News Election 2016 Coalition pulls ahead of Labor as count continues

Coalition pulls ahead of Labor as count continues

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Maverick Queensland MP Bob Katter is emerging as the possible kingmaker to help the Coalition get across the line into government.

AAP is reported the stand so far as:

Coalition 70

Labor 67

Greens 1

Independent 4

In doubt 8

In doubt are the seats of Capricornia (Nationals QLD), Chisholm (Labor VIC), Cowan (Liberal WA), Dunkley (Liberal VIC), Forde (LNP QLD), Gilmore (Liberal NSW), Herbert (LNP QLD) and Hindmarsh (Liberal SA).

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AAP’s “best-guess outcome” is as follows:

Coalition 75

Labor 70

Greens 1

Independents 4

Latest counting suggests the Coalition will win the seats of Grey in South Australia, Dunkley in Victoria and Gilmore in New South Wales, while it is ahead by only 362 votes in Chisholm.

While the Liberals have also gained ground in the tight South Australian seat of Hindmarsh, Labor is still ahead there.

If the Coalition gains four of the six seats in doubt, it will be able to form government in its own right.

If it gains just three it will need the support of at least one of the crossbenchers: Rebekha Sharkie, of the Nick Xenophon team, Andrew Wilkie, Bob Katter, Cathy McGowan, and the Green’s Adam Bandt.

Meanwhile, Bob Katter says he is already working on a list of demands to put to the major parties in the face of a hung parliament.

The Katter’s Australian Party leader easily won his rural seat, gaining a swing of more than 11 per cent on first preference votes.

“You don’t get very big swings. They’re very rare really, but a swing of that magnitude is extraordinary,” he said.

– with AAP.

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