Thursday July 7
As the counting of votes continues across the country results in the few remaining seats are looking clearer, or even closer.
In the South Australian seat of Grey, Nick Xenophon Team candidate Andrea Broadfoot is still chasing Rowan Ramsey for a majority most election. While analysts are confident that Ramsey will prevail with 30,000 votes still to count no concession is being made by NXT.
In Hindmarsh, postal voting results have reduced the margin of Labor's Steve Georganas to less than 200 votes. Here, the result is expected to be determined by a very small margin.
These two seats in South Australia are amongst the last remaining seats nationally to be determined, with the current outcome of the election still open, although the consensus of the expert analysts is leaning toward a slim majority for the LNP.
Malcolm Turnbull has already begun negotiating with Nick Xenophon about the future of Arrium Steel in Whyalla, an issue that was a critical concern not only to voters in Grey but across the state.
South Australia's Influence
The results in South Australia, with a small number of lower house seats, highlight how important the state has been in the 2016 election.
That influence continues in post-election debates and recriminations, as political analysts and commentators attempt to understand the patterns of voting and explain the unexpected outcome, including how the media failed to understand and report on the shift away from major parties during the election.
South Australian Senator-elect Corey Bernardi has generated considerable attention in his rallying of Australian Conservatives, leading to speculation about a new party, which Bernardi has been quick to reject.
Instead, it is being understood as a focal point for organising conservative supporters in Australia, to counter some of the unaligned progressive groups that have emerged in recent years, such as Get Up! On the conservative side of politics, the large vote for One Nation and other small right-wing parties is also emerging as a concern for the LNP.
Tuesday July 5
Nick Xenophon is more hopeful his team will have three senators from South Australia in the new parliament, along with the new member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie, while Andrea Broadfoot is not yet conceding defeat as counting continues in Grey.
But Xenophon is doubtful that there will be NXT representatives from elsewhere around the country.
Of the 11 South Australian seats in the lower house, Labor looks set to retain the five it held going into Saturday's poll and could pick up Hindmarsh, despite a 3.6 per cent slide in its statewide vote.
Former MP Steve Georganas is leading Liberal Matt Williams by only a few hundred votes, although according to most sources the postal and pre-poll ballots are expected to favour the sitting member.
The northern seat of Grey where the Nick Xenophon Team candidate Andrea Broadfoot is still lagging the vote count of Liberal Rowan Ramsey on the two-party preferred distribution. As of Tuesday evening, ABC analyst Antony Green was predicting a win for Ramsey, but with many votes from Port Pirie and Whyalla still to be counted Andrea Broadfoot is maintaining a wait and see position .
Mr Ramsey is struggling to retain a majority as the large margin the Liberals had in Grey evaporated on Saturday, largely as a result of local concerns about the future of steel producer Arrium.
The Nick Xenophon team polled strongly across South Australia to take the Adelaide Hills seat of Mayo, ousting former Liberal minister Jamie Briggs, and to line up a possible three senate positions.