A minority government is still possible to manage, but will make Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s job that bit tougher.
A minority government would not mean the government would fall - but it would make governing more difficult.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison concedes the Liberals lost the byelection in Wentworth on Saturday night- but postal votes have added uncertainty to the outcome.
After election night reports of a thumping win in by independent Kerryn Phelps, the Liberals have recovered significantly in postal votes - so much so, the result is now uncertain.A
The Queen reading the last Queen’s Speech in 2016.
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And two of the occasions involved Irish MPs.
Corbyn may not have won enough seats to take over Parliament, but he dealt May a serious blow nonetheless.
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UK voters delivered a devastating blow to the prime minister, who combined a populist message with her party's traditional economic policies. She may now face a power struggle.
Ok, now what?
The Conservatives are still the largest party, but how long can they hold onto power after spectacular miscalculation?
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Rolling coverage of the general election results from expert academics.
Malcolm Turnbull and member-elect for the federal seat of Brisbane, Trevor Evans, speak to the media as they walk through central Brisbane.
The political and fiscal vice in which Malcolm Turnbull is now caught was neatly illustrated by a coincidence of timing in these early post-election days.
One thing Malcolm Turnbull should do in the short term if he’s forming a new ministry is find a first-rate minister to put into the health portfolio.
Malcolm Turnbull is struggling to produce the right response in the aftermath of his election debacle. On Saturday he did not take on any blame and lashed out at Labor’s “Mediscare” tactic. On Tuesday…
Malcolm Turnbull said he remained ‘quietly confident, reasonably confident’ of forming a majority government.
Malcolm Turnbull has taken 'absolutely full responsibility' for his criticised election campaign, and declared the Coalition must rebuild public trust in itself on the issue of Medicare.
Malcolm Turnbull has inadvertently facilitated the re-entry to parliament of Pauline Hanson.
The irony of stridently warning people against voting for minor players and then, all charm, ringing those players when you personally might need their votes may be lost on Malcolm Turnbull.
Bill Shorten and daughter Clementine after a press conference in Moonee Ponds on Sunday.
In an election full of drama, it is still remarkable that media speculation on Sunday was not about whether Malcolm Turnbull's leadership might be shaky but the possibility of a challenge to Bill Shorten.
Malcolm Turnbull continued to say he was ‘quietly confident’ the Coalition would reach a majority in its own right.
Malcolm Turnbull has slapped down the prospect of Tony Abbott returning to the ministry, as both he and Bill Shorten talk to crossbenchers who could determine their fate in a hung parliament.
Labor’s better-than-expected performance has left a lot of seats still too close to call.
It may be several days, or even longer, before we know the shape of our next government, but the business of government will carry on as usual.
Talk has now turned to whether Australia will again have a minority government and a ‘hung parliament’.
There is nothing in the Constitution to deal with the situation in which neither side can form a majority government.
With voters increasingly disillusioned with the two major parties, microparties such as those led by Jacqui Lambie and Nick Xenophon will play a bigger role.
Whatever the outcome of this election, hung parliaments and minority governments will increasingly be a feature of the Australian political landscape.
Greens leader Richard Di Natale (right) and Greens candidate for Grayndler Jim Casey are eyeing off the inner-Sydney seat.
With the election result almost certain to be close, preferencing will play a key role, leaving the progressive parties in particular in a difficult bind.
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This is The Conversation’s first election podcast, where we visit the NSW seat of New England.
Greens leader Richard Di Natale (right) and the party’s candidate for the seat of Grayndler, Jim Casey, talk during a visit to the seat.
Resembling a rough game of ice hockey, the 2016 campaign already has seen slips, slides and own goals. Neither side has scored a big breakthrough.
Bill Shorten has spent the last two-and-a-half years trying to shed memories of the dysfunction of the Rudd-Gillard years.
Talk of a Labor-Green coalition brings with it images of Julia Gillard and Bob Brown signing the agreement that helped usher in her minority government.
If the opinion polls continue as they are, the Turnbull government will likely be returned with a reduced majority.
Despite a recent surge in the polls, the distribution of marginal seats means it will be difficult for Labor to win the coming federal election.