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Australian elections Tuesday, 16 February, 1999, 14:30 GMT
At a glance: Australian election '98
Prime Minister John Howard emerged the victor in Australia's 3 October election, but with a vastly reduced majority. Below are the results, reactions and in-depth reports on the closely-fought campaign.



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Claiming victory
"I want to commit myself to the service of the Australian people" - John Howard addresses cheering supporters.

The economy mattered most
Correspondent Michael Peschardt gives his assessment of the outcome, and a round-up of the winners and losers.

Countryside troubles
Michael Peschardt reports on the collapse of the rural economy in Australia's outback in the election run-up.


Profiles

John Howard: Resilience carries the day
Australia's Prime Minister, often described as hard-headed and tenacious, has proved himself a political survivor.

Kim Beazley: Too nice a guy?
Labor's long-time leader is a congenial figure but some have seen his ambitions to get the people of Australia back to work as mere pipedreams.

Pauline Hanson: Controversial to the end
The controversial newcomer, with her anti-immigrant and aboriginal views, jolted the complacency of her mainstream rivals in June but failed to carry the momentum into the general election.


Issues

Trouble Outback
Australia's rural communities have witnessed a collapse in local services. Many believe the politicians no longer care.

Aborigines 'marginal' in vote
Australia's original inhabitants, the Aborigines, continue to suffer significant disadvantages in modern Australia.

Dodging the Asian crisis
With the Asian crisis probably yet to find its way down under, it is no coincidence that Australian Prime Minister John Howard went to the polls six months early.

Voting compulsory
Compulsory voting in Australia leads to high turn-outs, but the system is a complex one.

Links to more Australian elections stories are at the foot of the page.


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