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.
Scandals surrounding candidates have become recurring distractions for Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and opposition leader Bill Shorten this week as they attempt to sell their policies on the campaign trail ahead of the May 18 poll.
At least 310 people were killed and hundreds more injured in a series of apparently coordinated attacks across Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday.
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.
The tough new legislation will be brought to parliament next week as Canberra pushes for social media companies to prevent their platforms from being "weaponised" by terrorists in the wake of the mosque attacks in New Zealand's Christchurch.
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.
Former BBC editor Rifat Jawaid criticised the British broadcaster for its perspective and style about the massacre that took at least 50 lives in New Zealand, saying they have biased editorials.
Australian police said that the counter-terrorism teams raided two homes linked to the mass shooting that killed at least 50 people at two New Zealand mosques last week.
At least 50 people were killed after a shooter opened fire inside two mosques in Christchurch. New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said it was "one of New Zealand's darkest days."
"The real cause of bloodshed on New Zealand streets today is the immigration program which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place," said Australian Senator Fraser Anning.
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