1995 Australian Capital Territory general election

Elections to the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly were held on Saturday, 18 February 1995. The incumbent Labor Party, led by Rosemary Follett, was challenged by the Liberal Party, led by Kate Carnell. For the first time, candidates were elected to fill three multi-member electorates using a single transferable vote method, known as the Hare-Clark system. The result was another hung parliament. However the Liberals, with the largest representation in the 17-member unicameral Assembly, formed Government with the support of Michael Moore and Paul Osborne. Carnell was elected Chief Minister at the first sitting of the third Assembly on 9 March 1995.[1]

1995 Australian Capital Territory general election

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All 17 seats of the unicameral Legislative Assembly
9 seats needed for a majority
Turnout89.5 (Decrease 0.8 pp)
  First party Second party
 
Carnell thumb.jpg
Leader Kate Carnell Rosemary Follett
Party Liberal Labor
Leader since 21 April 1993 5 December 1989
Leader's seat Molonglo Molonglo
Last election 6 seats 8 seats
Seats won 7 seats 6 seats
Seat change Increase1 Decrease2
Percentage 40.5% 31.6%
Swing Increase11.5 Decrease8.3

Chief Minister before election

Rosemary Follett
Labor

Resulting Chief Minister

Kate Carnell
Liberal

This election was also the first time that the leaders of both major parties have been female at an Australian federal, state or territory election. It would also be the last time that this occurred until the 2020 Queensland state election.

Key datesEdit

  • Close of party registration: 12 January 1995
  • Pre-election period commenced/nominations opened: 13 January 1995
  • Rolls closed: 20 January 1995
  • Nominations closed: 26 January 1995
  • Nominations declared/ballot paper order determined: 27 January 1995
  • Pre-poll voting commenced: 30 January 1995
  • Polling day: 18 February 1995
  • Poll declared: 2 March 1995

Source:[2]

OverviewEdit

CandidatesEdit

Sitting members at the time of the election are listed in bold. Tickets that elected at least one MLA are highlighted in the relevant colour. Successful candidates are indicated by an asterisk (*).[3]

BrindabellaEdit

Five seats were up for election.[4]

Labor candidates Liberal candidates Greens candidates Democrats candidates
 

Eva Cawthorne
Annette Ellis
Steve Whan
Andrew Whitecross*
Bill Wood*

Sandie Brooke
Tony De Domenico*
Trevor Kaine*
Louise Littlewood
Brian Lowe

Julie McInness
Andrew Parratt
Liz Stephens

Charlie Bell
Lyn Forceville

Moore candidates Smokers candidates Ungrouped
 

Nick Isaacson
Stephanie Isaacson

Keith Dencio
Stan Kowalski

Janice Ferguson (Ind)
Margaret Kobier (Ind)
Paul Osborne* (Ind)
Tony Savage (Ind)

GinninderraEdit

Five seats were up for election.[5]

Labor candidates Liberal candidates Greens candidates Democrats candidates
 

Wayne Berry*
Ellnor Grassby
Roberta McRae*
Jacqueline Shea
Fiona Wilson

Lyle Dunne
Martin Gordon
Cheryl Hill
Harold Hird*
Bill Stefaniak*

Gary Corr
Lucy Horodny*
Michelle Rielly

Peter Granleese
Peter Main

Moore candidates Smokers candidates Ungrouped
 

Graeme Evans
Helen Szuty

Donovan Ballard
Lorraine Bevan

Kevin Connor (Ind)

MolongloEdit

Seven seats were up for election.[6]

Labor candidates Liberal candidates Greens candidates Democrats candidates
 

Terry Connolly*
Simon Corbell
Rosemary Follett*
David Lamont
Marion Reilly
Michael Wilson
Silvia Zamora

Greg Aouad
David Ash
Kate Carnell*
Greg Cornwell*
Gary Humphries*
Lucinda Spier
Gwen Wilcox

Natasha Davis
Shane Rattenbury
Kerrie Tucker*

Nicola Appleyard
Greg Kramer

Moore candidates Smokers candidates Ungrouped
 

Mark Dunstone
Michael Moore*
Tona Ven Raay

John McMahon
John Reavell

Mike Boland (Ind)
Arthur Burns
Allison Dellit
Terry De Luca

Alex Middleton
Regina Slazenger (Ind)
Fred Weston (Ind)

ResultsEdit

Australian Capital Territory general election, 18 February 1995
Legislative Assembly
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Enrolled voters 196,959
Votes cast 176,264 Turnout 89.5% -0.8
Informal votes 10,994 Informal 6.2% -0.2
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary votes % Swing Seats Change
  Liberal 66,895 40.5 +11.5 7 +1
  Labor 52,276 31.6 -8.3 6 -2
  Greens 14,967 9.1 +9.1 2 +2
  Moore Independents 11,645 7.1 +1.5 1 -1
  Independent 9,260 5.6 +4.1 1 +1
  Democrats 6,457 3.9 -0.6 0 ±0
  Smokers Are Voters And Civil Rights 3,770 2.3 +2.3 0 ±0
Total 165,270     17  
Results by electorate
Brindabella Ginninderra Molonglo
Party Votes % Seats Votes % Seats Votes % Seats
Liberal 18,494 37.1 2 19,507 40.7 2 28,894 42.9 3
Labor 15,758 31.6 2 15,693 32.7 2 20,825 30.9 2
Greens 3,965 8.0 0 4,176 8.7 1 6,826 10.1 1
Moore Independents 1,907 3.8 0 3,837 8.0 0 5,901 8.8 1
Independent 6,779 13.6 1 1,059 2.2 0 1,422 2.1 0
Democrats 1,878 3.8 0 2,420 5.1 0 2,159 3.2 0
Smokers Are Voters And Civil Rights 1,116 2.2 0 1,247 2.6 0 1,407 2.1 0
Distribution of seats
Electorate Seats held
Brindabella     I    
Ginninderra          
Molonglo       M      

I - Independent politician
M - Moore Independents

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Legislative Assembly for the ACT - Week 1". ACT Hansard. ACT Legislative Assembly. 9 March 1995. Retrieved 8 August 2010.
  2. ^ "Election timetable". ACT Legislative Assembly election - 1995. ACT Electoral Commission. 1995. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
  3. ^ "List of elected candidates". Elections ACT. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Brindabella First Preference Results - 1995 Election". Elections ACT. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Ginninderra First Preference Results - 1995 Election". Elections ACT. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Molonglo First Preference Results - 1995 Election". Elections ACT. Retrieved 19 October 2015.

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