Whatever the final seat count, the 2016 election hasn’t been what Malcolm Turnbull planned. This was meant to be the election that would award him a resounding mandate and provide sufficient numbers in the combined House of Representatives and Senate to pass key legislation easily.
But, at best, Turnbull will be forming a government with only a narrow majority. In a much-less-desirable outcome, he’ll be negotiating with minor parties and independents to form a minority government in a hung parliament.
Associate Professor Sarah Maddison says the future isn’t looking great for Malcolm Turnbull.