Word from The Hill: Five seats to watch on Saturday night, and getting the hang of a hung parliament
Michelle Grattan discusses politics with politics + society editor, Amanda Dunn
If a minority government needs backing from the ‘teal’ independents and the Greens, it better be prepared to shift the needle on climate policy.
When no party can immediately form a majority government, the negotiations begin – and the role of the crossbenchers becomes extremely important.
Since the advent of the two-party preferred system, there have been two examples of parties governing effectively in minority, and with the support of independents.
In 1922-23, Billy Hughes’ Nationalist Party brokered a deal with the Country Party to form government - but only on condition Hughes was no longer prime minister. It’s possible this could play out again.
Each day seems to bring a new announcement of an independent taking on a high-profile Liberal candidate.
Scott Morrison has been returned as prime minister, but we don’t yet know if the Coalition will get to the 77 seats it needs to form majority government (minus the speaker).
We now wait for the final count of seats in the House of Representatives and the Senate - and in the meantime, government continues.
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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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.