Australian authorities announce final results after elections

Australian authorities announce final results after elections

Australian authorities announce final results after elections

Authorities will announce the last seat in a greener, more fragmented Australian parliament on Wednesday after the May 21 elections.

The election brought Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s center-left Labor Party to power for the first time in nine years.

The Australian Election Commission declared on Wednesday that Cooper was the 77th seat of the state of Victoria in the House of Representatives with 151 seats, where parties must have a majority to form a government.

The conservative opposition Liberal Party is expected to be declared the winner of Western Australia’s state seat, O’Connor, later on Wednesday.

Labor’s slim majority means the government doesn’t have to negotiate with the opposition or unaligned lawmakers to get legislation through the House.

But that is not the case in the Senate, where Labor has only 26 of the 76 seats.

If Labor were to get all 12 senators from the small Greens party to back legislation, the government would need to convince only one of the six remaining independent or unaligned lawmakers to reach a majority. The environmentally minded Greens had just nine seats in the previous Senate.

An early test will be when the government tries to legislate on a new greenhouse gas reduction target on July 26, when Parliament will sit for the first time since the election.

Labor was elected on a pledge to cut Australia’s emissions by 43% to below 2005 levels by 2030. The government formally passed the target last week, but enshrining it in law would set it for a future government become more difficult to change the target. †

The Conservative coalition went into elections last month with a less ambitious target of a 26% reduction to 28% by the end of the decade. Opposition leader Peter Dutton has excluded 32 opposition senators who support Labour’s 43% target.

Greens leader Adam Bandt has said he will urge the government to ban new coal mines and gas projects when that target legislation is negotiated. The Greens want Australia’s emissions to be cut by 75% by 2030.

The major parties both lost seats to candidates promising more action on climate change.

The Liberal Party lost six seats in the House that were considered to be among their safest for the so-called teal independents: a greener shade than the party’s traditional blue.

The number of legislators in the House who are not aligned with major parties has risen from seven in the last parliament to 16 in the new parliament, suggesting some observers say the years of majority rule in Australia are numbered.