The Liberals will form the next Federal government in Australia, as the party won more seats than Labour for the first time in six years. It was a tough election, but the Greens managed to stay put. Their deputy leader Adam Bandt managed to hold on to his seat in the House of Representatives, for the constituency of Melbourne
He won the seat with an increased percentage, despite the Green vote decreasing nationally due to their association with an unpopular Labour-led government. In the Senate, the Greens managed to win an extra seat – Janet Rice will take her place in the upper house for the first time.
It’s an incredible success for the party, who changed leadership last year. Bob Brown stepped down, with Christine Milne taking over the position.
This drift to the right is bad news for the country’s environmental policy. Tony Abbott, the new Prime Minister, has previously spoken out against taking action on climate change. In his victory speech, he said one of his government’s priorities over the next three years will be the dismantling of Australia’s Carbon Tax. In speeches before the elections, he indicated that he’s in favour of increasing Australia’s coal production.