Although votes were still being counted at the time of going to print, Mr Keenan said he expected to do well in postal votes and expected his margin to grow to more than 10 per cent in Stirling, which had become a safe Liberal seat.
He said he had worked hard for the people of Stirling but, unlike previous elections, it was overwhelmingly federal issues that dominated people’s decision-making.
‘We’ve tried to work as hard as we can to show people that we’re serious about representing them but also I think there were pretty significant national factors in play at this election as well,’ he said.
Mr Keenan said he would not speculate on a Cabinet seat, but the former opposition spokesman for justice and border protection said he would be happy to be given a portfolio.
‘I wouldn’t speculate, I, like everyone else, will wait and see what the new Prime Minister wants us to do and it is really just a matter of doing what you’re asked to do, that’s the way it works. I’ve enjoyed this portfolio but obviously it is up to the Prime Minister about how he wants to allocate things.’
Mr Keenan said he was happy to be given another three years in the seat of Stirling and thanked the people who voted for him.