Sunday, October 19, 2008

The Greens win the balance of power in the ACT

The Australian Capital Territory held its Legislative Assembly election yesterday, and the result has been a stunning victory for the Greens. Not only did they increase their support from 9.3% to 15.9%; thanks to the ACT using a fair electoral system, that increase in support has translated directly into political power. As a result, they now hold the balance of power, and will be able to form a government with either Labour or the Liberals.

Contrast this with last month's Western Australia elections, which saw the Greens win 11.9% but no seats. Which shows the difference a fair electoral system makes.

Full ACT election results are here.