2010 Australian federal election

general election

The 2010 Australian federal election was held on 21 August 2010 to elect the 43rd Parliament of Australia. It was conducted by the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC).

2010 Australian federal election

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All 150 seats in the House of Representatives
76 seats were needed for a majority in the House
40 (of the 76) seats in the Senate
Opinion polls
Registered14,086,869 Increase 3.23%
Turnout13,131,667 (93.22%)
(Decrease1.50 pp)
  First party Second party
Leader Julia Gillard Tony Abbott
Party Labor Liberal/National coalition
Leader's seat Lalor (Vic.) Warringah (NSW)
Last election 83 seats, 43.38% 65 seats, 41.95%
Seats won 72 seats 72 seats
Seat change Decrease 11 Increase 7
First preference vote 4,711,363 5,365,529
Percentage 37.99% 43.32%
Swing Decrease 5.40 Increase 1.16
TPP 50.12% 49.88%
TPP swing Decrease 2.58 Increase 2.58

  Third party Fourth party
  Bob Brown
Leader Bob Brown Tony Crook
Party Greens WA Nationals
Leader's seat Senator from Tasmania O'Connor (WA)
(won seat)
Last election 0 seats, 7.79% 0 seats
Seats won 1 seat 1 seat
Seat change Increase 1 Increase 1
First preference vote 1,458,998 43,101
Percentage 11.76% 0.34%
Swing Increase 3.97 Increase 0.20

Prime Minister before election

Julia Gillard

Subsequent Prime Minister

Julia Gillard

The incumbent Labor government, led by Prime Minister Julia Gillard, won a second consecutive term in government, opposed by the Liberal/National Coalition, led by Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, in a minority government.

The result delivered a hung parliament, with both major parties winning 72 seats. The Greens won one seat, the WA Nationals won one seat and independents won four seats.

It is the most recent Australian federal election to have been won by a Prime Minister from a state other than New South Wales.

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