LABOR will hold on to Kevin Rudd's Brisbane seat of Griffith after a weekend by-election, but that is not stopping the Coalition from claiming a minor victory.
LNP candidate Dr Bill Glasson took on the ALP's Terri Butler for the seat, with Labor leading by more than 3000 votes, according to the latest figures available from the Australian Electoral Commission.
Dr Glasson is yet to concede defeat, he is waiting for up to 10,000 postal votes to be counted today (MON).
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said in a campaign fought on national issues, voters backed Labor in response to the government's "health and education cuts".
Meanwhile Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said the slight swing against the ALP showed even in victory, "it was a poor result for Bill Shorten".
"It was a clear rejection of the negative scare campaign undertaken by the Labor Party, with the LNP recording a swing towards it," Mr Abbott said.
Mr Rudd won the seat in the September poll but resigned after losing government.
This followed a vow by Mr Rudd to his electorate before the ballot that he would serve his full term regardless of the election's result.