PM: Coalition Can Form Majority Government
After waiting until well after midnight, Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull finally spoke and dropped somewhat of a bombshell to claim that he was confident that with remaining votes still to be counted that the Coalition can form a majority government.
"Tonight, my friends, I can report that based on the advice I have from the party officials, we can have every confidence that we will form a coalition majority government in the next parliament," he told the Liberal party function in Sydney after midnight.
But he conceded it was a "very, very close count" with 30 per cent of votes yet to be counted.
Mr Turnbull, flanked by his family said only the coalition could form a majority government and called for unity.
"Now is the time to unite in Australia's aid, in Australia's service, to ensure that we can have truly the very best years for our country ahead of us."