Big swing to Libs in ACT

Labor thought they would be nice and safe in ACT, protected by troughing civil servants but it looks like a massive swing against Labor and the Greens in the territory:

A BIG swing to the Liberals in the ACT election shows voters in the territory are wary of the Australian Greens, senior Liberal senator Arthur Sinodinos says.

While it’s still not clear whether the Liberals or Labor will hold power, neither major party will be able to govern without the support of the remaining Greens MPs.

The parliamentary secretary to Opposition Leader Tony Abbott on Sunday declined to advise the ACT Liberals how to approach the Greens.

“It’s up to them what they do,” Senator Sinodinos told Network Ten’s Meet the Press program.

“It’s true in the past they’ve been pretty wary about joining with the Greens.

“The result on the weekend in Canberra has been a pretty decisive rejection of the Labor-Greens alliance.”

There was a 6.4 per cent swing to the Liberals on Saturday, while the Greens suffered a 4.6 per cent swing against and have lost at least two seats.

With about 74 per cent of the vote counted, the Liberals appear to have picked up seven seats, Labor seven seats and the Greens one.

Two seats remain outstanding and could go to either the Liberals or the Greens.

Still, the Liberals’ primary vote, at 38 per cent, was its best ever in the ACT.

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