# Why is \newpage ignored sometimes ?

I have the following towards the end of an article. The bibliography is short (4 entries).

What's happening is that on the very last page of document I get the chart and immediately afterwards the References section, despite the \newpage directive. While I personally prefer everything on one page, I have a requirement to put the references on a different page. Is LaTeX ignoring \newpage because it finds plenty of space to use on that page? If so, I'm confused why it does so even when told explicitly to start a new page.

I cannot post the entire article so hopefully the excerpt below will be helpful.

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\begin{figure}[htp]
\centering
\includegraphics{my-image}
\caption{caption here}\label{my-label}
\end{figure}

\newpage
\begin{thebibliography}{99}
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