Labor’s Michelle Rowland was on 53.9 per cent of the vote using the two party preferred method, with 80 per cent counted.
“We put up a good fight,” he said in a statement. “I’m proud of the clean campaign I ran and I thank everyone for their support along the way.’
Diaz however declined to contact Rowland to let her know he’d conceded, who discovered her appointment to parliament in The Telegraph.
Rowland can be very proud on what was otherwise a dire night for Labor, netting herself a 3 per swing, while her party colleagues suffered around the country.
“I was basically given no chance of winning at all … People on the booths, who were handing out for the Liberals, were mocking me, saying basically: ‘Have you got your CV ready? You’ve only got two hours left in your job. Have you found a new job yet?'” Rowland told The Guardian.
“It just proves that when you actually follow a strong campaign and you have a good story to tell, and you’ve got work that backs you up, sometimes you get the result.”
Diaz may have been hamstrung by his infamous inability to name the six points of the Liberals six point immigration policy.