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Democrats win with Stott Despoja.

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Senator Natasha Stott Despoja Leader of the Australian Democrats

Mike Elliott

South Australian Campaign Director 30th November 2001 MEDIA RELEASE 01/731

Democrats win with Stott Despoja

The Australian Democrats today confirmed their role as the third force in Australian politics.

South Australian campaign director, Mr Mike Elliott said the Democrats had increased their vote nationally in the House of Representatives and looked set to retain the effective balance of power in the Senate.

“This was always going to be a tough election for the Democrats but we have delivered a strong performance in both Houses, at least eight Senators and a commitment to providing constructive alternatives to the Coalition and the ALP,” Mr Elliott said.

“The result is a tribute to the leadership of Senator Stott Despoja and her strong, positive and successful campaign.”

The Democrats’ Senate vote in South Australia increased on the last election to 12.6 per cent for Senator Stott Despoja.

Today’s declaration of the poll in Adelaide also marked the sixth anniversary of Senator Stott Despoja’s election as a Senator for South Australia.

“On behalf of the Australian Democrats, I’d like to especially thank the people of South Australia for their continued support for me personally and for turning my home State into Democrat heartland,” Senator Stott Despoja said.

“In particular, I want to congratulate Jo Pride and John McLaren on their results in Boothby and Mayo. In Boothby, Jo Pride increased the Democrats’ primary vote to 19.5 per cent, up almost six per cent on 1998. The Democrats now need a swing of four per cent at the next election to win the seat.

“In Mayo, the Democrats recorded a three candidate preferred vote of 20.5 per cent, a credible result given the entry of a Green candidate and Independent Democrat into the race this time.

“I would also like to thank Mike Elliott and all the Democrat members and supporters who campaigned so strongly to help deliver these votes.

“The Democrats will use these results to launch a strong campaign for next year’s South Australian State election. It is worth noting that the Federal results, if applied to State boundaries, make Heysen and Davenport, in particular, marginal Liberal/Democrat seats,” Senator Stott Despoja concluded.

For media inquiries please contact: Mike Elliott on 0419806043 or Serena Rogers on 0419 833 571.