Here is a review of the main events that took place over election day:
The Liberal Party under the leadership of Prime Minister Scott Morrison has won the Australia election in a “miraculous” victory. Over the past few months, Labor had consistently outperformed Liberal in Newspoll, with further articles in the afternoon predicting a “landslide Labor victory”. However, the people of Australia have voted to keep the Liberal’s in power, at least for the next 3 years. Mr Morrison has arguably run a campaign based on picking out the faults in Labor’s policies than proclaiming their own. Now is the time to get back to work and deliver the country with the promises you have made. We need stability. We need action on climate change. We need investment in education and healthcare. Let’s see what you can do.
Bill Shorten has quit as Labor leader after the loss to Scott Morrison. Mr Shorten has demonstrated high integrity and strength during an emotional and at times, personal election campaign. Now the question arises as to who will take over leadership of the Labor party, after a demoralising result.
After 25 years, Tony Abbott has been defeated by Zali Steggall in the seat of Warringah in a comprehensive victory. The electorate has made a profound decision to oppose former Prime Minister Abbott in what has been a conservative seat since 1922. The consistent opposition of same-sex marriage and the denial of climate change have illustrated the disconnect between Mr Abbott and his electorate, culminating in the decision to vote for the independent candidate. As a former Prime Minister, Tony Abbott must be acknowledged for his commitment to the country and the Liberal party over the last quarter of a century, however, since 2015, Mr Abbott has been at the centre of instability in the government. The time is up for Mr Abbott in politics, and hopefully, the Liberal party can learn and grow from the unrest created by him.
Fraser Anning and Clive Palmer have not won a seat in the Senate! How good is politics! Starting with Clive Palmer, this result illustrates that money can not win you an election, an excellent sign of the people of Australia and our democracy. Over $50 million in advertising spending, and it has resulted in not a single seat in the Lower House or Senate. Moreover, former Senator Fraser Anning, who has been at the centre of numerous controversial racist events over the past year has not won a seat in the Senate. Once again, the Australian people have voted to ensure that Mr Anning is never allowed back into politics, a terrific result for our country.
What does our country need for the next three years? Stability. A strong, stable government delivering for our country. See you in 2022.