Australia election 2022: Labor on track to oust Scott Morrison as Prime Minister

The Australian Labor Party will topple the ruling Conservatives in a national election – although it may have to form a minority government, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation predicts.

Initial vote counts showed that Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s conservative Liberal Party coalition and the Labor opposition were both losing ground to smaller parties such as the environmentally-leaning Greens and the climate-leaning Independents.

Neither major party seemed certain of winning the at least 76 seats needed for a majority in the 151-seat Parliament, but Labor appeared on track to win more than 70 seats, the broadcaster said.

“Work is [on] 72 and needs 76 seats to govern. There are 11 members of the Crossbench, most of whom support action on climate change,” said election analyst Antony Green.

“If Labor falls short and wants to form a government, they can talk to the Greens or to the Crossbench.”

Winning fewer than 76 seats forces the party to negotiate with others, and with smaller parties and independents gaining votes from both left and right, it increases the likelihood of parliament and a minority government stalling.

However, the centre-left Labor Party could still form a majority government based on an early vote count, lawmakers and analysts have said.

Former Defense Secretary Chris Pyne, who resigned from Mr Morrison’s government at the last election, agreed the governing coalition would not gain enough seats to form a majority government.

“The coalition cannot get there on its own, no,” he said.

The government had sought a fourth term of three years.

Some voters in Sydney only went to the polls with their suitcases

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Labor has not yet won enough seats for a majority

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The opposition Labor Party, led by Anthony Albanese, ended the six-week election campaign as the favorite to win its first election since 2007.

But in 2019, Mr Morrison defied opinion polls to win. His coalition holds the narrowest majorities — 76 seats in the 151-seat House of Representatives, where parties need a majority to form a government.

In Saturday’s early count, the Coalition was on track to win 38 seats and Labor 71 seats. Seven seats were from independent politicians and 23 were too few to name.

The pandemic led to a record proportion of absentee votes, which are not counted until Sunday.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/australasia/australia-election-2022-labor-party-b2084267.html Australia election 2022: Labor on track to oust Scott Morrison as Prime Minister

Bobby Allyn

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