Anthony Albanese has declared ‘Aussies have voted for change’ in his victory speech after securing an historic election win – and also blasted rowdy supporters in a cranky outburst.
The 59-year-old will become Australia’s 31st Prime Minister snatching at least nine seats from the Liberal Party, but he may still need support from the Greens and independents to govern.
As of 1am on Sunday Labor had 72 seats – four short of the 76 needed for a majority – but was on track to pick up five more for a narrow majority.
The Coalition had 55 seats and minor parties had 13 after the ‘teal’ independents smashed the Liberals in Sydney and Melbourne.
The Labor leader addressed jubilant supporters in Sydney shortly before midnight after receiving a concession call from Scott Morrison.
He said: ‘I say to my fellow Australians, thank you for this extraordinary honour.
Anthony Albanese (pictured with Penny Wong, girlfriend Jodie and son Nathan) has declared ‘Aussies have voted for change’ after securing a historic election win – and also blasted rowdy supporters in his victory speech
Anthony Albanese is pictured with his girlfriend Jodie (right) and his son Nathan as he addresses the Labor faithful
Labor supporters celebrate during the Labor Party election night event at Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL Club
Labor supporters in Western Australia were overjoyed with the results in the state with four seats shifting to Western Australia
Outlining his priorities for the next three years, Mr Albanese said: ‘Together we can end the climate wars’. Pictured: Labor supporters in Sydney
Labor supporters celebrate as they watch the election results at the Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL Club in Sydney
Albanese’s policies for a ‘better future’:
Housing: Labor proposed a ‘Help To Buy’ scheme, which would see the government take a 40% stake in up to 10,000 homes a year to help people earning less than $90,000 on to the property ladder.
Albanese will also create a $10billion Housing Australia Future Fund to build 30,000 new social and affordable housing properties in its first five years.
Health: The Labor leader pledged 50 first-aid clinics across the country if he wins the election.
Labor will also increase government subsidies for medicines on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme by reducing the maximum cost for the patient from $42.50 to $30 per script.
Manufacturing: Labor will set up a $15billion National Reconstruction Fund to fund major manufacturing projects across the nation.
Electric Vehicles: Labor will spend $20billion to upgrade the electricity grid to improve transmission, roll out 85 solar banks and 400 community batteries and invest in 10,000 ‘new energy apprentices’ alongside a $10million New Energy Skills Program.
The gender pay gap: Albanese vowed to introduce a law forcing companies to reveal how much they pay men and women if he becomes prime minister.
‘Tonight the Australian people have voted for change. I am humbled by this victory and I’m honoured to be given the opportunity to serve as the 31st Prime Minister of Australia.’
‘My Labor team will work every day to bring Australians together, and I will lead a government, worthy of the people of Australia’.
The joyous atmosphere took a strange turn when Mr Albanese reacted angrily to some rowdy supporters, pausing his speech to yell: ‘Down. Down. Down. Down. No. No.
‘Can we have order, please? Can we have a bit of order? I intend to run an orderly government and it starts here, so behave.’
Mr Albanese – who was raised in housing commission by a single mother – also paid tribute to the outgoing Prime Minister, saying: ‘Scott very graciously wished me well, and I think him for that, and I wish him well.
‘And I thank him for the service he has given to our country as Prime Minister. I would like to thank Jenny Morrison and their two daughters for their contribution and sacrifice as well.’
Outlining his priorities for the next three years, Mr Albanese said: ‘Together we can end the climate wars.
‘Together we can take advantage of the opportunity for Australia to be a renewable energy superpower.
‘Together we can work in common interests with business and unions to drive productivity, lift wages and profits.
‘I want an economy that works for people, not the other way around.
‘Together we can strengthen universal healthcare through Medicare. We can protect universal superannuation.
‘And we can write universal childcare into that proud tradition.’
The Labor leader also vowed to implement a national anti-corruption commission after his party won from Opposition for only the fourth time since World War II.
His first task will be a Quad security meeting with Japan, the US and India on Tuesday in Tokyo.
At about 11pm Scott Morrison delivered a concession speech to devastated Liberal supporters after calling Mr Albanese to congratulate him on Labor winning power for the first time since 2013.
Speaking alongside his wife Jenny and two daughters to the Liberal faithful in Sydney, Mr Morrison said: ‘Tonight, I have spoken to the Leader of the Opposition and the incoming Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese.
‘And I’ve congratulated him on his election victory this evening.
‘I have always believed in Australians and their judgement and I’ve always been prepared to accept their verdicts.
‘And tonight they have delivered their verdict and I congratulate Anthony Albanese and the Labor Party and I wish him and his government all the very best.’
Mr Morrison, a Christian who prays every day, paid tribute to his family, saying: ‘I still believe in miracles as I always have.
‘And the biggest miracles as I said three years ago were standing beside me and here they are again tonight with Jenny and my daughters. They are the greatest miracle in my life.’
