Australians can now finally know what their government will look like and if Anthony Albanese has obtained a majority.
Three seats that remain uncertain after the election just over a week ago will likely be called, according to respected ABC election analyst Anthony Green.
“Staff will be processing declaration envelopes to be ready for a big count on Monday,” he tweeted on Sunday.
“That should clarify the end result – unless the three seats stay ultra close.”
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese arrives with his partner Jodie Haydon for a street walk with Bennelong member-elect Jerome Laxale in Eastwood, Sydney on Saturday May 28, 2022
Labor needs 76 seats to secure a majority in the lower house of federal parliament, with the party sitting on 75, according to the Australian Electoral Commission.
“Having a majority Labor government I think is important to send a message, but I’m also very clear that I want to treat parliament with respect,” Mr Albanese told Sky News.
Three seats in the House of Representatives have yet to be decided – Deakin and Macnamara in Victoria, Lyons in Tasmania and Gilmore in New South Wales.
Liberal MP Michael Sukkar has a 655-vote lead over Labor candidate Matt Gregg in Deakin, who recorded a swing to Labor of around 4%.
In New South Wales, incumbent Labor MP Fiona Phillips is 214 votes behind Liberal candidate and former Minister of State Andrew Constance in Gilmore, with mail-in votes slightly favoring Mr Constance.
The Victorian seat of Macnamara is complicated by the fact that it is not yet certain which two candidates will face each other in the final preference tally.
Labor MP Josh Burns took a slight lead over Greens rival Steph Hodgins-May with Liberal candidate Colleen Harkin trailing.
If it stays that way, Ms Harkin’s preferences will push either Mr Burns, who is the incumbent, or Ms Hodgins-May over the line.
If Mr Burns wins, Labor will have its 76th seat and a majority government, but if Ms Hodgins-May wins, Labor will likely be relegated to a minority government.
Peter Dutton (left) is pictured with his wife Kirilly. Mr Dutton is expected to become the next leader of the Liberal Party
Although Labor’s final tally in parliament is uncertain, the party will hold a caucus meeting on Tuesday where factions can settle their preferences for the new ministry, which will be sworn in on Wednesday.
Mr Albanese reiterated his campaign pledge to welcome a pay rise of around $1 an hour or 5.1% on the national minimum wage of $20.33.
“I think it’s appropriate for the government to submit a bid based on our values and I think those are also values that Australians hold,” he said.
Mr Albanese also called for greater cooperation between business and unions.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese wants to see greater cooperation between business and unions. Pictured is a young female maintenance engineer, testing the voltage with a digital multimeter
“I said that companies and unions have common interests. Companies cannot succeed without workers and a collaborative relationship through worker representatives through the labor movement,” he said.
“If you don’t have successful businesses, you don’t have union members. We have to recognize that the way to raise both profits and wages without putting upward pressure on inflation is of course through productivity.
If Labor needs cross-votes to pass legislation, Mr Albanese is confident he can get it.
“I had a constructive relationship with Rebekha Sharkie, Andrew Wilkie and Bob Katter, the whole crossbench, over a period of time,” he said.
Anthony Albanese said he had a ‘constructive relationship’ with Mayo MP Rebekha Sharkie (pictured in Parliament in Canberra, Monday October 18, 2021)
“I have had constructive discussions with (Greens leader) Adam Bandt. We will be talking to people across parliament. with us.”
Peter Dutton and Sussan Ley are expected to be named leaders of the Liberal Party on Monday.
Nationals will also gather to vote on a leader with David Littleproud and Darren Chester set to take on former Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce.