Anthony Albanese after winning the general election. (Photo by Wendell Teodoro/AFP via Getty Images)
Anthony Albanese after winning the general election. (Photo by Wendell Teodoro/AFP via Getty Images)

The BulletinMay 23, 2022

G’day Albo, goodbye ScoMo

Anthony Albanese after winning the general election. (Photo by Wendell Teodoro/AFP via Getty Images)
Anthony Albanese after winning the general election. (Photo by Wendell Teodoro/AFP via Getty Images)

Anthony Albanese will be sworn in as Australian prime minister today but the election result revealed a big shift in the way Australians vote, writes Anna Rawhiti-Connell in The Bulletin.


Albanese becomes fourth Labor prime minister since WW2

Outgoing Australian prime minister Scott Morrison conceded the election to Labor’s Anthony Albanese on Saturday night. As New Zealand correspondent for the Australian Associated Press, Ben McKay writes, while Labor won, they also went backwards. The teal wave crashed on the beach and the Greens look to have had their best result ever. Check out the “other” category in the third graph here. Morrison will step down as leader of the Liberal party. Peter Dutton is tipped to replace him if current deputy, Josh Frydenberg loses his seat. 1 News Australian correspondent Andrew Macfarlane writes that it’s hardly an inspiring choice.

Any lessons for New Zealand?

The most obvious outtakes? Climate change is a mainstream voter concern and, as outlined by the ABC’s chief election analyst Antony Green, Australians have a diminished appetite for the two major parties. We have already moved from a dominant two-party system in New Zealand (last election aside) and climate was the centrepiece of last week’s budget. Toby Manhire has written previously about what the teal wave could mean for the National party. Three seats in Queensland that were once Liberal party strongholds look like they will go to the Greens in what the ABC describe as a “shock result hiding in plain sight”. Each seat hugs the Brisbane River which flooded in February. Many of the conversations they’ve been having about insurance and managed retreat sound very familiar.

Albanese hints at rule change on 501 deportations

Newsroom’s Sam Sachdeva took a look at what impact the Australian election results might have on New Zealand. He says the “geographical and cultural closeness “ is baked in. Thorny issues have cropped up over the last two years. There has been tension over the 501 deportees, the treatment of New Zealanders living in Australia, and China. Albanese has hinted that rules may change on deportations to acknowledge how long a person has been living in Australia. But University of Auckland’s Dr Jennifer Curtin says Australia’s stance on deportations still isn’t likely to move in the short-term. Jacinda Ardern has a trip to Australia planned this year.

Togs, togs, undies rule pushed to limits

It seems unimaginable that you’d headline a New Zealand election result with Luxo and Ardo (Ardie?) but the Australians are not like us, no matter what congratulatory statements say about our ties. Men in budgie smugglers voted in Bondi – the togs, togs, undies rule extending far beyond what’s acceptable here. Primary schools offered not one but seven different sausage options, including an Albacheesy. Largess abounded in the televised coverage too. 9 News and 7 News both had eight people sitting at an extremely large newsdesk. In a graphics budget blow-out we can only watch with envy, 9 News had an animated, ukulele-playing robot serenading candidates as they lost their seats. Thus far, the computer has said “no” to 19 MPs.

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Mad Chapman, Editor
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