Australia has just held a double dissolution election, meaning people are voting for all the Senate positions as well as all the lower house positions (House of Representatives). Usually we vote for all the lower house but only half the upper house. It was a freezing cold day in this part of Australia, but voting is compulsory so that wouldn't have affected the turnout much. In any case, lots of people would have voted before today (by post).
The election is said to be too close to call. Malcolm Turnbull, the Prime Minister (to the political right) is on the left, and the left (Labor leader) Bill Shorten is on the right in the photo below:D
However, at the close of counting this morning, the results for the 150 seats in the House of Representatives on the AEC website are as follows:Election too close to call as voters walk away from Malcolm Turnbull https://t.co/eqmw1v7tNr #ausvotes pic.twitter.com/mW9OGRhrEQ— smh.com.au (@smh) July 2, 2016
- Australian Labor Party (Bill Shorten leader) 72 seats
- Liberal/National Coalition (Malcolm Turnbull Prime Minister) 66
- Independent 2
- Other minor parties 3
- Not yet determined 7.
The ABC website has the two major parties even at 67 seats won apiece, with 5 others (as above). The remaining 11 seats are listed as:
- ALP ahead - 6
- Lib/Nat ahead - 5.
In my electorate of Indi, the sitting member and independent Cathy McGowan retained her seat. Ms McGowan accepts climate science. The previous incumbent science denier and monarchist Sophie Mirabella had another shot at it, but fared worse than she did last time around. I suspect she won't be back again.