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Commonwealth Parliament, Senate election in Queensland

(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 Queensland

Total number of voters on the roll in this state/territory
2,843,101
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
2,677,408
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
94.17%
Total valid votes
2,619,461
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
2.16%

Electoral composition of the Senate for this election in Queensland

Total number of seats in the Senate
Total number of seats for each state
12
Number of seats for each territory
Seats to be filled at this Senate election in this state/territory
6
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 in Queensland

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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 %
Liberal National Party  1,084,299  41.39  -0.03  50.00  50.00  50.00 
Australian Labor Party  747,096  28.52  -0.87  33.33  33.33  33.33 
Palmer United Party  258,944  9.89  16.67  16.67  8.33 
Australian Greens  158,150  6.04  -6.73      8.33 
Katter's Australian Party  76,918  2.94       
Australian Sex Party  29,380  1.12  -1.47       
Family First  28,644  1.09  -2.33       
Shooters Party  18,235  0.70  -1.05       
Liberal Democratic Party  18,201  0.69  -1.56       
Fishing and Lifestyle Party  13,394  0.51  -1.47       
Votes for other than listed parties 186,200 7.11 +3.59             
Totals 2,619,461  100.00    100.00  100.00  12  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

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.

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).

Katter's Australian Party: Bob Katter, a former National Party member of the Queensland Assembly (1974-1992), and a member of the House of Representatives since 1993, applied in 2011 to register the party name 'Katter's Australian Party' for both federal and state elections. Although originally elected to the House of Representatives as a member of the National Party for the electoral district of Kennedy in 1993, he resigned from the Party and successfully contested the four federal elections for the seat from 2001 to 2010 as an Independent. He ran in this election in the electoral district of Kennedy (2013) as a member of the party he founded together with 62 other House of Representatives candidates across Australia, but was the only successful candidate. The Party ran Senate candidates in all states and the Australian Capital Territory but did not win a Senate seat.

Other parties: The Australian Electoral Commission listed 23 registered party groupings for this Senate election in Queensland 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 state summary for this Senate election in Queensland (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.

Sources

Voting figures are taken from the Australian Electoral Commission 'Election 2013' web page 'Senate -- First Preferences by Group' online at: https://bit.ly/2uGCEEK [accessed 13 December 2013]