Welcome to the Tally Room’s complete guide to the 2016 Australian federal election. This guide includes comprehensive coverage of each seat’s history, geography, political situation and results of the 2013 election, as well as maps and tables showing those results.
On this page you can find links to each individual profile for each House of Representatives electorate and the Senate race in the six states and the two territories, as well as pages with information about the last election, key seats, the redistribution and frequently asked questions.
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Profiles have been produced for all 150 House of Representatives electorates. You can use the following navigation to click through to each seat’s profile.
Profileshave been written for the Senate races in all six states and both territories.
- New South Wales
- Western Australia
- South Australia
- Australian Capital Territory
- Northern Territory
Electoral boundaries have been redrawn in New South Wales, Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory since the last election.
New South Wales seat numbers were cut from 48 to 47. Those in Western Australia were increased from 15 to 16, while the ACT remains steady at two seats.
In New South Wales, the Labor seat of Charlton was abolished. The neighbouring seat of Hunter is made up equally of areas previously contained in Charlton and Hunter, so effectively the two seats have been merged.
The Liberal seats of Dobell, Paterson and Barton all now have notional Liberal margins.
The seat of Throsby on the NSW south coast has been renamed ‘Whitlam’.
In Western Australia, the new marginal Liberal seat of Burt was created on the southern fringe of Perth. Burt was made out of pieces of other seats, but the largest part of the seat came from Canning.
In the Australian Capital Territory, the seat of Canberra gained a small amount of territory from the northern seat of Fraser, which has been renamed Fenner.
The Liberal Party made a net gain with the abolition of Charlton and creation of Burt, but lost three seats due to other changes in NSW. Overall, the redistributions cut the number of Liberal seats by two and increased the number of Labor seats by two.
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