Election data suggests the Coalition's victory wasn't so surprising after all – long-term trends pointed toward a Labor loss, given the various factors in play in this election.
Frydenberg and Morrison will have to switch from boasting about the economy to fixing it, quickly.
Observers will lament that Saturday's result shows it is impossible for an opposition to win with a robust change agenda. It might, however, be the case that just too much was piled into it.
Especially in Queensland, right-wing populist parties like One Nation and United Australia Party had a significant impact on how seats played out, and especially taking votes from Labor.
Labor's defeat revives a familiar problem in Australian political history: the left's inability to show how its policies can improve people's material conditions.
The result in Warringah can be seen as being fought on local issues, where the former prime minister had come to be out of step with his constituents.
The Coalition should not use this unexpected win to allow itself to be complacent and drift. It needs to work out its agenda for the next three years and how it allows internal debate.
Now that the Coalition has won the federal election, how will it meet its campaign promises on taxes, the environment, education, health and infrastructure?
The outcome is completely opposite to the polls, which all had Labor ahead going into the election, albeit narrowly and with some tightening during the campaign.
This result, which is vastly different from what opinion polls were indicating, shows the probability of "herding" in polls, and also emphasises that betting odds are to be treated with great caution.
How did the numbers of election 2019 fall across the country? And what seats are still in play?
No present leader touches Hawke for charisma, popularity or communications skills, even leaving aside the larrikin history.
Online bookies can tap into the wisdom of the crowd better than pollsters.
Leigh Sullivan speaks to Michelle Grattan about the week in politics.
After five long weeks, the campaign is drawing to a close, with the polls still pointing to a narrow Labor win, with lots of unknowns in the detail.
Yes, most jobseekers who receive Newstart payments are also eligible for other benefits. But in many cases this is just a few dollars a fortnight to help with expenses such as electricity bills.
Analysis of tweets from the election campaign reveal two key trends: independents are organising, and embattled Liberal candidates are having to take the fight to their rivals.
Recent polling suggests the race is tightening. Then again, opinion polling suggested the recent Victorian state election would also be a close affair and it turned out to be a Labor landslide.
Voters disagree on importance of climate change, universally dislike current energy and environment policy.
Our tax system helped create Palmer.