Australia Liberals closer to majority in Tasmania

21:50  02 may  2021
21:50  02 may  2021 Source:   aap.com.au

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Tasmania's Liberal Party has edged closer to forming a majority government but the final seat tally from Saturday's election may not be known for a week.

a man wearing a suit and tie: It may take a week to find out if Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein will have a majority government. © Chris Crerar/AAP PHOTOS It may take a week to find out if Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein will have a majority government.

Premier Peter Gutwein is confident of gaining the 13th seat required to deliver majority representation in the island state's 25-member lower house.

Mr Gutwein declared victory on Saturday night - the first time the Liberals have won three straight terms in Tasmania.

All eyes are on two seats that remain in doubt in the Hobart electorate of Clark, where independents Kristie Johnston and Sue Hickey, the former Liberal Speaker, are polling strongly.

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Liberal success in one of the two Clark seats would deliver the party a majority, while independent success could give rise to a kingmaker.

Under Tasmania's unique Hare-Clark voting system, five MPs are elected in each of the state's five electorates.

The Liberals moved closer on Sunday evening to gaining one of the Clark seats after further counting, which has now covered 81 per cent of the island's vote.

Election analyst Kevin Bonham said the Liberals appear likely to pick up one of the in-doubt Clark seats but the situation was "very complex".

"We're probably not going to know for sure until the preferences are distributed, which is many days away because they have to wait for all the postals to come in," he told AAP.

Labor opposition leader Rebecca White, who was also leader when the party lost in 2018, hasn't spoken publicly since conceding on Saturday night.

Labor appears to have clinched at least eight seats and the Greens two.

The election result follows a recent trend of incumbent governments being returned, with all four state and territory elections since coronavirus going that way.

Tasmania went to the polls after Ms Hickey quit the Liberals to run as an independent, plunging the government into minority.

Tasmanian Liberals have won majority government, ABC's Antony Green says .
The Tasmanian Liberal Party is set to take majority government, 11 days after the state election, says ABC election analyst Antony Green. With the distribution of preferences still underway, the Liberals are certain to win a crucial second seat in the Hobart-based electorate of Clark.That gives the Liberal team, led by Peter Gutwein, the 13 seats needed for a majority in the 25-seat House of Assembly.Green says Madeleine Ogilvie, a former Labor member who turned independent and is now a Liberal, will be elected as the second Liberal member in Clark.The fifth seat will be won by independent Kristie Johnston.

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