by Gary J
Fri Dec 21st, 2007 at 05:00:27 PM EST
Following the recent general election it rapidly became apparent that Labor had won. However all the results were not formally declared until today.
In the detailed count a few seats which ALP (Labor) seemed to have taken narrowly on election night ended up remaining Liberal, however former PM John Howard still lost his seat at Bennelong.
The first preference vote totals (for the more important parties) were:-
ALP 5,388,147 (43.38%)
Liberal 4,506,236 (36.28%)
Nationals 682,424 (5.49%)
Greens 967,781 (7.79%)
The current two party preferred totals (where some more counting may take place) were:-
Liberal-Nationals Coalition 5,849,820 (47.44%)
ALP 6,482,460 (52.56%)
This is a 5.31% swing to Labor.
The seat totals (which are final, subject to challenges before a Court of Disputed Returns):-
ALP 83, Coalition 65 (Liberal 55, Nationals 10), Independents 2.
The reason why the Nationals won 10 seats on a lower vote than got the Greens none, is that Nationals support is concentrated in a small number of electorates whereas the Greens support is spread fairly evenly over the whole country.
The Senate count in Victoria is still pending, but it looks like the equal split between left and right, anticipated on election night, will arise. However until the new senators take office on 1st July 2008, the coalition is still dominant in the Senate.
It has been suggested by some Australians that the Rudd government wants the Senate to defeat the repeal of the controversial Workchoices legislation, which made the Howard government so unpopular. If this happens there would be a deadlock between the two houses and that would allow PM Rudd to request a double dissolution of both houses. In such an election all the Senate seats would be at stake. Labor could hope to increase their House majority and eliminate the chance for the coalition alone (or with the one Family First Senator) to block government bills.
Update [2007-12-22 10:55:18 by Gary J]: If you want to look at the results, in enormous detail, the Australian Electoral Commission has an excellent Virtual Tally Room at http://vtr.aec.gov.au/