Australian federal election, 1998

Australian federal election, 1998

The election chose the Members of the Australian House of Representatives, 1998-2001 and half of the Members of the Australian Senate, 1999-2002.

Despite gaining almost 51 percent of the two party preferred vote, the Australian Labor Party fell short of forming government by 8 seats. The government was re-elected with 49.02% of the two-party-preferred vote, compared to 50.98% for the Australian Labor Party, the largest difference of five election results where the winner did not gain a two party preferred majority, since 2PP results were first estimated in 1949.

The election on 3 October 1998 was held six months earlier than required by the Constitution. Prime Minister John Howard made the announcement following the launch of the coalition's Goods and Services Tax (GST) policy launch and a 5-week advertising campaign. The ensuing election was almost entirely dominated by the proposed 10% GST and proposed income tax cuts.

In reaction to One Nation's policies, the other significant parties all agreed to preference against One Nation. One Nation won no lower house seats, with its founder and leader Pauline Hanson defeated on preferences by the Liberal candidate in the Queensland electorate of Blair. In Queensland, One Nation polled 14.83% of the Senate vote, sufficient to elect one senator without the need for preferences. [] The seat initially went to Heather Hill, but she was subsequently disqualified under Section 44 of the Constitution, and replaced by Len Harris.

The ALP made the single biggest gain by an Opposition party following an election defeat; the Coalition's majority was cut from 40 to 12. The swing was sufficient in all states to deliver government to the ALP, but the uneven nature of the swing denied Kim Beazley the extra few seats necessary to command a majority in the House.

House of Representatives preference flows

* The Nationals had candidates in 13 seats where three-cornered-contests existed, with 88.89% of preferences favouring the Liberal Party.
* One Nation contested 135 electorates with preferences slightly favouring the Liberal/National Coalition (53.66%)
* The Democrats contested 144 electorates with preferences slightly favouring Labor (56.72%)
* The Greens contested 120 electorates with preferences strongly favouring Labor (73.28%)

eats changing hands

* *Paul Zammit contested his seat as an independent. The figures shown are against Liberal. Pauline Hanson, a member of One Nation Party, contested the seat of Blair in this election after a redistribution, and lost to Liberal Cameron Thompson. The figures shown are a two-party-preferred basis between Labor and Liberal.
* **Allan Rocher, Graeme Campbell and Paul Filing all fell out of two-party-preferred; the second figures are against Labor.


The 1998 election included the first publicised incident of online electoral conflict when the Liberal website was allegedly hacked by supporters of the Labor party. At the time both major parties had their sites hosted with the same ISP, but this aspect had been kept from the media at the time.


* [ Election 98] , campaign and results coverage by the ABC
* [ Australian Electoral Commission Results]
* [ University of WA] election results in Australia since 1890
* [ AEC 2PP vote]
* [ election details]
* [ Preference flows - ABC]

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Australian federal election, 2001 — Infobox Election election name = Australian federal election, 2001 country = Australia type = parliamentary ongoing = no previous election = Australian federal election, 1998 previous year = 1998 next election = Australian federal election, 2004… …   Wikipedia

  • Australian federal election, 2004 — Infobox Election election name = Australian federal election, 2004 country = Australia type = parliamentary ongoing = no previous election = Australian federal election, 2001 previous year = 2001 next election = Australian federal election, 2007… …   Wikipedia

  • Next Australian federal election — 2010 ← On or before 30 November 2013 …   Wikipedia

  • Post-election pendulum for the Australian federal election, 2010 — The following pendulum is known as the Mackerras Pendulum, invented by psephologist Malcolm Mackerras. Designed for the outcome of the 2010 federal election and changes since, the pendulum works by lining up all of the seats held in Parliament,… …   Wikipedia

  • Results of the Australian federal election, 2004 — These are the Results of the Australian federal election, 2004.House of RepresentativesNational summaryProjected two party resultQueenslandThe Liberals won Bonner from Labor.Western Australia Party Votes % Change Seats Liberal Party of Australia… …   Wikipedia

  • Chronology of Australian federal parliaments — The following is a Chronology of the Federal Parliaments of Australia. The sequence of parliaments is determined by the opening and dissolution (or expiration) of the House of Representatives. The Senate is not normally dissolved at all, except… …   Wikipedia

  • South Australian state election, 2014 — 2010 ← 15 March 2014 …   Wikipedia

  • Western Australian state election, 2013 — Next Western Australian state election 2008 ← 9 March 2013 …   Wikipedia

  • Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry — The ACCI is the ongoing amalgamation of the nation’s leading federal business organisations Australian Chamber of Commerce, the Associated Chamber of Manufactures of Australia, the Australian Council of Employers Federations and the Confederation …   Wikipedia

  • Australian Democrats — Infobox Australian Political Party party name = Australian Democrats party party wikicolourid= Democrats leader = foundation = 1977 ideology = Social liberalism political position= Centre left headquarters = 711 South Road Black Forest, SA 5035… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.