FEDERAL ELECTION | Coalition On Track To Govern In Its Own Right
It would appear that the Morrison Government is moving closer to being able to govern in its own right after we headed to the polls on the weekend.
The Coalition managed to perform close to a whitewash across Queensland, which was a key state for the party's success.
Scott Morrison performed a last minute blitz of key regional seats in Queensland last Friday, dropping into Herbert, Leichhardt and Flynn.
Bill Shorten stayed in Sydney, following the passing of former Prime Minister Bob Hawke last Thursday.
According to the Australian Electoral Commission, the Liberal National Party is sitting on 70 seats in the House of Representatives, with zero seats officially declared.
The LNP needs at least 76 seats to govern in its own right. Labor has 67 seats.
The Greens, Katter Australia Party and Centre Alliance have one a piece. The Independents have picked up three.
After preferences are taken into account, the Liberal National Party is looking at winning 77 seats, more than the 76 seat majority required.
The best Labor can hope for is 68.
The figures represent a 0.52 per-cent swing towards the LNP.
Jacqui Lambie looks set to return to the Senate under the banner of the Jacqui Lambie Network, after first being elected in the 2013 election.
After waving goodbye to the then Palmer United Party, she quit in 2016 after being caught up in the dual-citizenship saga.
In Queensland, One Nation's Malcolm Roberts looks to have edged out United Australia Party's Clive Palmer.
Clive Palmer appears to have missed out on a Senate spot despite spending up to $80 million on the United Australia Party's election campaign, depending on which media report you choose to believe.
But Palmer is being credited with helping get the LNP across the line.
Fraser Anning appears to have lost his Senate spot after making controversial remarks about the Christchurch terror attack.
Justice Party senator Derryn Hinch is also on track to lose his seat in Victoria.
By Michelle Price