1970 Australian Capital Territory by-election

A by-election was held for the Australian House of Representatives seat of Australian Capital Territory on 30 May 1970. This was triggered by the death of Labor MP Jim Fraser.

1970 Australian Capital Territory by-election

30 May 1970
  First party Second party
 
Candidate Kep Enderby Clarrie Hermes
Party Labor Liberal
Popular vote 20,132 15,900
Percentage 35.6% 28.1%
Swing Decrease32.1pp Increase1.2pp
TPP 57.8% 42.2%
TPP swing Decrease13.4pp Increase13.4pp

  Third party Fourth party
 
AUS
IND
Candidate Alan Fitzgerald Jim Pead
Party Australia Independent
Popular vote 9,914 8,151
Percentage 17.5% 14.4%
Swing Increase12.9pp Increase14.4pp

MP before election

Jim Fraser
Labor

Elected MP

Kep Enderby
Labor

The by-election was won by Labor candidate Kep Enderby. It was also notable for recording the highest vote ever received in a federal electorate by an Australia Party candidate.

Ted Cawthron from the National Socialist Party of Australia was the first National Socialist in Australia to run for public office.

Results

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Australian Capital Territory by-election, 1970[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Kep Enderby 20,132 35.6 −32.1
Liberal Clarrie Hermes 15,900 28.1 +1.2
Australia Alan Fitzgerald 9,914 17.5 +12.9
Independent Jim Pead 8,151 14.4 +14.4
Democratic Labor Terence Christie 1,857 3.3 +3.3
Independent Charles Bellchambers 438 0.8 +0.8
National Socialist Ted Cawthron 173 0.3 +0.3
Total formal votes 56,565 96.9
Informal votes 1,813 3.1
Turnout 58,378 90.5
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Kep Enderby 32,690 57.8 −13.4
Liberal Clarrie Hermes 23,875 42.2 +13.4
Labor hold Swing -13.4

References

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  1. ^ "By-Elections 1960-1972". Psephos. Archived from the original on 29 May 2012. Retrieved 19 May 2012.