A political miracle delivered the victory to the ruling Coalition of Liberal and National Party (LNP) in the Federal elections of Australia in May 2019. Out of 151 seats in the House of Representatives, LNP has won 75 (projected 78), opposition Labor Party has won 65 (projected 67), Greens Party 1 and others 5. As a result, Mr Scott Morrison will remain the Prime Minister of Australia for the next three years to lead a majority government.
Regardless of the outcome of the Australian Federal election on Saturday 18 May 2019, Muslims in Australia have shown unprecedented interest in the election as the risk of electing racist bigots in the Parliament was too high.
In a democracy, voting is the citizen’s power to elect leaders of their choice. Abstaining from voting should not be an option. It will give politicians with an agenda of hate and division easy access to parliament.
The defeat of former Prime Minister, Mr Tony Abbott in his long-held seat was a reflection on how out of touch this arrogant politician was. It is another favour to Mr Scott Morrison that this trouble maker backbencher is out of the parliament.
In the last several years, Labor Party was leading all the opinion polls consistently and even at the eve of the election this party it was favoured to win the election. Many Australians are asking, what went wrong with this party?
The election results were decided based in Queensland and Western Australia, especially in northern Queensland. This is where the Labor party lost most of its seats and the election.
This party did not win any single seat north of Brisbane. Preferences from conservative parties improved LNP performance significantly.
The voters in Australia often decide their voting preferences based on the local issues that affect them directly, rather than national priorities, and to a lesser extent any political ideology.
The reasons behind Labor losing the election includes its unpopular policies such as changing negative gearing and seniors tax credit.
But more directly, the Andani Coal Mining factor had the most devastating effect on the Labor party. People in north Queensland live on mining because it provides them jobs and economic growth. This overwrites anything else including the climate change issue.
The vicious TV ad campaign of United Australia Party of Mr Clive Palmer attacking Labor and its leader had seriously impacted on the voters in Queensland and Western Australia. This party spent $80m to run a successful negative campaign against Labor and its leader. Mr Scott Morrison must be grateful to his newfound political ally regardless of any under the table deal or not.
Although Labor has been consistently above the Coalition in the opinion polls over the years, its leader Mr Bill Shorten was never as popular as his opponent at any time. The ‘faceless’ man may not have recovered from the background role he played in removing Mr Kevin Rudd as the Prime Minister. Voters did not forgive him, but ironically, they forgave Mr Scott Morrison when he did the same to Mr Malcolm Turnbull.
In the Senate election, 40 seats were for grab, 6 each from 6 states and 2 each from two territories. The other 36 senators were elected for 6 years in the previous election and will continue to serve for the next three years. In the new Senate, Coalition will have 33, Labor 26, Green 8, Centre Alliance 2, One Nation 1 (maybe another one), Australian Conservatives 1, and Jacqui Lambie will return.
Interestingly, in the Senate vote, One Nation party received 10.2% primary votes in Queensland compared to 3.2% nationally, in spite of all division and scandals in the party. In the House, this party received 8.7% primary votes in Queensland and 3.0% nationwide.
In the 72 seat senate, the government will have to get support from 37 senators to pass bills that means they will need the support of at least 4 crossbench senators to get their agenda through the parliament.
Long-serving opposition leader, Mr Bill Shorten has already stepped down from his position taking the responsibility of losing the election, and Labor is already in the process to elect its next leader most probably Anthony Albanese.
If Labor could elect a good leader who is acceptable to the wider Australian population, changes its unpopular policies and take pragmatic, rather than ideological approach and remain united they may return to power at the next election.