Just a solitary hour into the counting, the crucial Wentworth by-election has been called, giving us a truly historic result.
It has been a tense day, and a dramatic week leading up to today’s Wentworth by-election.
Wentworth took to the voting booths today to determine who should sit as their MP after a mixed reaction to the treatment of PM Malcolm Turnbull. While voting still continues, ABC’s Antony Green has called Kerryn Phelps after just an hour of scrutineers unpacking the results.
#wentworthvotes 6 of 41 counting centres reported
PartyCode, First pref %, (matched PP change in %)
IND 36.5 (+36.5)
LIB 33.9 (-24.6)
ALP 10.9 (-8.3)
GRN 10.4 (-6.9)
OTH 8.2 (+3.4)
Full results at https://t.co/ngXDINz7j5 #auspol
— Antony Green (@AntonyGreenABC) October 20, 2018
They think it’s all over…and it certainly might be now. It might have been bonus democracy sausage day in the electorate of Wentworth, but the weeks to come will be a veritable smorgasbord of ill taste and suspect meat, with the parliament now certainly hung.
Today matters, because in losing the seat, the Coalition’s also loses their majority. They hold 75 seats, one shy of the 76 required to form a government. Deputy opposition leader Tanya Plibersek was quick to draw the sharpest scimitar from the drawer, telling Sky News that “…the best thing they could do is hold an election so the Australian people can make their minds up…put this government out of its misery.”