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Teal independents campaigning on a ticket of action on climate change and the introduction of a federal integrity commission have received a huge groundswell of support from Australian voters.
Prior to election night, it was anticipated that the teal independents may snatch one or two seats. So far it appears they may claim as many as five.
Here’s how things are shaping up so far:
KOOYONG (Victoria) – Kooyong is currently held by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and has largely been considered a safe Liberal seat. Frydenberg is in danger of losing his seat to teal independent Dr Monique Ryan.
After 27 per cent of votes counted, teal independent Monique Ryan leads. She has produced a huge 52.05 per cent swing against Frydenberg.
WENTWORTH (NSW) – Wentworth takes in some of the most exclusive suburbs around Sydney Harbour, and is held by Liberal MP Dave Sharma. Teal independent Allegra Spender will be closely contesting this seat (which is well known for producing former PM Malcolm Turnbull).
After 22 per cent of votes counted, it is highly likely that Allegra Spender has claimed the seat of Wentworth.
GOLDSTEIN (Victoria) – Currently held by Liberal MP Tim Wilson. Once thought to be a very safe seat, Goldstein is being contested by teal independent Zoe Daniel.
After 23 per cent of the vote counted, independent Zoe Daniel is leading by a clear majority.
NORTH SYDNEY (NSW) – Currently held by Liberal MP Trent Zimmerman as a safe Liberal seat. North Sydney is being contested by teal independent Kylea Tink.
After 25 per cent of votes counted, it is highly likely that Kylea Tink has claimed this seat.
MACKELLAR (NSW) – Considered to be a “very safe” Liberal seat held by Jason Falinski since 2016. Mackellar is being contested by Sophie Scamps, who has anecdotally amassed strong community support on the issue of climate change.
After more than 33 per cent of votes counted, it is now highly likely that independent Sophie Scamps has claimed this seat.
Teal candidates are community-sourced independent candidates who share the same pool of backers, most notably the political fundraising firm Climate200.
They are not a political party, but share two key policies: the intention to legislate a federal integrity commission, and concrete action on climate change.
Liberal and Labor HQs tell two different stories