2022 Senate Election – National Totals

This post has the final national Senate vote totals table that fixes a few issues with the AEC’s Senate totals. The main difference is the table below accumulates the Coalition into a single national total.

I’ve combined the Coalition parties into a single total as it is the only sensible way to do a national comparison. The alternative would be a Liberal/National total covering only NSW and Victoria, a Liberal total for ACT, SA, WA and Tasmania, LNP for Queensland and CLP for Northern Territory. There is even less justification for separating the Coalition parties in the Senate than there is for the House.

I’ve provided some commentary on the Senate result below the table.

p.s. – I can’t help but notice that Legalise Cannabis Australia polled almost the same as the United Australia Party despite a substantially smaller advertising budget.

Party Name Votes Pct Change
Coalition 5,148,028 34.23 -3.76
Labor 4,525,598 30.09 +1.30
The Greens 1,903,403 12.66 +2.46
One Nation 644,744 4.29 -1.11
United Australia 521,113 3.46 +1.10
Legalise Cannabis 501,421 3.33 +1.54
Liberal Democrats 340,132 2.26 +1.10
Animal Justice 240,696 1.60 +0.34
Shooters Fishers Farmers 147,737 0.98 -0.35
Others 135,461 0.90 -5.98
Great Australian Party 82,237 0.55 +0.31
Sustainable Australia 78,181 0.52 +0.11
Reason Australia 74,223 0.49 +0.49
Indigenous – Aboriginal Party 71,811 0.48 +0.48
Australian Democrats 65,532 0.44 +0.26
David Pocock 60,406 0.40 +0.40
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party 54,366 0.36 -0.36
Fusion 51,676 0.34 -0.18
Informed Medical Options 48,830 0.32 +0.21
Australian Values Party 41,351 0.27 +0.27
Federation Party 33,551 0.22 +0.22
Australian Christians 33,143 0.22 +0.06
Jacqui Lambie Network 31,203 0.21 -0.01
Citizens Party 29,799 0.20 +0.13
Socialist Alliance 28,057 0.19 +0.13
Western Australia Party 26,555 0.18 +0.06
Rex Patrick Team 23,425 0.16 +0.16
Victorian Socialists 21,739 0.14 +0.14
Federal ICAC Now 18,508 0.12 +0.12
TNL 13,217 0.09 +0.09
Seniors United Party 12,790 0.09 +0.04
Kim for Canberra 12,622 0.08 +0.08
Local Party 7,605 0.05 +0.05
Australian Progressives 5,932 0.04 +0.04
Democratic Alliance 5,566 0.04 +0.04
Formal Votes 15,040,658 96.58
Informal 532,003 3.42 -0.40
Total Votes / Turnout 15,572,661 90.39

The notes below will be updated after the final seats are determined on Monday. It appears Labor is still favourite to win the final seat in Western Australia but the last seat in Victoria is genuinely in doubt.

Commentary on Result

The overall Senate result sees a significant shift away from the Coalition. The change in party representation will give the new Labor government a Senate through which it can negotiate the passage of legislation.

Labor has 26 seats, unchanged from the last parliament. Labor has lost a seat to the Greens in New South Wales but gained a seat from the Liberal Party in Western Australia.

The Greens have 12 seats, a gain of three. The Greens have gained one seat from Labor in New South Wales, one at the expense of the LNP in Queensland, and another through the defeat of former Nick Xenophon Team representatives in South Australia.

Labor plus the Greens have 38 seats, enough to block hostile Senate motions, but not enough to pass legislation.

To pass Legislation Labor will need the support of the Greens and one crossbench Senator. There may be occasions where Labor will be supported by the Coalition, or at least by the Liberal Party.

This is where the victory of ACT Independent David Pocock could be critical, taking a seat from the Liberal Party and breaking the major parties’ monopoly on ACT Senate seats. Campaigning on many of the issues backed by ‘teal’ independents in the lower house, Pocock could on some issues be the critical 39th seat Labor needs to pass legislation.

Others on the cross bench are two Jacqui Lambie Network Senators from Tasmania, with Jacqui Lambie joined after the 2022 election by a former member of her staff, Tammy Tyrrell.

Pauline Hanson’s One Nation should continue with two Senators, though the party has lost support in Queensland and Pauline Hanson will fall well short of a quota in her own right. Hanson is favoured to win despite still being in a tight contest with the LNP’s Amanda Stoker.

The South Australian Senate race has seen the demise of the Nick Xenophon Team/Centre Alliance with both Rex Patrick and Stirling Griff defeated, the Greens winning one seat and the Liberals the other.

Coalition representation will be reduced from 36 seats to 32 seats, though that will increase to 33 if the third Liberal holds on to win the final seat in Victoria. The Coalition has lost four seats, one each to Labor in Western Australia, to the Jacqui Lambie Network in Tasmania, to David Pocock in the ACT and to the Greens in Queensland. The Liberal Party gains a seat in South Australia at the expense of the former Nick Xenophon Team and hopes to retain its third seat in Victoria.

3 thoughts on “2022 Senate Election – National Totals”

  1. Seat of Brisbane – Madonna J has finished second (11 votes) why was it declared for the greens?

    COMMENT: During the distribution of preferences from the four lowest polling candidates, the Green candidate moves ahead of Labor’s candidate resulting in Madonna Jarrett being excluded and electing the Green.

  2. There must be a better system than the current one,
    whereby preferences can & often do put lower polling candidates ahead. It seems odd to have people elected who have very low primary votes, don’t you think?

    COMMENT: Simple majority voting declares the candidate with the most first preference votes as the winner. Preferential voting does not, allowing a trailing candidate to win on the transfer of preferences from lower polling candidates. Lower polling candidates do not “often” win. Lower polling candidates win on preferences in fewer than one-in-ten contests. Candidates can be elected from low primary votes because preferential voting determines the winner not on first preference votes but on the vote after preferences.

  3. Can you tell what the first preference vote was for just Liberals and just Nationals. The claim by Liberals is it correct they have more than Labor?
    The coalition may have but that’s 2 parties, The seat count shows Nationals have nearly caught the Liberals.

    COMMENT: If you are talking about the Senate then there is no point talking about separate party first preference totals. There are joint Liberal/National tickets representing the two parties in NSW, Victoria, under the LNP banner in Queensland and as the CLP in the Northern Territory. The other states and territories run single Liberal Senate tickets. There was a separate National Party ticket in SA that polled only 3,969 votes.

    If you are after separate House totals, you can find them separated onto the four Coalition Parties at this page on the AEC website.

    The seat totals for the Coalition House parties were Liberal 27, LNP 21 and National 10. The 21 LNP members elected from Queensland do not sit in the House of Representatives as LNP members. Instead they join either the Liberal or National party room. 15 sit as Liberals, six as Nationals making the numbers for the two parties in the House Liberal 42 and National 16. The numbers in the Senate are Liberal 26 National 6 making the overall Coalition totals Liberal 68 National 22.

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