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In an emotional concession speech delivered today, Wilson said it seems it’s “increasingly unlikely” he will be re-elected and said he would formally concede defeat.
He said it had been an “incredible honour” to have served as an MP for six years.
“It’s always temporary, we are only custodians of these roles,” Wilson said.
He thanked the community and his staff and said he was proud of the work he had done, which he said included establishing marriage equality and stopping Labor’s retiree tax.
He said he had kickstarted the establishment of Australia’s offshore wind industry.
He was emotional as he thanked his husband Ryan who said he had “sacrificed so much”.
“Thank you and I love you,” he said.
The race of electorates is heating up as postal votes and pre-polling are counted.
Similar messages were shared by long-time Griffith member Butler who gave up the inner-city Brisbane electorate.
“I wish the new member well in delivering on all the promises he has made.”
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The seats hanging in the balance
Around the nation, electorates once safely held by major parties are falling to a wave of independents.
The race for his electorate – Dickson in Queensland – is heating up as postal votes are counted.
The seat had been previously called for the Liberal and former defence minister, but it’s back in the battleground
Dutton is holding onto a narrow lead of 51.6 per cent, with ALP’s Ali France trailing just behind at 48.4 per cent on a two-party preferred basis.
There, 66.59 per cent of votes have been counted.
The One Nation founder is trailing behind Queensland Greens candidate Penny Allman-Payne for the race to the Senate.
Her party has polled 7.8 per cent of the Senate vote as of this morning, well short of the quota, to the Greens’ 14 per cent.
In addition to Daniel unseating Wilson and Frydenberg’s likely loss to Ryan, Allegra Spender is poised to snatch Wentworth from Dave Sharma, who seems to have deleted his Twitter account.
Labor frontbencher Kristina Keneally, who was parachuted into the western Sydney seat of Fowler is projected to lose to Liberal-turned-independent Dai Le.
Kylea Tink will likely claim another former Liberal stronghold in North Sydney and “Teal independent” Kate Chaney is eyeing off Curtain, a seat once held by former Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.