News State Victoria Election result: Victoria’s crowded upper house confirm Labor, cross bench domination

Election result: Victoria’s crowded upper house confirm Labor, cross bench domination

Victorians cast their vote in the state election on November 24. Photo: AAP
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Daniel Andrews’ dominance of Victorian politics continues, with the ALP landing 18 of 40 Upper House seats at the November 24 state election.

Final calculations for the Upper House have been released by the Victorian Electoral Commission on Tuesday, and show as many members will now sit on the cross bench as they will in Opposition.

Micro-parties scored well from complicated preference deals, with 10 MPs from seven parties to sit on the cross bench.

The Coalition’s shocking campaign continued, with the number of Upper House MPs slashed from 16 to 11.

Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party was the biggest winner on the cross bench, picking up three seats, with the Liberal Democrats winning two.

They both picked up more spots than the Greens, who lost four MPs in the election rout, leaving party leader Samantha Ratnam as the only Green left in the Upper House.

Ms Ratnam said the results showed the need for urgent voting reform in the Upper House.

“However, the Greens will also be reviewing our 2018 election campaign and we take full responsibility for our results,” Ms Ratnam said.

“The Greens have a crucial role to play in the next Parliament in holding Labor to account as they continue to log our native forests, burn coal and fail to address the state’s housing crisis.

“We are determined to continue the crucial work of our outgoing MPs to be the voice of logic, compassion and equality, and we will be loud.”

Fiona Patten was returned for the Reason Party, and Jeff Bourman survived for the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party. His colleague Daniel Young was defeated.

Three other parties are making their debut in state politics: Transport Matters, Animal Justice Party and Sustainable Australia.

Sustainable Australia won a spot despite wining just 1.32 per cent of the vote in Southern Metro, compared to the Greens who were unsuccessful with 13.5 per cent.

The Liberal Democrats in South East Metro won a seat with just 0.84 per cent of the vote.

Labor will require the support of three cross benchers.