Prime Minister Scott Morrison's re-election is likely to translate into tougher immigration laws and the repealing of 'Medevac' bill that would ensure seriously ill refugees are flown to mainland Australia for treatment.
Coalition returns to power in a stunning result, after opinion polls and odds-makers tipped the opposition Labor Party to win. The outcome ranks as Australia's biggest election upset since 1993, when Labor prime minister Keating returned to power.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in his victory speech dubs his surprised election win as a "miracle".
A closely watched poll showed Labor was going into Saturday's election with a slight advantage.
The election will pit Bill Shorten, a former labour union leader who has presented himself as the alternative prime minister for the past six years, and PM Scott Morrison, a leader who the Australian public is still getting to know.
Australia's nationalist One Nation party allegedly sought millions of dollars from the US gun lobby and discussed weakening the country's strict gun control laws with the US National Rifle Association, Al Jazeera reported.
The former treasurer in Malcolm Turnbull's government was sworn in as the country's prime minister after he defeated Peter Dutton in a vote to lead the Liberal Party.
Australia’s Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce will return to parliament after he lost his seat over a dual citizenship crisis last month. His win will bring relief to the government which lost its slim parliamentary majority over the crisis.
Opposition Labor Party says it will not support legislation to this effect. Conservative Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull earlier announced a proposal to prevent genuine refugees from returning to the country under any circumstances.
Opposition Labor Party refuses to support a public vote on gay marriage which it argues should be passed by the parliament without further delay. However, the government has no plans to legislate on the issue without a referendum.
Malcolm Turnbull, Australia's Prime Minister, declares victory on Sunday eight days after polls close, while the Labor party concedes defeat following a tight race.
The exceptionally close vote has left Australian Prime Minister Turnbull's party needing support of independents and minor parties.
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