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LEADER of Australia’s Labour Party Anthony Albanese is expected to be sworn in as the country’s new prime minister after the party defeated the ruling conservative coalition in yesterday’s election.
It is the first time the Australian Labour Party has won a general election in a decade, although it may lack the numbers to form a majority government.
Liberal Party leader Scott Morrison conceded defeat at around 11pm and said he would be standing down.
“We’ve seen in our own politics a great deal of disruption as the people have voted today with major parties having one of the lowest primary votes we’ve ever seen,” he told supporters in Sydney.
“I know about the upheaval that’s taking place in our nation. And I think it is important for our nation to heal and to move forward,” he said.
Mr Albanese congratulated party members and supporters for delivering victory although he could be forced to rely on the support of independents and the Greens.
“I want to find that common ground where together we can plant our dreams. To unite around our shared love of this country, our shared faith in Australia’s future, our shared values of fairness and opportunity, and hard work and kindness to those in need,” he said.
The Australian Council of Trade Unions welcomed the election result which it said was a “rejection of a government which refused to address crises in cost of living, wage growth and insecure work.”
General secretary Sally McManus said: “This is a victory for trade unionists who stood up against a government that refused to stand up for them.”
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