FIRST THE LEADER, THEN THE SEAT

The four oc­ca­sions when an ex-PM’s elec­torate was lost in a sub­se­quent by-elec­tion

The Australian - - THE NATION -

AN­DREW FISHER (ALP) Wide Bay, Qld Fisher re­signed as prime min­is­ter on Oc­to­ber 27, 1915 By-elec­tion held on De­cem­ber 11, 1915 La­bor pri­mary vote: 49.8% Swing since 1914 elec­tion: -14.5% La­bor lost seat to Com­mon­wealth Lib­er­als

JOSEPH LYONS (UAP) | Wil­mot, Tas Lyons died while prime min­is­ter on April 7, 1939 By-elec­tion held on May 27, 1939 UAP pri­mary vote: 49.6% (split across three can­di­dates) Swing since 1937 elec­tion: -4% UAP 2PP vote: 49.8% Swing since 1937 elec­tion: -5.3% UAP lost seat to La­bor

BILLY McMA­HON (Lib) | Lowe, NSW McMa­hon lost the 1972 elec­tion; re­signed from par­lia­ment on Jan­uary 4, 1982 By-elec­tion held on March 13, 1982 Lib­eral pri­mary vote: 38.6% Swing since 1980 elec­tion: -10.1% Lib­er­als lost seat to ALP

BOB HAWKE (ALP) | Wills, Vic Hawke lost prime min­is­ter­ship in lead­er­ship chal­lenge on De­cem­ber 20, 1991; re­signed from par­lia­ment on Fe­bru­ary 20, 1992 By-elec­tion held on April 11, 1992 La­bor pri­mary vote: 29.4% Swing since 1990 elec­tion: -19.3% La­bor 2PP vote: 34.3% Swing since 1990 elec­tion: -25.6% ALP lost seat to in­de­pen­dent Phil Cleary

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