It's official. Gilmore MP Fiona Phillips has been elected to the Parliament of Australia.
Twenty-five days after the federal election, the final voting numbers were declared and the MP was told of her victory by Australian Electoral Commission staff on Wednesday.
After preferences were distributed, Ms Phillips got 56,652 votes and Liberal candidate Warren Mundine secured 51,025 votes.
Ms Phillips said there was a vibe of happiness about the election result in her electorate.
"Over the past five years I've been campaigning and my recognition has grown but nothing beats being the local member," she said
Ms Phillips said she was looking forward to moving into her new office so she could help advocate for people, especially those navigating the NDIS and Centrelink payments as well as citizenship issues.
She said Labor's loss meant one of her roles would be holding the Coalition government to account for its election commitments.
"I will be out their fighting for people," she said.
Her primary vote was slightly down on her 2016 election result but she puts that difference down to more candidates this time round.
She said the votes came back to her with preferences.
"We needed 752 votes to win and we ended up with many more than that," Ms Phillips said.
"We had low informal votes too.
"I spent a lot of time out talking to people which was important and helped in the end."
Whitlam MP Stephen Jones will also return to office.
He secured 62,491 votes after preferences were distributed which was miles ahead of his rival Nationals candidate Stephen Wentworth who secured 40,130 votes.
He said Ms Phillips was a deserving MP because of her hard work over the past five years.
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