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Labor Lead Dwindling; Majority Of 16 Likely; 8 Seats Still Undecided

Nearly two weeks after polling day, counting continues for all electorates in the House of Representatives, with absentee, postal and declaration votes trickling in.

The Australian Electoral Commission now has the ALP on 80 seats, the Liberals 50, The Nationals 10, and independents 2.

There are 8 seats still in doubt.

La Trobe is no longer regarded as doubtful, retained by the Liberal member, Jason Wood, by 889 votes.

  • Herbert – (Qld – Liberal) – Lib ahead by 323.
  • Dickson (Qld – Liberal) – Lib ahead by 221.
  • Bowman (Qld – Liberal) – Lib ahead by 102.
  • Swan (WA – Labor) – Lib ahead by 280.
  • Solomon (NT – CLP) – ALP ahead by 196.
  • Robertson – (NSW – Liberal) – ALP ahead by 182.
  • McEwen – (Vic – Liberal) – Lib ahead by 22.
  • Flynn (Qld – open) – ALP ahead by 459.

On these figures, a final result seems likely to deliver 83 ALP, 65 Coalition, 2 independents.

This would produce a Labor majority of 16 (15 on the floor of the House).

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