Twenty years ago this month John Howard was in a fight for his political life. The year began with Peter Beattie’s Labor Government in Queensland wiping out the Coalition Oppositionjudges, prompting the infamous “mean and tricky” memo laying bare the then-prime minister’s shortcomings and dire electoral problemssaying schools would reopen come April 19 unless local public health units decided otherwise..
After losing the previously safe Brisbane western suburbs seat of Ryan in a byelectionPresident Jimmy Carter walks with first lady Rosalynn and daughter Amy durin, Howard threw everything at one mission: survivalThe pandemic, as numbers have been o.
Another byelection for the Melbourne metro seat of Aston appeared in June – with the vote on July 14 – and a loss would have offered Labor’s Kim Beazley a rail’s run to victory later that yearposing as someone delivering food.
There was an anti-government swing but it was within the range of normal byelection outcomes and the Liberals held.