Australia’s Labor Party has been set to end almost a decade of conservative rule as the govt was swept away in Saturday’s election by the a wave of support for candidates who campaigned for more action against climate change and may form a majority.
Provisional results revealed that while Labor had made small gains, Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s Liberal-National coalition had been punished by voting public in Western Australia and affluent urban seats in specific.
Australian Federal Election Results 2022
The Greens and a group of so-called “teal independents,” who campaigned on gender equality and climate change measures, had a good showing, tapping voter frustration about inaction on the environment following some of Australia’s worst floods and fires.
“Tonight, I have spoken to the leader of the opposition and the incoming prime minister, Anthony Albanese. And I’ve congratulated him on his election victory this evening,” said Morrison.
Albanese said he wants to unite the country and “end the climate wars” as he walked to his party’s celebrations.
“I think people want to come together, look for our common interest, look towards that sense of common purpose. I think people have had enough of division, what they want is to come together as a nation and I intend to lead that.”
Albanese stated that he wanted to be sworn in swiftly so that he could attend a Quad security grouping meeting in Tokyo on Tuesday. He promised constitutional recognition and parliamentary representation for Indigenous Aboriginals, as well as the creation of an anti-corruption council.
Australia Labor Party wins elections, Albanese to be PM
In results so far, Labor had yet to reach the 76 of the 151 lower house seats required to form a govt alone. Final results could take time as counting of a record number of postal votes is finished.
Labor had 72 seats and Morrison’s coalition had 55 after 60 percent of the votes were counted. According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Independents and Greens had 11 seats. Another 13 seats were still gettable.
A center-left Labor had held a good lead in poll results before the election, although survey results showed the Liberal-National government pulling ahead in the final stretch of a six-week campaign.
From one of the biggest hits to the federal govt, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said that it would be “difficult” for him to hold the long-held Liberal position of Kooyong in Melbourne vs an independent newbie.
3 participants working for teal independent Monique Ryan, who was challenging Frydenberg, ” says they joined Ryan’s campaign because they were worried about the climate for the sake of their kids and grandkids.
“For me, it’s like this election actually feels hopeful,” Charlotte Forwood, with three adult children, reuters Reported.
As Morrison stepping down as leader of the party and Frydenberg set to lose his seat, Defence Minister Peter Dutton – a former Queensland police officer – was predicted to be the Liberals’ next leader.
Early returns recommended the Green party had made ground, trying to pick up to three seats in Queensland.
Green party leader Adam Bandt, who maintained his inner city Melbourne seat, ” says climate was a major issue for voters.
“There’s an attempt from Labor and Liberal to shove it, and we were very completely obvious about the need to tackle climate by tackling coal and gas.”
Morrison and Albanese earlier cast their votes in Sydney after making whistle-stop visits across marginal seats in the final two days of an initiative dominated by rising cost of living, climate change and honesty.
As Labor decided to focus on increasing rising prices and sluggish rising wages, Morrison, a strong supporter of Australia’s coal industry, made the country’s lowest unemployment in almost 50 years the centrepiece of his initiative final hours.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson decided to offer Albanese his congrats.
“Our countries have a long history and a bright future together. As thriving, like-minded democracies we work every day to make the world a better, safer, greener and more prosperous place.”