Australian Electoral Commission

Canberra 1995 by-election

Updated: 19 January 2011

The previous Member for Canberra was Ros Kelly (ALP) who represented the electorate from 1980 to 1995. She resigned from Parliament on 30 January 1995 and the writ for the by-election was issued on 17 February 1995.

Demographic rating:

Inner Metropolitan

Seat status following 1993 election: Fairly Safe Labor

Two-party preferred 1993 election:

Labor: 59.56%

LNP: 40.44%

Two-party preferred 1995 by-election:

LNP: 56.58%

Labor: 43.42%

A total of seven candidates nominated for the Canberra by-election held on 25 March 1995 compared with six at the 1993 federal election.

Results
Candidates Votes %
Joanne Clarke (IND) 2 274 2.70
Sue Robinson (ALP) 25 689 30.48
Joseph Cotta (RPA) 1 003 1.19
Robyn Spencer (AFI) 3 515 4.17
James Warden (GRN) 10 835 12.85
#Brendan Smyth (LP) 39 021 46.29
Jerzy Gray-Grzeszkiewicz (IND) 1 956 2.32
Formal 84 293 96.46
Informal 3 095 3.54
Total 87 388 88.57

A total of 98 662 electors were enrolled for the Canberra by-election. The Divisional Returning Officer for Canberra declared Brendan Smyth (LP) as the new Member on 30 March 1995.