Greens’ Robin Chap­ple keeps his seat

Pilbara News - - News - Dy­lan Ca­porn

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.

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