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Australian federal election, 2010

Election NameAustralian federal election, 2010
CountryAustralia
Typeparliamentary
Ongoingno
Previous ElectionAustralian federal election, 2007
Previous Year2007
Next ElectionNext Australian federal election
Next YearNext
Seats For ElectionAll 150 seats in the Australian House of Representatives
76 seats were needed for a majority in the House
40 (of the 76) seats in the Australian Senate
Election Date21 August 2010
Leader1Julia Gillard
Leader Since124 June 2010
Party1Australian Labor Party
Leaders Seat1Lalor
Popular Vote16,216,445
Percentage150.12%
Swing1(-) 2.58
Last Election183 seats
Seats Needed10
Seats172 seats
Seat Change1(-) 11
Leader2Tony Abbott
Leader Since21 December 2009
Party2Liberal/National coalition
Leaders Seat2Warringah
Popular Vote26,185,918
Percentage249.88%
Swing2(+) 2.58
Last Election265 seats
Seats Needed217
Seats272 seats
Seat Change2(+) 7
TitlePrime Minister
PosttitleResulting Prime Minister
Before ElectionJulia Gillard
Before PartyAustralian Labor Party
After ElectionJulia Gillard
After PartyAustralian Labor Party

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A federal election was held on Saturday, 21 August 2010 for members of the 43rd Parliament of Australia. The incumbent centre-left Australian Labor Party led by Prime Minister Julia Gillard won a second term against the opposition centre-right Liberal/National Coalition led by Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, after Labor formed a minority government with the support of an Australian Greens MP and three independent MPs.

Labor and the Coalition each won 72 seats in the 150-seat House of Representatives, four short of the requirement for majority government, resulting in the first hung parliament since the 1940 election. Six crossbenchers hold the balance of power. Greens MP Adam Bandt and independent MPs Andrew Wilkie, Rob Oakeshott and Tony Windsor declared their support for Labor on confidence and supply. Independent MP Bob Katter and National Party of Western Australia MP Tony Crook declared their support for the Coalition on confidence and supply.

The resulting 76 � 74 margin entitled Labor to form a minority government. The Prime Minister, government ministers and parliamentary secretaries were sworn in on 14 September 2010 by the Governor-General Quentin Bryce.

In the 76-seat Senate, the Greens will gain the balance of power on 1 July 2011 with a total of nine seats, after winning one seat in each of the six states. The Coalition will be reduced from 37 to 34 and Labor will be reduced from 32 to 31. The two remaining seats will be occupied by South Australia's incumbent independent Senator Nick Xenophon and Victoria's new Democratic Labor Party Senator John Madigan, while Family First Party Senator Steve Fielding was defeated.

More than 14 million Australians were enrolled to vote at the time of the election. Australia has compulsory voting (since 1925) and uses preferential ballot (since 1919) in single-member seats for the House of Representatives and single transferable vote (since 1949) with optional group voting tickets (since 1984) in the proportionally represented Senate. The election was conducted by the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC).

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House of Representatives (IRV) - Turnout 93.21% (CV) - Informal 5.55%>
House of Representatives (IRV) - Turnout 93.21% (CV) - Informal 5.55%
House of Representatives :
Party Votes % Swing Seats Change
Australian Labor Party 4,711,363 37.99 −5.40 72 −11
Coalition
Liberal Party of Australia 3,777,383 30.46 +0.76 44 −11
  Liberal National Party (QLD) 1,130,525 9.12 +0.60 21 +21
  National Party of Australia 419,286 3.43 −0.04 6 −4
  Country Liberal Party (NT) 38,335 0.31 −0.01 1 +1
  Australian Greens 1,458,998 11.76 +3.97 1 +1
  National Party (WA) 43,101 0.34 +0.20 1 +1
Independents 312,496 2.52 +0.30 4 +2
Other 510,876 4.11 −0.38 0 0
Total 12,402,363 150
Two-party-preferred vote
  Australian Labor Party 6,216,445 50.12 −2.58 72 −11
  Liberal/National Coalition 6,185,918 49.88 +2.58 72 +7

Senate (STV GV) - Turnout 93.82% (CV) - Informal 3.75%>
Senate (STV GV) - Turnout 93.82% (CV) - Informal 3.75%
Senate :
Party Votes % Swing Seats won Total seats Change
  Liberal/National Coalition 4,871,871 38.30 � 1.47 18 34 � 3
  Australian Labor Party 4,469,734 35.13 � 5.17 15 31 � 1
  Australian Greens 1,667,315 13.11 +4.07 6 9 +4
  Family First Party 267,493 2.10 +0.48 0 0 � 1
  Democratic Labor Party 134,987 1.06 +0.14 1 1 +1
Independents 55,786 0.44 � 0.94 0 1 0
Other 1,255,047 9.86 +2.89 0 0 0
Total 12,722,233 40 76

