Greens candidate Stephen Bates claims victory in Brisbane seat, Labor concedes

Greens candidate for Brisbane Stephen Bates claimed victory in the electorate, while his Labor opponent relented.
Bates spoke at a press conference on Saturday and described what will be the party’s fourth victory in the lower house of the federal election as a reflection of how people in his constituency feel.

“We knew people were interested in what we were saying and we knew people liked our policies,” he said.

Greens candidate in Brisbane Stephen Bates claimed victory in the electorate, while his Labor opponent relented.
Greens candidate in Brisbane Stephen Bates claimed victory in the electorate, while his Labor opponent relented. (Getty)

“They told us they wanted to get 100% public renewable energy, they wanted dental and mental health included in Medicare, they wanted action on the housing crisis.

“It became a victory for us.”

The Greens also picked up victories in the seats of Griffiths and Ryan and leader Adam Bandt also retained the seat of melbournegiving the party its best result in the House of Representatives.

Labor candidate Madonna Jarrett said while the count “is still on, it’s clear we won’t cross the line here in Brisbane”.

“Although I am disappointed, I couldn’t be more proud of the campaign we have had here in Brisbane over the last twelve months,” she said.

“Earlier this afternoon I called Stephen Bates to congratulate him on his successful campaign.

“I wish him all the best for the upcoming term.”

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Adam Bandt addressed the news on Twitter, telling his followers that “the green flow continues”.

“Stephen’s fantastic win means the Liberals’ defeat goes even deeper,” Bandt said.

“We are the most powerful third party in Parliament, and we are ready to fight for action on climate and inequalities.”

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