Good news, from the Brisbane Times:
Mining giant Clive Palmer has narrowly won the seat of Fairfax by just 36 votes, in a knife-edge result destined for a recount.
At 2.30pm, the Australian Electoral Commission finished its count, announcing Mr Palmer had won the seat by three dozen votes, after clawing back from an earlier margin of just 22 votes.
If the margin of votes at the completion of the distribution of preferences is less than 100, a recount will be automatically triggered. The Australian Electoral Commission will waste no time, beginning its recount on Monday.
”There will be a full distribution of preferences which is a fresh count in any case,” AEC spokesman Phil Diak said…
Mr Palmer is overseas and on Thursday tweeted that he had been having tests of a ”Titanic II” model conducted at a facility in Germany.
But he has already indicated that he would demand a recount whatever the result, accusing authorities of ”tampering” with ballots earlier in the week.