politicsClosed May 21, 2022
Morrison Concedes Defeat After Australia Election Loss
- Labor set to take power for first time since 2013
- Morrison concedes defeat, will step aside as party leader
- Independents win seats from government coalition
- Electoral shift may bring greater action on climate change
Here are the KEY TAKEAWAYS from the results of Australia’s parliamentary elections.
- Labor Party leader Anthony Albanese will be sworn in as Australia’s 31st prime minister within days, after his party won at least 72 seats in Saturday’s election
- It remains to be determined whether Albanese will be able to form a majority on his own, or need to rely on independent lawmakers to form a minority government
- Despite the victory, Labor has won only about 32% of the primary vote, its worst result in decades and the lowest for any incoming government since World War II. The result will likely lead to soul-searching on both sides of Australian politics.
- It was Australia’s climate election, with climate-focused independents and the Green party snatching once-safe seats from the two major parties. The Greens saw a record vote of more than 12%, the highest in its history.
- Albanese will head to Quad meetings in Tokyo next week, where he will meet with counterparts from Japan, India and the US. Scott Morrison, who is set to hand over power, said “it was vitally important that there’s a very clear understanding about the government of this country” in this meeting.
Updated May 21