Australian reactions mixed after government's re-election

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Published on May 19, 2019 - Duration: 00:59s

Australian reactions mixed after government's re-election

Australian voters show mixed reactions after the country's conservative government defies years of unfavourable opinion polls, and is shown to be headed for a win at the national election.

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Australian reactions mixed after government's re-election

(ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION) Australians woke up to the news on Sunday (May 19) that the Liberal-led conservative government was headed for a remarkable win at the national election, defying years of unfavourable opinion polls.

Australia's Liberal-led coalition has won or is leading in 74 seats in its quest for a 76-seat majority, according to the Australian Electoral Commission, with three-quarters of votes counted.

The opposition Labor party has conceded defeat and Bill Shorten stepped down as its leader.

Voters at the iconic Bondi Beach on Sunday morning had mixed reactions to the predicted results, with some expressing disappointment and others happiness.

"Better the devil you know," said one resident, Paul Carson, referring to Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Opinion polls in Australia had all pointed to a Labor victory ahead of Saturday's (May 18) vote.

So strong was the expectation the government would fall that one betting agency even paid out bets on a Labor win days before the election.

To the fact Scott Morrison was likely to be re-elected as Prime Minister.

It is still unclear whether the coalition can govern with an outright majority or will need to negotiate support from independents, with millions of early votes cast before polling day still to be counted.

Several seats in the 151-seat House of Representatives are still too close to call.

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