With the postal vote counts for Australia Elections 2016, the Coalition seems to have considerable chances of winning a full majority and forming a government.
Cabinet Minister Christopher Pyne, despite his knowledge that the counting of votes is yet not over, has declared that the coalition has won the Aussie elections with 74 seats already recorded “in the bank.”
He added that there are three more votes to be in soon. To form a complete majority government, the coalition will have to secure a minimum of 76 seats.
“We’ve won the election. “We’ve got 74 seats in the bank and very likely to win Herbert, Capricornia, and Flynn,” Pyne told Channel Nine’s Today program on Friday.
“We’re even an outside chance still in Hindmarsh and Cowan, so we will form a majority government and we’re also making arrangements with some of the crossbenchers for supply and confidence.”
Until Wednesday afternoon, it seemed that Australia was heading towards a hung parliament. However, the postal votes have changed the scenario indicating the Coalition’s win. Seeing the increasing chances of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s win in the federal elections, key independent leader Bob Katter has offered his support.
Katter has declared he will support the government in a confidence motion and will ensure backing in case there is a possibility of a hung parliament. However, he said he might change his views in the near future. He could also change his mind of supporting the coalition if he found that Turnbull’s government was functioning inappropriately.
The vote figures changed suddenly with Labor’s 732 votes in Capricornia dropping to mere 202 votes. In addition, Herbert electorate saw a drop in Labor votes from 620 to 449 while Flynn experienced the same deterioration in vote counts to 645 from 1065.
Meanwhile, Labor’s deputy leader Tanya Pilbersek denied accepting the loss, reported The Guardian. She said that there are chances of Turnbull’s party to win Australia elections 2016, but at the same time there is a possibility of the party to fail to secure 76 seats for a majority.
Turnbull, who walked down to Brisbane shopping mall on Thursday, said that he was sure of forming a majority government as depicted by the positive vote count trend.