Queensland state election, 1995

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Queensland state election, 1995
Queensland
1992 ←
15 July 1995 (1995-07-15) → 1998

All 89 seats in the Legislative Assembly of Queensland
  First party Second party
 
Leader Wayne Goss Rob Borbidge
Party Labor National/Liberal coalition
Leader since 2 March 1988 (1988-03-02) 10 December 1991
Leader's seat Logan Surfers Paradise
Last election 54 seats 35 seats
Seats won 45 seats 43 seats
Seat change Decrease9 Increase8
Percentage 42.89% 48.99%
Swing Decrease5.84 Increase4.85

Premier before election

Wayne Goss
Labor

Elected Premier

Wayne Goss
Labor

Elections were held in the Australian state of Queensland on 15 July 1995 to elect the 89 members of the state's Legislative Assembly.

The Labor Party, which had been in power since the 1989 election and led by Premier Wayne Goss, was elected to a third term, defeating the National/Liberal Coalition under Rob Borbidge. The Queensland Nationals and Liberals were fighting their first election as a coalition in 15 years, having renewed it midway through Goss' second term. The Coalition actually won a majority of the two-party preferred vote. However, most of that vote was wasted on landslide margins in the Nationals' rural heartland. As a result, while the Coalition scored an overall eight-seat swing, it only won nine seats in greater Brisbane, allowing Labor to hold onto power with a majority of one seat.

On 8 December 1995, the Court of Disputed Returns threw out the results in Mundingburra, which Labor's Ken Davies had won by 16 votes, after it was discovered that 22 overseas military personnel were denied the chance to vote. This forced a by-election, held in February 1996. Liberal Frank Tanti won the by-election, resulting in a hung parliament. With Labor and the Coalition holding 44 seats each, the balance of power rested with Liz Cunningham, the newly elected Independent member for Gladstone. Cunningham threw her support to the Coalition, allowing Borbidge to form a minority government.

Key dates[edit]

Date Event
20 June 1995 Writs were issued by the Governor to proceed with an election.[1]
24 June 1995 Close of electoral rolls.
27 June 1995 Close of nominations.
15 July 1995 Polling day, between the hours of 8am and 6pm.
31 July 1995 The Goss Ministry was reconstituted.
25 August 1995 The writ was returned and the results formally declared.

Results[edit]

Queensland state election, 15 July 1995[2][3]
Legislative Assembly
<< 19921998 >>

Enrolled Voters 2,007,450
Votes Cast 1,835,510 Turnout 91.43% –0.05%
Informal Votes 32,030 Informal 1.75% –0.50%
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary Votes % Swing Seats Change
  Labor 773,585 42.89% –5.84% 45 – 9
  National 473,497 26.25% +2.54% 29 + 3
  Liberal 410,083 22.74% +2.30% 14 + 5
  Greens 51,748 2.87% +2.57% 0 ± 0
  Democrats 22,598 1.25% +0.82% 0 ± 0
  Confederate Action 9,329 0.52% –0.83% 0 ± 0
  Independent 62,640 3.47% –1.94% 1 + 1
Total 1,803,480     89  
Two-Party Preferred
  Labor 842,766 46.73% –7.15%
  National/Liberal 960,714 53.27% +7.15%

Seats changing hands[edit]

Seat Pre-1995 Swing Post-1995
Party Member Margin Margin Member Party
Albert   Labor John Szczerbanik 1.6 -5.5 3.9 Bill Baumann National  
Barron River   Labor Lesley Clark 3.4 -3.8 0.4 Lyn Warwick Liberal  
Gladstone   Labor Neil Bennett 2.0 -5.1 3.1 Liz Cunningham Independent  
Greenslopes   Labor Gary Fenlon 7.2 -7.3 0.1 Ted Radke Liberal  
Mansfield   Labor Laurel Power 2.6 -9.3 6.7 Frank Carroll Liberal  
Mount Ommaney   Labor Peter Pyke 1.2 -2.9 1.7 Bob Harper Liberal  
Mulgrave   Labor Warren Pitt 3.1 -3.6 0.5 Naomi Wilson National  
Redlands   Labor John Budd 5.2 -9.8 4.6 John Hegarty National  
Springwood   Labor Molly Robson 8.7 -19.4 10.8 Luke Woolmer Liberal  

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Electoral Commission of Queensland (1995). Queensland Election 1995: Statistical Returns. p. 8. ISBN 0-7242-4996-6. 
  2. ^ Australian Government and Politics Database. "Parliament of Queensland, Assembly election, 15 July 1995". Retrieved 22 February 2009. 
  3. ^ Hughes, Colin A. (2002). A handbook of Australian government and politics, 1985-1999. Federation Press. pp. 327–328. ISBN 978-1-86287-434-3.