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Commonwealth Parliament, Senate election

Election of 21 August 2010


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General election for the Senate
Commonwealth of Australia
Date of election
21 August 2010
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
Australian Labor Party
Government majority in Senate at date of election
No
Change of government
No
Government majority in new Senate
No
If coalition, coalition partner(s)

Senate enrolment and voting

Total number of voters on the roll
14,088,260
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
13,217,393
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
93.82%
Total valid votes
12,722,233
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
3.75%

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 21 August 2010
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  4,469,734  35.13  -5.17  15  37.50  15  37.50  31  40.79 
Liberal Party - National Party (joint ticket)  2,724,940  21.42  -9.26  12.50         
Australian Greens  1,667,315  13.11  +4.06  15.00  15.00  11.84 
Liberal Party  1,092,601  8.59  -0.18  22.50  12  30.00  25  32.89 
Liberal National Party (Qld)  1,015,062  7.98  7.50  7.50  3.95 
Family First  267,493  2.10  +0.48           
Australian Sex Party  259,583  2.04           
Liberal Democratic Party  230,191  1.81           
Shooters Party  214,119  1.68           
Democratic Labor Party  134,987  1.06  2.50  2.50  1.32 
Independents  55,786  0.44  -0.94        1.32 
National Party  42,334  0.33  +0.17    5.00  6.58 
Country Liberal Party (NT)  39,268  0.31  -0.01  2.50  2.50  1.32 
Votes for other than listed parties 508,820 4.00 -1.31             
Totals 12,722,233  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.

Liberal National Party (Qld): In July 2008, the Liberal Party and the National Party in Queensland agreed to merge to form a new party to contest state and federal elections, the Liberal National Party. The apparent decline in the Liberal and National parties' vote share in the table above reflects the emergence of the new party in Queensland which is listed as a separate party.

Family First: The Family First party was founded in 2002 in South Australia and has 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). It contested the Senate elections of 2007 and 2010, but did not win representation.

Liberal Democratic Party: After some difficulty with registering its party name over objections from the Liberal Party, the party was registered for Senate elections in 2008. The party believes in small government and traditional libertarian principles.

Democratic Labor Party: The Democratic Labor Party won seat in the Senate from Victoria at this election (2010), the fist time a party with this name had won a seat in the Senate since 1970. Its 2010 platform stressed family values, democratic rights and some increase in government regulation of the economy, policies which were consistent with its earlier history. The party had originally emerged as a consequence of major internal divisions within the Australian Labor Party and the trade union movement in the 1950s over a range of issues including the role of Communist party members in the Labor movement. These divisions came to a head in 1955 with a split in some state branches of the Labor Party and the creation of what was to become the Democratic Labor Party; for an extensive study of this period, see Robert Murray, The Split: Australian Labor in the Fifties, (Melbourne: Cheshire, 1972, ISBN 0701516755).

Shooters Party: This party was registered for this election as the Shooters and Fishers Party; the original name -- Shooters Party -- has been retained for this database to permit comparison of the party's vote share between states and over time.

Sources

Voting figures were taken from the Australian Electoral Commission 'Virtual Tally Room' web page 'First Preferences by Group', on line at:
https://bit.ly/2uvyr6w [accessed 7 October 2010]



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