With Liberal member Jason Wood now 733 votes ahead, this post will not be further updated. Results below are not final. For up-to-date results visit the Virtual Tally Room site.
Saturday evening. This post will be used to follow the final stages of the count in La Trobe, where at the close of election night counting the ABC computer has Liberal incumbent Jason Wood 0.2 per cent ahead of Labor’s Rodney Cocks. Raw figures from the AEC put the lead at 0.3 per cent.
Sunday evening. Two-thirds of pre-polls are counted and they show a sharp swing to Labor. This adds only 19 votes to the raw Labor lead, but it turns the adjusted figure from a 0.2 per cent Liberal lead into a dead heat.
Monday 8pm. In a big surprise, Jason Wood has taken the lead after the addition of nearly 2000 postal votes: perhaps a third of the total. These have split 1262-696 split in Wood’s favour, a 5.1 per cent Liberal swing when compared with 2004 postals, turning a 378 vote deficit into a 166 vote surplus. In adjusted terms it turns the dead heat into a 0.3 per cent Liberal margin. No further pre-polls added.
Tuesday 4pm. A second batch of 1967 postal votes has been only slightly less bad for Labor, breaking 1123-844 in Wood’s favour. This has brought the two-party Liberal swing on postals down to earth, but Wood’s 467 vote lead in absolute terms looks formidable.
Tuesday 11pm. A third batch of postals proves very similar to the last, breaking 1166-887 Wood’s way. It’s now at a surely unassailable 746 votes, which means it’s almost time to shut up shop on coverage for this seat.