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The 2016 Australian federal election was an election held on Saturday 2 July to elect all 226 members of the 45th Parliament of Australia. It lasted eight weeks. It was the first under a new voting system for the Senate that replaced group voting tickets with optional preferential voting. Incumbent Malcolm Turnbull was narrowly re-elected by forming a coalition government with other smaller parties.

Candidates

Opinion polls

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Results

House of Representatives

Popular vote
Labor
  
34.73%
Liberal
  
28.67%
Greens
  
10.23%
LNP (QLD)
  
8.52%
National
  
4.61%
NXT
  
1.85%
Katter's
  
0.54%
CLP (NT)
  
0.24%
Independents
  
2.81%
Other
  
7.79%
Two-party-preferred vote
Coalition
  
50.36%
Labor
  
49.64%
Seats
Coalition
  
50.67%
Labor
  
46.00%
Greens
  
0.67%
NXT
  
0.67%
Katter's
  
0.67%
Independents
  
1.33%

Senate

Popular vote
Labor
  
29.79%
Liberal/National
  
20.01%
Greens
  
8.65%
Liberal
  
7.71%
LNP (QLD)
  
6.94%
NXT
  
3.30%
CLP (NT)
  
0.27%
National
  
0.25%
Other
  
23.08%
Seats
Coalition
  
39.47%
Labor
  
34.21%
Greens
  
11.84%
NXT
  
3.95%
CLP (NT)
  
1.32%
Other
  
10.52%

Results aftermath

After a week of vote counting, no party had won enough seats in the House of Representatives to form a majority government. Neither the Liberal/National Coalition's incumbent Turnbull Government nor the Australian Labor Party's Shorten Opposition were in a position to claim victory. Turnbull talked with the crossbench. He won a confidence and supply support from Bob Katter, Andrew Wilkie and Cathy McGowan in the event of a hung parliament and resulting minority government. On 10 July, Shorten conceded defeat. Turnbull claimed victory later that day.

The election is the closest federal majority result since 1961, the ABC declared on 11 July that the Coalition could form a one-seat majority government.


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