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Labor Party Takes 70 Seats, Coalition Holds 71, Electoral Commission Says

Julia Gillard’s ruling Labor Party has won 70 seats in the House of Representatives. Tony Abbott’s Liberal-National coalition has won 71 seats, the Australian Electoral Commission said on its website. The party with the majority of the 150 seats forms government. Some 75 percent of the total vote has been counted as of 3:06 p.m. Sydney time.

          Labor   Lib-National    Independent     The Greens      Undecided
             70             71              2              1              6

Source: Australian Electoral Commission

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