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ALP Leadership


On 23 February 2012 Prime Minister Gillard announced that there would be a special meeting of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party on Monday 27 February at 10am, to conduct a ballot to decide the leadership of the Party.

The following table provides details of Federal Parliamentary Labor Party leadership changes and challenges since 1982:

DateChange or challengeVotes
16 July

1982
Hawke challenged Hayden unsuccessfullyHayden 42; Hawke 37
3 February

1983
Hawke became leader without a ballot-
3 June

1991
Keating challenged Hawke unsuccessfullyHawke 66; Keating 44
19 December

1991
Keating challenged Hawke and wonKeating 56; Hawke 51
19 March

1996
Beazley became leader unopposed following Keating’s resignation-
11 November

2001
Crean became leader unopposed following Beazley’s resignation-
16 June

2003
Beazley challenged Crean unsuccessfullyCrean 58; Beazley 34
2 December

2003
Latham defeated Beazley in ballot following Crean’s resignationLatham 47; Beazley 45
28 January

2005
Beazley became leader unopposed following Latham’s resignation-
4 December

2006
Rudd challenged Beazley and wonRudd 49; Beazley 39
24 June

2010
Gillard challenged Rudd, but the anticipated ballot did not occur-