Turnbull takes full responsibility for election campaign
THE election’s final result might still be days away, but Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he was “more confident” on Tuesday of forming a government than he was immediately after the election.
Mr Turnbull said he believed postal votes would help the Coalition in the seats still to be decided, but Labor leader Bill Shorten warned that the PM could be about to call a snap election.
Mr Turnbull said he “took full responsibility” for the Government’s campaign, but the Coalition had to accept voters were concerned about its attitudes towards health and Medicare.
The Australian Electoral Commission resumed counting on Tuesday after spending Sunday and Monday sorting and verifying postal votes.
Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said Coalition analysts believed they would win in Flynn and Capricornia, where the vote remained on a knife’s edge.
He conceded voters were fed up with the Coalition and Labor, and were looking to other options.
“There is no doubt that there is a level of disillusionment with politics, with government and with the major parties,” he said.