Election day has been hectic on the Gold Coast, with Australian Electoral Commission staff being shuffled from quieter locations to help in the busier booths.
Those waiting in long lines at the Mudgeeraba State School polling station in the seat of McPherson at least got to enjoy a bit of winter sunshine.
First-time independent Senate candidate Michael Kaff said although he knew his chances of getting elected, particularly given the new voting rules, were slim he'd had a positive response to his campaign. The Mudgeeraba local, who was campaigning at Mudgeeraba State School, said social media had provided him with a platform for his policies; he has run most of campaign online, with some of his videos viewed up to 90,000 times, he said.
The trainer, who works with baby boomers and people with disabilities, said many of his students felt that they didn't have a voice. "I thought, 'I could be that voice'," he said. "So I decided to run."