The Greens, is a Green Australian political party. ... Slogan or Nickname: Island of Inspiration; The Apple Isle; Holiday Isle Motto(s): Ubertas et Fidelitas (Fertility and Faithfulness) Other Australian states and territories Capital Hobart Government Constitutional monarchy Governor Peter Underwood Premier David Bartlett (ALP) Federal representation  - House seats 5  - Senate seats 12 Gross State Product (2006-07)  - Product... The Australian Democrats is an Australian political party which was formed in 1977 through a merger of the Australia Party and the Liberal Movement after principals of those minor parties secured the commitment of former Liberal minister Don Chipp as a high-profile leader[1]. The new party was based...


The Democrats in turn did a preference deal with the Family First Party, which angered some Democrats supporters who viewed Family First's policies as incompatible with the Democrats'. The Family First Party is a political party in Australia. ...


The effect of preference deals on Senate outcomes

In Victoria, Family First, the Christian Democrats and the DLP allocated their senate preferences to Labor, in order to help ensure the re-election of the number three Labor Senate candidate, Jacinta Collins, a Catholic who has conservative views on some social issues such as abortion. In exchange, Labor gave its Senate preferences in Victoria to Family First ahead of the Greens, expecting Family First to be eliminated before these preferences were distributed. In the event, however, Labor and Democrat preferences helped Family First's Steve Fielding beat the Green's David Risstrom to win the last Victorian Senate seat [7] and become Family First's first Federal parliamentarian. This outcome generated some controversy and highlighted a lack of transparency in preference deals. Family First were elected in Victoria after receiving 1.88% of the vote, even though the Greens had the largest minor party share of the vote with 8.8%. In Australia, 95% of voters vote "above the line" in the Senate [8]. Many "above the line" voters do not access preference allocation listings, although they are available in polling booths and on the AEC website, so they are therefore unaware of where their vote may go. The end result was one Family First, three Liberal and two Labor Senators elected in Victoria. Jacinta Collins Jacinta Mary Ann Collins (born 4 September 1962), has been an Australian Labor Party member of the Australian Senate since May 1995, representing the state of Victoria. ... Steven Fielding (born 17 October 1960), Australian politician, is parliamentary leader of the Family First Party. ... David Risstrom is a Melbourne barrister, a former Melbourne city councillor, and a former Australian Greens candidate for Victoria. ...


In Tasmania, Family First and the Democrats also directed their Senate preferences to Labor, apparently to preclude the possibility of the Liberals winning a majority in the Senate and thus reducing the influence of the minor parties. The Australian Greens' Christine Milne appeared at risk of losing her Senate seat to a Family First candidate shortly after election night, despite nearly obtaining the full required quota of primary votes. However, strong performance on postal and prepoll votes improved Milne's position. It was only the high incidence of "below the line" voting in Tasmania that negated the effect of the preference swap deal between Labor and Family First [9]. The end result was one Green, three Liberal and two Labor Senators elected in Tasmania. Christine Milne Christine Anne Milne (b. ...


In New South Wales, Democrat preferences flowing to Labor rather than the Greens were instrumental in Labor winning the last Senate seat. Had Democrat preferences flown to the Greens rather than Liberals for Forests and the Christian Democrats, then the final vacancy would have been won by the Greens' John Kaye. The scale of Glenn Druery's (of the Liberals for Forests party) preference deals was revealed by the large number of ticket votes distributed when he was eliminated from the count. He gained preferences from a wide range of minor parties such as the Ex-Service Service and Veterans Party, the Outdoor Recreation Party, and the Non-Custodial Parents Party. Liberals for Forests also gained the preferences of two leftish parties - the Progressive Labour Party and the HEMP Party. When Druery was eventually excluded, these preferences flowed to the Greens, but the Greens would rather have received the preferences earlier in the count. In the end, three Liberal/National Senators and three Labor Senators were elected in New South Wales. [10] This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Liberals for forests (l4f) is an Australian pro-forest party. ... The Progressive Labour Party (PLP) is a minor political party in Australia. ... Help End Marijuana Prohibition Australian political party. ...


In Western Australia, the Green's Rachel Siewert was elected to the final vacancy after the final Labor candidate was excluded. This was a gain for the Greens at the expense of the Democrats Brian Greig. While the Democrats had done a preference swap with Family First, the deal in Western Australia did not include the Christian Democrats. As a result, when the Australian Democrats were excluded from the count, their preferences flowed to the Greens, putting them on track for the final vacancy [11]. The end result was one Green, three Liberal and two Labor Senators elected in Western Australia. Senator Rachel Siewert is an Australian politician from the Australian Greens. ... Brian Greig Brian Andrew Greig (born February 22, Australian politician, has been an Australian Democrats member of the Australian Senate since July 1999, representing the state of Western Australia. ...


