The Greens’ vote in the Senate has exceeded one million. The final count will be near 1,080,000, compared with 917,000 in 2004.
In other outcomes the Greens:
* Supplanted the National Party as Australia’s third largest political party – by a country mile;
* Rescued the Senate’s balance of power through winning a seat in South Australia (Sarah Hanson-Young) as well as Nick Xenophon;
* Busted the Senate quota barrier (14.2%) for the first time – In Tasmania, with 17.74%;
* Scored a new record high percentage national Senate vote (9.02%);
* Scored a new record high percentage Senate vote in any electorate (ACT – 22%);
* Gave Labor the preference flow to win 21 seats, including Bass, Braddon, Bennelong and Bowman;
* May well pass the Liberals in Melbourne to score over 22% (with candidate Adam Bandt) and will peg Labor’s Lindsay Tanner to closer than 55-45 in two party preferred;
* Will go into the next Senate with between 5-7 seats (1998 – 1 seat; 2001-2 seats; 2004 – 4 seats) and hold or share the balance of power;
* Increased the Greens Northern Territory vote to 9% from 7.7% after opposing the Howard government’s intervention laws which Rudd Labor supported.
“In the Howard-Rudd context, this has been another electoral advance for the Greens, who do best when Labor, rather than the Coalition, is in office,” Greens leader Bob Brown said today.