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The federal coalition under Tony Abbott has won government with an average swing of just over three per cent.

At 8.45pm, with just over half the votes counted, the Coalition had 52.8 per cent of the vote over Labor’s 47.2 per cent, on a two-party preferred basis.

The Greens had drawn a 8.5 per cent of the vote.

The Coalition is likely to have 82 seats in the House of Representatives, up 15 from the last parliament, while Labor should have around 52, down 13 seats from last time.

The Greens’ Adam Bandt has retained his seat of Melbourne, while other minority parties could have two seats, including Clive Palmer’s Palmer United Party .

In Richmond, sitting Labor MP Justine Elliot has retained her seat which she’s held since 2004 but in the neighbouring seat of Page, Labor’s Janelle Saffin looks set to lose her seat to the Nationals’ Kevin Hogan.

The swing varied between states, with Labor losing several MPs in Tasmania but in Queensland Labor looks like retaining all its seats.


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