Tasmanian Greens lose parliamentary party status after winning just three seats

Tasmanian Greens lose parliamentary party status after winning just three seats

ABC March 27, 2014, 8:45 am

The Greens former deputy leader Tim Morris has lost his seat in Lyons.
ABC The Greens former deputy leader Tim Morris has lost his seat in Lyons.

The Tasmanian Greens have lost their status as a parliamentary party after retaining only three of their five seats.

The result in Lyons has now been confirmed showing former deputy leader Tim Morris has been edged out in the sprawling rural seat by Labor stalwart and former minister David Llewellyn.

Mr Morris says it is a blow to his party, which will now be short of the four MPs needed to be recognised as parliamentary party.

“That will be reasonably significant for the party and the way that it operates in the Parliament,” he said.

“Yes, that’s disappointing but that’s what the voters have chosen,” he said.

As well as Lyons, the Tasmanian Electoral Commission (TEC) has confirmed the results in Franklin and counting is continuing today in Bass, Braddon and Denison.

In Franklin, voters have ended the parliamentary career of former Labor cabinet minister David O’Byrne, instead electing Upper House Independent MP turned Liberal candidate Paul Harriss.

Greens MP Kim Booth is set to be the party’s third MP.

He is ahead of former Labor Attorney-General Brian Wightman in Bass.

In Braddon, the Palmer Party has been officially excluded from the preference distribution, with the Liberals tipped to win a fourth seat in the division.

Labor’s Madeleine Ogilvie is now ahead of the party’s Julian Amos in Denison but by just 33 votes.

Counting is expected to be finalised by Friday.

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