The Labor Party has conceded and the Liberals has defied predictions to win the Federal Election.
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9.27pm: ABC election analyst Antony Green says on the ABC's Australia Votes webpage:
It's hard to see how Labor can reach government on the numbers we are seeing
When 27.5% of the vote was counted, he said:
At the moment, the Labor Party can't reach majority government. The Coalition can.
9.21pm: The Lib/Nat Coalition has 74 seats to the ALP's 66, with Greens holding one, four held by others and six in doubt, according to the ABC's latest totals.
9.20pm: Talking about climate change, Senator Arthur Sinodinos says we need to be up front with the people about necessary responses.
9.19pm: Senator Arthur Sinodinos says
let's get the result first and see whether we're in government
9.16pm: Senator Penny Wong says it's a very tough result for the ALP.
9.12pm: With 45.3% of the vote counted, the Liberal/National Party Coalition has 73 seats to Labor's 65. Five seats held by others, according to ABC figures.
9.04pm: ABC election analyst Antony Green says: We can't see Labor forming a government on these numbers. ABC News's Australia Votes shows 70 seats for the Lib/National Coalition, well ahead of the ALP with 63. Five seats to be held by independents or members of other parties.
9.01pm: New MP for Warringah Zali Steggall (Ind) plans to work collaboratively with all sides of politics to get results
Warringah has definitely just voted for the future
says MP Zali Steggall (Ind) celebrating with supporters after winning the seat from long-standing MP and former PM Tony Abbott.
8.54pm: The Lib/Nat Coalition has 49.59% of the two-party preferred vote, with ALP at 50.41%, with 29.06% of votes counted, according to the AEC.
8.43pm: In Reid, the AEC is projecting a win for Fiona Martin (Lib) with 53.28% of the two-candidate preferred votes with Sam Crosby (ALP) with 46.72%. There is a swing of 1.41 to the ALP at this stage of the count with 48.09% of the votes counted.
8.37pm: Former PM Tony Abbott (Lib) has conceded defeat in the seat of Warringah.
8.32pm: Former PM Tony Abbott (Lib) tells supporters:
I'd rather be a loser than a quitter
8.31pm: Former PM Tony Abbott (Lib) says the good news is that there is every chance that the Lib/NP Coalition will win this election.
8.29pm: Former PM Tony Abbott (Lib) is conceding now in a speech at the Manly Leagues club, ABC News reports.
Our CN Corro @LachMg has just told @JunctionJournos that Tony Abbott will be delivering his concession speech soon. He says If Labor wins the election, Zali Steggall will work with them on environmental issues, if the Coalition wins, she will support their economic platform. pic.twitter.com/TfdQirNluR— Jack Berkefeld (@jackberkefeld1) May 18, 2019
8.18pm: From the AEC Tally Room, 62 seats won by L/NP, 61 to ALP, Greens have 1, Katter's Australian Party has one, with four to Independents and one to the Centre Alliance.
8.15pm: Central News reporting for The Junction Lachlan Moffet-Gray reports camera crews are trying to get into the Manly Leagues club where former PM Tony Abbott (Lib) is expected to concede to Zali Steggall (IND).
8.11pm: ABC election analyst Antony Green saying with these numbers the Lib/NP government could be returned as a minority government.
8.09pm: The AEC's Tally Room, L/NP seats are at 60, with the ALP on 57.
8.08pm: The AEC reports 41% of polling places have also counted the two candidate preferred vote.
8.07pm: The AEC reports 57.62% of polling places have counted all the first preferences.
8.04pm: In Reid, 42.3% of the votes have been counted with Fiona Martin (Lib) has 54.3% of the vote ahead of Sam Crosby (ALP) on 45.7%.
8.03pm: ABC News broadcasting triumphant Zali Steggall (Ind) supporters celebrating Warringah win.
7.54pm: ABC News reporting the L/NP winning in 59 seats with the ALP taking 57 , one for the Greens and four seats going to other parties. In doubt 30.
7.48PM: #BREAKING ABC election analyst Antony Green says former PM Tony Abbott (Lib) has lost the seat of Warringah
7.38 pm: Over in Reid, the Liberals are predicted to retain the seat, according to the ABC prediction. With 16.7% counted, Liberal Party candidate Fiona Martin is on 52.9%, ahead of Sam Crosby (Labor) with 47.1%.
7.35pm: With 14.4% counted, ABC News reports Independent Zali Steggall is on 62.4% to former PM Tony Abbott's (Lib) 37.6%
7.31pm: Senator Penny Wong tells the ABC on the count so far it looks like former MP Tony Abbott (LIB) will lose the seat of Warringah to Independent Zali Steggall
7.20pm: With 7.3% counted in Warringah, ABC has Zali Steggall (IND) at 64.6% to former PM Tony Abbott (LIB) on 35.4%
7pm: ABC News reports L/NP on 32 seats vs 23 for ALP, with 3 others. 93 undecided.
6pm: Polls have now closed in the 2019 Federal Election. We'll keep you posted here throughout the night.