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Except for another double dissolution, the next election must be held between 4 August 2018 and for half of the Senators (from the States) and on or before 2 November 2019 for the House of Representatives and the Senators from the territories.
Australia has compulsory voting; it uses full-preference instant-runoff voting in single member seats for the lower house, the House of Representatives (currently 150 seats, but will be 151 seats at the next election), Though federal election outcomes are traditionally called by political commentators on election night, even during the following day the outcome could not be predicted, with many close seats in doubt.
This page lists nationwide public opinion polls that have been conducted relating to the 2016 United States presidential election.
The final outcome in the 76-seat Australian Senate took over four weeks to complete despite significant voting changes.
Forbes magazine contributor astrophysicist Ethan Siegel performed a scientific analysis and raised whether the statistical population sampled for the polling was inaccurate, and cited the cautionary adage "Garbage in, garbage out".
Despite all this, however, nationwide polling was not far off from the actual popular vote result, and in fact very few states had results that deviated from the margin of error in the polling average.
In the 150-seat House of Representatives, the one-term incumbent Liberal/National Coalition government suffered a 14-seat swing, reducing it to 76 seats, a bare one-seat majority.
Resulting from the national three percent two-party swing against the government, the Labor opposition picked up a significant number of previously government-held seats − totaling 69 seats.