Taylor returned to Hume with preferences boost

Federal Member Angus Taylor says his support in the lead-up the election and on polling day was "nothing short of overwhelming."

Hume decides: "I owe an enormous amount to my family," Member for Hume Angus Taylor returns for a third term. Photo: Louise Thrower.

Hume decides: "I owe an enormous amount to my family," Member for Hume Angus Taylor returns for a third term. Photo: Louise Thrower.

Mr Taylor has been returned as Hume MP for a third term. With just over 71 per cent of votes counted on Monday, Mr Taylor had secured 61.75pc, up 1.57pc on 2016, on preferences. His primary vote (53.53pc) was down by 0.3 per cent on 2016.

"The swing our way is something I could not have predicted," Mr Taylor said. "As I moved from booth to booth, the optimism, the confidence and belief in what we are doing inspired me more than anything else. Each time I was buoyed." The increased majority was "humbling... This is a great victory."

He wants "to lead for everyone [from] Wyangala Dam to the western Sydney airport. That's actually the stretch. It's massively different, and that's what makes it a massively exciting electorate to represent."

Over the next three years, he'll look to infrastructure projects to - quite literally - build the region: "telecommunications; bridges; right through to a massive new city in the west of Sydney.

"We've got to make sure that we continue to strengthen [agriculture]... in this region and this country."

In the Upper Lachlan Shire, there will be more funding for upgrading, telecommunications, and a focus on jobs and small business.

The expansion of manufacturing and industries moving to the broader Goulburn region, "is a huge opportunity... and one that I have been tapping into."

His vision for the electorate "is the vision of every person in it. It's their aspirations that matter ... the visions of individuals.

"I firmly believe we have got to re-find the grassroots in the way we communicate and gather intelligence and learn."

He thanked his supporters, "and my family, who are ... conscripts, not volunteers, and ... I owe an enormous amount to my family."

The Liberal Morrison Government is hoping to secure a majority government of 77 seats. On Monday afternoon, the electorates of Bass, Macquarie and Chisholm were still too close to call.