With Liberal member Pat Farmer now 723 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 Macarthur, where at the close of election night counting the ABC computer has Liberal incumbent Pat Farmer 0.1 per cent ahead of Labor candidate Nick Bleasdale. On raw figures from the AEC Farmer is 0.2 per cent ahead.
Sunday evening. 1641 out of what should be more than 4000 pre-poll votes have been counted, and they have increased Farmer’s lead from 225 to 320. So far this is a different pattern to 2004, when pre-polls produced around the same swing as the booths. I don’t have a table for this seat because the redistribution creates difficulties with non-booth votes, but I’ll cobble something together in due course.
Monday 9pm. No new figures available, but I’ve added a table which includes cobbled-together post-redistribution estimates of non-booth vote figures from 2004. Comparing votes counted so far with comparable figures from last time, the Labor swing is falling 0.3 per cent short (little different from the raw figure, for all that effort).
Tuesday 5pm. The addition of 1027 more pre-polls has boosted Farmer’s lead by 185 votes.
Tuesday 11pm. Labor has recovered 35 votes through the addition of a further 513 pre-polls.
Wednesday 11pm. A further 2034 pre-polls have favoured Farmer by 98 votes.
Thursday 4pm. A batch of absent votes has widened the gap to 723 votes, which is good enough for me. There will be no further coverage on this post.