25 March 2021

James Milligan re-elected to Assembly after Yerrabi recount

| Dominic Giannini
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Liberal MLA James Milligan has been re-elected to his Yerrabi seat. Photo: Dominic Giannini.

James Milligan has been nominated to fill a vacancy in the Legislative Assembly that was triggered by the resignation of former Canberra Liberals leader Alistair Coe.

Mr Coe’s resignation caused a countback in the Gungahlin-based seat of Yerrabi and Mr Milligan was reinstated after losing his seat at the last election to another Liberal, Leanne Castley.

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Mr Milligan said he was ready to hit the road running after months of self-reflection following the election loss.

“[The Canberra Liberals] will be providing a serious alternative towards a change of government in the ACT,” he said.

“This government has been in power for over 20 years, the issues have not stopped.”

A lack of sports facilities in his electorate, as well as an ageing police station and poor planning, were identified as issues by Mr Milligan.

“It is just a matter of getting back on that horse and pushing for the issues that need serious change,” he said.

Alistair Coe’s resignation triggered a countback in the Yerrabi electorate. Photo: Dominic Giannini.

Mr Milligan previously held the Sports and Recreation and Indigenous Affairs portfolios when Mr Coe was the leader of the party.

Mr Coe’s resignation has also triggered a shadow cabinet reshuffle within the Canberra Liberals, which leader Elizabeth Lee said would be announced in the coming weeks.

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Eleven candidates put their hands up to recontest the seat before a computer determined the results by redistributing Mr Coe’s votes.

The process took around a minute to determine.

The full result of the count will be posted on the Elections ACT website at www.elections.act.gov.au.

Computer count back

Elections ACT conducted the countback electronically. Photo: Dominic Giannini.

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