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Green tinge a blessing and a curse for Labor’s re-election chances

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The Greens will have two MPs in the 93-seat State Parliament, balancing out the normally right-wing cross bench.

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In South Brisbane, the Greens are likely to win on primary votes alone, delivering the minor party another MP in state parliament but still one short of achieving official party status and additional resources.

In Cooper, the seat vacated by retiring Labor minister Kate Jones, the Greens at one point led the count but by 10pm had slipped back to a close third (31.28 per cent) to the LNP (32.32 per cent) and with Labor ahead (33.35 per cent).

In Labor minister Grace Grace’s seat of McConnel, the Greens are a strong third with 38 per cent of the vote, with the LNP on 31 per cent and Labor 36 per cent. Ironically, if the Greens creep past the LNP and into second place with primary votes, the LNP could provide a preference boost. But if the Greens stay third their preferences will help Labor.

ABC election analyst Antony Green said the Greens’ rise was “a trend all across Brisbane”.

Green gave parallels with Melbourne, saying it only took the Greens to gain one seat in Parliament to be able to build its stock with neighbouring seats in subsequent elections.

The Greens will have two on the cross-bench, where they will likely be joined by three members from Katter’s Australian Party, a One Nation MP re-elected despite the collapse in support for Pauline Hanson’s party, and a re-elected independent in Noosa.

Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party ran a $5 million campaign centred on its claim that Labor would introduce a death tax. However, with 1.2 million votes counted, UAP had only 0.59 per cent of the vote, beaten by the anti-vaccination Informed Medical Options Party (0.63 per cent) and the Legalise Cannabis Party (1.03 per cent).

The Greens (10.26 per cent) now have more votes in Queensland than One Nation (7.16 per cent).

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