Australia has elected its first Labour government in almost a decade and Anthony Albanese as prime minister, ousting Scott Morrison’s coalition.
Mr Albanese told jubilant supporters that Australians had “voted for change”. However it is still unclear whether he can secure a majority.
The centre-left leader vowed to bring people together, invest in social services and “end the climate wars”.
Mr Morrison thanked the “miracle of the Australian people” after conceding.In perhaps the election’s greatest twist, support also surged for Greens and independent candidates running on climate platforms.
Mr Albanese said it was an “extraordinary honour” to lead the country after he emerged to rapturous applause at Labor’s victory party in Sydney.