Labor scores its sixth ACT election victory in a row. But the big winners are the Greens

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The ACT is set to be governed by Labor for more than two decades straight, after the Liberals failed to cut through in the weekend's election.
New Zealanders were not the only ones to go to the polls over the weekend. On Saturday, the Australian Capital Territory also voted, returning Labor for a sixth consecutive term after almost 20 years in office.

Andrew Barr, after almost six years as chief minister, has won a further four years in office.

The result confirms Canberra's reputation as the most progressive jurisdiction in the Australia.

Big wins for the Greens, losses for Liberals

Labor's vote remained steady, despite being the nation's longest-serving government, albeit under different leaders.

The big winner on the night was Barr's coalition partner, the Greens, led by Minister for Climate Change, Sustainability and Corrections, Shane Rattenbury.

The Greens earned a swing of 3.4%. It looks like the party will go from two to at least three seats, with the possibility of up to six in the 25-seat Legislative Assembly as counting is confirmed.

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There are five electorates of five members each under the ACT's Hare-Clark electoral system and the Greens may have at least one member in each electorate.

The big loser was the Canberra Liberals, under new leader, 36-year-old Alistair Coe. They suffered an equivalent 3.4% swing against them and lost at least one and possibly three seats.

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With several seats still to be decided, at this stage, the outcome looks like it could be Labor 11, Liberals ten, and Greens four.

At the 2016 election Labor won 12 seats, the Liberals 11, and the Greens two.

A closer contest was expected

The return of the government was predictable, but the result was…
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