The previous Member for Blaxland was Paul Keating, who represented the electorate from 1969 to 1996. He resigned from Parliament on 23 April 1996 and the writ for the by-election was issued on 13 May 1996.
Demographic rating: Inner Metropolitan
Seat Status: Safe Labor
A total of twelve candidates nominated for the 15 June 1996 Blaxland by-election compared with ten at the 1996 federal election.
|Hutchinson, John||RARI||5 771||8.98|
|Baird, Neil Douglas Lockhart||IND||1 499||2.33|
|Rahme, Melodie||CTA||2 782||4.33|
|Kearney, Vicki||GRN||3 148||4.90|
|Sayegh, Peter||IND||2 334||3.63|
|#Hatton, Michael||ALP||37 804||58.83|
|Krumins, Peter John||AFI||8 759||13.63|
There were 79 714 electors enrolled for the 15 June 1996 by-election. The Divisional Returning Officer for Blaxland declared Michael Hatton (ALP) as the new Member on 18 June 1996.