MALCOLM TURNBULL CLAIMS VICTORY IN AUSTRALIAN ELECTION AFTER ALP LEADER BILL SHORTEN CONCEDES

10th July, 2016

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has claimed victory in Australia's federal election after ALP Leader Bill Shorten rang him to concede a Coalition victory.

"Today is a great day," he said. Mr Turnbull said he congratulated Mr Shorten for making that call, noting that he had his one-year-old grand-daughter Isla on his hip at the time. "She was a one-year-old witness to history."

The ABC has the Coalition at 74 seats but is predicting they will win 76 to form government. If they fail to win 76 seats, they will need to negotiate with minor parties to form a minority government.

Meanwhile the ABC is predicting the Australia Labor Party will win 69 seats, three more than the 66 it has already won.

In a press conference, Mr Shorten said it was clear Mr Turnbull and the Coalition would form a government whether it's a minority government or a majority government of one or two seats.

Mr Shorten had reportedly pledged to work towards bipartisanship where possible, saying the ALP would be "up for" making parliament function.

- DAVID ADAMS


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