Australia’s recently elected Labor Party will have a majority in parliament, the country’s Electoral Commission projected on Monday, reducing Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s reliance on independents to pass his agenda. Official projections showed the centre-left government had won at least 76 seats in the 151-strong House of Representatives following the May 21 vote.
The party is well ahead of the former conservative coalition, which had for decades blocked substantive action on climate change, favouring Australia’s vast fossil fuel industry instead.
It had appeared that Albanese would need the support of 10 independents. — AFP