Canberra, May 18 : Former Australia Prime Minister on Saturday lost his seat of Warringah as early counting showed a enormous 14 per cent swing against the sitting member, and a swing of 40 per cent to his rival, independent Zali Steggall.
These initial results put Mr Abbott, who held the seat on a margin of 11 per cent, in an unwinnable position, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. Australian Electoral Commission was predicting a Steggall victory in the blue-ribbon seat, on an extraordinary two-candidate-preferred figure of 64 per cent for Ms Steggall and 34 per cent for Mr Abbott.
Earlier, supporters of Mr Abbott had been hopeful of victory, and in the camp of his rival, Ms Steggall, spirits were high. Warringah has always been held by the Liberals or the party's predecessors. Fighting against Mr Abbot is Zali Steggall, a lawyer and former Olympic athlete. She is Australia's most internationally successful alpine skier, winning a bronze medal in slalom at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, and a World Championship gold medal in 1999. UNI