AustraliaSharkie returned in Mayo
PM urges independents to show their hand
Independent candidates for the federal election should say who they would help to form government if they secure the balance of power, the prime minister says.
Centre Alliance MP Rebekha Sharkie has claimed victory in the South Australian seat of Mayo - for the second time in 10 months - after a "dirty" campaign.
Ms Sharkie had polled 54 per cent of two-party preferred votes with more than 35 per cent of ballots counted.
That would return her a slightly increased majority over her Liberal opponent Georgina Downer who she also defeated in last year's by-election.
Ms Downer was yet to concede defeat.
Life savings of elderly scam victims handed back
The life savings of an elderly Sydney couple who were duped by roof scammers will be returned to them. The couple – a man aged 93 and his 91-year-old wife – were tricked into paying the conmen after they visited their Haberfield home earlier this year. After the scammers watched the woman pay for false roof repairs, the gang returned the next day to steal thousands of dollars from a cash tin. Detectives set up Strike Force Vennard to investigate the theft of the couple’s savings and other scams. In March, police arrested a 38-year-old UK national who was the alleged ringleader of the scammers.
But addressing her supporters on Saturday night, Ms Sharkie congratulated her community for not buying into letterbox advertising.
"We were a big target this time and it was nasty, we all know that," she said.
"I made myself a bigger target, I came in 2016 as an unknown so I didn't have all of the attack advertising through the letterbox... but it certainly took it to a whole new level this campaign."
Sharkie helped by junior volunteer
Mayo MP Rebekha Sharkie has praised a young volunteer who couldn't vote for her and can't vote for her next time.
Ms Sharkie told reporters she was hoping to work with a "frustrating" Coalition government to achieve a Federal ICAC and "restore integrity into the parliament."
Man charged after shots fired at home.
A 31-year-old man has been charged after shots were fired at a home in Rockhampton following an altercation between a cyclist and a driver. About 6.15pm on Friday, police were told of a traffic incident in Norman Gardens involving the driver of a vehicle and a bicycle rider, who then became involved in an argument. The driver allegedly left and returned a short time later when shots were fired towards a house, while the cyclist was inside. The driver fled on foot and returned in a vehicle where a further two shots were allegedly fired at the residence before he drove away.
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Centre Alliance's Rebekha Sharkie 'holds the Mayo', Downer concedes
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