Australian Electoral Commission

Fraser 1997 by-election

Updated: 15 November 2011

The previous Member for Fraser was John Langmore, who represented the electorate from 1984 to 1997. He resigned from Parliament on 6 December 1996 and the writ for the by-election was issued on 30 December 1996.

Demographic Rating: Inner Metropolitan

Seat Status: Safe Labor

2 March 1996 Election:

Two Party Preferred:

ALP: 57.32%

LP: 42.68%

1 February 1997 By-election:

Two Party Preferred:

ALP: 65.24%

IND: 34.76%

A total of eleven candidates nominated for the 1 February 1997 Fraser by-election compared with three at the 1996 federal election.

Results
Candidates Party Votes %
Chu, Alice IND 4 135 7.85
von Behrens, Dierk GRN 5 584 10.60
Walker, Angela AFI 1 870 3.55
#Dargavel, Steve ALP 25 867 49.10
Hill, Cheryl IND 9 642 18.30
Bernard, James Joseph IND 189 0.36
Miller, John Richard CTA 1 766 3.35
Hutchinson, John RARI 1 228 2.33
Connor, Kevin AAP 490 0.93
Clarke, Joanne IND 455 0.86
Thompson, Douglas S IND 1 456 2.76
Formal 52 682 94.08
Informal 3 313 5.92
TOTAL 55 995 85.25

There were 65 687 electors enrolled for the 1 February 1997 by-election. The Divisional Returning Officer for Fraser declared Steve Dargavel (ALP) as the new Member on 10 February 1997.