The Coalition looks set to round out its stunning election win by securing a narrow majority with 78 of the 151 seats in parliament - a result that has surprised experts and voters alike.
Such was the expectation of demise for the Liberal National Coalition that any win was a wonder.
Labor has been left licking its wounds after the shock loss and its agriculture spokesman Joel Fitzgibbon said the party had to improve its connection with regional Australia.
Across regional Australia, the Nationals retained all 16 of their seats against the odds, while in WA, the Liberals held on to their five rural seats.
In SA, the Liberals also retained the seats of Grey and Barker but were unsuccessful in their attempts to regain Mayo.
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