Kristina Keneally, Pauline Hanson, and Terri Butler (Images: Supplied/AAP)
Kristina Keneally, Pauline Hanson, and Terri Butler (Images: Supplied/AAP)

Labor is inching towards a narrow majority government despite recording a primary vote of just 32.8%. Meanwhile, the Liberal Party looks for answers after its devastating defeat.

The ALP finished up the night on 72 seats, four short of what's needed to govern in its own right, but enough for Anthony Albanese to claim victory as prime minister-elect.

When counting resumed this morning, Labor edged ahead in a number of line-ball seats. It leads in Liberal-held Bennelong, Sturt and Deakin, the latter now called as a likely gain by the ABC. The party looks set to narrowly hang on in Lingiari and Lyons, and could see off a Greens scare in Macnamara.