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Australian Capital Territory general election, 2012

Australian Capital Territory general election, 2012

20 October 2012

All 17 seats of the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly
9 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
Leader Katy Gallagher Zed Seselja Meredith Hunter
Party Labor Liberal Greens
Leader since 16 May 2011 13 December 2007 October 2008
Leader's seat Molonglo Brindabella Ginninderra (lost seat)
Last election 7 seats 6 seats 4 seats
Seats won 8 seats 8 seats 1 seat
Seat change Increase1 Increase2 Decrease3
Percentage 38.9% 38.9% 10.7%
Swing Increase1.5 Increase7.3 Decrease4.9

Chief Minister before election

Katy Gallagher

Elected Chief Minister

Katy Gallagher

Elections to the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly occurred on Saturday, 20 October 2012. The 11-year incumbent Labor Party, led by Chief Minister Katy Gallagher, won a fourth term over the main opposition Liberal Party, led by opposition leader Zed Seselja.[1][2][3]

Candidates are elected to fill all 17 Legislative Assembly seats in the unicameral parliament which consists of three multi-member electorates, Brindabella (five seats), Ginninderra (five seats) and Molonglo (seven seats), using a proportional representation single transferable vote method known as the Hare-Clark system.


  • Key dates 1
  • Background 2
  • Candidates 3
    • Retiring Members 3.1
      • Labor 3.1.1
    • Brindabella 3.2
    • Ginninderra 3.3
    • Molonglo 3.4
    • Unregistered parties and groups 3.5
  • Polling 4
  • Results 5
    • Primary vote by division 5.1
    • Final distribution of seats 5.2
  • Newspaper endorsements 6
  • External links 7
  • See also 8
  • References 9

Key dates

  • Last day to lodge applications for party register: 30 June 2012
  • Party registration closed: 13 September 2012
  • Pre-election period commenced and nominations opened: 14 September 2012
  • Rolls closed: 21 September 2012
  • Nominations closed: 26 September 2012
  • Nominations declared and ballot paper order determined: 27 September 2012
  • Pre-poll voting commenced: 2 October 2012
  • Polling day, between the hours of 8 am and 6 pm: 20 October 2012[4]


The incumbent centre-left Australian Labor Party led by Chief Minister Katy Gallagher attempted to win re-election for a historic fourth term after 11 years in government in the 17-member unicameral ACT Legislative Assembly. Labor led by Jon Stanhope came to power as a minority government at the 2001 election with the support of the Greens and Democrats who held the balance of power. The 2004 election resulted in a historic majority government for Labor, and represented the first time the ACT had elected a majority government. Labor again formed a minority government after the 2008 election resulted in a Green balance of power – Labor 7 seats (37.4%), Liberal 6 seats (31.6%), Greens 4 seats (15.6%).[5][6][7] Stanhope resigned as Chief Minister and Labor leader on 12 May 2011, and was replaced by his deputy, Katy Gallagher.

The 1989 election saw the start of self-governance in the ACT. Elections see all members of the unicameral Assembly face re-election, with members being elected by the Hare-Clark system of proportional representation. The Assembly is divided into three electorates: five-member Brindabella (including Tuggeranong and parts of the Woden Valley) and Ginninderra (including Belconnen and suburbs) and seven-member Molonglo (including North Canberra, South Canberra, Gungahlin, Weston Creek, and the remainder of the Woden Valley). Election dates are set in statute with four-year fixed terms.


Election posters in Wanniassa

Nine political parties were registered with the ACT Electoral Office as eligible for the October 2012 election.[8][9]

Three further organisations—Pirate Party Australia, Australian Democrats and No Carbon Tax Climate Sceptics—were not registered as political parties in the ACT, however had stated they intended to nominate candidates to be listed on ballot papers as independents.[10][11]

Retiring Members



Five seats were up for election. The Labor Party was defending two seats. The Liberal Party was defending two seats. The Australian Greens were defending one seat.

Labor Candidates Liberal Candidates Greens Candidates Bullet Train Candidates Motorist Candidates Ungrouped Candidates

Joy Burch*
Rebecca Cody
Mick Gentleman*
Mike Kinniburgh
Karl Maftoum

Val Jeffery
Nicole Lawder
Zed Seselja*
Brendan Smyth*
Andrew Wall*

Amanda Bresnan
Johnathan Davis
Ben Murphy

Mark Erwood
Adam Henschke

Burl Doble
Kieran Jones-Ellis

Mark Gibbons (-)
Michael Lindfield (Ind)
Calvin Pearce (Ind)


Five seats were up for election. The Labor Party was defending two seats. The Liberal Party was defending two seats. The Australian Greens were defending one seat.
Labor Candidates Liberal Candidates Greens Candidates Motorist Candidates LDP Candidates MLSJ Candidates Bullet Train Candidates Ungrouped Candidates

