Liberals claim victory in Tasmania as results point to hung parliament

Tasmania has delivered a hung parliament, with Australia’s last governing Liberals getting more seats than Labor but not enough to form government.

Liberal Premier Jeremy Rockliff, who called an early election to restore stability after eight months of minority government, declared Saturday night’s count a “victory”.

The Liberals, who have been in power since 2014, have 12 seats – six short of the required 18 for majority.

Projections indicated they’ll hold 13 to 15 seats, with Labor getting about 12 in total.
The Greens, who have increased their vote, could hold up to six seats while the Jacqui Lambie Network and several independents are also in the mix for spots on the cross bench.