Tasmanian Senate Results Finalised; ALP, Liberals, Greens And Lambie Take All 12 Seats

The Tasmanian Senate election results have been finalised and announced by the Australian Electoral Commission.

The ALP has won 5 seats, returning all of its sitting senators, including Lisa Singh. The Liberals have won 4 seats, but Richard Colbeck has been defeated. The two Greens senators have been re-elected, as has Jacqui Lambie.

Despite being relegated to the sixth position on the ALP ticket, Singh secured a large number of below-the-line votes and was re-elected, displacing John Short, the Tasmanian secretary of the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union, who held the fifth position.

Richard Colbeck also received a significant number of below-the-line votes but insufficient to get him across the line. Colbeck was Minister for Tourism and International Education in the Turnbull government. He supported Turnbull against Abbott in last year’s leadership contest. His relegation to the fifth position on the Liberal ticket was widely seen as orchestrated by Senator Eric Abetz.

Colbeck’s position will be taken by Jonathon Duniam, 33, the former Deputy Chief of Staff to Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman.

The ALP won 33.59% of the statewide primary vote, up 0.76% from 2013. The Liberals won 32.53%, down 4.98%. The Greens secured 11.16%, down 0.50%, whilst Jacqui Lambie polled 8.30%. No other party or candidate secured more than 2.5%.

The AEC’s preference distribution document is shown at the bottom of this page.

Senate Count – Latest Update

This table shows only those States and Territories where Senate results have been declared. The first two rows show the parties that make up the Coalition. The table will be updated as results become available.

Senate Results – 2016 Federal Election
Party NSW VIC QLD WA SA Tas ACT NT Total
— Liberal
4
4
— CLP
1
1
Coalition
4
1
5
A.L.P.
5
1
6
Greens
2
2
Jacqui Lambie Network
1
1
TOTAL
12
2
14

 

Media release from the Australian Electoral Commission.

The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) has announced that the count for the election of 12 Senators for Tasmania was completed today.

The successful candidates for the 12 Senate vacancies for Tasmania are (in order of their election):

  1. ABETZ, Eric – Liberal
  2. URQUHART, Anne – Australian Labor Party
  3. WHISH-WILSON, Peter – The Greens
  4. LAMBIE, Jacqui – Jacqui Lambie Network
  5. PARRY, Stephen – Liberal
  6. POLLEY, Helen – Australian Labor Party
  7. DUNIAM, Jonathon – Liberal
  8. BROWN, Carol – Australian Labor Party
  9. BUSHBY, David – Liberal
  10. SINGH, Lisa – Australian Labor Party
  11. BILYK, Catryna – Australian Labor Party
  12. McKIM, Nick – The Greens

The acting Australian Electoral Officer for Tasmania, Mr David Molnar, said the distribution of preferences was conducted today to elect the twelve Tasmanian Senators.

“As with all aspects of the count, the automated distribution of preferences undertaken today was open to scrutineers appointed by the candidates,” Mr Molnar said.

All 2016 federal election results are available on the AEC tally room.

Declaration of the Poll

Mr Molnar said the formal Declaration of the Poll for the 2016 election of Senators for Tasmania will take place at 3pm on Thursday 28 July and will be held at the AEC, 2nd floor NAB House, 86 Collins Street, Hobart.

All candidates and the media are invited to attend. RSVPs are not required.

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