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Independent Zoe Daniel celebrates during a reception (Image: AAP/Joel Carrett)

Political earthquake as Liberal heartland turns on Morrison

Teal independents have caused a seismic shock across the political landscape, while the ALP is as yet unable to form majority.

Tracey Roberts, Labor candidate for Pearce (Image: AAP/Richard Wainwright)

Western Australia delivers key seats for Labor

WA has resolutely turned against the Morrison government. How did this happen?

Greens supporters at The Montague Hotel,in the seat of Griffith , Brisbane. (Image: AAP/ Darren England)

‘Greensland’: Greens shock the nation with a historic showing in south-east Queensland

Seats of Griffith, Ryan, even Brisbane possibly toppling to the Greens will make Queensland the political heartland of the party.

Scott Morrison arrives to concede defeat (Image: AAP/Dean Lewins)

How a Labor ‘win’ unfolded

Labor will form government — but a potential missed opportunity to claim majority will be its own fault. Tonight, however, that won’t matter.

 A mix of celebration and sadness at Labor's Riley Campbell's evetn in Hughes (Amber Schultz)

A fierce fight for south of Sydney, but the Coalition manages to hold on in Kelly land

This election result shows how fed up communities are — not only with the Coalition but with politics in general.

Independent Dr Sophie Scamps (Image: Supplied)

Kitchen table chat is now heard loud and clear

Independent Dr Sophie Scamps has wrested the seat of Mackellar from incumbent Jason Falinski after 73 years of Liberal ownership.

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Returns go to Spender: inside the Wentworth revolution

The music pumped and the pinot gris sloshed as teal independent Allegra Spender romped to victory in the Liberal stronghold of Wentworth.

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Labor’s failure on UFOs shows national security weakness

The Pentagon has acknowledged hundreds of cases of UFOs probing their military preparedness. Why is Labor ignoring this major issue?

What job will they do next? Crikey’s guide to life after politics for some of our most-loved MPs

Will Penny Wong host the ABC’s Hard Quiz? Will Bridget McKenzie become an elite member of the SAS?

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‘Every person has the right to feel safe’: Sarah Newman — Greens candidate for Chisholm, VIC

In Crikey’s Elect Me! series, we ask candidates across the breadth of the political spectrum for their answers to the same key questions.

‘Abolish the two-party-preferred system’: Sam Schriever — One Nation candidate for Fisher, QLD

In Crikey’s Elect Me! series, we ask candidates across the breadth of the political spectrum for their answers to the same key questions.

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Electioncast: The fierce battle in the campaign’s final days

Throughout the campaign, both major parties have tried to make the contest about their preferred issues. We’ve got the data on what topics actually dominated discussion.

Electioncast: Labor’s costs and the prime minister’s lies

In the last week of the contest, both parties carried out the electoral tradition of releasing policy costings. But do they matter?

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Chisholm’s early voters flock to church, praying for it all to be over

The punters in this ultra-tight electorate in Melbourne’s south-east suburbs are a canny lot. They’re also showing signs of campaign fatigue.

Emails show police laughing at an asylum seeker's self harm (Image: DIAC Images/Supplied)

‘Appalling disregard’: Australia’s offshore processing slammed after leaked emails show Nauru police mocking suicide, self-harm threats

The emails show how refugees and asylum seekers are still harming themselves, even as police officers made jokes about their plight.

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Nine publishes a tribute to Morrison the little-known feminist. But who wrote it?

A glowing tribute to the PM in the SMH is everything his publicity team could dream for. But who exactly is its author, Karen Harrington?

Anthony Albanese on day 39 of the federal election campaign (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

Journalists demand stunts from Albo as unemployment hits new low

Unemployment hits a new low of 3.9% — good news for Morrison. But the media was too busy having a tantrum at Anthony Albanese to notice.

Leigh Sales and Tracy Grimshaw (Images: 7.30/A Current Affair/YouTube)

Sales and Grimshaw: a tale of two interviews — but only one killer blow     

Scott Morrison, the ‘bulldozer’ prime minister, was down for the count after being skewered in a finely executed and intelligent set of questions.

@albo is frequently tagged on Twitter instead of Anthony Albanese (Image: Twitter/@albo)

Albo, an Italian erotic cartoonist mistaken for Anthony Albanese, endorses Labor

@albo talks about being wrongly tagged for the Labor leader, what he knows about Australian politics, and makes an offer to Albo.

A conspiracy theory about the World Health Organization (Image: Supplied)

A ‘WHO Pandemic Treaty’ conspiracy theory is the freedom movement’s last-minute scare campaign

In the election’s dying days, politicians courting the freedom movement have leaned heavily on a conspiracy theory about a WHO pandemic treaty.

Should NDIS funding and reform be an election issue? Richard Hamon’s story leaves little doubt of the answer

Instead of the NDIS making life easier for Australians with disabilities, its stalling and haggling over funds create emotional and physical distress.

Mental health a sticking issue in marginal seats hit by fires, floods and the pandemic 

Psychological help services are a major concern for the marginal seat of Gilmore, following a cluster of suicides after the region was devastated by environmental catastrophes.

American law is now hurtling towards apartheid for women

A leaked US Supreme Court decision on abortion would make women second-class citizens.

Why did the Morrison government so badly handle the pandemic? Because it favoured party mates over public servants

The shocking and often fatal consequences of the prime minister’s mishandling of the COVID plague is mind-boggling.

Nationals Senator Matt Canavan (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

Matt Canavan and the problem of the Coalition’s broad church

The Morrison government is trying to be all things to all people — and it’s failing at all of them.

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As the world burns: climate crisis turns the heat up on Labor and the Coalition

The world is sleepwalking into a catastrophe but the major parties would rather end the climate wars than seriously reduce emissions.

Energy Minister Angus Taylor (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

Enraged, humiliated Taylor looks to block closures of coal-fired plants

Angus Taylor wants to prevent owners of coal-fired power plants from bringing forward their closures, with new rules dictating how companies will operate up to five years ahead.

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Fungi? Not so much. Why fungal infection could be the source of our next pandemic

Fungal infections are already prominent in many parts of the world. Climate change and other environmental factors are accelerating them.

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