Election held on 7 September 2013
Criteria for the inclusion of parties in this table are set out in the Glossary under 'listed party'
|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||110,617||32.83||-8.57||2||33.33||2||33.33||5||41.67|
|Palmer United Party||22,184||6.58||*||1||16.67||1||16.67||1||8.33|
|Liberal Democratic Party||7,807||2.32||*||0||0||0|
|Australian Sex Party||4,873||1.45||*||0||0||0|
|Votes for other than listed parties||17,688||5.25||+3.12|
* Party did not contest previous election or did not meet criteria for listing, or contested previous election under a different party name.
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. TThe 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).
Liberal Democrats: This party was founded in 2001 but did not gain sufficient support to be a listed party in this database until 2010. The party was committed to individual freedom, limited government, market economics, and international free trade.
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.
Shooters Party: This party was registered for this election as the Shooters and Fishers Party, a name it registered with the Australian Electoral Commission in 2012; 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. It also assists in distinguishing it from other parties with ‘fishing’ in their names. The Shooters Party had contested state and federal elections since its formation by John Tingle in 1992 to fight restrictions on semi-automatic weapons proposed by state and federal governments, and had won representation in the New South Wales Legislative Council for all but one election since 1995.
Other parties: The Australian Electoral Commission listed 15 registered party groupings for this Senate election in Tasmamia 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 Tasmania (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: https://bit.ly/2uGCEEK [accessed 13 December 2013]