Greens candidate Stephen Bates claims victory at Brisbane headquarters, admits Labor

green candidate for brisbane Stephen Bates claimed victory in the electorate, while his Labor opponent conceded.
Bates spoke at a press conference on Saturday and described what the party’s fourth victory in the Chamber will be. federal election as a reflection of how people in your constituency are feeling.

“We knew people were interested in what we were saying and we knew people liked our policies,” he said.

Greens candidate for Brisbane Stephen Bates claimed victory in the electorate, while his Labor opponent conceded.
Greens candidate for Brisbane Stephen Bates claimed victory in the electorate, while his Labor opponent conceded. (Getty)

“They told us they wanted to get 100% publicly owned renewable energy, they wanted dental and mental health on Medicare, they wanted action on the housing crisis.

“That turned into a win for us.”

The Greens also took seat wins from Griffiths and Ryan and leader Adam Bandt also retained the seat of Melbournegiving the party its best ever result in the Chamber of Deputies.

Labor candidate Madonna Jarrett said that while the count “is still ongoing, it is clear that we are not going to cross the line here in Brisbane”.

“While I’m disappointed, I couldn’t be more proud of the campaign we’ve run here in Brisbane over the last twelve months,” she said.

“Earlier this afternoon, I called Stephen Bates to congratulate him on his successful campaign.

“I wish you all the best for your next term.”

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Adam Bandt addressed the news on Twitter, declaring to his followers that “the greenslide continues”.

“Stephen’s fantastic victory means that the Liberals’ defeat is even deeper,” Bandt said.

“We are the third most powerful party in Parliament and we are ready to fight for action against climate and inequality.”

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