All the seats seem to be decided, Corangamite went to Labor, Brisbane and Hasluck to Liberals. This gives Coalition 73 / Labor 72, unless you don’t count Tony Crook for the Coalition in which case it’s 72 all. Even if you give the coalition one more seat it doesn’t necessarily mean that they have to form Govt since Adam Bandt is definitely not supporting them, and Wilkie seems unlikely to do so, whereas the ex-Nat indies seem to get on OK with the ALP. Could go either way. Tony Abbott has agreed to treasury costings now so will be interesting to see how that pans out – did he really have something to hide.
Other news –
- The ALP are making accusations of vote tampering in Boothby, a seat they lost by about 1000 votes. Details aren’t too clear at this stage.
- Steve Fielding made a bit of a desperate attempt to appear relevant by threatening to block supply if Labor forms government. A couple of problems with this – Tony Abbott said that the Libs won’t block supply, and Bob Brown pointed out that by the time the next budget needs to be voted on there’ll be a new senate anyway. Here’s Steve being a queue jumper: