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The Labor Party Is Back

Watch what Opposition Leader Bill Shorten had to say when he addressed the labor Party faithful in Melbourne. Looking almost like a victory speech, Mr Shorten stressed that while a result may be several days away, he and his party are now in a position to "Save Medicare"

SEATS THAT CHANGED HANDS IN THE 2016 ELECTION

NSW

* Barton ALP candidate Linda Burney made history by snatching the Liberal-held seat in Sydney's south to take her place as the first indigenous woman elected to the House of Representatives. The seat was won by the coalition's Nick Varvaris in the 2013 election but became a notional Labor seat after a redrawing of electoral boundaries.

* Eden-Monaro The nation's ultimate bellwether seat of Eden-Monaro has swung back to Labor, with Mike Kelly snatching victory from Liberal MP Peter Hendy. Mr Kelly won the seat in 2007 but was ousted by Mr Hendy in 2013. If the coalition wins the election, it would be the first time Eden-Monaro was not held by the government since 1972.

* Macarthur Sitting MP Russell Matheson was defeated by Labor's Mike Freelander, a popular local paediatrician, after having held the previously safe Liberal seat in Sydney's southwest since 2010. Mr Matheson increased the Liberal margin to 11.1 per cent at the 2013 election, but that was cut to just 3.3 per cent in the redistribution before the 2016 election.

* Macquarie Liberal MP Louise Markus had held the Blue Mountains seat since 2010 but was defeated by Labor candidate Susan Templeman, a former radio journalist. Opposition Leader Bill Shorten made a surprise visit to the seat on election day and handed out how-to-vote cards for Ms Templeman.

VIC

* Murray The safe Liberal seat has switched back to the National Party for the first time since 1996. Retiring Liberal MP Sharman Stone will be replaced by Damian Drum.

SA

* Hindmarsh This was considered the ALP's best chance to pick up a seat in South Australia. Liberal MP Matt Williams held it with a margin of 1.9 per cent and was defeated by Steve Georganas. The seat, which covers Adelaide's western suburbs, was won by the ALP in 2004 and held until 2013.

* Mayo Nick Xenophon Team candidate Rebekha Sharkie made history by ousting sitting MP and former frontbencher Jamie Briggs from the blue-ribbon Liberal seat, once held by former foreign minister Alexander Downer. The slide in the vote for Mr Briggs was partly because of his fall from grace when he was forced to quit as a federal minister in late 2015 after allegations of misconduct towards a public servant in Hong Kong.

TAS

* Bass First-time Liberal MP Andrew Nikolic was booted out by the ALP's Ross Hart. Voters in the seat, which takes in Launceston, have been fickle since the early 1990s, with the seat having changed hands six times.

* Braddon Liberal MP Brett Whiteley lost his seat, which covers the state's northwest and west coast, after just three years to the ALP's Justine Keay. Polls had suggested Labor's Medicare campaign was linked to a downturn in support for the Liberals.

*Lyons Labor snatched victory in the state's geographically largest electorate after just one term in Liberal hands. Brian Mitchell won the contest for the ALP from Eric Hutchinson, who won the division with a margin of just 1.2 per cent in 2013.

WA

* Burt Lawyer Matt Keogh comfortably won the new seat of Burt in Perth's southeast for Labor ahead of Liberal Matt O'Sullivan. Mr Keogh's victory was one of the biggest swings towards Labor in the country.

NT

* Solomon Country Liberals MP Natasha Griggs was ousted by Labor's Luke Gosling, a former soldier who had his second tilt at the seat. Ms Griggs had held the urban NT seat, which covers Darwin and Palmerston, by a 1.4 per cent margin since 2010.

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