Tasmanian Liberal Party claims historic third term in state election as Labor ...

Tasmanian Liberal Party claims historic third term in state election as Labor concedes defeat - but Premier Peter Gutwein is set to fall agonisingly short of a majority

By Australian Associated Press

Published: 13:53 BST, 1 May 2021 | Updated: 13:54 BST, 1 May 2021

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The Liberal Party has won a historic third term in Tasmania with ongoing vote counting still to determine if they will govern in majority.

With more than half of the votes counted, the Liberals are expected to win at least 12 seats, one short of a majority in the state's 25-member lower house.

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Premier Peter Gutwein has vowed to quit if he is unable to secure a majority meaning another Liberal could lead Tasmania if the government fails to secure a 13th seat.

Labor leader Rebecca White conceded defeat.

'It's clear that we have fallen short of our goal to win majority Labor government,' she told the Hobart tally room on Saturday night.

'I rang Peter Gutwein to congratulate him on his re-election and his impressive personal result.

'All around the country we have seen incumbent governments rewarded for their management of

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