Griffith by-election, 2014
A by-election for the Australian House of Representatives seat of Griffith occurred on Saturday 8 February 2014. Terri Butler retained the seat for Labor with a 51.8 (−1.2) percent two-party vote against Liberal National Party candidate Bill Glasson.
The division of Griffith is located in the inner suburbs of Queensland's capital city, Brisbane. Since the seat's creation in 1934, Griffith has changed parties eight times. Rudd had held the seat since regaining it for Labor in 1998, having previously unsuccessfully contested the seat in 1996. Labor's Kevin Rudd retained Griffith at the 2013 election with 53 percent of the two-party-preferred vote from primary votes of Liberal 42.2 percent, Labor 40.4 percent, Greens 10.2 percent, Palmer 3.4 percent, with the remaining seven candidates on a collective 3.8 percent. Rudd's support was highest in Griffith at the 2007 election with 62.3 percent of the two-party vote when he led Labor to government. At the 2010 election he retained his seat with 58.5 percent of the two-party vote.
The tender of the resignation to the Speaker took place on 22 November 2013. The writ for the election was issued on 6 January 2014. Electoral rolls closed 8pm 13 January 2014, candidate nominations closed midday 16 January 2014, with declaration of candidate nominations and ballot order draw occurring midday 17 January 2014. The by-election occurred between 8am and 6pm on 8 February 2014.
|Australian Stable Population Party||Timothy Lawrence||Software developer.|
|Australian Greens||Geoff Ebbs||Publisher of the Westender newspaper. Contested the seat at the 2013 election.|
|Family First Party||Christopher Williams||Electrician, worship music band member. Campaigned strongly against same-sex marriage.|
|Independent||Karel Boele||Ran as an electronic direct democracy 'PeopleDecide' independent.|
|Bullet Train for Australia||Anthony Ackroyd||Sydney-based comedian.|
|Secular Party of Australia||Anne Reid||Accountant, secretary of the Humanist Society of Queensland. Contested the seat at the 2013 election.|
|Australian Labor Party||Terri Butler||Employment and IR law partner at Maurice Blackburn.|
|Pirate Party Australia||Melanie Thomas||Activist, active in Australian media industry. Contested Senate in Queensland at the 2013 election.|
|Independent||Travis Windsor||Small business mentor. Inspired by successful 2013 Cathy McGowan campaign in Indi.|
|Katter's Australian Party||Ray Sawyer||Worked for local government for 15 years. Contested Fairfax at the 2013 election.|
|Liberal National Party of Queensland||Bill Glasson||Ophthalmologist and former President of the Australian Medical Association. Contested the seat at the 2013 election.|
Queensland federal statewide Newspoll conducted from October to December 2013 indicated a three percent two-party swing from the LNP to Labor since the 2013 election, while Nielsen conducted in November 2013 indicated a 12 percent two-party swing from the LNP to Labor.
|Liberal National||Bill Glasson||34,491||44.38||+2.16|
|Katter's Australian||Ray Sawyer||821||1.06||+0.37|
|Family First||Christopher Williams||729||0.94||+0.20|
|Stable Population||Timothy Lawrence||666||0.86||+0.67|
|Bullet Train||Anthony Ackroyd||602||0.77||+0.77|
|Total formal votes||77,723||96.82||+1.58|
|Liberal National||Bill Glasson||37,494||48.24||+1.25|
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- Karel Boele: PeopleDecide website
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- By-election for Kevin Rudd's former seat to be on February 8: The Australian 6 January 2014
- Oct-Dec 2013 Quarterly aggregates: Newspoll
- Nov 2013 federal poll: Nielsen
- Labor storms ahead: SMH 26 November 2013
- By-election for Griffith could shake historical trend: The World Today, ABC 4 February 2014
- Liberal Party resigned to byelection loss in Griffith: Australian Financial Review 5 February 2014
- "2014 Griffith by-election results". Australian Electoral Commission. 2014.
- Griffith by-election: Labor's Terri Butler wins despite swing to LNP candidate Bill Glasson: ABC 8 February 2014