The 2007 Australian Federal Election: The story of Labor's Return from the Electoral Wilderness

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Title The 2007 Australian Federal Election: The story of Labor's Return from the Electoral Wilderness
Author Williams, Paul D.
Journal Name Australian Journal of Politics and History
Editor Andrew Bonnell, Ian Ward
Year Published 2008
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Abstract In an era of continuous campaigning, elections are seldom won in the final weeks of the formal campaign period. The 2007 Australian federal election saw voters dispatch a Liberal Party and Nationals Coalition government that had presided over a buoyant economy, and return the Australian Labor Party from the electoral wilderness it had occupied since 1996. The explanation of this revival in Labor's stocks can be traced to the Wheat Board scandal, the unpopularity of the labour market deregulation, and to a series of other political tribulations that the fourth Howard Government faced during 2005 and 2006. Initially their impact was masked by the failure of Labor's parliamentary leadership. But when caucus elected Kevin Rudd and freed him to position Labor as offering fresh ideas and a safe pair of hands, Labor seized a lead in the opinion polls and retained it throughout 2007. Rudd's tactical leadership of his party proved critical. This article describes how the 2007 campaign unfolded and the pattern of events which saw a refashioned ALP win an eighteen-seat lower house majority. © 2008 School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8497.2008.00487.x
Volume 54
Issue Number 1
Page from 104
Page to 125
ISSN 0004-9522
Date Accessioned 2009-05-07
Date Available 2011-10-21T07:24:47Z
Language en_AU
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Australian Government and Politics
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/23089
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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