Among the many pages and pages of numbers, preference distributions and declarations, there’s some documents buried on the Australian Electoral Commission’s website that are of interest only to the most wonky of political wonks. One such document is the list of “non classical divisions”, where the AEC lists every seat in which the two party preferred vote is not between the Liberals and the Labor party, but with a different party or independent knocking one of the majors out of the top two positions. The seat of Melbourne, formerly a Labor stronghold and now home to the one Green in the House of Representatives is on the list, but not as one would expect. Previously listed as a battle between Labor’s Sophie Ismail and the Greens’ Adam Bandt, the seat has now been updated with the Liberals’ Le Liu bumping out Ismail. There’s 16 electorates on the list as of this morning, and we’ve previously reported that in former Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s seat of Warringah ended with the Greens in second place, partly because of a high number of left-leaning independents. The seat of Maranoa in Queensland is also on the list, with One Nation’s Lynette Keehn coming in second behind the LNP’s David Littleproud.
Greens’ grasp on Melbourne tightens
The AEC has revealed just how poorly the Labor party did in the inner-seat of Melbourne, formerly one of their safest seats.