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Rob Oakeshott Just Made $70K From His Three Week Election Campaign

Here's how your votes paid off.

27/07/2016 7:00 PM AEST | Updated July 27, 2016 20:12
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Rob Oakeshott is also currently studying to become a doctor.

Former Independent MP Rob Oakeshott may not have saved face when he didn't win the NSW seat of Cowper, but he did make $70,000 in election funding following his late entry into the race.

Oakeshott -- who famously helped form Julia Gillard's minority government -- resigned from Parliament before the 2013 election and wrote a book about his political career. But he changed his mind and staged a comeback in the 2016 election.

The Australian Electoral Commission released the election funding data to political parties on Wednesday, with Pauline Hanson's One Nation party receiving the most out of all of the minor parties.

Hanson will take more than $1.6 million while the Nick Xenophon Team will receive more than $1.1 million.

The AEC has authorised the first payment of more than $60 million to more than 24 political parties and 24 independent candidates.

Here is a full list of the payments.

AEC

Cathy McGowan took home the most votes -- and funds -- of any Independent at the election, making more than $80,000.

Tony Windsor, who attempted a political comeback against Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce in the NSW seat of New England, made more than $72,000.

And the former Australian Idol host, James Mathison, who attempted to take Tony Abbott's seat of Warringah will take home more than $25,000.

Australian Electoral Commission

A second and final round of payments will be paid once the final votes are counted.

Ninety nine percent of the votes are counted as the far north seat of Queensland, Herbert, is currently in a recount while less than 8 votes in it after the first count.

Election funding is distributed using the indexed sum per first preference vote which for the 2016 election left each first preference vote worth $2.62 cents.

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