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Corbell, Hunter back in the race

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Noel Towell

ACT Greens leader Meredith Hunter.

ACT Greens leader Meredith Hunter. Photo: Rohan Thomson

Simon Corbell and Meredith Hunter appear to be back in contention - by the slimmest of margins - to hold their places in the ACT Legislative Assembly.

Interim preference numbers released by Election ACT late last night, although they relate to a small number of votes, hold out hope for the incumbents in Ginninderra and Molonglo.

The new numbers have Greens leader Ms Hunter shading Labor newcomer Yvette Berry by a small number of votes in Ginninderra while senior Labor frontbencher Mr Corbell is just in front of fellow ALP candidate Meegan Fitzharris in Molonglo, again by a slender margin.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services Simon Corbell is back in the race to be elected.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services Simon Corbell is back in the race to be elected. Photo: Jay Cronan

Liberals incumbent Steve Doszpot has fought back against first timer Elizabeth Lee to look, on the latest numbers, like he may take the sixth seat in the seven-member electorate.

In Brindabella, the latest count still has the Greens' Amanda Bresnan going down to Liberals challenger Andrew Wall.

Last night's counting indicated a result of eight assembly seats for the ACT Liberals, seven for Labor and two for the Greens, who would hold the balance of power.

It was also revealed last night that the Canberra Liberals have taken a narrow lead in the popular votes.

After counting the first 7000 postal votes from about 12,000 ballots that were sent out to long-distance voters, Elections ACT has the Liberals on 84,479 votes across all three electorates, 32 ahead of Labor, which has 84,447. There several thousand more ballots to be counted in a process that is not expected to be complete until Saturday night.

There is likely to be no indication until next week on which major party will be backed by the Greens to form government.

Labor leader Katy Gallagher, in her election night speech, claimed the popular vote for her party after counting on the night showed Labor slightly ahead of the Liberals on the overall vote.

She declined to comment on the latest numbers last night.

Liberals leader Zed Seselja said last night the latest figures undermined any claim Labor might have on government. ''It's obviously very close but it does I think take away the last thing the Labor Party was clinging on to, which was claiming a lead on the popular vote, there is now effectively nothing in it,'' Mr Seselja said.

32 comments

  • Still far too early to call with more the 30 thousand votes still to count.

    Commenter
    Outraged of Palmerston
    Date and time
    October 24, 2012, 7:51AM
    • Katy Gallagher got more votes than Zed Seselja, so she should be Chief Minister.

      Commenter
      Johnno
      Date and time
      October 24, 2012, 8:35AM
      • G'day Johnno. I understand what you are saying, but Molonglo has a far bigger population than Brindabella, therefore the best indicator of who is more popular is percentage, which has Zed far ahead of Katy. Sorry mate!

        Commenter
        Xyz
        Date and time
        October 24, 2012, 10:51AM
      • xyz, you don't actually understand what I'm saying because you came up with the same old nonsense.

        I was parodying the Liberal obsession with conjuring up some sort of moral duty to support it in whatever Parliament or Assembly it has come up short in the numbers and is too lazy and arrogant to actually negotiate for government with the cross-benchers.

        The reality is that in our democratic system, all the elected representatives negotiate with each other to decide who will form government. Every other argument is spurious - some patently so (such as the idea that the Libs had the vibe so they should have government).

        There is, of course, a lot of logic that Zed S, having twinned Labor and the Greens, cannot complain if both parties conclude that a coalition between them is what their respective voters wanted. But, really, the only answer is to do what each party thinks is right and face the public at the next election.

        Commenter
        Johnno
        Date and time
        October 24, 2012, 1:09PM
      • Johnno you must have been one of those Katy lovers who the Canberra Times polled last week.

        Commenter
        Xyz
        Date and time
        October 24, 2012, 1:25PM
      • Looks like the Liberals are WINNING the popular vote in canberra known as an Alp stronghold.

        If Labor/greens are on the nose in Canberra then imagine their popularity elsewhere.

        Commenter
        Regh
        Date and time
        October 24, 2012, 3:26PM
    • Zed Seselja seems to want the Greens MLAs to ignore the wishes of the people who voted for them, and follow the wishes of people who did NOT vote for them.

      Commenter
      John Kilcullen
      Location
      Macquarie
      Date and time
      October 24, 2012, 8:36AM
      • Even Anthony Green is struggling to call the final seats. I heard the Electoral Commissioner say that nothing can be finalised until the last postal votes arrive on Friday.

        We just need to wait now.

        Commenter
        Outraged of Palmerston
        Date and time
        October 24, 2012, 10:37AM
    • Really?? Must be looking at different AEC results to me. Simon Corbell maybe on preferences, but Ms Hunter is still a fair way behind the 3rd placed Labor candidate on 1st preferences, and you would not expect many preferences (expected from the other Green candidates) to go that way.

      Commenter
      Steve
      Date and time
      October 24, 2012, 9:53AM
      • 8 out of 17 still does not make a majority however you may wish to "read" the results. 9 seats have gone to non-liberals, hence the Liberals lost.

        Commenter
        old guy
        Location
        Canberra
        Date and time
        October 24, 2012, 9:54AM

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