ELECTION: Labor concedes defeat as Coalition establishes lead in 76 seats

The Australian Labor Party has this afternoon conceded defeated in the 2016 federal election.

Labor leader Bill Shorten held a press conference a short time ago after the Coalition today established a lead in 76 seats in the House of Representatives.

That’s just enough for the Liberals, led by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, to retain power and form majority government without the support of independent MPs.


It’s been a tight race with results of the election showing support for the Coalition having dropped significantly in the passed three years.

The Coalition held 90 seats following the 2013 election.

Mr Shorten said he had called Mr Turnbull to concede defeat and congratulate the Liberal leader and his wife.

“Whilst counting has not concluded in a number of very close seats, it is clear that Mr Turnbull and his Coalition will form a Government,” Mr Shorten said.

“I have spoken to Mr Turnbull to congratulate he and Lucy and to wish them my very best.

“I hope for our nation’s sake that the Coalition does a good job.”

Earlier today, Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce appeared on Sky News where he publicly called on Mr Shorten to concede.

“I’m absolutely certain as part of an effective coalition we have won this election,” Mr Joyce told Sky News.

“Let’s have Mr Shorten come out and say he has lost the election and tell the truth. He can do that today.”