6.24pm: The Seat of Batman currently held by the Labor Party's David Feeney is in trouble in the seat of Batman and it could be that he loses to the Greens. Feeney has been plagued by problems as it emerged he did not declare a multi million dollar house and that he rarely stayed in the electorate. if Feeney loses the task for shorten to form government could be that much harder.
6.17pm: To form Government Labor will need to win 19-21 seats on top of what it already has - in other words it needs to retain all of those seats that it currently has as well. In this election more than 15.6 million people are enrolled to vote.
6PM AEST: the polls have closed Australia and now its time for the votes to be counted and by the end of the night we may have a result or we may end up with a hung Parliament
Welcome to our campaign coverage of the 2016 Australian Federal Election. It’s been an eight week campaign and it all comes down to this - millions of Australians will cast their votes in what is now being seen as a very tight contest between the Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten, and incumbent Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull. As the polls opened this morning Opposition need to secure 21 seats in the lower house of Parliament to take Government but they may not make it. The eight week campaign was called by Malcolm Turnbull after the Senate failed to pass two key pieces of legislation, a gamble that was to try and convince voters to give him a majority in the Upper House (the Senate) or at least provide him with a mandate to convince Senators with the balance of power to pass the laws. It is a gamble that is not likely to pay off as the make-up of the Senate could swing back in favour of independents. The rise of the Nick Xenophon party in South Australia could see several new Senators from that State elected as well as the party in the run for several seats such as Mayo (currently held by former Abbott Government Minister Jamie Briggs) and the vast seat of Grey.
In Victoria the Greens are in the hunt for several lower house seats and when you put these seats in play with the ones in South Australia a Bill Shorten victory may not be on the cards.
The results in some key marginal seats may take some days to be decided given the high number of pre-poll votes. According to the Election Commission more than 3 million Australians have already cast a vote in person or via postal votes. It is also unlikely that the make-up of the Senate will be clear on election night. One thing is for certain; the potential of a hung Parliament.
Through-out the 2nd and 3rd of July we will be covering the election results as they flow in with our online live blog so watch this space!
#australiadecides: is the photo of the election? only in #australia does someone turn up to vote in a pair of speedos with "pussy magnet" written on the back of them.....
Election day is all about the sausage sizzle - take a look at whats on the menu in one electorate!:
Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, and Michaelia Cash, Liberal Senator, turn out to vote in the vast State of Western Australia. Because WA is 2 hours behind AEST people will still be voting in the West when the polls are closed in the East:
Images: ABC News
Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce casts his vote - but all may not be as it seems and he could lose the seat to the previous holder, Tony Windsor. Windsor and Joyce have been in a pitched battle for some years and the seat battle may be tight.
Prime Minster Malcolm Turnbull and his wife Lucy push through the crowds to cast their votes in the seat of Wentworth
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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has cast his vote with wife Lucy in his electorate of Wentworth where he holds the seat with a more than 19% majority.
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