Divisions changing hands :
Seat Pre-2010 Swing Post-2010
Party Member Margin Margin Member Party
Bennelong, NSW   Labor Maxine McKew 1.40 4.52 3.12 John Alexander Liberal  
Bonner, Qld   Labor Kerry Rea 5.47 7.35 2.82 Ross Vasta Liberal National  
Brisbane, Qld   Labor Arch Bevis 4.60 5.73 1.13 Teresa Gambaro Liberal National  
Dawson, Qld   Labor James Bidgood 2.59 5.02 2.43 George Christensen Liberal National  
Denison, Tas   Labor Duncan Kerr 15.29 N/A 1.21 Andrew Wilkie Independent  
Flynn, Qld   Labor Chris Trevor 2.24 5.82 3.58 Ken O'Dowd Liberal National  
Forde, Qld   Labor Brett Raguse 3.36 4.99 1.63 Bert Van Manen Liberal National  
Hasluck, WA   Labor Sharryn Jackson 0.85 1.42 0.57 Ken Wyatt Liberal  
La Trobe, Vic   Liberal Jason Wood 0.51 1.42 0.91 Laura Smyth Labor  
Leichhardt, Qld   Labor Jim Turnour 4.06 8.61 4.55 Warren Entsch Liberal National  
Longman, Qld   Labor Jon Sullivan 1.87 3.79 1.92 Wyatt Roy Liberal National  
Macquarie, NSW   Labor Bob Debus 0.28 1.49 1.21 Louise Markus Liberal  
Melbourne, Vic   Labor Lindsay Tanner 4.71 10.75 6.04 Adam Bandt Greens  
McEwen, Vic   Liberal Fran Bailey 0.02 5.34 5.32 Rob Mitchell Labor  
O'Connor, WA   Liberal Wilson Tuckey 12.76 N/A 3.56 Tony Crook Nationals WA  
Solomon, NT   Labor Damian Hale 0.19 1.94 1.75 Natasha Griggs Country Liberal  

Newspoll leader ratings : Primary vote
+ Better Prime Minister^
Date Labor
Gillard
Liberal
Abbott
17 � 19 Aug 2010 50% 37%
13 � 15 Aug 2010 50% 35%
6 � 8 Aug 2010 49% 34%
30 Jul � 1 Aug 2010 50% 35%
23 � 25 Jul 2010 50% 34%
16 � 18 Jul 2010 57% 27%
25 � 27 Jun 2010 53% 29%
Rudd Abbott
18 � 20 Jun 2010 46% 37%
28 � 30 May 2010 49% 33%
14 � 16 May 2010 49% 33%
30 Apr � 2 May 2010 50% 32%
16 � 18 Apr 2010 56% 29%
26 � 28 Mar 2010 59% 27%
12 � 14 Mar 2010 55% 30%
26 � 28 Feb 2010 55% 30%
12 � 14 Feb 2010 55% 27%
29 � 31 Jan 2010 58% 26%
15 � 17 Jan 2010 57% 25%
4 � 6 Dec 2009 60% 23%
Rudd Turnbull
27 � 29 Nov 2009 65% 14%
13 � 15 Nov 2009 63% 22%
30 Oct-1 Nov 2009 63% 19%
16 � 18 Oct 2009 65% 19%
28 Sep-1 Oct 2009 67% 18%
Polling conducted by Newspoll and published in The Australian.
^Remainder were "uncommitted".

Newspoll leader ratings : Primary vote
+ Satisfaction^
Date Satisfied Dissatisfied Satisfied Dissatisfied
Gillard Abbott
44% 42% 13 � 15 Aug 2010 38% 46%
43% 41% 30 Jul � 1 Aug 2010 40% 46%
41% 40% 16 � 18 Jul 2010 29% 51%
N/A (new) 42% Rudd Abbott
36% 38% 28 � 30 May 2010 54% 49%
39% 42% 30 Apr � 2 May 2010 50% 43%
50% 46% 26 � 28 Mar 2010 39% 43%
48% 47% 26 � 28 Feb 2010 40% 38%
50% 44% 29 � 31 Jan 2010 38% 39%
52% 40% 4 � 6 Dec 2009 32% N/A (new)
Rudd Turnbull
56% 36% 13 � 15 Nov 2009 34% 50%
59% 32% 16 � 18 Oct 2009 28% 54%
67% 33% Polling conducted by Newspoll and published in The Australian.
^Remainder were "uncommitted".

Senate : Senate terms expiring
NSW Vic Qld WA SA Tas ACT NT
Bill Heffernan (Lib)
Steve Hutchins (ALP)
Concetta F.-Wells (Lib)
John Faulkner (ALP)
Fiona Nash (Nat)
Michael Forshaw (ALP)
Michael Ronaldson (Lib)
Kim Carr (ALP)
Julian McGauran (Lib)
Stephen Conroy (ALP)
Judith Troeth (Lib)
Steve Fielding (FFP)
Brett Mason (Lib)
Jan McLucas (ALP)
George Brandis (Lib)
Joe Ludwig (ALP)
Barnaby Joyce (Nat)
Russell Trood (Lib)
Chris Back (Lib)
Chris Evans (ALP)
Mathias Cormann (Lib)
Glenn Sterle (ALP)
Judith Adams (Lib)
Rachel Siewert (Grn)
Nick Minchin (Lib)
Anne McEwen (ALP)
Mary Jo Fisher (Lib)
Annette Hurley (ALP)
Alan Ferguson (Lib)
Dana Wortley (ALP)
Eric Abetz (Lib)
Kerry O'Brien (ALP)
Guy Barnett (Lib)
Helen Polley (ALP)
Stephen Parry (Lib)
Christine Milne (Grn)
Kate Lundy (ALP)
Gary Humphries (Lib)
Trish Crossin (ALP)
Nigel Scullion (CLP)

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