Australia will most likely be spared a minority Government with the outcome of the election now clear 8 days after polling day.
Speaking to the media following Bill Shorten’s concession speech (read that here), Malcolm Turnbull declared victory today stating that “the most important people to thank are the Australian people.”
Turnbull made the point that the Coalition has “won more first preference votes” than the Labor party (800,00o thousand), and is on track to win the national 2 party preferred vote as well. The Prime Minister said the next parliament will be an “exciting and constructive one” and that “it’s vital that we work together and find ways in which we can all agree.”
A likely olive branch as also handed to Pauline Hanson, with Turnbull stating that “every person who has been elected deserves respect.” The Coalition will have its party meeting tomorrow week. Following Bill Shorten’s comments about electronic voting, Turnbull expressed his enthusiasm for electoral reform in this area as well. He also outlined concerns surrounding the lack of regulation for robo-calls and text messages sent out by political parties.
Several of the seats in doubt have swung towards the Coalition in the last 24 hours and it’s now safe to say that the Coalition has won enough seats to govern in its own right, despite obtaining agreements with independent members Andrew Wilkie, Bob Katter and Cathy McGowan.
The Coalition has won the election on the slimmest of margins after suffering a 3.6% swing. The election came down to postal vote counts in the seats of Gilmore, Forde, Flynn and Capricornia pulling them accross to the 76 seats required to form majority Government. The seat of Herbert is still unclear; if the Coalition wins the seat they will sit on 77 seats.
There are still a few seats in doubt. We’ll update you via our live blog here until it is clear.