Broadbent retains McMillan for fourth term

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Sitting Liberal member Russell Broadbent has been reappointed as member 0f McMillan for a fourth term but the news is not all good for the Coalition.

The Liberal party’s initial 11.8 per cent hold on the seat was cut in half, while ALP candidate Chris Buckingham was awarded a six per cent swing.

However, Russell Broadbent received strong support across the electorate and attracted 48 per cent of the primary vote.

Mr Broadbent said he was not surprised by the significant swing against him but believes McMillan is back to where it had historically been.

While disappointed the ALP was not able to take back McMillan, Mr Buckingham said the 5.9 per cent swing was a strong result for the ALP’s future.

Despite an obvious early swing against the sitting member, Mr Broadbent was declared an early winner on Saturday night.

On a two party preferred basis, Mr Broadbent currently has 55.97 per cent with 47,366 votes while Mr Buckingham attracted 37,266 votes (44.03 per cent).

As postal votes are counted and remaining marginal seats are decided, Mr Broadbent will have to wait and see whether he will be a member of a re-elected Turnbull government or the opposition.

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