The Morrison government has won another term in office after Australians voted to return the Coalition to power.
As of Tuesday the Australian Electoral Commission had the Coalition with 78 seats to Labor’s 67, with the remaining six shared among independents and smaller parties.
After announcing he was standing down following his unexpected defeat on Saturday, Bill Shorten on Sunday announced he had asked the National Secretary to convene a meeting of the National Executive to begin the process of electing a new Labor leader.
On Sunday Anthony Albanese announced his intention to run as a candidate for leader, saying he believed he was the best person to lead the party back into government, and on Tuesday Chris Bowen announced he was throwing his hat in the ring. Jim Chalmers has also confirmed he is considering joining the fray.
Deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek ruled herself out of the running on Monday saying now was not her time.
“At this point, I cannot reconcile the important responsibilities I have to my family with the additional responsibilities of the Labor leadership,” she said in a statement.
Meanwhile, former PM Tony Abbott was ejected from his seat in Warringah by independent Zali Steggall, who promised to be a “climate leader” in her speech.
The other high-profile independent candidate of the election, Kerryn Phelps, on Monday morning conceded defeat to Dave Sharma in Wentworth.
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