Australian Greens tally record vote in Tasmania

AUSTRALIAN Greens leader Bob Brown says he’s looking forward to the upcoming Senate election following the good performance of the Greens in the Tasmanian and South Australian state elections.

In Tasmania, the Greens now hold five seats – one more than previously – and attracted a record vote of 21 per cent.

In South Australia, the Greens improved their vote to six-and-a-half per cent, with two Upper House MPs, one more than previously.

This leaves Greens MPs holding the balance of power in both Tasmania and the ACT.

Senator Brown said the Greens had something new and bright to say, with a long-term vision, which was appealing to the electorate.

“The Greens in Tasmania are highly experienced. (Tasmania Greens leader) Nick McKim in the poll just before the election turned up as the most popular future leader,” he told ABC radio.

“I know we can deliver.”

Senator Brown said South Australia was the Greens’ newest state, with the vote improving by 25 per cent.

“The Greens, wherever you look, we are not only supplying alternative policies but good quality MPs and we will continue to do that,” he said.

“I am looking very much forward to the Senate race.

“We are putting up strong candidates for the Senate right across the country.”

Dave Schwab

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