Anthony Albanese will be Australia’s next prime minister after a chaotic night of election results handed the government over to Labor, although it is not yet clear whether he will rule in a minority or majority. The night saw a swing against both parties that produced a huge number of independents and saw the heart of the Liberal Party turn wildly on Scott Morrison.
“I have been underestimated all my life,” said Prime Minister-elect Anthony Albanese to a True Believer throne as Labor celebrated the return to power after nine years in the wilderness.
Over and over, Albanese turned to his origin story, of a boy raised in public housing now destined to become the most powerful man in the country.
“I hope my journey through life inspires Australians to reach for the stars.”
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“No matter where you live or where you come from, the doors of opportunity in Australia are open to all of us.”
“And like any Labor government, we’re going to widen that door a little more.”
The Coalition is facing a national fluctuation of 5%, but most of it has not gone to the ALP, which has so far garnered only six net seats, but mostly to a number of “teal” independents, six of which to enter the House. Representatives after a night of massacre for moderate liberals: Josh Frydenberg, Tim Wilson, Jason Falinski, Dave Sharma, Trent Zimmerman and Celia Hammond in Perth all lost – comfortably – to the teal independents and the Greens, who have chose a 2% swing nationwide and 2.7% in Queensland.
Labor was unable to take advantage of the strong swing against the government, picking up only half a dozen seats on the East Coast and losing two to the Greens and risking losing Longman as well. However, he got Boothby in South Australia and three seats in WA, with the possibility of a fourth leaving him tantalizingly close to outright victory.
On a day described by alleged opposition leader Peter Dutton as a “terrible day”, the collapse left Morrison with fewer than 70 seats and struggled to surpass 60. Shortly before 11pm, Morrison announced that he would be resigned as a liberal leader, effectively granting the election despite the lack of a formal concession to Labor.