Australia Tasmanian Liberals have won majority government, ABC's Antony Green says
Liberals closer to majority in Tasmania
The Liberal party is slightly closer to forming a majority government in Tasmania as counting continues after the weekend's state election.Premier Peter Gutwein is confident of gaining the 13th seat required to deliver majority representation in the island state's 25-member lower house.
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.
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The fifth seat will be won by independent Kristie Johnston.
Ms Ogilvie's election means the Liberals will hold the crucial 13 seats needed to form majority government, with nine Labor MPs, two Greens MPs and Ms Johnston on the other side of the chamber.
Another Liberal hopeful, Simon Behrakis, has been excluded in the counting, while Liberal-turned-independent Sue Hickey has been defeated in her push to return to Parliament.
Mr Gutwein called the snap state election a year early, when his government was plunged into minority after Ms Hickey left the party.
At the time, Ms Ogilvie was sitting on the crossbench as an independent, but two days after the election was called she announced she would run for the Liberals.
Ms Johnston's election will mark the first time an independent has won election to Tasmania's Lower House since the 1996 election of Bruce Goodluck.
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Mr Gutwein had committed to resigning if the Liberal Party failed to secure a majority.
On election night, he declared that his party had won the election convincingly, and said it appeared likely to govern in majority once counting was finalised — a prediction that will now be realised.
Mr Gutwein said Tasmanians had voted for stability and certainty by giving the Liberal Party a third consecutive term.
"We have laid out a clear plan to secure Tasmania's future, and I thank Tasmanians for showing faith in my government and providing me the privilege of being your Premier and I will not let Tasmanians down," he said.
"We will continue building on our strong economic position, so we can create more jobs and ensure we have the skills and training pathways Tasmanians need.
"This will allow us to continue investing strongly in health, in education and in housing, and to continue delivering our record infrastructure program, which is building better and safer communities."
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