[First filed: October 26, 2008 @ 11:40]
The ACT Election Count is finally over…
The Labor Party secured 7 seats, The Liberals only got 6 while the Greens managed to steal a fourth in Molonglo.
So the new look Legislative Assembly is as follows:
- Brendan Smyth (LIB), Steve Doszpot (LIB), Amanda Bresnan (GREENS), John Hargreaves (LAB), and Joy Burch (LAB)
- Jon Stanhope (LAB), Merideth Hunter (GREENS), Alistair Coe (LIB), Mary Porter (LAB), and Vikki Dunn (LIB)
- Zed Seselja (LIB), Katy Gallagher (LAB), Shane Rattenbury (GREENS), Andrew Barr (LAB), Jeremy Hanson (LIB), Simon Corbell (LAB), and finally Caroline Le Couteur (GREENS)
So there you have it. A formal declaration of the poll is expected on Wednesday from Commissioner Phil Green.
So does this mean the Liberals have little or no chance of minority Government now, only claiming 6 seats?
(Source: media release from electoral commision)
[ED – Gungahlin Al also sent in the following analysis]
- It’s official – the Greens have secured the final seat in Molonglo.
The ACT Electoral Commission seems to have pulled out all stops to get to the bottom of the electoral result and come up with Caroline le Couteur as the 4th Greens MLA, by a margin of some 900 votes according to today’s Sunday Times. ALP’s Simon Corbell scraped into 6th place ahead of the Greens, and Lib’s Jeremy Hanson in 5th. Giulia with a G was the unlucky one.
Getting partisan, it could also be argued that the people of Gungahlin are the unlucky ones too, in that there is no-one in yet another Assembly who identifies with Gungahlin. It could be argued though that Alistair Coe gives us a degree of representation, given that his family is from Nicholls (the one part of Gungahlin that is not within the Molonglo electorate).
Back to the Greens, having four people in the Assembly clearly puts them in an even stronger position in the meetings with the ALP and Libs, and shows the good Greens strategy of not locking anything in at the meetings to date until the outcome was known.
On the other hand, it makes it a bit harder for the Greens to take the position that seems to have been emerging as the preferable solution among the commentariat – that they remain on the cross benches rather than within the cabinet. But the alternative of demanding two ministers and being bound to cabinet solidarity conventions and all the throttling that would mean is equally problematic.
In the City News this week though, Michael Moore has proposed a variant that would see the Greens with the ministerial roles, but without any obligation to cabinet solidarity. He points out that this is the approach taken in South Australia and it is working there. It has resulted in good and improving electoral outcomes for Karlene Mayward, the Nats Minister in the ALP government, and for the Independent Rory McEwen.
No doubt a solution would grate in a major way for Jon Stanhope, and Katy Gallagher on 666 side by side with Shane Rattenbury this week seemed very flat and still firmly sucking on a lemon. So perhaps the solution for the Greens is to widen who they are negotiating with in the ALP. Perhaps it is time for Andrew Barr to step up to the plate and offer himself as a path forward.
With the Greens placing Barr into the Chief Minister role, the public can have their scalp, but retain the government with the party that clearly did get a larger vote than any other (sorry Zed but the numbers are against you now). And the ALP would have the rejuvenation that they so clearly need to boot.