INDI Independent Cathy McGowan will meet Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull today in an “on-going conversation” while the nation waits on the Australian Electoral Commission to complete the 2016 federal election count.
The Wangaratta Chronicle has been told that Ms McGowan remains true to her ‘no deals’ position – which she reiterated on Sunday – as the cliff-hanger count moves into its fourth full day.
But she has agreed to meet the Prime Minister this morning to continue the discussion that he opened when he called on Sunday morning to acknowledge her re-election.
The venue for the meeting has not been disclosed, but it is understood it will take place outside the electorate.
As we went to press last night, four seats remained too close to call – the Queensland regional electorates of Herbert and Capricornia, the Brisbane electorate of Forde and the Adelaide electorate of Hindmarsh, all held by the Liberal-Nationals’ coalition.
The AEC tally showed the coalition leading in 72 seats with another two possible – but still two short of the 76 which Mr Turnbull would need to avoid a hung parliament.
Labor was leading the count in 68 seats and favoured in Herbert, Capricornia and Hindmarsh – but in the last by just eight votes.
The other five seats which make up the 150-seat House of Representatives are those held by Ms McGowan, Tasmanian Independent Andrew Wilkie, Queenslander Bob Katter, South Australian Nick Xenophon Team victor Rebekha Sharkie and the Victorian Greens’ Adam Bandt.
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