1995 Liberal Party of Australia leadership spill

A leadership spill of the federal parliamentary leader of the Liberal Party of Australia was held on 30 January 1995 after the resignation of Alexander Downer following several months of poor personal ratings for him.[1] John Howard was elected unopposed in a vote of Liberal Party Members of Parliament.[2] Howard thus became the Leader of the Opposition in the Parliament of Australia. Peter Costello remained deputy leader. Howard became the first Liberal leader to be elected unopposed since Harold Holt in 1966.

1995 Liberal Party of Australia
Leadership spill

30 January 1995
Candidate John Howard
1st Rd. Unopposed

Leader before election

Alexander Downer

Elected Leader

John Howard


  1. "Newspoll Archive". Newspoll.com. 2015.
  2. Canberra Times, 31 January 1995
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