Rob says fight isn't over in the battle for Hinkler
PALMER United Party (PUP) Hinkler candidate Rob Messenger says he will not concede defeat in the race for the federal seat of Hinkler until a full preferential vote count is carried out by the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC).
"While the odds of winning Hinkler are against me ... mathematically under a full preferential voting system, it is still possible for me to win the seat for PUP, if the preference flows come my way," Mr Messenger said.
"And with up to 6000 postal votes left to count, a few hundred votes could still determine the outcome in Hinkler."
Mr Messenger said in Hinkler, the AEC may not have taken into account that Clive Palmer had negotiated preference deals with all minor parties.
"If my first preference and other candidates' second preferences boost me higher than Labor's total then it will trigger a provision under the Act where nearly all of Labor's preferences transfer to my two-party total," he said.
"And then the vote count becomes very interesting, with a possible total of up to 55.63%, two-party preferred result in my favour."
LNP candidate and the current first-preference vote front-runner Keith Pitt said he was not concerned about the situation.
"The AEC is the independent umpire and it's up to them," Mr Pitt said.
"We should be a little bit concerned about whether it's a waste of the taxpayers' money. If they have to do a recount it will take time and cost more money.
Mr Pitt said it was now just a case of waiting.
"Clearly we're no different to any other site - we just need to wait for the AEC to declare it and then we'll get to work," he said.
Labor candidate Leanne Donaldson conceded defeat to Mr Pitt on the night of the election.
"Mr Messenger is entitled to pursue any line of enquiry he wishes," she said. "However I would like to take the opportunity to wish Mr Pitt well after his win and for him to keep in mind the trust the voters of Hinkler have put in him."
An AEC spokeswoman said the declaration of results would not happen until all votes had been received by the AEC, which could take up to two weeks.
"Therefore, the results on our website are progressive figures and are not final," she said.