Australia 2022 election results: Greens emerge as big winners early in snatching votes from majors
The OTHER big winners of the election: The Greens stun Australia by grabbing two seats in QUEENSLAND (of all places) – snatching votes from the two main parties
- The Greens have proven to be big winners so far in tonight’s election
- They snatched votes from both major parties to cause upheaval across the country
- On track to win multiple seats and possibly even be a deciding factor in a hung parliament
Aside from Anthony Albanese’s Labor party and the ‘teal’ independents, the Greens emerged as the other big winners in tonight’s election – snatching votes from the two main parties to cause upheaval across the board.
The party won the seats of Griffith and Ryan, both in Brisbane, with candidates Max Chandler-Mather and Elizabeth Watson-Brown taking the Labor Party and National Liberal Party seats respectively.
Greens leader Adam Bandt will also retain his seat in Melbourne as his party prepares for its best result in recent memory.
Mr Bandt has previously said he would ‘kick out the Liberals’ if given the chance – and has three critical demands from Labor in the event of a hung parliament, which looks increasingly unlikely.
“If we end up in this minority parliament, our approach will be to make sure we have a stable, effective and progressive government,” Bandt said.
“And we said during the campaign that we want to see action on climate, we want to see action on inequality.”
The Greens have emerged as huge winners so far in tonight’s election – snatching votes from the two main parties to cause upheaval across the board
Prior to this election, the Greens held a seat in the lower house. They have targeted Queensland and New South Wales as well as Senate places in South Australia throughout this election campaign.
Twitter has been lit with comments from all sides of politics as the Green vote soars.
“A dangerous night to be a joint in Brisbane, judging by the Green vote,” said journalist Nino Bucci.
Ryan’s blue ribbon seat – west of Brisbane’s CBD – also falls to the Greens.
Elizabeth Watson-Brown holds 53.1% of the primary vote with 30.6% of votes counted, while the Liberal Party’s Julian Simmonds holds 46.9% of the vote.
The ABC projected Ms. Watson-Brown as the winner. The seat has been won by the Coalition in every election since 1972.
Early voting figures also show a surprising swing to the Greens in Griffith – a critical fringe seat in Queensland and Kevin Rudd’s former constituency.
Incumbent Labor candidate and shadow Environment and Water Minister Terri Butler lost her seat to Greens candidate Max Chandler-Mather.
Mr. Chandler-Mather has focused his election campaign on the key issues of education and investment in public infrastructure
Mr Bandt had previously said he would ‘kick out the Liberals’ if given the chance – and has three critical demands from Labor in the event of a hung parliament
The electorate has been held by Labor every year since Kevin Rudd won it in 1998.
ABC election guru Antony Green said the early swing should be an encouraging sign for the Greens.
“There’s a big swing for the Greens there… It’s quite a remarkable result and the Greens have spoken about it. It’s a very encouraging first result for them.
Mr. Chandler-Mather focused his election campaign on the key issues of education and investment in public infrastructure.
Griffith’s headquarters cover the area along the Brisbane River from Morningside to Fairfield, including the suburbs of Woolloongabba, South Brisbane and West End.
ABC election guru Antony Green says the early switch should be an encouraging sign for the Greens
Terri Butler has held the seat since the February 2014 by-election which saw her succeed Kevin Rudd.
Greens Senator Larissa Waters wiped away tears and cheered at a Greens party in Brisbane’s West End as she and her colleagues celebrated their successes.
Candidates from Brisbane, Griffith and Ryan are all delighted with their early results, with Ms Waters describing the situation as “completely overwhelming”.
Meanwhile, in Richmond – which encompasses the coastal town of Byron Bay and surrounding areas, Greens candidate Mandy Nolan is leading the primary votes.
She holds 28.4% of the total votes counted so far, but it is predicted that she could still lose to Labor’s Justine Elliot depending on Nationals preferences.
It looks increasingly likely that Labor will be forced to form a majority with the Greens or Independents