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Federal elections were held in Australia on 25 October 1969. Issues The new Prime Minister Harold Holt was stylish debonair and popular with the electorate Issues The 1972 Election was largely focused on domestic policy issues and the role of the federal government in resolving these issues Sir John Grey Gorton, GCMG, AC, CH (9 September 191119 May 2002 Australian politician was the 19th Prime Minister of Australia. The Division of Higgins is an Australian Electoral Division in Victoria. Edward Gough Whitlam, AC, QC (born 11 July 1916 known as Gough Whitlam (ˈɡɒf goff is an Australian former politician and 21st The Division of Werriwa is a Federal Electoral Division for the Australian House of Representatives. For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Australia topics. Events 1147 - The Portuguese, under Afonso I, and Crusaders from England and Flanders conquer Lisbon after a Year 1969 ( MCMLXIX) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. All 125 seats in the House of Representatives, no Senate seats were up for election. The House of Representatives is one of the two houses (chambers of the Parliament of Australia; it is the Lower house, the Upper house being the Senate The Senate is the upper of the two houses of the Parliament of Australia. The incumbent Liberal Party of Australia led by Prime Minister of Australia John Gorton with coalition partner the Country Party led by John McEwen (who had also served as Prime Minister for three weeks after Harold Holt's disappearance) defeated the Australian Labor Party led by Gough Whitlam. The Liberal Party of Australia is an Australian political party. The Prime Minister of Australia is the Head of government of the Commonwealth of Australia, holding office on commission from the Governor-General. Sir John Grey Gorton, GCMG, AC, CH (9 September 191119 May 2002 Australian politician was the 19th Prime Minister of Australia. The Coalition in Australian politics refers to a pragmatic grouping of Centre-right parties that has existed in the form of a coalition agreement since 1922 The National Party of Australia is an Australian political party. Sir John "Black Jack" McEwen, GCMG, CH (29 March 1900 &ndash 20 November 1980 was an Australian politician and 18th Prime Minister of Australia Harold Edward Holt, CH (5 August 1908 17 December 1967 was an Australian politician who became the 17th Prime Minister of Australia in 1966 Edward Gough Whitlam, AC, QC (born 11 July 1916 known as Gough Whitlam (ˈɡɒf goff is an Australian former politician and 21st Even though the ALP lost, the election was seen as a good result for them as it made significant gains against the Coalition.
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|Liberal Party of Australia||2,125,987||34. The Liberal Party of Australia is an Australian political party. 77||-5. 37||46||-15|
|Country Party||523,232||8. The National Party of Australia is an Australian political party. 56||-1. 28||20||-1|
|Democratic Labor Party||367,977||6. The Democratic Labor Party (abbreviated as the DLP was an Australian Political party that existed from 1955 until 1978 02||-1. 29||0||0|
|Australia Party||53,646||0. The Australia Party was the name of a minor Political party in Australia (not to be confused with the Australian Party, which was set up by Billy Hughes 88||*||0||0|
|Independents||141,090||2. 31||+0. 85||0||-1|
|Liberal/Country coalition||WIN||49. The Coalition in Australian politics refers to a pragmatic grouping of Centre-right parties that has existed in the form of a coalition agreement since 1922 80||-7. 10||66||-16|
|Australian Labor Party||50. 20||+7. 10||59||+18|
See Australian Senate election, 1967 and Australian Senate election, 1970 for Senate compositions. See also Australian federal election 1966 Half-senate elections were held in Australia on 25 November 1967. See also Australian federal election 1969 Half-senate elections were held in Australia on 21 November 1970.
The 1969 election centred heavily on the two leaders, John Gorton and Gough Whitlam. Both were leading their respective parties in an election for the first time. Gorton had initially been very popular, and was publicly promoted as a "average Aussie bloke". This image was boosted by his record of wartime service and his craggy battered profile (the result of a wartime injury). However, he gradually gained a reputation for being erratic and unnecessarily confrontational. By the time of the 1969 Election campaign his attempts to alter long standing Liberal Party policies with regard to federal-state powers, and foreign affairs had alienated the more conservative sections of the Liberal Party, and various state Liberal leaders (Henry Bolte and Robin Askin in particular).
Whitlam, by contrast, had reformed the ALP and abandoned unpopular policies such as the once-dominant White Australia Policy, as well as the commitment to socialism still held by many members on the left of the party. The White Australia policy is a term used to describe a collection of historical policies that intentionally restricted non-white Immigration to Australia from Socialism refers to a broad set of economic theories of social organization advocating state or collective ownership and administration of the Means of production and distribution He presented a sleek and modern image which was able to win over new voters to his cause. Whitlam had also managed to restore and heal the party's image as an electable alternative, something that had been impossible after the Labor Party split in 1955. Under his leadership, Whitlam had also attracted back many Catholic voters who had previously dumped Labor due to its infighting and factionism. In addition, the Coalition had been in office for 20 years and was seen as becoming tired and unfocused, and there were growing concerns over Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War. The Coalition in Australian politics refers to a pragmatic grouping of Centre-right parties that has existed in the form of a coalition agreement since 1922 The Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, or the Vietnam Conflict, occurred in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia The ALP went into the election with a small caucus and could have a good hope of gaining seats.
Despite a Coalition campaign depicting Labor as a party dominated and controlled by union bosses, the result was very close. Labor became the biggest single party in the House, taking 59 seats--an 18-seat swing from 1966. They also won a bare majority of the two-party preferred vote, winning 50. 2 percent to the Coalition's 49. 8 percent--a 7. 1 percent swing from 1966. However, Labor came up four seats short of taking power. Nonetheless, it set the stage for Labor winning government three years later. Issues The 1972 Election was largely focused on domestic policy issues and the role of the federal government in resolving these issues