Labor still hangs on the edge of majority government

Labor is close to securing the parliamentary seats it needs for a majority government, but some weekend election contests are still too close to mention.

According to official figures from the Australian Electoral Commission on Tuesday morning, Labor will win 75 seats, one less than a majority in the House of Representatives.

The Liberal-National Coalition has 59 seats.

There are six seats by a margin of less than 1000 votes: Deakin (Victoria), Ryan (Queensland), Gilmore (NSW), Grey, Sturt (South Australia) and Lyons (Tasmania).

In the Melbourne suburb of Deakin, former Liberal minister Michael Sukkar leads by just 55 votes.

The seats of Richmond (NSW), Macnamara (Victoria) and Brisbane (Qld), where the Greens are in the running, are also in the game, and the AEC has not yet published preferred numbers of two candidates.

Independent candidates lead with 10 seats, the Greens with two, while the Center Alliance and Katter’s Australian Party retain their seats.

Coalition MPs follow with 18 seats: Swan, Pearce, Tangney, Hasluck, Curtin (WA), Chisholm, Higgins, Kooyong, Goldstein (Vic), Wentworth, Reid, North Sydney, Robertson, Mackellar, Bennelong (NSW), Boothby and Gray ( SA).

Labor is behind two NSW seats – Fowler and Gilmore – it held ahead of Saturday’s election.

The Senate composition could take weeks to determine, but it appears that one of the victims will be Liberal minister Zed Seselja, who is defeated by the independent David Pocock, a former Australian rugby union international.

-MONKEY

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