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Labor has claimed victory in the Australian Capital Territory election, poised to govern in minority again with a resurgent Greens party.
The expected victory means Labor will notch up 23 years in office by the end of the coming term.
“We’ve got through it because we’ve applied progressive values to our government decisions and because we’ve applied compassion and we haven’t left people behind.”
With counting due to continue well into next week, Labor appears to have won at least 11 seats and the Greens three, out of the 25-seat assembly.
The Liberals could hold as few as eight seats, with the Greens securing as many as six if preferences go the minor party’s way.
Labor’s primary vote was hovering at just over 38 percent, while the Liberals polled 33 percent and the Greens just under 14 per cent.
Liberal campaigners sheeted home the Labor win to the benefits of incumbency as the coronavirus pandemic continued and the difficulty of campaigning amid a global crisis.
“Tonight marks the end of a tough campaign in a tough year—2020 has seen bushfires, hail, COVID and of course, an ACT election,” Liberal leader Alistair Coe told supporters after phoning the chief minister to concede.
Coe did not indicate whether he would stand aside as leader.
The Greens received a swing of just over three per cent swing while the Liberals copped a slightly larger swing against them.
Greens leader Shane Rattenbury, who has been a cabinet minister in the minority government, said Canberrans have voted for action on climate change, inequality and housing affordability.
“The ACT is the answer to the travesty we saw in last week’s federal budget, which was a trickle-down budget, a gas-led future and one that completely ignored the desperate need for new social housing in this country,” he said.
He said he would have an “interesting conversation” with the chief minister this week, as the Greens sought to “reset” the arrangements with Labor.
No postal votes were counted on Saturday night and the final determination of seats won’t happen for at least a few days.
Cabinet minister Rachel Stephen-Smith said the election result showed the ACT was a “very progressive territory” and the Liberals would need a progressive leader if they were to have a chance of victory.
Liberal member Mark Parton said it had been a difficult environment in which to campaign.
“What we are seeing here is the result of an election campaign when you couldn’t really have an election campaign,” he said.
Retiring veteran Liberal Vicki Dunne said eight seats would be a “terrible” result for her party.
“There will have to be some real soul searching as to whether the campaign was good enough,” she said
Since ACT self-government began in 1989, the Liberals have never won majority government, but have governed in minority.
By Paul Osborne
Focus News: Labor Wins Australian Capital Territory Election With Greens
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