Nearing one whole goddamned month after the polls closed at the federal election, Labor’s Cathy O’Toole has claimed victory in the Queensland seat of Herbert for the second time, after her original 8-vote majority over the Coalition’s Ewen Jones sparked a recount.
With AEC officials declaring O’Toole won the seat by the still-miniscule margin of 37 votes, the Coalition will form a one seat (!!!) majority government in the House of Representatives. Labor hold 69 seats (nice) while the motley crew of Greens and independents hold the remaining five.
Congratulations @c_otoole and welcome to the team! What an outstanding campaign.
— Bill Shorten (@billshortenmp) July 31, 2016
Following that possible third count, and the final results from the Senate: bam. New federal parliament. Finally.