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The wait is over… and what a long wait it was. However, overnight the Coalition retained the seats of Capricornia and Flynn in Queensland giving it 76 seats and the majority it needed to be able to govern in its own right.

What this means is that the LNP won’t have to rely on the Lower House crossbenchers for support. We wonder how Bob Katter feels about that…

It’s an interesting result because the Coalition had been trailing in both of these seats until the postal votes started arriving. What happened then was a drastic vote in favour for the Liberal Party’s Ken O’Dowd and Michelle Landry that saw them overtake the Labor Party.

Now what?

Well, before Malcolm Turnbull can get back to the task of running the country a few things need to happen first.

On Turnbull’s to-do list will be replacing at least three ministers who lost their seats at this year’s election. He will also need to sign a new Coalition Agreement with the National Party. Finally, they all have to be sworn in by the Governor-General Peter Cosgrove… but that can only happen when he returns from France.

It all sounds simple, but let’s not forget we still need to work out who is going to be in parliament, then the PM has to sort out his ministry, then parliament needs to have its first sitting. This is all before there’s a sniff of new legislation.

There are at least five crossbenchers in the Lower House as well as 12 crossbench senators who all have different and conflicting views. You can only hope this doesn’t make the task of governing any more difficult than it was prior to July 2.

What do you think the challenges for the Coalition Government will be? What legislation would you like to see debated first in parliament?

 

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  1. LABOR ACTUALLY HAS MORE SEATS but if Labor does a deal with the Greens its even. but its ok for Liberal to do deals and have an unholy coalition with another political party???????

  2. Resurrect the 2 cent tax system that has been sitting in idle files since it was legistrated at the same time as the inception of the goods and services tax.

  3. I believe their needs to be an enquiry as to the legitimisey of the postal votes…yes L/NP always do well with postal votes….however this election saw many “norms” totally crushed…..why was vote counting abandoned for one day??

  4. I hope everyone settles down and gets on with governing the country for its good instead of their own egos. Come on Australia you can do it.

  5. Sorry that they got in. Not good for pensioners. We were demonised by Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull has just continued with his policies. We lose more pension in September 17 and yet we paid an extra 7% income tax for our pensions. This went into a TRUST FUND which was stolen by Malcolm Fraser who said that they could use the money better then and cross the pension bridge when it arrived. Well, it is here and we continued to pay the extra 7% and it may never have been stopped. I think that any real estate agent who used their trust fund would go to jail. The pension is not welfare and should never be means tested because it was for all Australians as everyone who worked paid. It is time that people realised this.

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