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AustraliaElection result in Lilley sees Labor claim Brisbane seat

05:26  27 may  2019
05:26  27 may  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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Labor has narrowly avoided further eroding its dwindling number of Queensland seats after claiming victory in Lilley, a seat formerly held by retiring MP Wayne Swan.

Labor's first-time candidate Anika Wells waved at drivers in peak hour on busy Sandgate Road this morning, to thank voters for their support which helped her narrowly win the seat on Brisbane's north.

"We didn't take this for granted for a single hour, and it turns out every single hour mattered," she said.

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While the Australian Electoral Commission AEC is yet to officially declare the Labor victory, the ABC's election computer classified the seat as an "ALP retain" on the weekend.

With 86 per cent of the seat counted Ms Wells is ahead of the Liberal National Party's Brad Carswell by 901 votes, two party preferred.

A result that close would reduce the seat's margin from 5.7 per cent to about 1 per cent.

"We're looking at the same numbers as Antony Green … so that gave us confidence in our numbers," Ms Wells said.

"We've treated this like a marginal seat for the 13 months that I've been the endorsed candidate."

The former lawyer said while she focused on a grassroots, local campaign, the LNP's landslide victory in Queensland was concerning.

"There are broader things for us to look into as a party now as we assess what happened," she said.

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