Upcoming Prime Minister Anthony Albanese says Labor is ready to rule after coming out victorious in federal elections, promising Australia now has a chance to end “the climate wars”.
Most important points:
- The LNP has lost 20 seats and several leading MPs will leave parliament
- Independents have won 11 seats, with Greens on track to win four
- Counting resumes on Sunday, with 14 seats still in doubt, leaving it unclear whether Labor will rule in majority
Labor will form the government, with at least 72 seats in the House of Representatives, although it remains unclear whether the party will win 76 seats and rule in majority or rely on cross-bank support.
The LNP has lost 20 seats and high-profile MPs Josh Frydenberg, Tim Wilson, Ken Wyatt and Ben Morton are on the brink of leaving parliament.
The LNP has retained 50 seats so far.
Independents, including some of the high-profile “blue-green” candidates, have won 11 seats.
The Greens are on track to win up to four seats after receiving a significant increase in their primary votes in flood-prone areas around Brisbane.
The counting will resume on Sunday, with 14 seats still in doubt.
Mr Albanian spoke briefly with reporters shortly after midnight.
“We will be a good government, we are ready, we are ready to govern,” said Mr Albanese.
Asked about climate change, Mr Albanese said the issue should no longer be controversial in Australia.
Albanian said Labor’s victory was good for multicultural Australia.
“I think it’s good… someone with a non-Anglo-Celtic surname is the leader in the House of Representatives and someone with a surname like Wong is the leader of the government in the Senate,” he said.
Mr Albanese is expected to be sworn in Monday morning to ensure he can represent Australia at the Quad International Leaders meeting in Tokyo on Tuesday.
Climate could be key if Labor needs the crossbench
Independent candidate Monique Ryan, who looks likely to win Kooyong’s Victorian seat from Liberal Josh Frydenberg, has told the ABC that Labor’s current policy on emissions reductions of 43 percent by 2030 was “manifestly inadequate”.
She said the party would need to commit to a bigger reduction, as proposed in independent Zali Steggall’s climate change bill, to gain its support on trust and offer in a pending parliament.
“That’s what I would be working towards, an absolute minimum of 60 percent less CO2 emissions by 2030, [and] hope for more than that,” said Dr Ryan.
“I think we need to put in place a legislative framework to ensure that no future government can break out of that action on climate change.
incoming Treasury Secretary Katy Gallagher said Labor would implement the climate policy needed for the election.
“Australians want an end to the climate wars and we can do that as a Labor government, we promised before the election,” she said.
“We will carry out the plan we put in place for the election, but it is absolutely clear that Australians want to end the climate wars and see real action on climate change, climate policy and all the economic opportunities that come from a mature and honest approach to these challenges.”
senator Gallagher wouldn’t say whether the new administration can be pushed for more ambitious reduction targets if they can’t form a majority.
“I don’t think so, Australians expect their government to do what they said they would do in the campaign,” she said.
“Of course it’s a bit of a count to go, a few seats are too close to call, but we hope to form a majority government.”
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