Australian by-election count goes to the wire, after PM concedes

Australian Government Loses Majority With Election Defeat

She said on Sunday: "The government and all governments should go full term unless there are exceptional circumstances, and the next election is due in May next year and that's time enough".

"You have been absolutely phenomenal". On the Sunday, waking up to a hung parliament is not something I think that the people in Wentworth would want to see.

In a series of posts and videos, he said the Morrison government had been captured by right-wing "extremists" - he also created a "top 5 craziest Liberals" list. So I would encourage people to think about that carefully.

The Wentworth campaign featured a kaleidoscope of issues - asylum seekers border policy, energy, climate change, coal, religious freedom, anger at the Canberra bubble and instability - that are all nettles for the Coalition.

Katter reiterated his support for the government on Saturday night with a long wish-list, including action on drought, regional development and Indigenous health.

Invictus means "unconquered", and Australia is playing host Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle as the games get underway on Saturday night. "The events of two months ago angered and outraged many Liberals and particularly those in the seat of Wentworth".

The party has stressed that they would be keen to run Mr Sharma again but it is not clear whether the former ambassador and father-of-three would be prepared to contest it again.

It is the biggest-ever swing in a by-election against a sitting government.

While most analysts said it appeared likely Dr Phelps would hold on to the win, Prime Minister Scott Morrison struck a more upbeat tone.

On a two-candidate basis Phelps is now leading the Liberals Dave Sharma 51.1% to 48.9%.

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Victorian Liberal leader Matthew Guy has shrugged off his party's poor showing in the federal seat of Wentworth, saying the Coalition's woes at national level was not something he could control.

Former member Malcolm Turnbull held the seat with a 17.75 percent margin.

As Mr Turnbull returned to his Point Piper home on Monday morning, Defence Minister Christopher Pyne told ABC radio it was "well past time" the Liberal Party moved on from the change of PM.

"A hearty congratulations to Kerryn Phelps who fought a great campaign".

While Mr Turnbull remained distant from the Wentworth campaign, save for statements in support of Mr Sharma, Alex instead urged voters to abandon the Liberals.

Celebrations erupt at Kerryn Phelps election party on October 20, 2018 in Sydney, Australia.

"The blame for this lies squarely at the feet of anybody who felt it was a good idea to get rid of Malcolm Turnbull", Laundy said.

Labor did not capitalise on the Liberal Party vote collapse: one hour after polls closed, the Greens' Dominic Wy Kanak was besting the opposition party's Tim Murray on the primary vote.

"This is the beginning of the end of the Morrison Government", he told supporters on Saturday night.

He said he believed the government had confidence and supply in the lower house, based on public comments made by crossbenchers.

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