Jubilant Greens cheer a ‘greenslide’ in Melbourne as left-wing party leader leads raucous celebrations – but they will NOT hold balance of power
- Victorian Greens look to have picked up at least two additional seats in election
- The minor party has retained the seats of Brunswick, Melbourne and Prahran
- But they are also projects to win the seats of Northcote and Richmond
The Greens are celebrating a Victorian election ‘greenslide’ as the left-wing minor party picks up at least two inner-city Melbourne seats.
Premier Daniel Andrews was returned to power at Saturday’s election with voters delivering him a historic third term in majority government.
But Greens leader Samantha Ratnam also had reason to celebrate – telling supporters: ‘Melbourne is going Green!!’
Victorian Greens Leader Samantha Ratnam (pictured) arrives to the Collingwood Town Hall voting centre in Melbourne on Saturday
The party were projected to pick up the seats of Northcote and Richmond and were ahead in Pascoe Vale as of 9.30pm, according to ABC figures.
They also retained the seats of Brunswick, Melbourne and Prahran.
Ms Ratnam told supporters the ‘greenslide continues’ – a reference to the party picking up a slew of seats at May’s federal election.
The Green’s held onto three seats with Sam Hibbins winning in Prahran, mother-of-three Ellen Sandell in Melbourne, and Dr Tim Read in Brunswick.
But Gabrille de Veitri for the Greens has ousted Labor in the trendy seat of Richmond with newcomer Lauren O’Dwyer’s campaign weighed down over questions about her claim to Aboriginal heritage.
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