'It was supposed to have been the election the opposition Labor Party couldn't lose. But on Saturday voters in Australia stunned the political establishment by delivering a shock victory for the ruling centre-Right Liberals.
“I have always believed in miracles!” Scott Morrison, the prime minister, told loyalists in Sydney. “I'm standing with the three biggest miracles (his wife and two daughters) in my life here tonight! And tonight we've been delivered another one!”
For months opinion polls placed Labor ahead in the of the Liberal-National coalition, who were consumed by infighting over energy policy and had dumped Malcolm Turnbull as leader in August. Widely predicted to feel the force of voter anger after six turbulent years in office, the Liberals will be returned to power for a third term either in its own right or in minority government with the support of independents. As the final votes were being counted on Saturday night, Mr Morrison's party was due two seats shy of a majority with five seats yet to be declared.
Mr Morrison, known as ScoMo, has singled-handedly rescued his party. He is economically liberal and socially conservative, and his country’s first Pentecostal prime minister.
The son of a Sydney police officer has a folksy, suburban charm, and was in the public eye at a young age, appearing in several television commercials as a child actor. As a previous minister for immigration, Mr Morrison was the architect of Operation Sovereign Borders that ordered the navy to tow or turn back boats bringing asylum seekers into Australia’s northern waters.'
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