1996 Australian Federal Election Result


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1996 Australian Federal Election Final Result.

The Australian 1996 Federal Election was held on 2nd March 1996.

There were 11,740,568 eligible voters on the day, and 11,244,017 (or 95.77%) of them voted.
Voting is compulsory in Australia, and those without a valid reason to not vote would have received a fine for not voting.

Only 10,883,852 of the votes were considered valid, with 360,165 of the votes deemed inadmissible for various reasons.
Some voters, who do not wish to vote, but do not want to pay the fine for not voting, attend the voting poll, but spoil their ballot paper in one of various ways, to purposefully register a vote that does not count.

The Liberal/National Party coalition won the 1996 election, with John Howard being elected as the next Prime Minister of Australia.

Paul Keating, the previous ALP Prime Minister for 4 years and 12 weeks from 20th Dec 1991, resigned from politics about one month after this election.


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The following percentages relate to the votes initially allocated to each party after counting was completed.
The percentage is followed by the party name and the number of actual votes.

Voting Before Preferences.

46.90 % Liberal/Nationals 5,103,859
38.75 % Australian Labor Party 4,217,765
6.76 % Democrats 735,848
1.74 % The Greens 188,994
0.67 % Australians Against Further Immigration 73,023
0.39 % Call to Australia 42,683
0.38 % Natural Law Party 41,573
0.35 % Country Liberal Party 38,302
4.06 % Other 441,805

Final Result after Preferences.

53.63% Liberal/National coalition
46.37% Australian Labor Party

Seats by Party.

75 – Liberal/Nationals – 50.7%
49 – Australian Labor Party – 33.1%
18 – NP – 12.2%
1 – Country Liberal Party – 0.7%
5 – Independent – 3.4%
148 – Seats – 100.0%

More details can be found at: Australian Electoral Commission

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