Published: Wed, May 22, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Coalition are set to form majority government with at least 76 seats

Coalition are set to form majority government with at least 76 seats

"It's not possible to tell exactly how the current polls are being conducted because they don't have the same method statement that polls in the past have had", O'Shannessy said.

Morrison could be the first prime minister in more than a decade to complete his term. Liberal candidate Dave Sharma, a former Australian Ambassador to Israel, will be the next Member for Wentworth.

"I think we need to re-establish public confidence in the usefulness and credibility of polling", said Craig Young, president of the Association of Market and Social Research Organisations.

"This has been a tough campaign - toxic at times - but now this contest is over and all of us have the..." "That is something that no doubt will be examined over coming days and weeks". Morrison's Liberal-led conservative coalition has won or is leading in 76 seats, the number needed to form a majority government, according to the Australian Electoral Commission. Labor conceded defeat even with several seats in the 151-seat House of Representatives too close to call and millions of early votes still to be counted.

According to media reports, the ruling Liberal supporters started celebrations at the party headquarters after it became clear that it may form the next government.

The move backfired in the mining heartland of Queensland, where voters with jobs in mind handed the Liberal-led coalition crucial seats in the election.

The possibility remains that the coalition will again have to govern in the minority, relying on agreements with independent and minor party lawmakers to transact government business.

By 11.30pm on Saturday night, Morrison's Liberal-National Coalition had secured enough seats to stop Labor from winning the election, despite opinion polls to the contrary.

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"This is really extraordinary results, it is a stupendous results, it is a great result for Scott Morrison and the rest of the Liberal team, and Scott Morrisson will quite rightly enter the Liberal Pantheon forever", Abbott said, conceding his defeat. Trump and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu were among the first world leaders to congratulate Morrison.

"He crisscrossed the country with great energy, belief, and conviction". "Today is the people's day", he said.

Analysts credited the result also to a simple coalition platform centering on promises of keeping taxes to a minimum.

With Shorten announcing his resignation as Labor leader on Saturday night, the party began the task of finding a new leader on Monday. Shorten campaigned on a progressive agenda addressing wealth inequality by including tax cuts for low income workers, increasing the minimum wage and reducing advantages for stock and property investors.

"I'm disappointed for people who depend upon Labor, but I'm glad that we argued what was right, not what was easy", Shorten told supporters.

During Labor's last six years in office, the party replaced Prime Minister Kevin Rudd with his deputy Julia Gillard, then dumped her for Rudd.

Melbourne/Sydney: Australian prime minister Scott Morrison thanked his fellow Pentecostal churchgoers on Sunday after a miraculous election victory that defied years of unfavorable opinion polls and bruised a Labor Opposition that had been widely expected to win.

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