Result of the federal elections of the Greens 2022: Queensland becomes Greensland
The places of Griffith, Ryan and even Brisbane who could reach the top of the Greens will make Queensland the political heart of the party.
The Australian Greens achieved a strong historic result in Brisbane city center polls during the 2022 federal election, paving the way for Queensland to become the party’s new stronghold.
For weeks, polls had suggested strong performance in the Sunshine State and election night was no different. On Saturday evening, with 48.3% of the votes counted, the Greens had received 13.2% of the votes with a swing of 2.9% towards them. This translated into Griffith and Ryan as probable pickups, while Brisbane is in sight as well.
Max Chandler-Mather looks set to become Griffith’s next member, beating Labor’s Terri Butler. Chandler-Mather worked as a strategist for previous Green state campaigns and led the election campaign of high-profile Green Councilor Jonathan Sri. In Griffith, once home to then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, a resourceful campaign based on face-to-face conversations which Chandler-Mather compared to “social work” it paid off big.
In nearby Ryan, Elizabeth Watson-Brown is likely to defeat Liberal MP Julian Simmonds. In a venue that was hit by floods this year, Watson-Brown used government inaction to push hard on climate action, while also tying her expertise in architecture to sustainable development.
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Stephen Bates is also performing well in Brisbane, where incumbent Trevor Evens conceded. Labor Madonna Jarrett is behind Bates by less than one percent with 58.5 percent of the vote, even though the party says it expects a strong postal result.
Throughout the campaign, the Queensland Greens had been quietly confident in the strength of their ground game in downtown Brisbane. Green leader Adam Bandt boasted that he “knocked on every door and had over 30,000 conversations with voters” in Griffith. The cost of living, climate change and aircraft noise were big problems of the campaign, who also played on their strengths. Plus, an innovative online campaign he tried to channel interest in these topics towards the Greens.
Despite its reputation as Australia’s most conservative state, a notable achievement for the Greens in Brisbane’s inner city polling stations earned it the nickname Greensland, at least for tonight.