1994 Liberal Party of Australia leadership spill

A leadership spill of the federal parliamentary leader of the Liberal Party of Australia was held on 23 May 1994. The incumbent, John Hewson, was defeated by Alexander Downer in a vote of Liberal Party Members of Parliament (MPs) by 43 votes to 36 votes.[1] Downer thus became the Leader of the Opposition in the Parliament of Australia.

Liberal Party of Australia
Leadership spill, 1994

23 May 1994
Candidate Alexander Downer John Hewson
1st Rd. 43 36
1st Rd. % 54.4% 45.6%

Leader before election

John Hewson

Elected Leader

Alexander Downer


The following table gives the ballot results:

Name Votes Percentage
Alexander Downer 43 54.4
John Hewson 36 45.6


  1. Canberra Times, 24 May 1994
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