Australian federal election, 2016

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The 2016 Australian federal election was an election held on Saturday 2 July to elect all 226 members of the 45th Parliament of Australia. It lasted eight weeks. It was the first under a new voting system for the Senate that replaced group voting tickets with optional preferential voting.[1] Incumbent Malcolm Turnbull was narrowly re-elected by forming a coalition government with other smaller parties.

Candidates[change | change source]

Opinion polls[change | change source]

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Results[change | change source]

House of Representatives[change | change source]

Popular vote
Labor
  
34.73%
Liberal
  
28.67%
Greens
  
10.23%
LNP (QLD)
  
8.52%
National
  
4.61%
NXT
  
1.85%
Katter's
  
0.54%
CLP (NT)
  
0.24%
Independents
  
2.81%
Other
  
7.79%
Two-party-preferred vote
Coalition
  
50.36%
Labor
  
49.64%
Seats
Coalition
  
50.67%
Labor
  
46.00%
Greens
  
0.67%
NXT
  
0.67%
Katter's
  
0.67%
Independents
  
1.33%

Senate[change | change source]

Popular vote
Labor
  
29.79%
Liberal/National
  
20.01%
Greens
  
8.65%
Liberal
  
7.71%
LNP (QLD)
  
6.94%
NXT
  
3.30%
CLP (NT)
  
0.27%
National
  
0.25%
Other
  
23.08%
Seats
Coalition
  
39.47%
Labor
  
34.21%
Greens
  
11.84%
NXT
  
3.95%
CLP (NT)
  
1.32%
Other
  
10.52%

Results aftermath[change | change source]

After a week of vote counting, no party had won enough seats in the House of Representatives to form a majority government.[2][3] Neither the Liberal/National Coalition's incumbent Turnbull Government nor the Australian Labor Party's Shorten Opposition were in a position to claim victory.[4][5] Turnbull talked with the crossbench. He won a confidence and supply support from Bob Katter, Andrew Wilkie and Cathy McGowan in the event of a hung parliament and resulting minority government.[6][7] On 10 July, Shorten conceded defeat. Turnbull claimed victory later that day.[8]

The election is the closest federal majority result since 1961, the ABC declared on 11 July that the Coalition could form a one-seat majority government.[9]

Notes[change | change source]

  1. Name is bold because he won the election

References[change | change source]

  1. Nicole Hasham (3 July 2016). "Election 2016 results: Senate count throws up a wild mix as One Nation, Fred Nile, Liberal Democrats vie for seats". news.com.au. Archived from the original on 5 July 2016. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  2. "Election 2016: Ballot count could take a month to finalise, AEC says". ABC News. Australia. 4 July 2016. Archived from the original on 5 July 2016. Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  3. Gough, Deborah (3 July 2016). "Australian federal election 2016: No results until at least ... Tuesday". Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on 4 July 2016. Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  4. "Liberals 'cautiously optimistic' on majority". Sky News Australia. 4 July 2016. Archived from the original on 4 July 2016. Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  5. Fergus Hunter (4 July 2016). "Australian federal election 2016: Bill Shorten says Malcolm Turnbull 'should quit'". Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on 5 July 2016. Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  6. "Bill Shorten predicts second poll as Cathy McGowan offers Coaltion support". The Sydney Morning Herald. 8 July 2016. Archived from the original on 12 July 2016.
  7. "Malcolm Turnbull claims victory after Bill Shorten concedes defeat". ABC News. Australia. 10 July 2016. Archived from the original on 10 July 2016.
  8. Ross, Monique (10 July 2016). "Election 2016: Malcolm Turnbull claims victory after Bill Shorten concedes defeat". ABC News. Australia. Archived from the original on 10 July 2016. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  9. "Election 2016: LNP retains Capricornia, gives Coalition 76-seat majority government". ABC News. Australia. 11 July 2016. Retrieved 11 July 2016.

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