Prime minister Scott Morrison’s government has defied the negative predictions of national opinion polls to claim a narrow win in Australia’s federal election.
Despite trailing Labor by up to 4 percentage points in opinion polls over the past six months, the Liberal-Nationals Coalition won 77 seats. This will enable it to form a government with a wafer-thin majority of two seats, after appointing a speaker in the lower house.
“I have always believed in miracles. How good is Australia?” Morrison told a jubilant crowd at Liberal Party election night celebrations in Sydney on 18 May.