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Casual vacancies in the fourth Legislative Assembly (1998-2001)

Updated 19 Jun 2014

There was one casual vacancy between the 1998 and 2001 Legislative Assembly elections.

Mrs Kate Carnell resigned from the Legislative Assembly on 13 December 2000. On 18 January 2001, Ms Jacqui Burke, Liberal Party, was declared elected to fill the casual vacancy following a recount of ballot papers received by Mrs Carnell at the 1998 election.

Mrs Kate Carnell

Former Chief Minister, Mrs Kate Carnell, resigned from the Legislative Assembly on 13 December 2000. A notice was published in the Canberra Times on 2 January 2001 calling for nominations from eligible candidates. At the close of applications on 12 January 2001, a total of 10 nominations had been received. In a recount of ballot papers received by Mrs Carnell at the 1998 election, Ms Jacqui Burke, Liberal Party, received more than half the votes, and, on 18 January 2001, was declared elected to fill the casual vacancy.

The Electoral Act requires ballot papers in a count-back to be multiplied by a transfer value to arrive at the quota required by candidates to be elected at the original election. The transfer value in this case is calculated as follows:

  • Original quota for Molonglo in 1998 = 9459
  • Ballot papers counted to Mrs Carnell = 25379
  • Ballot papers with next available preference in Mrs Carnell's surplus = 25216
  • Ballot papers exhausted after distribution of Mrs Carnell's surplus = 163 (Casual vacancy transfer value = 1)
  • Casual vacancy transfer value of Mrs Carnell's surplus = (9459 -163) / (25379 - 163) = 9296 / 25216

The quota required to be elected in the count-back is calculated by dividing the total votes allocated to continuing candidates by two and adding one to the result. ((8786 / 2) + 1 = 4394)

Final Results
Candidates Party Ballot papers Transfer value Votes
Ayson, Pamela Independent 278 9296 / 25216 102
Burke, Jacqui Liberal Party 12 953 9296 / 25216 4 775
Errey, Jane Australian Democrats 705 9296 / 25216 259
Gray-Grzeszkiewicz, Jerzy Independent 184 9296 / 25216 67
Hancock, John Independent 208 9296 / 25216 76
Kirschbaum, Miko The ACT Greens 195 9296 / 25216 71
Louttit, John Liberal Party 8 199 9296 / 25216 3 022
Manderson, Roland The ACT Greens 297 9296 / 25216 109
Reilly, Marion Australian Labor Party 772 9296 / 25216 284
Willmott, Peter S Independent 59 9296 / 25216 21
Sub total   23 850   8 786
Exhausted   1 366 9296 / 25216 503
Exhausted at original count   163 1 163
Loss by fraction       7
Total   25 379 9296 / 25216 9 459
Quota       4 394