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Palmer United Party will have three senators in Canberra come July, but Greens senator Scott Ludlam has missed out on his bid for re-election.
PUP's Zhenya 'Dio' Wang, who works in the mining industry, has been elected to the Senate in the fifth spot for Western Australia.
But the result has been disputed, with both the WA Greens and Australian Sports Party lodging requests for a recount.
Senator Scott Ludlam won't be returning to the Senate after July next year. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
Senator Ludlam confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that the Greens have lodged a formal request for a recount, given there were only 14 votes between the Australian Christians and the Shooters and Fishers Party, with the tight result impacting on the flow of preferences.
''It appears they [PUP] have been elected on roughly half the vote of the Greens, and that is the sort of result our voting system throws up from time to time,'' Senator Ludlam told ABC radio earlier on Wednesday.
Despite early indications that he might get a Senate spot, Wayne Dropulich from the Australian Sports Party also missed out in WA.
Zhenya ‘Dio’ Wang, new senator for Western Australia. Photo: Supplied
The Australian Electoral Commission in WA plans to make a decision about the requests by 5pm AEST on Thursday. Until then the formal declaration of the results - which was due to occur on Wednesday - has been delayed.
While there is an automatic trigger for a recount in the lower house - if there is less than 100 votes between the top two candidates - there is no such trigger in the Senate.
The AEC WA understands that there has never been a recount at the Senate level.
Mr Wang is set to join PUP's Glenn Lazarus, who was also announced as a senator elect for Queensland on Wednesday, and Jacqui Lambie who has already been declared a senator for Tasmania.
According to Palmer United, Mr Wang ''plans to abolish the carbon tax and focus on downstream processing of Australian natural resources in Australia''.
Labor senator Louise Pratt, who has been a prominent advocate for gay and lesbian rights, has been re-elected in the sixth Senate spot for WA.
Defence Minister David Johnston was re-elected in the first spot, followed by Labor's Joe Bullock, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, Michaelia Cash, and the Liberal Party's Linda Reynolds.
PUP leader Clive Palmer is still awaiting a final result himself in the close contest for lower house seat Fairfax, with a recount due to begin on Thursday.
Mr Palmer said the Senate election results were a ''tremendous achievement in our election debut''.
"The Palmer United Party looks forward to working with the Abbott government to get Australia back on track."
The result leaves the Greens with nine senators after July when the Senate changes over – the same as their current number, thanks to the election of Janet Rice in Victoria.
The NSW and Queensland senate results were also announced on Wednesday.
In NSW, Assistant Treasurer Arthur Sinodinos made the cut in sixth spot, despite earlier concerns he might not be elected.
The Liberal Democratic Party's David Leyonhjelm was elected in fifth spot, after benefiting from the first position on the ballot paper.
Human Services Minister Marise Payne was re-elected in the first position, followed by Labor's Bob Carr, the Nationals' John 'Wacka' Williams and Labor's Doug Cameron.
In Queensland, the Coalition's Ian Macdonald gained the first spot, followed by Labor's Chris Ketter, the Coalition's James McGrath, Labor's Claire Moore, Mr Lazarus and the Coalition's Matthew Canavan.
As of July, the Senate will be be divided between the Coalition (33), Labor (26), the Greens (9), PUP (3) and five other independents/minor parties.