Fraser by-election, 1997
The 1997 Fraser by-election was held in the Australian electorate of Fraser in the Australian Capital Territory on 1 February 1997. The by-election was triggered by the resignation of the sitting member, the Australian Labor Party's John Langmore on 6 December 1996. The writ for the by-election was issued on 30 December 1996.
Cheryl Hill had previously stood for election in Fraser as a Liberal Party candidate in the 1996 federal election. She had also unsuccessfully stood for election for the New South Wales Legislative Assembly seat of Bulli in the 1991 New South Wales election. By the time of the Fraser by-election, Hill had resigned from the Liberal Party because of the party's attitude to race and immigration, and chose to run as an independent.
|Greens||Dierk von Behrens||5,584||10.60||+0.70|
|Call to Australia||John Richard Miller||1,766||3.35||+3.35|
|Independent||Douglas S. Thompson||1,456||2.76||+2.76|
|Reclaim Australia||John Hutchinson||1,228||2.33||+2.33|
|Advance Australia||Kevin Connor||490||0.93||+0.93|
|Total formal votes||52,682||94.08||-2.66|
Dargavel's election saw only a minor swing away from the ALP, a remarkable result since the by-election fielded ten candidates in contrast to three candidates in the previous general election in 1996.
In contrast to Dargavel as the ALP candidate, the absence of the Liberal Party in the by-election and with their 1996 candidate Cheryl Hill running as an independent, the by-election saw Hill's personal vote dropped more than 20% in the primary vote and a fall of 8% in the two-candidate preferred basis.
- Kofi Annan offers apology over oil for food scandal, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 8 September 2005.
- Hill, Cheryl Anne, Australian Women Biographical Entry.