03 July 2016 at 23:10 GMT
Whatever the final seat count, the 2016 election has gone badly wrong for Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Carol Johnson writes this was meant to be the election that would award him a resounding mandate and provide sufficient numbers in the combined House of Representatives and Senate to pass key legislation easily. But, at best, Turnbull will be forming a government with only a narrow majority. In a much-less-desirable outcome, he’ll be negotiating with minor parties and independents to form a minority government in a hung parliament. In the worst scenario of all for the Coalition (though it seems less likely at this stage), Labor could form a minority government.
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