Australian authorities announce final results after election

Australian authorities announce final results after election

The authorities will declare the final seat on Wednesday in a greener and more fragmented Australian Parliament after elections on May 21.

The election brought Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s centre-left Labor Party to power for the first time in nine years.

The Australian Electoral Commission declared on Wednesday that Cooper’s seat in Victoria state was the 77th won by Labor in the 151-seat House of Representatives, where parties need to control a majority to form a government.

The opposition conservative Liberal Party is expected to be declared the winner of O’Connor’s state seat in Western Australia later on Wednesday.

The narrow Labor majority means the government will not have to negotiate with the opposition or misaligned lawmakers to get the legislation through the lower house.

But that is not the case in the Senate, where Labor holds just 26 of the 76 seats.

If Labor were to get all 12 of the smaller Green senators to support the legislation, the government would only need to persuade one of the remaining six independent or non-aligned lawmakers to achieve a majority. The environmentally focused Greens held just nine seats in the previous Senate.

An early test will be when the government tries to enshrine a new greenhouse gas reduction target in legislation on July 26, when Parliament meets for the first time since elections.

Labor was elected with a commitment to cut Australia’s emissions 43% below 2005 levels by 2030. The government formally adopted the target last week, but enshrining it in law would make the task of changing the objective would be more difficult to achieve for a future administration. .

The Conservative coalition went into elections last month with a less ambitious target of a reduction from 26% to 28% by the end of the decade. Opposition Leader Peter Dutton has ruled out the 32 opposition senators who support Labour’s 43% target.

Greens leader Adam Bandt has said he will push the government to ban new coal mines and gas projects when that targeted legislation is negotiated. The Greens want Australian emissions cut by 75% by 2030.

Major parties lost seats to candidates who promised more action on climate change.

The Liberal Party lost six House seats that were considered some of its safest to so-called teal independents: a shade greener than the party’s traditional blue color.

The number of lawmakers in the House who are not aligned with the main parties has risen from seven in the last Parliament to 16 in the new Parliament, which some observers say suggests the years of majority rule in Australia are numbered.

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