Australia coalition wins outright majority

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has secured a majority government, capping off a shock result in Saturday’s election. With 77.5% of votes counted, the Liberal-National coalition has now reached the 76 seats needed to control the lower house. The result has defied long-term polls that had predicted a Labor Party win for the first time in six years. Labor leader […]

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How Australia’s PM forged a ‘miracle’ win

Australia’s ruling coalition was widely expected to be defeated in Saturday’s election after long trailing in opinion polls. But somehow, after just nine months as prime minister, Scott Morrison hailed a “miracle” victory. In doing so, he defied a perception in Australian politics that leadership turmoil can only spell electoral doom. Since the brutal ouster of Malcolm Turnbull last August, […]

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How Australia’s PM forged a ‘miracle’ win

Australia’s ruling coalition was widely expected to be defeated in Saturday’s election after long trailing in opinion polls. But somehow, after just nine months as prime minister, Scott Morrison hailed a “miracle” victory. In doing so, he defied a perception in Australian politics that leadership turmoil can only spell electoral doom. Since the brutal ouster of Malcolm Turnbull last August, […]

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Australian PM close to majority win

Final results are being counted in Australia where Prime Minister Scott Morrison hopes his victory in Saturday’s election will give him a majority government. His conservative coalition has defied the polls and now needs to win three more seats to seal a shock majority. “I have always believed in miracles,” Mr Morrison told supporters in his victory speech on Saturday […]

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Australia Election Results: Prime Minister Scott Morrison Seizes a Stunning Win

SYDNEY, Australia — Scott Morrison, Australia’s conservative prime minister, scored a surprise victory in federal elections on Saturday, propelled by a populist wave — the “quiet Australians,” he termed it — resembling the force that has upended politics in the United States, Britain and beyond. The win stunned Australian election analysts — polls had pointed to a loss for Mr. […]

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The rambunctious rogue who led Australia

In an era of Australian leadership turmoil, the death of Bob Hawke, a beloved former prime minister, feels especially poignant ahead of a national election on Saturday, writes the BBC’s Hywel Griffith in Sydney. Australia loves a larrikin – a rambunctious rogue who does not care about convention. In Bob Hawke, who died on Thursday at 89, the country found […]

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Bob Hawke: Australia’s charismatic former PM

In 1952, Bob Hawke had an experience that led him to abandon his Christian faith. The university student was attending a Christmas Eve party at a mansion in India at the end of the World Christian Youth Congress when he looked out towards the front gates and saw a group of starving people watching the guests eat. “I thought, ‘There’s […]

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Why politics is toxic for Australia’s women

Australian women in politics have had enough. A slew of allegations of sexist bullying and misogyny have emerged in recent years, while at the same time the country has steadily tumbled down the global rankings for female political representation. Australia has tended to favour “larrikin” and “aggressor” MPs who thrive in the “rough-and-tumble” atmosphere of Canberra. But women MPs are […]

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Australia’s most remote polling stations

In a vast, sparsely populated land like Australia, overseeing an election is a massive logistical effort… particularly when you have compulsory voting. The task is greater than ever ahead of Saturday’s general election because a record 96.8% of eligible voters have enrolled to cast a ballot. Most Australians will vote in cities and regional centres, but many simply cannot get […]

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House prices and heat: Australia’s election in charts

Australia will go to the polls on 18 May at a time when many Australians have big questions about their country and who leads it. Here’s a visual look at some key issues and themes which could shape the outcome. Who’s in charge? It’s only a mild overstatement to suggest that Australia has adopted a “hot desking” approach to running […]

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