Labor’s Nat Cook has won the southern Adelaide seat of Fisher in a by-election by just nine votes after a recount concluded on Monday night.
The South Australiann Electoral Commission conducted the recount after the Coalition questioned the validity of votes marked with an x and a numeral.
Cook initially won the by-election by 23 votes – 10,299 votes to Labor and 10,276 for Liberal Heidi Harris.
The win sees South Australia’s Labor Government with a majority in its own right and able to pass legislation without the support of independents Martin Hamilton-Smith and Geoff Brock.
During the election Premier Jay Weatherill said the big swing to Labor showed voters were unhappy with the federal government.
“This sends a clear and unmistakable message to Tony Abbott in Canberra: ‘Break your promises at your peril.’,” he said.
The win follows Labor regaining power in Victoria’s state election after one term in opposition and a win by the Greens in the Victorian seat of Prahran.
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