The Australian elections 2013 is over with the Liberals winning the election and as the new PM has announced “The country is under new management”.
After a long term by John Howard, its Tony Abbots turn to take the mantle for the liberals.
More than 14 million people were registered to vote in Saturday’s election. Voting is compulsory in Australia.
Elections results 2013 Australia
The Coalition (TONY ABOTT –Liberals) won the election with a national swing of 3.5 per cent, seizing a swathe of seats in Tasmania, Victoria and across New South Wales.
The House of Representatives contains 150 seats, 76 are needed for a majority and the coalition got 85 seats with Labor taking 54 seats.
Mr Abbott began his first day as the nation’s leader with a bike ride and has since held a series of briefings with public servants. Outgoing PM Kevin Rudd earlier admitted defeat and said he would not stand again for the Labor leadership.
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