Bob Katter fighting for seat with 18% swing against him

QUEENSLAND maverick MP Bob Katter may lose his previously safe seat of Kennedy in what could be one of the biggest upsets of the Australian election.

The independent and minor-party count in the house of representatives looks likely to be greatly reduced in the 44th parliament, with Katter suffering a swing of about 16% to 18% against him with 29% of the vote counted.

Previously considered a safe seat, Kennedy has been held by Katter - who is now the leader of Katter's Australian party - for 20 years. The margin after the last election was 18%.

The Liberal National party candidate for the seat, Noeline Ikin, has scored 47.3% of the primary vote.

Andrew Wilkie, the independent member for Denison, looks set to hold his seat with a significant swing towards him. With 54% of the vote counted in the seat, Wilkie has a projected 15% swing to him.

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