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22 May, 2022

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2022 Federal Election results: Mark Coulton returned in Parkes with Labor's Anthony Albanese to be the next PM

Nationals Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton has been returned for a sixth term, as the coalition loses government in the 2022 Federal Election.

By Lucie Peart

Nationals Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton celebrates his 2022 Federal Election win at his campaign headquarters in Dubbo. Photo supplied.

Although the Australian Electoral Commission is yet to officially declare seats won in yesterday's federal election due to ongoing counting, Nationals Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton has been returned for a sixth term. 

Late last night, outgoing prime minister Scott Morrison delivered his concession speech at Liberal party headquarters in Sydney, congratulating Labor leader and prime minister-elect Anthony Albanese.

The returned member for Parkes, held his own election night event in Dubbo to wait for the count to come in. Some of the first results for the Parkes electorate came within the first hour after polls closed, with polls at Mendooran and Curban among the early results. Coulton is at 68 per cent of the two-party preferred count, with Labor's Jack Ayoub trailing at 32 per cent. 

Mr Coulton said despite the result nationally, he was returned to the seat of Parkes for the sixth time, with a slight swing in his favour.

"While the count continues, it is now known that Australia will have a new government, led by Anthony Albanese. Despite my disappointment in this result, I am committed to working with the new government to ensure the Parkes electorate is strongly represented in parliament," he said in a media statement.

"I will also be holding the new government to account with regards to issues affecting my electorate and the country as a whole. I'd like to congratulate my opponents in the seat of Parkes and thank them for the professional and civil way they conducted this election.
Also, to the people of the Parkes electorate, I would like to thank you for turning up in good spirit to cast your vote and for your continued support. 
It's an incredible honour to represent nearly half of NSW in the Australian Parliament and I'm looking forward to continuing my work as your representative," he said.

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