Tasmanian Legislative Council periodic elections, 2012

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Periodic elections for the Tasmanian Legislative Council were held on 5 May 2012. The two seats up for election were Hobart, held by retiring Labor MLC Doug Parkinson, and Western Tiers, held by independent MLC Greg Hall. These seats were last contested (under different names) in 2006.

Hobart[edit]

The seat of Hobart, formerly known as Wellington, had been held by Doug Parkinson for the Australian Labor Party since 1994; his retirement left Derwent MLC Craig Farrell as the only remaining Labor MLC. As his replacement Labor preselected Dean Winter, a party researcher and staffer for federal MP Julie Collins. His main competition was Rob Valentine, Lord Mayor of Hobart from 1999 to 2011, who was running as an independent candidate. Secondary school teacher Penelope Ann was selected by the Greens, while other independent candidates included engineering consultant James Sugden, former Liberal preselection candidate Paul Hiscutt (who contested Wellington in 2006, and whose father Hugh was an MLC from 1983 to 1995) and serial candidate John Forster.[1]

Tasmanian Legislative Council periodic elections, 2012: Hobart[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Rob Valentine 6,646 37.0 +37.0
Greens Penelope Ann 3,935 22.6 –7.4
Labor Dean Winter 3,347 19.2 −18.2
Independent James Sugden 2,356 13.5 +13.5
Independent Paul Hiscutt 768 4.4 –2.8
Independent John Forster 547 3.1 +3.1
Total formal votes 17,399 96.9 +0.2
Informal votes 550 3.1 –0.2
Turnout 17,949 75.8
Two-party-preferred result
Independent Rob Valentine 10,617 62.5 +62.5
Greens Penelope Ann 6,376 37.5 +0.2
Independent gain from Labor Swing N/A

Western Tiers[edit]

The seat of Western Tiers, renamed from Rowallan in 2006, had been held since 2001 by independent Greg Hall. His only opponent for re-election was another independent candidate, John Hawkins, an antiques dealer and environmental campaigner.[4]

Tasmanian Legislative Council periodic elections, 2012: Western Tiers[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Greg Hall 13,233 73.3 -8.6
Independent John Hawkins 4,823 26.7 +26.7
Total formal votes 18,056 94.4 -0.2
Informal votes 1,080 5.6 +0.2
Turnout 19,136 81.5
Independent hold Swing -8.6

References[edit]

  1. ^ Green, Antony (2012). "Hobart". 2012 Tasmanian Legislative Council elections. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Division of Hobart". 2012 Legislative Council election results. Tasmanian Electoral Commission. 2012. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Green, Antony (2012). "Hobart - Results". 2012 Tasmanian Legislative Council elections. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Green, Antony (2012). "Western Tiers". 2012 Tasmanian Legislative Council elections. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Division of Western Tiers". 2012 Legislative Council election results. Tasmanian Electoral Commission. 2012. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  6. ^ Green, Antony (2012). "Western Tiers - Results". 2012 Tasmanian Legislative Council elections. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 17 May 2012.