Herbert MP Ewen Jones
Herbert MP Ewen Jones

Facing the prospect of a Parliament in which every vote will matter, Malcolm Turnbull suffered a grievous disappointment on Monday when Labor pulled eight votes ahead as the last ballots were accounted for in the Townsville-based seat of Herbert.

Certainly that isn't the end of the matter, with the Australian Electoral Commission to commence a recount tomorrow. The Liberals can take some heart from the knowledge that the last two recounts in federal lower house seats -- in Fairfax at the 2013 election and McEwen in 2007 -- respectively changed the original margins by 21 votes and 17 votes.