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Commonwealth Parliament, Senate election

Election of 24 November 2007


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General election for the Senate
Commonwealth of Australia
Date of election
24 November 2007
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
Yes
Change of government
Yes
Government majority in new Senate
No
If coalition, coalition partner(s)
National Party

Senate enrolment and voting

Total number of voters on the roll
13,646,539
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
12,987,814
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
95.17%
Total valid votes
12,656,805
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
2.55%

Electoral composition of the Senate for this election

Total number of seats in the Senate
76
Total number of seats for each state
12
Number of seats for each territory
2
Seats to be filled at this Senate election
40
Casual vacancies/additional seats included in seats to be filled
0
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 24 November 2007
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  5,101,200  40.30  +5.28  18  45.00  18  45.00  32  42.11 
Liberal Party - National Party (joint ticket)  3,883,479  30.68  +4.96  22.50         
Australian Greens  1,144,751  9.04  +1.38  7.50  7.50  6.58 
Liberal Party  1,110,366  8.77  -8.88  20.00  15  37.50  32  42.11 
Family First  204,788  1.62  -0.14        1.32 
Independents  174,458  1.38  2.50  2.50  1.32 
Australian Democrats  162,975  1.29  -0.81           
Pauline's United Australia Party (Qld)  141,268  1.12           
Country Liberal Party (NT)  40,253  0.32  -0.03  2.50  2.50  1.32 
National Party  20,997  0.17  -1.20    5.00  5.26 
Votes for other than listed parties 672,270 5.31 -1.32             
Totals 12,656,805  100.00    40  100.00  40  100.00  76  100.00 


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* Party did not contest previous election or did not meet criteria for listing, or contested previous election under a different party name.

Notes

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.

Additional Liberal Party senator: Senator Julian McGauran was elected to the Senate from Victoria at the 2004 Senate election as a National Party senator. He resigned from the National Party and sat in the Senate as a member of the Liberal Party from 3 February 2006. This increases the 'Seats held' by the Liberal Party in the Senate by one, with a corresponding reduction for the National Party.

Family First: The Family First party was founded in 2002 in South Australia and had policies which support traditional family values. It ran candidates in all states at the 2004 federal election and was successful in winning a Senate seat in Victoria (Steve Fielding). The party ran candidates at this election (2007), but did not win an additional Senate seat.

Independents: The votes shown for Independents in this national Senate summary include votes for candidates who were part of a group of candidates which did not register a party name, and those candidates who ran as ungrouped candidates on the Senate ballot paper.

In South Australia, Nick Xenophon ran as one of two candidates in a group without a party name (group S on the South Australian Senate ballot paper) and was elected as an Independent senator. Including the 109 votes cast for his colleague, Nick Xenophon won 148,789 first preference votes (1.18 percent of the national total).

Pauline's United Australia Party (Qld) and Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party: Pauline Hanson had broken from the Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party before the 2004 Senate election, and ran with another candidate at the 2004 Senate election as a group which did not register a party name (group K 'Unendorsed - Hanson/Smith' on the 2004 Queensland Senate ballot paper); this group won 102,824 votes (4.5 percent of the Queensland Senate vote) at the 2004 Senate election in Queensland. The reconstituted One Nation Party -- which had distanced itself from Pauline Hanson -- had won 206,455 votes (1.73 percent of the Senate national vote) at the 2004 Senate election.

Sources

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:
https://bit.ly/2uGw2pS [accessed 18 August 2010]

Australian Electoral Commission website, Virtual Tally Room, 2007 Election, Senate 'First preferences by group':
https://bit.ly/2uG8Jwl [accessed 18 July 2010]



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