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

Labor has claimed victory in the Queensland seat of Lilley but the Australian Electoral Commission still has it as one of three seats too close to call. The latest results show Prime Minister Scott Morrison with a one- seat majority of 76 seats , with two other seats in doubt but leaning towards his Liberal

Election result in Lilley sees Labor claim Brisbane seat© ABC News: Brittney Kleyn Anika Wells says she never took the seat for granted.

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.

Election result in Lilley sees Labor claim Brisbane seat
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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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But at some booths in Brisbane ’s northern suburbs, Labor ’s primary vote was routed, down more than 20% compared with its state election result in 2017. The home affairs minister, Peter Dutton, comfortably survived a challenge from Labor ’s Ali France in the northern Brisbane seat of Dickson

The results in eight undecided seats will determine whether Scott Morrison will govern in his own right, or be reliant on lower-house votes from the Labor was leading in five seats , the Queensland seats of Blair and Lilley , the New South Wales seats of Eden Monaro and Macquarie and the West Australian

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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