Labor expected to win Macnamara, form majority government

In Gilmore on the NSW south coast, Labor MP Fiona Phillips held a lead of almost 150 votes over Liberal challenger Andrew Constance, who is looking to move from NSW state parliament into federal politics.

Absentee, provisional and declaration polls counted on Monday strongly flowed to Phillips, who was behind Constance by almost 250 votes on Sunday evening.

Labor leader Anthony Albanese was sworn in as prime minister last week after Labor gained enough seats to form government in majority or minority.

The Coalition currently holds 57 seats, independent candidates hold 10 and the Greens hold four, while other candidates hold two. One more seat, Deakin in Melbourne’s south-east suburbs, remains in doubt but Liberal frontbencher Michael Sukkar was on Monday night holding a 619 vote lead over Labor candidate Matt Gregg.

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