Yvette Berry*
Chris Bourke*
Jayson Hinder
Glen McCrea
Mary Porter*

Alistair Coe*
Vicki Dunne*
Merinda Nash
Jacob Vadakkedathu
Matt Watts

James Higgins
Meredith Hunter
Hannah Parris

Chic Henry
Darryl Walford

Mustafa Jawadi
Matt Thompson

Majlinda Bitani
Nehmat Nana Jbeili
Karamia Lê
Marion Lê
Kate Reynolds

Chris Bucknell
Tony Halton

Darren Churchill (-)
Emmanuel Ezekiel-Hart (Ind)
Norm Gingell (Ind)
Glen Takkenberg (-)


Seven seats were up for election. The Labor Party was defending three seats. The Liberal Party was defending two seats. The Australian Greens were defending two seats.
Labor Candidates Liberal Candidates Greens Candidates LDP Candidates Motorist Candidates Bullet Train Candidates Ungrouped Candidates

Andrew Barr*
Simon Corbell*
Angie Drake
Meegan Fitzharris
Katy Gallagher*
Mark Kulasingham
David Mathews

Steve Doszpot*
Murray Gordon
Jeremy Hanson*
Giulia Jones*
Elizabeth Lee
James Milligan
Tom Sefton

Alan Kerlin
Caroline Le Couteur
Shane Rattenbury*
Adriana Siddle

Ian Gardner
Trisha Jha

David Cumbers
Mark Curran

Tim Bohm
Shelley Dickerson

Stuart Biggs (-)
Philip Pocock (Ind)

Unregistered parties and groups

  • Pirate Party Australia endorsed Mark Gibbons in Brindabella, Glen Takkenberg in Ginninderra, and Stuart Biggs in Molonglo.


  • On 18 October 2012, 1,200 voters (400 voters per seat, 5% MoE) were polled by Patterson Research Group and published in The Canberra Times. Labor was on 44.5 percent (+7.1), the Liberals were on 35.5 percent (+3.9), the Greens were on 14.5 (−1.0) while others were on 5.5 percent (−9.9). This would have produced a result somewhere from minority government to majority government for the incumbent Labor government. It was the only poll conducted during the election campaign.[13][14]


Australian Capital Territory general election, 20 October 2012[2]
Legislative Assembly
<< 20082016 >>

Enrolled voters 256,702
Votes cast 229,125 Turnout 89.3%
Informal votes 7,953 Informal 3.5%
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary votes % Swing Seats Change
  Liberal 86,032 38.9 +7.3 8 +2
  Labor 85,991 38.9 +1.5 8 +1
  Greens 23,773 10.7 -4.9 1 -3
  Australian Motorist Party 9,179 4.2 -0.8 0 0
  Bullet Train for Canberra 8,864 4.0 +4.0 0 0
  Independent 4,053 1.8 -8.3 0 0
  Liberal Democratic Party 2,340 1.1 +0.7 0 0
  Marion Lê Social Justice 940 0.4 +0.4 0 0
Total 221,172     17  

Primary vote by division

Brindabella Ginninderra Molonglo
Australian Labor Party 35.7% 39.9% 40.4%
Liberal Party of Australia 46.4% 33.7% 37.4%
ACT Greens 7.9% 10.1% 13.2%
Motorist Party 3.9% 7.3% 2.1%
Bullet Train 3.8% 3.6% 4.5%
Other 2.3% 5.4% 2.4%

Final distribution of seats

Electorate Seats held

After the distribution of preferences neither of the two major parties had won sufficient number of seats to form government in their own right and would need to form a minority government with an alliance with the sole Greens representative Shane Rattenbury. After a week of negotiations Shane Rattenburry formally supported the Labor party to form a minority government.[15]

Newspaper endorsements

Newspaper Endorsement
The Canberra Times Labor[16]

External links

  • 2012 ACT election morning after results review: Antony Green ABC
  • ACT 2012 election homepage: Antony Green ABC

See also


  1. ^ 2012 ACT election: Antony Green ABC
  2. ^ a b "2012 Election results". Elections ACT. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  3. ^ Labor returned to power in ACT: ABC 2 November 2012
  4. ^ "Election timetable".  
  5. ^ "ACT 2008 - ABC elections".  
  6. ^ Williams, George
  7. ^ "Labor to form minority government in ACT".  
  8. ^ "Nine parties registered for the 2012 ACT election". ACT Electoral Commission. 7 August 2012. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Candidate list". 2012 Election. ACT Electoral Commission. 27 September 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  10. ^ "Pirate Party to run Independent Candidates in Upcoming ACT Election". Pirate Party Australia. 17 July 2012. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  11. ^ David McLennan, John Thistleton (8 August 2012). "Bullet Train party vies for votes". The Canberra Times (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  12. ^ Noel Towell (24 August 2012). "Hargreaves farewells Assembly after colourful career". The Canberra Times (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  13. ^ Canberra Times Poll has ACT Labor on Track for Victory - Antony Green ABC 18 October 2012
  14. ^ Patterson: Labor 44.5, Liberal 35.5, Greens 14.5 in ACT - Poll Bludger 18 October 2012
  15. ^ "Labor returned to power in ACT". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  16. ^ "Tarnished Labor still more reliable".  
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