Australian poll to put quirky candidates in parliament
SYDNEY (AFP) - Australia's election looked set on Sunday to bring some quirky candidates to the national parliament, including a billionaire hoping to rebuild the Titanic and a possible senator for motoring enthusiasts.
Early counts left WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange struggling for a place in the Senate, along with former anti-immigration firebrand Pauline Hanson as fresh faces emerged from micro parties.
Prime minister-elect Tony Abbott's new government will have a clear majority in the House of Representatives, but his Liberal/National coalition will likely have to negotiate with fringe elements and independents in the Senate.
Upper house seats were not expected to be officially determined for three to four weeks, but provisional polling showed strong results for Queensland billionaire Clive Palmer's populist Palmer United Party.