Scott Morrison has delivered a concession speech to devastated Liberal supporters after calling Anthony Albanese to congratulate him on Labor winning power for the first time since 2013
Nationally there was a two-party swing of 2.3 per cent from Liberal to Labor with nine Coalition seats looking set to switch to the ALP
Mr Morrison said he will step down as Liberal leader at the next party meeting, with Defence Minister Peter Dutton favourite to take over.
The teal independents – funded by multi-millionaire climate investor Simon Holmes a Court – decimated the Coalition in Sydney and Melbourne while the Greens also won a seat in Brisbane from the Liberals who suffered an 11 per cent collapse in their primary vote.
Nationally there was a two-party swing of 2.9 per cent from Liberal to Labor with at least nine Coalition seats looking set to switch to the ALP, including Chisholm and Higgins in Melbourne, Boothby in South Australia, Reid in Sydney and Robertson on the NSW Central Coast.
There was a massive swing against the Liberals in Western Australia with the seats of Swan, Pearce, Hasluck and Tangney – which had a big 11 per cent margin – turning red.
The independents have won at least five Liberal seats, picking up Wentworth, North Sydney, Mackellar, Kooyong and Goldstein and are ahead in Curtin in Perth.
Independent Dai Le beat ALP heavyweight Kristina Keneally in the formerly safe Labor seat of Fowler.
Labor supporters cheered as they celebrated winning power for the first time since losing in 2013
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s supporters gathered as it looked likely he would lose his seats in a bloodbath for the Liberals
There were jubilant scenes at Labor headquarters in Sydney after the party won from Opposition for only the fourth time since World War II
Nationally there was a two-party swing of 2.3 per cent from Liberal to Labor. Pictured: Labor headquarters in Sydney
Hundreds of Labor supporters cheered as the results looked good for the ALP, with Scott Morrison losing power
The Greens have won the Brisbane seat of Ryan from the Liberals, with a two per cent boost in their national vote to 12 per cent. They are on track to take Griffith from Labor and Brisbane from the Liberals.
Liberal heavyweight Josh Frydenberg has all but conceded to independent Monique Ryan although Peter Dutton appears to have fended off a challenge from Labor’s Ali France.
‘Maybe after tonight I get a bit more time to try and be the most extraordinary dad,’ Mr Frydenberg said.
The Treasurer talked up his achievements in Government including saving 800,000 jobs with the JobKeeper wage subsidy during the Covid-19 pandemic and seeing the unemployment rate drop to 3.9 per cent.
‘To be the deputy leader of our party has been an enormous privilege,’ he said.
Mr Frydenberg paid tribute to Mr Morrison, saying he is a ‘person of great decency, a person who loves his family, a person who is of deep faith and a person who has shown extraordinary leadership in extraordinary times.
He added: ‘So I thank Scott Morrison for what he has done for our country to leave Australia in a stronger position than when he found it.’
Labor supporters watch early election results at a reception at Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL Club in Sydney
Supporters celebrate as initial results come in for WA at the election party for Zaneta Mascarenhas, Labor candidate for Swan
Independent Dr Monique Ryan is greeted by her supporters (pictured) at the Auburn Hotel, in the seat of Kooyong, Melbourne
Queensland Greens Senator Larissa Waters (left) and Senate candidate Penny Allman-Payne react to favourable election results. The Greens may win two seats in Brisbane
Liberal heavyweight Josh Frydenberg (pictured) has all but conceded to independent Monique Ryan
Peter Dutton managed to hold on to his seat of Dickson in Brisbane. He is pictured with his son and wife
‘Teal’ independent Zali Steggall held on to Warringah under challenge from Liberal women’s sport campaigner Katherine Deves.
‘The feedback very much was people are really frustrated,’ Steggall told the ABC.
‘Cost of living issues but also climate change simply did not feature in the policies and platforms from the major parties.’
North Sydney Liberal MP Trent Zimmerman lost to independent Kylea Tink, Dave Sharma lost to Allegra Spender in Wentworth and Zoe Daniel has dethroned Liberal Tim Wilson in Goldstein.
Liberal Jason Falinski has lost his Sydney seat of Mackellar to independent Sophie Scamps.
Former NSW minister Andrew Constance was ahead of Labor in Gilmore. The Labor seat on the NSW south coast is seen as a must-win for the Coalition. The Liberals looked set to hold the crucial Tasmanian seats of Bass and Braddon.
Former Labor Minister and power broker Graham ‘Richo’ Richardson called the election result early as a win for Labor following swings to the ALP in the Liberal-held seats of Reid and Bennelong.
‘We’re home,’ he said on Sky just before 7pm. ‘Let’s crack the champagne.’
How the west won it for Albo: Massive swings to Labor trigger a bloodbath
Massive double-digit swings across at least five key seats held by the Liberal Party are set to push Labor over the 76-seat threshold to form government.
Hasluck, Swan, and Pearce flipped to Labor and the formerly blue ribbon seat of Curtin could be another teal independent pickup.
