Elliot wins Richmond with some Green help

Justine Elliot with family and friends at Justine's office on election night.
Justine Elliot with family and friends at Justine's office on election night. John Gass

LABOR MP Justine Elliot has just managed to hold on to the seat of Richmond while the rest of her party fell around the country.

On Saturday, as Tony Abbott became Prime Minister, Mrs Elliot sat in her Tweed Heads office with family, friends and supporters awaiting the anxious result.

It became clear mid-way though the night, when Matthew Fraser called defeat, that Mrs Elliot had won.

"I am honoured to have received the support of our community," she told APN.

"In this election I have stood with locals in opposing the expansion of harmful coal seam gas mining in our area."

Mrs Elliot did not respond to questions regarding the Nationals snagging 3,000 more votes than her in the first preferences votes but said it was likely anti-coal seam gas voters that kept her safe.

Mr Fraser said it was clear by the first preference results that "more people want the Nationals rather than any other candidate… but on our preferential system… of course that's what's pushed Justine over the line"

As of today, the Australian Electoral Commission's results said 79% of enrolled voters had voted.

In the two candidates preferred results Mr Fraser had 47% of the vote while Mrs Elliot had almost 53%.

But things were a bit different in the first preferences.

Mr Fraser led the way at 37.69% with 27,822 votes, Mrs Elliot 33.7% with 24,877 and Green's candidate Dawn Walker 17.51% with 12, 928 votes.

Palmer United Party candidate Phil Allen secured 7.51% followed by Independent Kevin Skinner 2.2% and Christian Democratic Party's John Ordish with 1.4%

Topics:  federal election 2013

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