In South Australia, the Australian Democrats did a crucial preference swap with Family First that prevented the Greens winning the final vacancy. If the Democrats had polled better, they would have collected Family First and Liberal preferences and won the final vacancy. Former Democrat Leader (now Progressive Alliance Senator) Meg Lees also contested the Senate in South Australia, but was eliminated late in the count. However, Lees did have some impact on the outcome, as there were large numbers of below the line preferences for both the Progressive Alliance (as well as One Nation) which were widely spread rather than flowing to the Democrats. When the Democrats were excluded, preferences flowed to Family First which prevented the Greens' Brian Noone passing the third Labor candidate. This resulted in a seat that could otherwise have been won by the Greens instead being won by Labor on Green preferences. The flow of One Nation preferences to Labor made it impossible for either Family First or the Liberal Party to win the final vacancy. Labor's Dana Wortley was elected to the final vacancy [12]. The end result in South Australia was split 3 Liberal, 3 Labor. Meg Lees Meg Heather Lees (born October 19, 1948) has been the founder and sole representative of the Australian Progressive Alliance in the Australian Senate since 2003, representing the state of South Australia. ... Dana Johanna Wortley (b. ...


In Queensland, Pauline Hanson attracted 38,000 below the line votes and pulled away from One Nation. Preferences from the Fishing Party kept the National Party’s Barnaby Joyce ahead of Family First and Pauline Hanson. Joyce then unexpectedly won the fifth vacancy ahead of the Liberal Party. The sixth and last vacancy was then won by Liberal Russell Trood [13]. The final outcome was 1 National, 3 Liberals and 2 Labor. Pauline Hanson at a book signing, 2007 Pauline Lee Hanson (née Seccombe; born May 27, 1954) is an Australian politician and former leader of the One Nation Party, a party with a populist, anti-immigration platform. ... Barnaby Thomas Gerald Joyce (born 17 April 1967), Australian politician, has been a member of the Australian Senate representing the state of Queensland since July 2005. ... Russell Trood PhD is a Liberal Party Senator for the state of Queensland, Australia. ...


The election of both Barnaby Joyce and Russell Trood to the Senate in Queensland resulted in the Coalition gaining control of the Senate and was confirmed by the National Party's Senate Leader Ron Boswell's in a televised telephone call to Prime Minister John Howard [14]. This result was not widely predicted prior to the election. Hon Ron Boswell Ronald Ron Boswell (born 9 December 1940), Australian politician, has been a National Party member of the Australian Senate since July 1982, representing Queensland. ... John Winston Howard (born 26 July 1939) is an Australian politician and the 25th Prime Minister of Australia. ...


The effect of preference deals on House of Representatives and national outcomes

Despite constant media attention on preference deals, and a widely held belief that the two party preferred result for the election would be close, the Newspoll figures during the three months prior to the election showed little alteration in the first preference margin between the parties, nor was there any evidence of any voter volatility. The figures suggested, then, that as the Coalition’s first preference vote was healthy, the most likely result was a Government victory. This was born out in the election results when the Liberal first preference vote of 40.5 per cent was 3.4 percentage points higher than in 2001, while Labor’s first preference vote of 37.6 per cent was its lowest vote since the elections of 1931 and 1934 [15]. Preference flows from minor parties are much more likely to affect an election outcome when the two major parties are close. The collapse of Labor's primary vote therefore negated this effect, even though 61 out of 150 House of Representatives seats were decided on preferences [16].


The national outcome of minor party preference distributions (in order of number primary votes received) is summarised in the following table [17]:

Minor party Total votes % to Liberal/National Coalition % to Labor
Christian Democratic Party 72,241 74.63 25.37
Citizens Electoral Council 42,349 47.83 52.17
Socialist Alliance 14,155 25.55 74.45
New Country Party 9,439 59.16 40.84
liberals for forests 8,165 60.18 39.82
No GST 7,802 38.11 61.89
Ex-Service, Service and Veterans Party 4,369 52.69 47.31
Progressive Labour Party 3,775 19.36 80.64
Outdoor Recreation Party 3,505 44.37 55.63
Save the ADI Site Party 3,490 33.12 66.88
The Great Australians 2,824 61.47 38.53
The Fishing Party 2,516 45.15 54.85
Lower Excise Fuel and Beer Party 2,007 52.96 47.04
Democratic Labor Party 1,372 58.53 41.47
Non-Custodial Parents Party 1,132 26.86 73.14
HEMP 787 41.93 58.07
Nuclear Disarmament Party 341 20.82 79.18
Aged and Disability Pensioners Party 285 45.96 54.04

