The result for the seat of Indi, the electorate of Coalition industry spokeswoman Sophie Mirabella, may not be known for days.
The ABC reports that vote counting in Indi, held by Mirabella by a margin of nine per cent before Saturday’s federal election won by the Coalition, has Mirabella ahead by 52 to 48 per cent on a two party preferred basis.
However, the flow of preferences would be complicated and the final result would take more time to determine.
Mirabella polled 44 per cent on primary votes to independent Cathy McGowan on 32 per cent, with Labor candidate Robyn Walsh receiving 11 per cent.
The industry spokeswoman said that Labor’s vote had collapsed, and that the challenge from McGowan had received a lot of support from Labor, unions, the Greens and left-wing activist group GetUp!
“We saw them all working today on the booths,” Fairfax reports her as saying.
“We saw once and for all that this independent was anything but independent.”
The swing against Mirabella is 7.5 per cent, though she is slightly ahead.