Victoria's most marginal seat remains undeclared after the Labor and Liberal candidates deferred calling a result until next week.
An edited summary of the policy priorities sent to the Prime Minister and leader of the Opposition by Bob Katter yesterday:
Tim Colebatch The Coalition has won the seat of Brisbane, leaving the two sides deadlocked at 72 seats each, with six crossbenchers holding the balance of power.
Richard Willingham Neither candidate willing to call winner in Australia's most marginal seat of McEwen despite ALP's Rob Mitchell receiving 55.6 per cent of the two-party preferred vote.
Tim Colebatch, Canberra By and large, the rugby states swung to Tony Abbott and the Coalition, while the AFL states - except Western Australia - swung to Julia Gillard and Labor.
A Queensland that turned against the ALP hit the party's hopes, writes Phillip Coorey.
Michelle Grattan, Tim Colebatch and Michael Gordon Three country independent MPs who are set to hold balance of power in the new Parliament indicate they could act as a bloc in negotiations with the major parties.
Seat changes, according to the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) website at 2300 (AEST):
Phillip Coorey LABOR has been swept away by strong swings in NSW and Queensland, leaving Australia facing a hung Parliament with both houses to be controlled by independents and a surging Greens party.
Tim Colebatch Victoria and Tasmania voted yesterday to re-elect the Labor government. But Queensland and New South Wales voted decisively to throw it out, with WA set to follow.
Richard Willingham Labor candidate Rob Mitchell stopped short of proclaiming victory in Australia's most marginal seat, McEwen, last night, despite recording a 5.35 per cent swing to him.
Michael Bachelard Tony Abbott's Liberal Party has almost been successful in sandbagging its position in Victoria, likely losing two seats to Labor and possibly gaining one in return.
Josh Gordon Australia looks set to have hung parliament for first time in 70 years after voters deal Labor a crippling blow.
The Greens have won a historic lower house seat, claiming the electorate of Melbourne from Labor.
A mistake could throw the result in Victoria’s most marginal electorate into chaos, after 100 invalid ballot papers were reportedly handed out.
Labor remains the bookmakers' favourite to win the election as voting draws to a close.
Tim Colebatch A swing to Labor in Victoria could make it the state that saves Labor from defeat in today's election, but a hung Parliament remains as a strong possibility, polls reveal.
Paul Austin Victorian Labor has thrown the switch to parochial in a bid to shore up seats in Julia Gillard's home state.
PHILLIP COOREY CHIEF POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT One advantage of a winter election is that there is no daylight saving, meaning the vast majority of results should start coming through at once.
Paul Austin The Greens have been caught red-handed trying to 'stack' calls to talkback kings Neil Mitchell and Jon Faine with pro-Bob Brown messages.