Editor's note

Against the odds - and, notably, the polls - Scott Morrison has led the Coalition to a victory in the 2019 election. Votes are still being counted and we don’t yet know if they will form a majority or minority government.

But in any case, as Marija Taflaga writes, the victory has cemented Scott Morrison as a Liberal hero and will give him a great deal of power within his party room. The big question, though, given that they went into the election with a very modest set of policies, is how they will govern from here. What are their big ideas for Australia? What kind of government will this be?

Importantly, Taflaga says, the Coalition should not allow this unexpected triumph to be an excuse for complacency on their policy platform, or how they conduct debate within their parties.

Amanda Dunn

Section Editor: Politics + Society

Scott Morrison has pulled off an unexpected victory, and will forever be a Liberal hero. AAP/Bianca de Marchi

Morrison has led the Coalition to a ‘miracle’ win, but how do they govern from here?

Marija Taflaga, Australian National University

The Coalition should not use this unexpected win to allow itself to be complacent and drift. It needs to work out its agenda for the next three years and how it allows internal debate.

Bill Shorten with wife Chloe the day after his party’s electoral defeat. AAP/James Ross

Labor’s election defeat reveals its continued inability to convince people it can make their lives better

Geoffrey Robinson, Deakin University

Labor's defeat revives a familiar problem in Australian political history: the left's inability to show how its policies can improve people's material conditions.

Against expectations, Scott Morrison has led the Coalition government back to power. Wes Mountain/The Conversation

Coalition wins election but Abbott loses Warringah, plus how the polls got it so wrong

Adrian Beaumont, University of Melbourne

This result, which is vastly different from what opinion polls were indicating, shows the probability of "herding" in polls, and also emphasises that betting odds are to be treated with great caution.

Morrison thanked the party faithful in his victory speech after an unexpected win. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Scott Morrison hails ‘miracle’ as Coalition snatches unexpected victory

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra

The outcome is completely opposite to the polls, which all had Labor ahead going into the election, albeit narrowly and with some tightening during the campaign.

Scott Morrison has been returned as prime minister, but we don’t yet know if the Coalition will get to the 77 seats it needs to form majority government (minus the speaker). AAP/Joel Carrett

Majority or minority Coalition government? Here’s what happens now

Anne Twomey, University of Sydney

We now wait for the final count of seats in the House of Representatives and the Senate - and in the meantime, government continues.

Our experts take a closer look at what’s in store for the country in five key policy areas: health, tax, education, infrastructure and the environment. Wes Mountain/The Conversation

Key challenges for the re-elected Coalition government: our experts respond

Corey J. A. Bradshaw, Flinders University; Miranda Stewart, University of Melbourne; Peter Goss, Grattan Institute; Phillip O'Neill, Western Sydney University; Stephen Duckett, Grattan Institute

Now that the Coalition has won the federal election, how will it meet its campaign promises on taxes, the environment, education, health and infrastructure?

Tony Abbott, with wife Margie, concedes defeat in Warringah. AAP/Bianca de Marchi

Abbott’s loss in Warringah shows voters rejecting an out-of-touch candidate and a nasty style of politics

Stewart Jackson, University of Sydney

The result in Warringah can be seen as being fought on local issues, where the former prime minister had come to be out of step with his constituents.

The Conversation / AAP Images

Infographic: what we know about the results of Election 2019 so far

Emil Jeyaratnam, The Conversation; Amanda Dunn, The Conversation; Shelley Hepworth, The Conversation

How did the numbers of election 2019 fall across the country? And what seats are still in play?


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