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Commonwealth Parliament, Senate election

Election of 10 November 2001

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General election for the Senate
Commonwealth of Australia
Date of election
10 November 2001
Type of Senate election
Half Senate with House of Representatives

Government in office at Senate election

Prime Minister in office at date of Senate election. (check notes to Senate national summary table to see if change of Prime Minister since previous election)
Prime Minister's party affiliation
Liberal Party
Government majority in Senate at date of election
Change of government
Government majority in new Senate
If coalition, coalition partner(s)
National Party

Senate enrolment and voting

Total number of voters on the roll
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
Total valid votes
Rate of informal (invalid) voting

Electoral composition of the Senate for this election

Total number of seats in the Senate
Total number of seats for each state
Number of seats for each territory
Seats to be filled at this Senate election
Casual vacancies/additional seats included in seats to be filled
Electoral System
Adult franchise at 18 years (from 1974); multimember districts; proportional representation by the single transferable vote method (STV); compulsory preferences; above the line (group ticket) voting permitted; compulsory voting

Senate votes and seats won, and seats held, national summary

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Election held on 10 November 2001
Criteria for the inclusion of parties in this table are set out in the Glossary under 'listed party'

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Party Name First preference vote n First preference vote share % Change from previous election % Seats won by ticket n Seats won by ticket % Seats won by party n Seats won by party % Seats held by party n Seats held by party %
Australian Labor Party   3,990,903  34.32  -2.99  14  35.00  14  35.00  28  36.84 
Liberal Party - National Party (joint ticket)  2,776,089  23.88  +2.00  15.00         
Liberal Party  1,824,639  15.69  +2.06  12  30.00  17  42.50  31  40.79 
Australian Democrats  842,984  7.25  -1.20  10.00  10.00  10.53 
Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party  644,346  5.54  -3.44        1.32 
Australian Greens  574,550  4.94  +2.22  5.00  5.00  2.63 
National Party  222,860  1.92  +0.06  2.50  5.00  3.95 
Country Liberal Party (NT)  40,680  0.35  +0.03  2.50  2.50  1.32 
Brian Harradine Group (Tas)      -0.22          1.32 
Independents                1.32 
Votes for other than listed parties 710,478 6.11 +1.49             
Totals 11,627,529  100.00    40  100.00  40  100.00  76  100.00 

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In the table above, see the Glossary distinctions between Seats won by ticket and Seats won by party, and between Seats won by party and Seats held by party.

Australian Greens: The votes cast for the Greens WA in Western Australia are included with votes for the Australian Greens in this national summary for the Senate.

Independent The senator (Shayne Michael Murphy, Tasmania) listed as an Independent under 'Seats held by party', was elected at the 1998 Senate election from Tasmania as a member of the Australian Labor Party.


Australian Electoral Commission, Election 2001: Election Results, CD-ROM, Canberra, 2002 (ISBN 0642501815); Scott Bennett, Gerard Newman and Andrew Kopras, Commonwealth Election 2001, Canberra: Commonwealth Parliament, Department of the Parliamentary Library, Information Research Services, Research Paper No. 11 2001–02, 2002 (ISSN 13287478).

For a general review of this election, see John Warhurst and Marian Simms (editors), 2001: The Centenary Election, St Lucia, Qld: University of Queensland Press, 2002 (ISBN 070223303X); David Solomon (editor), Howard's Race: Winning the Unwinnable Election, Pymble, NSW: HarperCollins, 2002 (ISBN 073227373 0).