1989 Liberal Party of Australia leadership spill

A spill of the leadership of the Liberal Party of Australia took place on 9 May 1989, following internal maneuverings by supporters of John Howard's long-time rival, Andrew Peacock. The spill was won by Andrew Peacock over John Howard by 44 votes to 27.[1][2]

Liberal Party of Australia
Leadership spill, 1989

9 May 1989
Candidate Andrew Peacock John Howard
Caucus vote 44 27
Percentage 62.0% 38.0%

Leader before election

John Howard

Elected Leader

Andrew Peacock


The following table gives the ballot results:

Name Votes Percentage
Andrew Peacock 44 62.0
John Howard 27 38.0


  1. "Politics will get you". The Liberals. Episode 5. 1995.
  2. Canberra Times, May 10 1989

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