Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has claimed victory in the 2016 federal election, with a one-seat majority.
The ABC called the election for the Coalition after the Liberal National Party of Queensland retained the key marginal seats of Flynn and Capricornia thanks to postal votes.
Mr Turnbull declared victory on Sunday, after Opposition Leader Bill Shorten conceded the election.
“We have resolved this election,” the Prime Minister said. “We’ve gone through this election with fiercely fought arguments, issues of policy, issues of principle and we’ve done so peacefully and constructively.”
Mr Turnbull thanked the Australian people for his victory, saying that the democratic process should be celebrated: “It is something we should celebrate but not take for granted, that here in Australia we settle these big political issues, we settle who sits in our parliaments, we settle who governs our country and we do so peacefully through our democratic processes.”
The Coalition also has the support of three key cross-benchers, with Bob Katter of Katter’s Australian Party as well as independents Cathy McGowan and Andrew Wilkie saying they will back up the government on confidence and supply.
Labor is expected to finish with 69 seats in the House of Representatives, after its candidate Anne Aly claimed the West Australian seat of Cowan and became the first Muslim woman elected to the House of Representatives.
“I think having a diverse parliament in these very trying times is an absolute positive and bodes well for the future of Australia,” Dr Aly said.
The government hopes to also win the North Queensland seat of Herbert, which is still too close to call, and would give the Coalition a two-seat majority. – Jake Nelson
Photo of Malcolm Turnbull being sworn in as Prime Minister in September 2015 from the Governor-General’s official website.