Australia

Australia has a hung parliament


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Australia’s general election, which took place last Sunday, has ended in a hung parliament with no party gaining enough seats to form a government on their own.

The centre-right Liberal–National Coalition of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull emerged as the largest grouping with 74 seats in the House of Representatives, down 16 seats on the 2013 result. The opposition centre-left Australian Labor Party (ALP) won an additional 16 seats to take 71 seats. That leaves government formation to be decided by the three minor parties who won one seat apiece and the two Independents. A total of 76 seats are needed for a majority in the 150 seat lower chamber.

Independent Bob Katter has announced that he will support the Coalition. What is clear is that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will now struggle to get many of his policies passed by parliament and the government is likely to be constrained in making any substantial policy decisions for the next three years.

Results for the upper chamber or Senate are still awaited.

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