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Winning call

DUNKLEY Liberal candidate Chris Crewther celebrates his likely, but not assured, victory with supporters including departing MP Bruce Billson, right, and election campaign manager Darrel Taylor who is also a Frankston councillor. Dunkley is one of 13 seats around Australia that is too close to call and it could take days or even weeks for the Australian Electoral Commission to count all votes including postal votes to determine the final outcome. Picture: Gary Sissons

Liberals declare victory Neil Walker neil@mpnews.com.au A MARATHON eight-week election campaign has led to the narrowest of margins in the seat of Dunkley despite the Liberal Party declaring victory on election night. Liberal candidate for Dunkley Chris Crewther was jubilant on Saturday evening when addressing sup-

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porters at an election function at the Frankston Dolphins Junior Football Club. He said “a team effort� had got him over the line, after the departure of retiring Liberal MP Bruce Billson, against a challenge from Labor candidate Peta Murphy. Mr Crewther’s confidence in declaring a win seemed well-placed at the time with election night pundits on TV calling the seat as a Liberal hold

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before he addressed the assembled party supporters. Mr Billson held the seat by a 5.6 per cent margin at the 2013 federal election but by Sunday morning the overnight margin of a 4.4 per cent swing in Dunkley to Labor had swung out to 5.2 per cent with 74 per cent of votes counted by the Australian Electoral Commission. Dunkley is one of 13 electorates where the vote is still too close to of-



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ficially call and may be subject to a recount. The AEC spent Sunday counting votes from its mobile teams and will begin tallying up absent, interstate, postal and other declaration votes on Monday. It could take weeks before a final result is known in some seats, including Dunkley, around the nation. Postal votes can be received and counted by the AEC for up to 13 days

after the election but must have been posted before the election day voting deadline. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull faces the prospects of a hung parliament but said on Sunday he is “quietly confident� the Coalition will gain the 76 seats needed to win government after vote counts are finalised in Dunkley and 12 other electorates. Continued Page 3

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