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Commonwealth Parliament, House of Representatives election

Election of 2 March 1996

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General election for the House of Representatives
Commonwealth of Australia
Date of election
2 March 1996

Government in office and parliamentary support before and after the election

Government in office at election

Prime Minister in office at date of election. (check notes to see if change of Prime Minister since previous election)
Prime Minister's party affiliation
Australian Labor Party
House of Representatives support for government at election
If coalition, coalition partner(s)

Government in office after election

Prime Minister in office after election.
Prime Minister's party affiliation
Liberal Party
House of Representatives support for government after election
If coalition, coalition partner(s)
National Party

Enrolment and voting

Total number of voters on the roll
Number of House of Representatives seats
Number of uncontested seats
If uncontested seats, number of voters on the roll in uncontested seats
Number of voters on the roll in contested seats
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
Informal (invalid) ballots in multiple voting system
Not applicable
Electoral system
Adult franchise at 18 years (from 1974); single member districts, preferential voting (AV); compulsory preferences; compulsory voting

House of Representatives votes and seats won, national summary

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Election held on 2 March 1996
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 n Uncontested seats held n Seat share %
Australian Labor Party  4,217,765  38.75  -6.17  49  33.11 
Liberal Party  4,210,689  38.69  +1.92  75  50.68 
National Party  893,170  8.21  +1.04  18  12.16 
Australian Democrats  735,848  6.76  +3.01     
Greens  317,654  2.92  +1.06     
Independents  253,894  2.33  -0.77  3.38 
Country Liberal Party (NT)  38,302  0.35  +0.02  0.68 
Votes for other than listed parties 216,530 1.99 -0.11       
Totals 10,883,852  100.00    148  100.00 

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The vote shown for the Greens in the national summary includes votes for a variety of Green party groupings which fielded candidates at this House of Representatives election. In the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia, the Greens party grouping crossed the threshold for inclusion in this database in state summaries (see, listed party in the Glossary of this website) together with the Tasmanian Greens and the Greens WA from Western Australia. In the national summary for the House of Representatives for this election, votes for all these Green party groupings are included under Greens.

The vote shown for Independents for the national summary of this House of Representatives election is the sum of votes cast for all candidates registered as Independents (122) and those candidates who ran for office without any registered party name (24). There were 146 such candidates. The votes for the Independent candidate from Queensland who was elected at this election (the member for the electoral district of Oxley, Pauline Hanson) are not included in the Independent total; although her party endorsement was withdrawn before the election, her name was listed on the ballot as a member of the Liberal Party and her votes are included in the Liberal Party total.


Australian Electoral Commission, Electoral Statistics 1993, 1996, 1998, CD-ROM, Canberra,1999; Colin A Hughes, A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics 1985-1999, Sydney: Federation Press, 2002 (ISBN 1862874344); Gerard Newman, Federal Election Results 1949-2001, Canberra: Commonwealth Parliament, Department of the Parliamentary Library, Information and Research Services, Research Paper 9 2001-02, 2002 (ISSN 13287478).

For a general review of this election, see: Clive Bean, Marian Simms, Scott Bennett and John Warhurst (editors), The Politics of Retribution: The 1996 Federal Election, St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin, 1997 (ISBN 1 86448 386 5).