Former shadow industry minister Sophie Mirabella issued a statement yesterday to say that she would not be seeking a recount in the federal seat of Indi and congratulating independent candidate Cathy McGowan on her victory.
Mirabella, who was a guest at Manufacturers’ Monthly’s Endeavour Awards in May, was behind by 395 votes at the time of writing.
“This election is over and the responsibility for the outcome is mine,” her statement read.
“Despite the closeness of the count I have decided not to seek a recount. I unreservedly accept the decision of the democratic process.”
Mirabella was expected to be industry minister in PM Tony Abbott’s cabinet, which was sworn in yesterday, but suffered a primary vote swing away from her of aboutseven per cent after a well-organised campaign from McGowan.
McGowan said yesterday that her aims included humility and a commitment to her local community.
"I will listen, I will respect, I will engage, I will honour community, and act in the best interests of Indi," the ABC reports her as saying.