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December 6, 2009

Liberal Party of Australia win Bradfield, Higgins by-elections

Liberal Party of Australia win Bradfield, Higgins by-elections

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Sunday, December 6, 2009

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2009 Australian by-elections
  • 6 December 2009: Liberal Party of Australia win Bradfield, Higgins by-elections
  • 3 December 2009: Wikinews interviews Goronwy Price about the upcoming by-election in the Bradfield electorate of the Australian parliament
  • 1 December 2009: Wikinews interviews Stephen Murphy about the upcoming by-election in the Higgins electorate of the Australian parliament
  • 2 November 2009: Wikinews interviews Dr Clive Hamilton about the upcoming by-election in the Higgins electorate of the Australian parliament
  • 1 November 2009: Wikinews interviews Zahra Stardust about the upcoming by-election in the Bradfield electorate of the Australian parliament
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The Liberal Party have retained both the Bradfield and Higgins seats in the Australian House of Representatives, despite some predicting a voter backlash after their recent leadership change and splits over environmental policy.

The seats were previously held by former Opposition Leader Brendan Nelson and former Treasurer Peter Costello, respectively.

Higgins

In Higgins the victorious candidate was Kelly O’Dwyer. Ten candidates contested this by-election, though the governing Labor Party did not field a candidate.

“I think it sends a clear message to Kevin Rudd that they cannot take their voters for granted,” she said. “Their voters will come to the Liberal Party if given an opportunity.”

Green candidate Dr Clive Hamilton was also happy with the result. “The Greens have achieved a vote of 35 per cent or so, which is easily the highest vote the Greens have scored in a House of Representatives election,” Dr Hamilton said. “That means about a quarter of the voters of Higgins who once voted Labor or Liberal have decided to trust their vote to the Greens.”

Hamilton told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that Ms O’Dwyer “will toe the party line on climate change.”

“I think Kelly O’Dwyer will fit in perfectly well with Tony Abbott’s sceptical Liberal party,” he said. “I don’t think she will really take the climate change message to Higgins, so effectively 35 per cent of her voters are completely disenfranchised on the most important issue that concerns them.”

Bradfield

The victorious candidate in Bradfield was Paul Fletcher. 22 candidates contested this by-election, again without one from Labor.

“My experience as I talked to people during the campaign was that people were concerned about private health insurance, overdevelopment, economic management and so on,” Fletcher, a former Optus executive, said. “Climate change came up as an issue, but it wasn’t the number one issue. Certainly the Liberal Party needs to have a response on climate change as our leader Tony Abbott has said. But it is not the only issue to campaign on.”



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October 29, 2009

Date set for Bradfield, Higgins by-elections: Australian Electoral Commission

Date set for Bradfield, Higgins by-elections: Australian Electoral Commission

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

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2009 Australian by-elections
  • 6 December 2009: Liberal Party of Australia win Bradfield, Higgins by-elections
  • 3 December 2009: Wikinews interviews Goronwy Price about the upcoming by-election in the Bradfield electorate of the Australian parliament
  • 1 December 2009: Wikinews interviews Stephen Murphy about the upcoming by-election in the Higgins electorate of the Australian parliament
  • 2 November 2009: Wikinews interviews Dr Clive Hamilton about the upcoming by-election in the Higgins electorate of the Australian parliament
  • 1 November 2009: Wikinews interviews Zahra Stardust about the upcoming by-election in the Bradfield electorate of the Australian parliament

Voters in the Australian electorates (seats) of Bradfield and Higgins will vote for a new representative on December 5. The seats were vacated by the retirements of Brendan Nelson and Peter Costello.

“All Australian citizens aged 18 years and over living in the … electorate[s] are eligible to vote in this by-election, as long as they are correctly enrolled to vote when the electoral roll closes. If you’re not on the electoral roll, you must fill in an enrolment form immediately and return it to the AEC by 8pm, 30 October 2009. If you’re already on the roll but recently moved and need to update your enrolment, you have until 8pm, 9 November 2009 to get your completed enrolment form to the AEC,” AEC Divisional Returning Officers, Yvonne Harrison (for Bradfield) and Mark Strong (for Higgins) said.

Despite electorates in New South Wales, such as Bradfield (on Sydney’s upper North Shore), the by-election will be contested using the boundaries as per the 2007 nationwide election.

The noted that all electors enrolled to vote must do so at the by-election, “including electors aged over 70 years.” Voters in Higgins, a Victorian electorate, do not have to vote at local or state government elections.



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