Face of the Day

Malcolm Turnbull - Getty Images

Malcolm Turnbull – Getty Images

The Face of the Day for Monday is Australian politician Malcolm Turnbull who went to the polls early to get a mandate, and found – like many before him – that voters tend to punish politicians who call an election early purely for selfish reasons.

Australians are facing an anxious wait after one of the longest campaigns in history produced a shock cliff-hanger result.

With no clear winner there’s the possibility of a hung Parliament or a minority government.

It’s an unexpected result. While the vote was predicted to be tight, we didn’t know it would come this close. It will come down to 11 seats, and we’ll start getting an idea of the outcome when vote counting continues on Tuesday.

Even if Labor leader Bill Shorten loses, he’s won. He’s solidified his leadership and proven he can make gains for Labor. However, that won’t stop questions about his leadership.

As for his rival, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, his gamble to trigger the double dissolution hasn’t paid off and many are asking whether his predecessor, Tony Abbott, could have done better.

Now, just like after any big night, Mr Turnbull has a big hangover, as his coalition barely hangs on.

But Mr Turnbull wasn’t afraid to call it last night.

“We can have every confidence we can form a coalition majority government in the next Parliament,” he said. But there’s doubt he can.

This isn’t the sort of party Mr Turnbull wanted. He was after a clear win and his coalition has taken a big hit. He says the Coalition will work to resolve the new Parliament without division or rancour.

You stuff the voters about at your own peril. Let’s see who gets the tainted prize once all the votes are counted and the court challenges are settled.

 

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