THE Greens candidate David Mallard said he was reasonably satisfied with Saturday’s results, despite The Greens’ being dealt a 1.84 per cent swing against them in Calare.
Former Orange councillor Jeremy Buckingham took 6 per cent of the Calare vote when he ran for The Greens in 2010, while Dr Mallard won 4.16 per cent.
He put the former candidate’s success down to his high profile.
Dr Mallard said he expected a shift to the conservative side in Calare, but was uncertain how third placegetter and Palmer United Party candidate Brian Cain had impacted the result.
“I had a campaign where I stood up and talked about issues I felt that were important,” he said.
“The votes for both Labor and The Greens have dropped a bit, but The Greens’ result overall is quite promising.
“We’ve held [the lower house seat of] Melbourne and we might have more senators then we had previously.”
Dr Mallard said final results for the NSW Senate could be weeks away, but he was still hopeful The Greens’ lead candidate Cate Faehrmann had a shot at a seat.
“No one anticipated how many people voted for the Liberal Democrats in the first column of the ballot paper,” he said.
“That’s really shaken the results up.”
The first-time candidate was uncertain if he would put his hand up for preselection again, saying he would continue working with Orange’s Greens councillor Neil Jones.
He maintained it was worth running a Greens candidate in the safe Nationals seat to ensure the incumbent didn’t take voters for granted.
“Having someone in the electorate says we don’t all agree on issues like climate action and being cruel to asylum seekers,” he said.
“I found when I was campaigning a lot of people were thanking me for standing up and running.”