Wednesday, 1 December 2010
Once again, a big "thank you" to all those who helped during our campaign for Melbourne, and all those who voted Green.
As at Wednesday 1 December, I have received slightly more than 31% of the votes in the seat of Melbourne. This is the highest Green vote of any seat in Victoria and is a swing of around +3.8% - very strong considering the big swing to the conservatives across the State.
Even with the Liberals supporting Labor, the seat remains a Green/Labor one, with the margin now over 7%.
You can check the latest count here.
Please note that there are still many postal, absentee and early polling centre votes to count so these numbers are not yet final.
The decision by the Liberal party to direct preferences to Labor ahead of the Greens resulted in Liberal preferences re-electing Labor's Bronwyn Pike.
For many, this election was about preferences, hung parliaments, and fear. For us, it was about principles, policies and inspiration.
Looking back at this experience, the journey was well worth it. I would always have regretted it if I had not stood, and I learnt so much along the way, and gained so much from the many people I met.
Let's hope we'll be able to surmount the larger hurdle of overcoming the combined Liberal/Labor vote next time, and here's to the promotion of Green values.
Here is my speech on election night.