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Party leaders

  • John Howard had been an MP since 1974, leader of the Liberal Party since 1995 (he was previously leader from 1985 to 1989), and Prime Minister since March 1996. He turned 65 in July 2004, and is more than 20 years older than Mark Latham. Howard is by far the most experienced politician in Australian federal politics and is considered a master of political strategy, a reputation which was enhanced during the 2004 campaign. Although most commentators agreed that he did not perform well in the debate with Latham, his dogged campaigning on interest rates, economic certainty and national security was effective in persuading voters in marginal seats to stick with the Coalition.
  • John Anderson had been an MP since 1988 and leader of the National Party and Deputy Prime Minister since 1999. Although talented and personable, he was unable to stem the long-term decline in the Nationals' rural electoral base. During 2003 he considered retiring from Parliament at this election, but was persuaded not to. Despite his personal standing, the Nationals lost another seat (Richmond) and struggled to win a Senate spot in Queensland. Anderson stepped down as leader in July 2005.
  • Mark Latham had been an MP since 1994 and was elected leader of the Australian Labor Party in December 2003. Latham initially made a good impression, but a series of controversies during 2004 caused much criticism of his alleged inconsistency and volatility. His campaign was aggressive and colourful, with a series of bold policy announcements late in the campaign. This galvanised Labor's base but many commentators felt that Latham's policies and personality alienated middle class voters. In retrospect Labor's forests policy was a major miscalculation, costing two seats in Tasmania. Latham also failed to effectively counter Howard's campaign on interest rates. Latham resigned for health reasons in January 2005 from both his position as Leader of the Opposition and as Member for Werriwa in the House of Representatives.
  • Andrew Bartlett had been a Senator since 1997 and leader of the Australian Democrats since 2002. His efforts to revive the Democrats' fortunes after a year of damaging internal conflict were severely set back by an incident in December 2003 in which he accosted Liberal Senator Jeannie Ferris in the Senate chamber while visibly drunk. After keeping a low profile during 2004, he led the Democrats to their worst-ever election performance. After the election he was replaced by Senator Lyn Allison.
  • Bob Brown had been a Senator and the informal leader of the Australian Greens since 1996. By resolutely opposing Australia's participation in the Iraq War he established himself as the most prominent figure of the Australian left. But media predictions that the Greens would greatly increase their vote and win a Senate seat in every state, or even win House seats, were not realised. Although the Greens took many votes from the Democrats, predicted big inroads into Labor's base vote did not occur.

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Disclosure

Dates for financial disclosure for the 2004 Federal election were specified by the Australian Electoral Commission. Broadcasters and publishers had to lodge their returns by 6 December, while candidates and Senate groups needed to lodge by 24 January 2005. This information was made available for public scrutiny on 28 March 2005. Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... AEC logo The Australian Electoral Commission, or the AEC, is the federal government agency in charge of organising and supervising federal elections. ... is the 340th day of the year (341st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 24th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 87th day of the year (88th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


References

  • University of WA election results in Australia since 1890
  • AEC 2PP vote
  • AustralianPolitics.com election details
  • Australian Idol beats election debate (September 13, 2004). The Sydney Morning Herald.
  • Family First weighs in on key issues (October 11, 2004). The Sydney Morning Herald.
  • ALP hurt by forests fire (October 11, 2004). The Age
  • Howard trades trees for jobs (October 7, 2004). The Age
  • Union official may be dumped in election fallout (October 14, 2004). ABC News Online.
  • Forestry policy too rushed, Labor president says (October 12, 2004). ABC News Online.
  • How party preferences picked Family First - Election 2004, (October 11, 2004). The Age.

See also

These tables reflect the state of counting at 16 October 2004 House of Representatives National summary Enrolled voters: 13,038,764 Votes counted: 12,354,781 94. ... This article provides details on candidates who stood for the 2004 Australian federal election. ... The Australian Greens fielded candidates in every House of Representatives division in Australia during the 2004 Australian federal election. ...

External links

Electoral sites
  • The ABC's 2004 Federal Election Site
  • ABC News Election Summary, by elections analyst Antony Green
  • "The Mackerras Pendulum" Malcolm Mackerras
  • Adam Carr's Election Archive
  • Australian Electoral Commission website
  • All the candidates and Senate preferences
  • AEC Virtual Tally Room
Party sites
  • Australian Labor Party website
  • Liberal Party website
  • The Nationals website
  • Australian Democrats website
  • Family First Party website
  • Australian Greens website
  • Socialist Alliance website
  • Citizens Electoral Council website
  • Country Liberal Party website

  Results from FactBites:
 
Federal Election 2004. Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) (0 words)
Prime Minister John Howard led the Coalition to its fourth consecutive federal election victory in October 2004 as voters delivered their ringing endorsement of the Government's economic management.
The election result was even worse for the Democrats, who lost all three Senate positions they contested, leaving the party with just four sitting senators.
The election result was a personal triumph for John Howard who is now destined to become Australia's second-longest serving prime minister after Sir Robert Menzies.
Australian legislative election, 2004 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (4615 words)
The election result was a triumph for Howard, who in December 2004 became Australia's second-longest serving Prime Minister, and who saw the election result as a vindication of his policies, particularly his decision to join in the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Australian Labor Party national president Carmen Lawrence later said that "Labor has only itself to blame for the backlash over its forestry policy" and that it was a strategic mistake to release the policy so late in the election campaign.
The election of both Barnaby Joyce and Russell Trood to the Senate in Queensland resulted in the Coalition gaining control of the Senate and was confirmed by the National Party's Senate Leader Ron Boswell's in a televised telephone call to Prime Minister John Howard [13].
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