The federal was a far closer contest than the polls and bookies were predicting.
Scott Morrison has given thanks to Australians after pulling off an extraordinary election win.
The prime minister went to church with wife Jenny on Sunday morning after the miracle victory.
"I give thanks to live in the greatest country in all the world," he told reporters outside the Horizon Church.
"Thanks again to all Australians all across the country."
In the Hunter Region, Labor has retained Newcastle, Shortland and Paterson, despite five per cent swings to Liberal candidates in the latter two. In Hunter, former defence minister Joel Fitzgibbon looks destined to retain his seat in Parliament despite losing more than 14 per cent of his primary vote.
- Herald journalists were on the ground at polling places around the region. Relive all the live coverage here. If the blog doesn't load instantly just give it a minute and it'll show up so you can stay up to date.
What's happened so far?
- Read all of the local federal election coverage here.
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