Greens’ Robin Chapple keeps his seat
Veteran Greens MP Robin Chapple has pulled off a political comeback by being re-elected for a fourth term in the Upper House.
Mr Chapple, who won the final spot in the Mining and Pastoral Region after a full count was finalised last week, had been on track to lose his spot to a third Labor candidate after above-the-line votes were counted.
But Mr Chapple bridged a 225vote gap in below-the-line votes against Peter Foster to claim the final spot.
The final result is two Labor MPs, including new minister Stephen Dawson, one Liberal and one National MP — a drop of one seat for each party — meaning former Agriculture Minister and Liberal MP Mark Lewis will not have a seat in the new Parliament.
It also includes the first confirmed One Nation representative, with Robin Scott, an electrical contractor, also elected.
Labor is on track to win 14 seats in the Upper House, while the Liberals are set for 10, and the Greens four.
The new Legislative Council will sit from May 22.