The counting is still underway in the tally rooms, but it looks like the Coalition led by Tony Abbott will be our new leaders within hours. There are a lot of numbers being thrown around right now, but here’s how the election ended up for the MPs you care about.
Kevin Rudd is currently conceding defeat. You can watch his speech on ABC News 24.
Ed Husic looks set to retain his seat in the Western Sydney electorate of Chifley after a tight race in the tough West. Just over half of the vote in Chifley has been counted at the time of writing, with Husic nabbing 61.5 per cent of the seat so far.
Chifley has experienced a 0.8 per cent swing to the Liberal National Coalition at this stage, but not enough for it to steal the seat away.
Husic’s position in the former government was underneath Deputy Prime Minister and new Communications Minister Anthony Albanese after the resignation of Senator Stephen Conroy in the last spill. We’ll have to wait and see what his position is in the new opposition.
Meanwhile, Husic’s friend Nick Champion MP — former head of the IT Pricing Inquiry — will likely retain his seat of Wakefield with 52.9 per cent of the vote so far. That’s a 7.6 per cent swing back to the Coalition, however.
Former Shadow Communications Minister soon to be government minister Malcolm Turnbull is easily ahead in his electorate of Wentworth.
According to the ABC’s election analyst Antony Green, Turnbull is currently at 62.1 per cent of the vote with just over 56 per cent counted at the time of publication.
He appeared on ABC News 24 and The Project earlier this evening looking a little worse for wear. If you had won your seat you’d be celebrating too, though right?
Communications Minister Anthony Albanese MP is also projected to retain his seat of Grayndler with 47.9 per cent of the vote so far — according to Google and Fairfax.
We’ll keep you updated as the numbers come in.
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