Guardian reports: The Greens are on track to retain all of their senators up for re-election, giving the minor party a total of nine Senate seats and a dominant role on the crossbench in the 46th parliament. A 2.6% swing to the minor party in the Senate will likely see all six senators up for re-election returned but the Greens failed to make gains in the lower house where its vote slipped back by 0.2% to 10%. Adam Bandt was comfortably re-elected in Melbourne but the Greens were pushed into third position in Higgins and Macnamara and fell short in Kooyong, where the barrister Julian Burnside lost to the treasurer, Josh Frydenberg. The Greens leader, Richard Di Natale, was under pressure to maintain Senate representation and used the expectation of a change in government to urge progressive voters to elect Greens to help strengthen Labor’s climate policy. With a Senate primary above 11% in almost every state, Larissa Waters in Queensland, Sarah Hanson-Young in South Australia, Janet Rice in Victoria, Nick McKim in Tasmania and Jordon Steele-John in Western Australia will be re-elected. Mehreen Faruqi is also likely to be re-elected in New South Wales, improving the Greens’ standing in its traditionally weakest state by 2%. Di Natale said he was “incredibly proud” of the Greens’ campaign, hailing the result as “the strongest outcome for the Greens since the 2010 election”. “I think this shows what is possible when you run a strong, clear campaign based on what you truly believe, not what you think people want to hear,” he said. Di Natale said the Greens would “continue to stand strong against the excesses of the Morrison government in the coming parliament”. The Greens will use their place in a Senate where the Coalition will need at least five votes on the crossbench to pass legislation to encourage a transition away from fossil fuels towards a “jobs-rich renewable energy economy that works for everyone, not just big corporations and wealthy political donors”, Di Natale said.