South Australian Senate dominated by pro-marriage equality senators
The Senate results in South Australia were finalised on Tuesday with the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) announcing the election of six senators for South Australia.
The six successful candidates were: Cory Bernardi (Liberal) Nick Xenophon (Independent), Penny Wong (ALP), Sarah Hanson-Young (Greens), Bob Day (Family First) and Simon Birmingham (Liberal).
The announcement is good news for marriage equality advocates, with four of the six senators in favour of same-sex marriage. Only the Liberal’s Cory Bernardi and Family First Senator Bob Day oppose same-sex marriage.
The successful candidates will be formally declared on Wednesday at a ceremony at the Stanford Plaza in Adelaide.
The biggest loser in the Senate result is sitting Labor Senator Don Farrell, who will lose his spot when the new Senate comes into effect in July.
Australian Marriage Equality chairman Alex Greenwich said the senate result in South Australia reflects the strong support in that state for marriage equality.
"We hope the four strong senators elected who support marriage equality will work closely together to progress reform in the next senate.
"As well as electing four marriage equality champions, two of the strongest opponents of reform were also elected. This means a united front is more important than ever before."