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Commonwealth Parliament, House of Representatives election

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General election for the House of Representatives Commonwealth of Australia 
Date of election 24 November 2007

Government in office and parliamentary support before and after the election

Government in office at election

Prime Minister in office at date of election. (check notes to see if change of Prime Minister since previous election) John Winston Howard
Prime Minister's party affiliation Liberal Party 
House of Representatives support for government at election Coalition  
If coalition, coalition partner(s) National Party  

Government in office after election

Prime Minister in office after election. Kevin Rudd
Prime Minister's party affiliation Australian Labor Party
House of Representatives support for government after election Majority 
If coalition, coalition partner(s)  

Enrolment and voting

Total number of voters on the roll 13,646,539 
Number of House of Representatives seats 150 
Number of uncontested seats
If uncontested seats, number of voters on the roll in uncontested seats  
Number of voters on the roll in contested seats 13,646,539 
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems) 12,930,814 
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats) 94.76% 
Total valid votes 12,419,992 
Rate of informal (invalid) voting 3.95%
Informal (invalid) ballots in multiple voting system Not applicable
Electoral system Adult franchise at 18 years (from 1974); single member districts, preferential voting (AV); compulsory preferences; compulsory voting 


House of Representatives votes and seats won, national summary

Election held on 24 November 2007
Criteria for the inclusion of parties in this table are set out in the Glossary under 'listed party'

Party Name First preference vote n First preference vote share % Change from previous election % Seats won n Uncontested seats held n Seat share %
Australian Labor Party 5,388,184  43.38  +5.75     83  55.33 
Liberal Party 4,506,302  36.28  -4.19     55  36.67 
Australian Greens 967,789  7.79  +0.61        
National Party 682,424  5.49  -0.40     10  6.67 
Independents 276,370  2.23  -0.27     1.33 
Family First 246,798  1.99  -0.02        
Australian Democrats 89,813  0.72  -0.51        
Country Liberal Party (NT) 40,298  0.32  -0.02        
Votes for other than listed parties 222,014  1.79  +0.25          
Totals 12,419,992  100.00    150  100.00 

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Independents and non-affiliated: The vote shown for Independents at this election is the sum of votes cast for all candidates registered as Independents (275,136 votes) and those candidates who ran for office without any registered party name (1,234 votes). The two Independents reelected were Bob Katter in Queensland (electoral district of Kennedy), and Tony Windsor in New South Wales (electoral district of New England).

Votes for other than listed parties: Eleven parties did not meet any of the criteria to be listed parties in the national summary for this House of Representatives election, although some met the criteria for listing in state and territory summaries for this election. For details of the vote shares of these parties, see the Australian Electoral Commission website ('Sources', below).

References For a survey of this election (2007) and its context, see Bennett and Barber in 'Sources', below.


Scott Bennett and Stephen Barber, Commonwealth Election 2007 -- Reissue, (Canberra: Parliamentary Library Research Paper No. 5, Parliament of Australia,10 September 2009, 2009–10, ISSN 1834-9854), online at: [accessed 18 August 2010]

Australian Electoral Commission website, Virtual Tally Room, 2007 Election, House of Representatives, 'First preferences by party': [accessed 17 July 2010]