The signs are coming down and the Polling Stations have closed their doors. Scrutineers are now moving into position as counting begins in the 2016 Federal Election.
This count will decide the make-up of the 45th Australian Parliament following today’s Double Dissolution election.
Here in our seat of Maranoa there has been steady flow of voters moving in and out of polling booths across the day and the AEC has reported no incidents or trouble at any of our Polling Stations.
While national polling shows a close election with the Coalition just in front of the ALP, here in Maranoa, Party insiders are, tonight, telling Plus More that they expect David Littleproud to win for the LNP.
David is a first time candidate, replacing Bruce Scott who retired at the end of the last sitting.
Maranoa was actually the first Queensland seat won by the National Party and has been in those hands for all but three years since a 1921 by-election, and without interruption since 1943.
David was born and raised in Chinchilla and currently lives in Warwick, is married with 2 children.
His father Brian was state National MP for Condamine then Western Downs between 1983 and 2001, serving two periods as a senior minister.
In the 2013 election the LNP won the seat and holds it with a margin of 22.3%.
The seat has been contested by 8 candidates today.
North Queensland is a crucial area to watch tonight.
Political insiders are telling us the North Queensland seats of Dawson, Capricornia, and Herbert will be ones to watch.
Other seats at risk in Queensland for the Turnbull Government are in the south east- Petrie and Brisbane.
Party insiders believe that a result will be clear by the end of tonight for the House of Representatives despite the closeness in the polls.
They also tip and increase to the number of minor party or independents after this election.
The popular view being quietly expressed tonight by key observers is that Malcom Turnbull will be returned as Prime Minister with a reduced majority, down from 89 seats in the House of Reps to 82.
The ALP, they’re saying, will pick up 6 seats and minor parties and independents will take up 5 seats in the Lower House – up from 3 in the last Parliament.
Plus More will continue to bring you updates across the night.