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Commonwealth Parliament, Senate election in Australian Capital Territory

(for more information on this election see national summary for the Senate)

Election of 7 September 2013

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Senate enrolment and voting in Australian Capital Territory

Total number of voters on the roll in this state/territory
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 in Australian Capital Territory

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 in this state/territory
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 in Australian Capital Territory

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Election held on 7 September 2013
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  84,974  34.44  -6.40  50.00  50.00  50.00 
Liberal Party  81,613  33.08  -0.27  50.00  50.00  50.00 
Australian Greens  47,553  19.27  -3.65       
Australian Sex Party  8,616  3.49       
Palmer United Party  5,213  2.11       
Bullet Train for Australia  5,066  2.05       
Voluntary Euthanasia Party  3,963  1.61       
Animal Justice Party  2,992  1.21       
Votes for other than listed parties 6,752 2.74 +2.74             
Totals 246,742  100.00    100.00  100.00  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.


See the Glossary of this website for information on Senate elections and details of the distinction between Seats won by ticket and Seats won by party, and between Seats won and Seats held.

Australian Sex Party: The Australian Sex Party was committed to respecting the rights of all individuals to live their lives in the way they chose without infringing on the rights of or causing harm to others. This included the decriminalization of personal drug use, legalizing voluntary euthanasia, and national policies on censorship and anti-discrimination. The party had contested federal elections in most states since 2010. At this election (2013), it fielded Senate candidates in all states and territories.

Palmer United Party: The Palmer United Party was formed in 2013 by mining businessman Clive Palmer, who had been previously associated with the Queensland National Party and its successor, the Liberal National Party. The Palmer United Party endorsed candidates in every House of Representatives electoral district in Australia, and in Senate elections for all states and territories. The Party's policies argued for limiting paid lobbyists, changes to refugee policies, abolition of a carbon tax, more mineral processing in Australia, and greater expenditure in regional Australia. The Party won a Senate seat in Queensland and Tasmania, and another seat in Western Australia after the Senate election was rerun in that state. (see the note in the national summary of the Senate results).

Bullet Train for Australia Party: This party's website stated that: "The Bullet Train for Australia Party has no official position on any other policy areas apart from High-Speed-Rail (HSR), Bullet Trains, Very Fast Trains, Fast-rail and related topics". ( [accessed 27 December 2013]). Its specific interest was in a high speed rail link between Canberra and Sydney. In addition to the Australian Capital Territory, the party fielded Senate candidates in New South Wales and Victoria.

Other parties: The Australian Electoral Commission listed five registered party groupings for this Senate election in the Australian Capital Territory whose votes are not separately listed in the table above. None of these parties gained 1 percent of the first preference votes at this election, had a candidate elected or met any of the other criteria for listing in this database for the territory summary for this Senate election in the ACT (see listed party). For details of the votes won by these parties, see the reference in 'Sources', below. Note that some of these parties may have qualified for listing in other state summaries for this election.

Many small parties made arrangements to exchange preferences for those voters -- the great majority -- who chose to vote above the line on the Senate ballot paper. This system of swapping preferences among very small parties was one of the reasons for the election of minor party candidates whose parties had gained only a small number of first preference votes. It is likely that the problems with the count for the Western Australian Senate seats will prompt a change in electoral rules.


Voting figures are taken from the Australian Electoral Commission 'Election 2013' web page 'Senate -- First Preferences by Group' online at: [accessed 13 December 2013]