Australia

Three seats still close as vote count continues to roll on

Voters cast their ballot during the 2019 federal election. Source: AAP

The returned Morrison government is poised to win a majority of lower house seats, but the contest remains close in three electorates as counting continues.

Scott Morrison remains on track to preside over 78 seats in the lower house, as electoral officials continue to count votes.

Particularly close contests are underway in three electorates, with the Australian Electoral Commission adding Queensland's Lilley to its list of "close" seats on Wednesday evening.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has secured a majority in the house.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has secured a majority in the house.
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Labor leads there, with AEC figures on Wednesday evening showing candidate Anika Wells leading her Liberal National Party rival Brad Carswell with 50.5 per cent of the two-party preferred vote.

Ms Wells is trying to replace Labor stalwart Wayne Swan, who has gone on to become the ALP's national president.

The coalition remains in the lead in the other two close counts, in Tasmania's Bass and Macquarie in NSW.

Figures on Wednesday evening showed Liberal candidate for Bass, Bridget Archer, sits on 50.4 per cent of the two-party vote in her electorate - 504 votes ahead of incumbent Labor MP Ross Hart.

The Liberals' Sarah Richards is ahead of Labor MP Susan Templeman in Macquarie, with the AEC website showing a 196 vote gap in the most recent figures with 88 per cent of the vote counted.

Sarah Richards is ahead of Labor MP Susan Templeman in Macquarie.
Sarah Richards is ahead of Labor MP Susan Templeman in Macquarie.
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In the previously "close" listed seat of Chisholm, Liberal candidate Gladys Liu holds 50.8 per cent of the two-party preferred vote, ahead of Labor's Jennifer Yang.

If the current count trends continue, the Liberal-National coalition will have 78 seats, with Labor on 67 and six crossbenchers.

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