2007 Australian federal election

The 2007 Australian federal election was held in Australia on 24 November 2007. All 150 seats in the House of Representatives and 40 of the seats in the 76-member Senate were up for election. The election featured a 39-day campaign, with 13.6 million Australians enrolled to vote.[1]

2007 Australian federal election

 2004 24 November 2007 2010 

All 150 seats in the House of Representatives
76 seats were required for a majority in the House
40 (of the 76) seats in the Senate
Registered13,646,539
Turnout94.8%
  First party Second party
 
Leader Kevin Rudd John Howard
Party Labor Liberal/National coalition
Leader since 4 December 2006 (2006-12-04) 30 January 1995 (1995-01-30)
Leader's seat Griffith (Qld.) Bennelong (NSW)
(lost seat)
Last election 60 seats 87 seats
Seats won 83 seats 65 seats
Seat change 23 22
Popular vote 6,545,814 5,874,178
Percentage 52.7% 47.3%
Swing 5.4 5.4


Prime Minister before election

John Howard
Liberal/National coalition

Subsequent Prime Minister

Kevin Rudd
Labor

The centre-left Australian Labor Party opposition, led by Kevin Rudd and deputy leader Julia Gillard, defeated the incumbent centre-right Coalition government, led by Liberal Party leader and Prime Minister, John Howard, and Nationals leader and Deputy Prime Minister, Mark Vaile, by a landslide. The election marked the end of the 11 year Howard Liberal-National Coalition government that had been in power since the 1996 election.[2] This election also marked the start of the six-year Rudd-Gillard Labor government.

Future Prime Minister Scott Morrison and future opposition leader Bill Shorten entered parliament at this election. As of 2021, this remains the last time the Labor Party has won a majority at the federal level.