Federal elections were held in Australia on 10 November 2001. All 150 seats in the House of Representatives and 40 seats in the 76-member Senate were up for election, independents, Peter Andren, Tony Windsor, Bob Katter The Nationals had candidates in 14 seats where three-cornered-contests existed, with 87. 34% of preferences favouring the Liberal Party. The Democrats contested 145 electorates with preferences favouring Labor, the Greens contested 145 electorates with preferences strongly favouring Labor. One Nation contested 120 electorates with preferences favouring the Liberal/National Coalition. The following table indicates seats that changed hands from one party to another at this election and it compares the election results with the previous margins, taking into account redistributions in New South Wales, Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania and both territories. As a result, it includes the seats of Macarthur and Parramatta, throughout much of 2001, the Coalition had been trailing Labor in opinion polls, thanks to dissatisfaction with the governments economic reform programme and high petrol prices. The opposition Australian Labor Party had won a majority of the vote at the previous election and had won a series of state. Labor also recorded positive swings in two by-elections, taking the Queensland seat of Ryan and coming close in Aston, polls swung strongly toward the coalition after the Tampa controversy but before the 11 September attacks. Although the two-party preferred result was close, the ALP recorded its lowest primary vote since 1934. In this election television news focused on issues, especially terrorism. Minor parties were largely ignored as the two main parties monopolized the cameras attention, the election was depicted as a horse race between the Howard, who ran ahead and was therefore given more coverage than his Labor rival. The election-eve Newspoll reported the Liberal/National Coalition on a 53 percent two-party-preferred vote. com election details Preference flows – ABC
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The disproportionality of the lower house in the 2004 election was 8.67 according to the Gallagher Index, mainly between the Liberal and Green Parties.
The disproportionality of the lower house in the 2001 election was 9.43 according to the Gallagher Index, mainly between the Coalition and Labor Parties.