Canberra by-election, 1995

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The 1995 Canberra by-election was held in the Australian electorate of Canberra in Australian Capital Territory on 25 March 1995. The by-election was triggered by the resignation of the sitting member, the Australian Labor Party's Ros Kelly on 30 January 1995. The writ for the by-election was issued on 17 February 1995.

The by-election was won by Liberal Party candidate Brendan Smyth.

The by-election took place in the shadow of the "sports rorts" affair.

Smyth would later contest the new seat of Namadgi at the 1996 election but was defeated. Subsequent to his career in Federal Parliament, Smyth became leader of the ACT Liberal Party from 2002 to 2006.

Results[edit]

Canberra by-election, 1995[1][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Brendan Smyth 39,021 46.29 +10.07
Labor Sue Robinson 25,689 30.48 −21.78
Greens James Warden 10,835 12.85 +12.85
AAFI Robyn Spencer 3,515 4.17 +4.17
Independent Joanne Clarke 2,274 2.70 +2.70
Independent Jerzy Gray-Grzeszkiewicz 1,956 2.32 +2.32
Republican Joseph Cotta 1,003 1.19 +1.19
Total formal votes 84,293 96.46 −0.68
Informal votes 3,095 3.54 +0.68
Turnout 87,388 88.57 −8.39
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Brendan Smyth 47,672 56.58 +16.12
Labor Sue Robinson 36,577 43.42 −16.12
Liberal gain from Labor Swing +16.12

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