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A week later, the Albanese government has a majority in Parliament.
(In the Senate, with proportional representation, they will depend on the Greens for a majority).

South Melbourne seat called

Labor under Anthony Albanese will govern in majority with at least 76 seats in the House of Representatives despite a record non-major party vote and crossbench.

The ABC's election analyst Antony Green on Monday night called the south Melbourne seat of Macnamara for Labor, with the returning MP, Josh Burns, guaranteeing an ALP majority in the 151-member lower house.

On Sunday, the prime minister told Sky News he would seek to form a "constructive relationship" with the expanded crossbench, despite not having to rely on their votes to pass legislation.

Albanese has previously said a slim majority was "a very good thing for stability".

Two seats are still in contention: Gilmore, where Labor MP Fiona Phillips has taken a slim lead of less than 200 votes against Liberal Andrew Constance; and Deakin, where the former assistant treasurer Michael Sukkar has a buffer of almost 1,000 votes on his Labor opponent.

I'm mildly disappointed; needing Green support in both houses would have put more backbone in their climate policy. The Greens now have four seats in the lower house; only one previously, in Melbourne. The other three are all in Brisbane.

The south Melbourne Macnamara seat had a three-way split between Liberal, Labor and Green, all around 30%, and so it was certain to go to either Green or Labor (the leading candidate of the two benefiting from the preferences of the other), so it was 62/38 Labor over Liberal.
[Personal interest : my elder daughter is moving to Melbourne in October]

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Mon May 30th, 2022 at 10:54:03 AM EST

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