Electoral behaviour in the 2010 Australian federal election

Bean, Clive S. & McAllister, Ian (2012) Electoral behaviour in the 2010 Australian federal election. In Simms, Marian & Wanna, John (Eds.) Julia 2010 : The Caretaker Election. Australian National University E Press, Canberra, pp. 341-355.

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All elections are unique, but the Australian federal election of 2010 was unusual for many reasons. It came in the wake of the unprecedented ousting of the Prime Minister who had led the Australian Labor Party to a landslide victory, after eleven years in opposition, at the previous election in 2007. In a move that to many would have been unthinkable, Kevin Rudd’s increasing unpopularity within his own parliamentary party finally took its toll and in late June he was replaced by his deputy, Julia Gillard. Thus the second unusual feature of the election was that it was contested by Australia’s first female prime minister. The third unusual feature was that the election almost saw a first-term government, with a comfortable majority, defeated. Instead it resulted in a hung parliament, for the first time since 1940, and Labor scraped back into power as a minority government, supported by three independents and the first member of the Australian Greens ever to be elected to the House of Representatives. The Coalition Liberal and National opposition parties themselves had a leader of only eight months standing, Tony Abbott, whose ascension to the position had surprised more than a few. This was the context for an investigation of voting behaviour in the 2010 election....

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ID Code: 57442
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: 2010 Australian federal election, electoral behaviour
ISBN: 9781921862632
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600) > Australian Government and Politics (160601)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Australian National University E Press
Deposited On: 21 Feb 2013 23:50
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2015 06:07

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