Three more, Tangley, Curtin and Moore, are in serious danger and either neck-and-neck or with a small lead for Labor or an independent.
Western Australia appears poised to deliver Anthony Albanese a majority government in a humiliating bloodbath for Scott Morrison – partly due to WA Premier Mark McGowan (left)
WA was always expected to swing towards Labor but the size of the projected victories are beyond even the most optimistic predictions.
Mr Morrison’s popularity nosedived in the staunchly independent state during the pandemic as Labor Premier Mark McGowan’s skyrocketed.
The prime minister and Mr McGowan regularly bickered over WA’s hard border with the eastern states for most of the two-years of the pandemic.
For months at a time the border was closed to every other state and territory in Australia and Mr Morrison’s protests only hardened their resolve.
The PM even called WA locals ‘cave people’ for hiding behind the border wall in pursuit of a ‘zero-Covid’ policy.
Perhaps the most damaging factor for Mr Morrison was his support for billionaire mining magnate Clive Palmer’s court challenge to the WA hard border.
Mr Morrison was relentlessly pilloried in WA media, by Mr McGowan, and among locals until he dropped his support.
The PM made a desperate U-turn in recent months, retrospectively supporting the hard border and praising his former enemy Mr McGowan.
But it came too late with Mr Albanese seizing on the opportunity to bury his rival by launching his campaign in Perth.
Another big factor was Mr McGowan’s phenomenal personal popularity in his home state, at one time at the height of the hard border era holding a 90-plus per cent approval rating.
Such positive sentiment translated over into federal success for Labor with the premier’s fans following his endorsement of Mr Albanese.
The results were nothing short of a bloodbath for the Liberals, losing four key marginal seats by huge margins and may lose one of the country’s safest Liberal seats to an independent.
Defence minister Peter Dutton casts his vote in his electorate of Dickson in Brisbane on Saturday afternoon
Scott Morrison (second right) kicked back in relaxed clothing in Kirribilli House after the polls closed
Meanwhile, a make-up artist was seen entering Anthony Albanese’s home in Marrickville, inner-west Sydney.
Earlier on Saturday Australian voters in marginal seats were bombarded with an 11th hour text message from the Liberal Party about the arrival of two asylum seeker boats, just hours before polls closed.
Mr Morrison was accompanied by wife Jenny and daughters Lily and Abbey as he slipped his ballot into the box at Lilli Pilli Public School, Sydney’s south, on Saturday
Mr Albanese addressed a crowd of excited supporters outside the polling booth in Marrickville promising he would remain ‘one of the people’
The texts, which are being sent as a ‘news alert’ refer to an ‘illegal’ boat that was intercepted by Border Force officials allegedly trying to enter Australia.
‘BREAKING: Australian Border Force has intercepted an illegal boat trying to reach Australia. Keep our borders secure by voting Liberal today,’ the text read.
A second boat was intercepted on Wednesday by the Sri Lankan Navy before it reached Australian waters.
Daily Mail Australia understands there have been up to 30 asylum seeker boats intercepted by ABF this year alone – none of which prompted a text message alert.
A fishing vessel carrying dozens of people (pictured) has been stopped by the Sri Lankan navy amid warnings that people smuggling could ramp up after election day
Labor has emerged as the favourite among bookies with payout rates dropping from $1.55 on Friday to $1.32 on Saturday.
The timing of the boat arrival prompted theories that the arrival of the boat was no accident and had somehow been planned ahead of time as an election stunt.
An unsolicited text message was sent to residents urging them to vote Liberal
Among those discussing the theory was 2021 Australian of the Year Grace Tame, who wrote that the boat arriving ‘on the eve of an election’ was ‘a chilling a coincidence’.
‘As well as being xenophobic, this vitriolic, fear-mongering rhetoric is blatant propaganda designed to undermine opponents,’ she wrote.
‘Our nation is better than this.
‘Whatever the truth is in this case, people are not pawns. People are people.’
Mr Morrison made one last pitch to voters to re-elect him as prime minister, confirming a boat sailing from Sri Lanka had been intercepted – and saying that only he could protect the country from more people smugglers.
Mr Albanese cast his vote at Marrickville Town Hall in his home seat of Grayndler as he was watched on by his son Nathan, partner Jodie Haydon and cavoodle Toto
‘I can confirm that there’s been an interception of a vessel en route to Australia,’ Mr Morrison said.
‘That vessel has been intercepted in accordance with the policies of government and they’re following those normal protocols and I can simply say this.
‘I’ve been here to stop this boat but in order for me to be there to stop those that may come from here, you need to vote Liberal and Nationals today.’
The Australian Border Force released a statement the boat was likely attempting to ‘illegally’ enter Australia after it was reported it came ‘very close’ to the west coast of Christmas Island.
The messages prompted the Australia Electoral Commission to tweet that ‘electoral laws don’t prohibit text messages sent by candidates or political parties’.
Labor has emerged as the favourite among bookies with payout rates dropping from $1.55 on Friday to $1.32 on Saturday