Greens in stunning victory over Labor in inner-city Queensland seat knocking out a key ALP ministerial wannabe
- The Greens have made a shock victory in a key Labor-held Queensland seat
- The Left-wing party looked set to win the seat with a massive early swing
- Greens candidate Max Chandler-Mather split votes away from the Labor party
- Outgoing Labor candidate slated to be a frontbencher in an ALP government
The Greens have won a critical inner-city seat which Labor has held for the past 25 years.
The electorate of Griffith – which folds in large swathes of Brisbane – has been called in favour of Max Chandler-Mather, who won over sitting Labor candidate Terri Butler.
Ms Butler was tipped to be a frontbencher if Anthony Albanese’s ALP formed government, but the electorate is now in the hands of the young-gun Greens candidate after voters resoundingly turned away from both major parties in the seat.
Mr Chandler-Mather embraced his supporters shortly after the Nine Network called the result on Saturday evening.
Max Chandler-Mather (pictured left) is the greens candidate in the seat of Griffith looking at a potential victory over Labor
It follows an early swing in the Greens’ favour from the beginning of the night.
ABC election guru Antony Green said: ‘That’s a quite remarkable result and the Greens have been talking that up. That’s a very encouraging first result for them.’
The swing to Greens candidates in Brisbane mimics the swing towards Teal independents in Sydney as many voters arrived on Saturday disillusioned with the two major parties.
The Greens have been campaigning heavily against both major parties, looking to forge seats of their own in the House of Representatives this election
Mr Chandler-Mather has so far been focusing his election campaign on the key issues of education and investment in public infrastructure.
The seat of Griffith covers the area along the Brisbane River from Morningside to Fairfield including the suburbs of Woolloongabba, South Brisbane and West End.
Terri Butler has held the seat since the February by-election in 2014 which saw her take over from former prime minister Kevin Rudd.
The seat is a traditionally underlying ‘progressive’ seat, but the progressive vote has been split between the Labor Party and the Greens this election, continuing a trend that began in 2013.
Voters in several marginal Brisbane seats have been dominated by local issues as well as national issues including climate change and the economy.
Aircraft noise quickly became the defining local issue for inner-city seats since the Brisbane airport opened its second runway halfway through 2020.
Mr Chandler-Mather promised voters in his electorate his Greens party would push for curfews and hourly flight caps to combat flight noise over Brisbane.