MICHELLE Rowland has thanked her friends and supporters for returning her to a second term as the federal MP for Greenway.
Ms Rowland, who grew up in Seven Hills, went to school in Lalor Park and now lives in Glenwood, vowed to continue to fight for the people of Greenway from the opposition benches.
"To the many friends, supporters, and family I thank you and am honoured by the trust you have placed in me to continue to represent the people of Greenway," she said. "You have my commitment that I will hold an Abbott government to account and take up the fight for the people that need it most."
Ms Rowland said she believed she could still continue to achieve benefits for the people of Greenway, even though it would be more difficult in opposition.
"I think I'll still be able to make very strong cases for a lot of investment to come in," she said. "The key thing is I don't know the [Liberals'] local policies. They don't have many MPs in western Sydney.
"I'll have to work a lot harder to convince the ministers who have control of the purse strings, but I'm up for that challenge."
Ms Rowland said that she had gone from a margin of 0.88 per cent to almost 3 per cent.
"On two party preferred it'll come in at 3 per cent or a little less," she said.
"From a 0.88 per cent margin, it's pretty landslide proportions."
Ms Rowland said the Liberal Party had seemed very confident of winning the seat right to the end.
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"I had Liberal voters asking if I'd updated my CV," she said. "No one should underestimate how confident the Liberal Party were of winning this seat.
"Regardless of the gaffes they were confident the tide was going to sweep me away."
Ms Rowland said her success in the face of a national trend away from the ALP was probably due to a number of factors.
"I've actively been in campaign mode for three years," she said.
"You realise how many people you get to meet when you stand on the booth on polling day. It all adds up.
"I have an enormous debt of gratitude to the electors of Greenway.
"It was give up or punch on — and I chose the latter.
"I'm still here and I will continue to be someone you will continue to see throughout the entire term."