ID 1634

Commonwealth Parliament, Senate election in Australian Capital Territory

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

Election of 2 July 2016


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Senate enrolment and voting in Australian Capital Territory

Total number of voters on the roll in this state/territory
282,045
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
260,521
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
92.37%
Total valid votes
254,767
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
2.21%

Electoral composition of the Senate for this election in Australian Capital Territory

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 in this state/territory
2
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); minimum number of preferences required; above the line (group ticket) voting permitted; compulsory voting (see notes for 2016 changes)

Senate votes and seats won, and seats held in Australian Capital Territory

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Election held on 2 July 2016
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  96,667  37.94  +3.50  50.00  50.00  50.00 
Liberal Party  84,615  33.21  +0.14  50.00  50.00  50.00 
Australian Greens  41,006  16.10  -3.18       
Australian Sex Party  10,096  3.96  +0.47       
Liberal Democratic Party  7,460  2.93       
Animal Justice Party  4,251  1.67  +0.46       
Christian Democratic Party  3,087  1.21       
Sustainable Australia  2,678  1.05       
Rise Up Australia Party  2,523  0.99       
Secular Party of Australia  1,378  0.54       
Votes for other than listed parties 1,006 0.39 -2.34             
Totals 254,767  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.

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.

Electoral system: In an attempt to reduce the number of parties elected to the Senate with less that 5 percent of the primary vote in any state, the Electoral Act Amendment Act 2016 made changes to the requirements for voters to complete a valid Senate ballot (for context, see 'Other parties' in the notes to the national summary of the 2013 Senate election). For Senate elections from 1984 to 2013, voters had been required to rank all the candidates listed on the ballot paper or choose a single party list (group voting ticket) by voting above the line on the ballot paper. For the 2016 election, voters needed to rank only 12 candidates but, if voters chose to vote above the line, they were required to rank six party lists (group voting tickets).

To reduce the number of informal (invalid) ballots that might have followed from these changes, provision was made in the Act for ballots with only a single choice of party list above the line (as required by the former rules) to be a valid vote for that party list only. A similar provision was made for some ballots that listed fewer than 12 candidates below the line. These saving clauses appeared to have had some success since the rate of informal (invalid) voting for the Senate in 2016 increased by less than 1 percent over the 2013 figure.

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 (2016), it fielded Senate candidates on a joint ticket with the Help End Marijuana Prohibition (HEMP) Party in some states.

Liberal Democratic Party: After some difficulty with registering its party name over objections from the Liberal Party, the party was registered for Senate elections from 2010. The party believed in small government and traditional libertarian principles. The party was successful in electing a senator (David Leyonhjelm) from New South Wales in 2013 who was returned at the 2016 Senate election.

Christian Democratic Party: This party was affiliated with the Fred Nile Group, a socially conservative Christian party associated with the New South Wales politician Fred Nile who was first elected to the New South Wales Legislative Council in 1981. The group had contested state and federal elections under various party names in the years following.

Other parties: The Australian Electoral Commission listed 2 Unendorsed/Ungrouped; party groupings for this Senate election in the Australian Capital Territory whose votes are not separately listed in the table above. Neither 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 the Australian Capital Territory (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.

Sources

Voting figures were taken from the Australian Electoral Commission website 'First preferences by Senate group', online: here [accessed 22 June 2017]