UPDATE: We’ve put this live blog to bed. Thanks for your company. We’ll have loads more content for you bright and early Sunday morning.
The big day is finally here and you’ve found our election day live blog. Here we’ll be following the Australian federal election results, the candidates and all the cookery closely so keep this tab open and follow along for everything you need to know about the 2022 federal election.
11:47pm: Anthony Albanese celebrates win
Albnese has used his victory speech to commit to implementing the Uluru Statement from the Heart, to “end the climate wars”, lift wages, promote “unity and optimism, not fear and division” and dreaming of a future “where we can plant our dreams”.
11:45pm: Penny Wong introduces Anthony Albanese
Penny Wong is being the ultimate hype girl and got up to introduce Anthony Albanese.
11pm: Scott Morrison resigns as party leader
Scott Morrison has confirmed he will resign as leader of the Liberal party after this loss, which he said has been a “great privilege”.
10:47pm: Scott Morrison concedes
This is it. It’s over.
Scott Morrison has called Anthony Albanese to concede the election and congratulate the new PM.
He has arrived at the hotel where the Liberals are holding their campaign party to publicly concede.
Here’s his speech:
He goes on to thank all his campaign managers, colleagues and party members. It’s boring.
He ends by saying he will step down as the leader of the Liberal party, and thanks his constituents.
9:50pm: Labor hopeful it’ll form a majority government
Labor sources have said they are hopeful they’ll be able to form a majority government.
9:29pm: The ABC has called the election as a victory for Labor
This is fkn happening. It is now impossible for the Coalition to form government. Anthony Albanese is Australia’s 31st prime minister. Now we wait for more results to know if it will form a minority or a majority government.
9:20pm: Labor looking strong
The ABC’s Antony Green says:
The ABC’s election computer has projected the Coalition government will be unable to form a majority government.
Here’s what we have so far.
Coalition: 54. ALP: 72. OTH: 11.
Adelaide, SA: Labor retained.
Aston, Vic: Liberals retained.
Ballarat, Vic: Labor retained.
Banks, NSW: Liberals retained.
Barker, SA: Liberals retained.
Barton, NSW: Labor retained.
Bass, Tas: Liberals retained.
Bendigo, Vic: Labor retained.
Bean, ACT: Labor retained.
Berowra, NSW: Liberals retained.
Blair, Qld: Labor retained.
Blaxland, NSW: Labor retained.
Bonner, Qld: Liberals retained.
Bowman, Qld: Liberals retained.
Bradfield, NSW: Liberals retained.
Brandon, Tas: Liberals retained.
Bruce, Vic: Labor retained.
Calare NSW: Nats retained.
Calwell, Vic: Labor retained.
Canberra, ACT: Labor retained.
Capricornia, Qld: Liberals retained.
Casey, Vic: Liberals retained.
Clark, Tas: Independent retained.
Chifley, NSW: Labor retained.
Chisholm, Vic: Labor GAIN.
Cook, NSW: Liberals retained.
Cooper, Vic: Labor retained.
Corangamite, Vic: Labor retained.
Corio, Vic: Labor retained.
Cowper, NSW: Nats retained.
Cunningham, NSW: Labor retained.
Dawson, Qld: Liberals retained.
Dobell, NSW: Labor retained.
Dunkley, Vic: Labor retained.
Eden-Monaro, NSW: Labor retained.
Fadden, Qld: Liberals retained.
Fairfax, Qld: Liberals retained.
Farrer, NSW: Liberals retained.
Fenner, ACT: Labor retained.
Fisher, Qld: Liberals retained.
Flinders, Vic. Labor retained.
Flynn, Qld: Liberals retained.
Forde, Qld: Liberals retained.
Franklin, Tas: Labor retained.
Fraser, Vic: Labor retained.
Gellibrand, Vic: Labor retained.
Gippsland, Vic: Nats retained.
Gorton, Vic: Labor retained.
Grayndler, NSW: Labor retained.
Greenway, NSW: Labor retained.
Groom, Qld: Liberals retained.
Hasluck, WA: Labor GAIN.
Hawke, Vic: Labor retained.
Herbert, Qld: Liberals retained.
Higgins, Vic: Labor GAIN.
Hindmarsh, SA: Labor retained.
Holt, Vic: Labor retained.
Hotham, Vic: Labor retained.
Hughes, NSW: Liberals retained.
Hume, NSW: Liberals retained.
Hunter, NSW: Labor retained.
Indi, Vic: Independent retained.
Isaacs, Vic: Labor retained.
Jagajaga, Vic: Labor retained.
Kennedy, Qld: KAP retained.
Kingsford Smith, NSW: Labor retained.
Kingston, SA: Labor retained.
Lalor, Vic: Labor retained.
La Trobe, Vic: Liberals retained.
Leichhart, Qld: Liberals retained.
Lilley, Qld: Labor retained.
Lindsay, NSW: Liberals retained.
Longman, Qld: Liberals retained.
Lyne, NSW: Nats retained.
Macarthur, NSW: Labor retained.
Mackeller, NSW: Independent GAIN.
Macquarie, NSW: Labor retained.
Mallee, Vic: Nats retained.
Maranoa, Qld: Liberals retained.
Maribyrnong, Vic: Labor retained.
Mayo, SA: CA retained.
McEwen, Vic: Labor retained.
McMahon, NSW: Labor retained.
McPherson, Qld: Liberals retained.
Melbourne, Vic: Greens retained.
Menzies, Vic: Liberals retained.
Mitchell, NSW: Liberals retained.
Monash, Vic: Liberals retained.
Moreton, Qld: Labor retained.
Moncrieff, Qld: Liberals retained.
Newcastle, NSW: Labor retained.
New England, NSW: Nats retained.
Oxley, Qld: Labor retained.
Page, NSW: Nats retained.
Parkes, NSW: Nats retained.
Parramatta, NSW: Labor retained.
Paterson, NSW: Labor retained.
Petrie, Qld: Liberals retained.
Rankin, Qld: Labor retained.
Reid, NSW: Labor GAIN.
Richmond, NSW: Labor retained.
Riverine, NSW: Nats retained.
Robertson, NSW: Labor GAIN.
Ryan, Qld: Greens GAIN.
Scullin, Vic: Labor retained.
Shortland, NSW: Labor retained.
Solomon, NT: Labor retained.
Spence, SA: Labor retained.
Swan, WA: Labor GAIN.
Sydney, Labor retained.
Tangney, WA: Liberals retained.
Wannon, NSW: Liberals retained.
Warringah, NSW: Independent retained.
Watson, NSW: Labor retained.
Werriwa, NSW: Labor retained.
Wills, Vic: Labor retained.
Whitlam, NSW: Labor retained.
Wide Bay, Qld: Liberals retained.
Wright, Qld: Liberals retained.
7pm: When will we know the result?
We’re one hour into counting and the ABC’s election daddy Antony Green has said “we’re not getting a clear picture” yet. This means we may not know the winner tonight. Green has said he reckons we’ll either know the result by 7:30pm, or by 7:30 we’ll know that we won’t find out the result tonight.
6:50pm: First seats called
The votes are starting to be counted and the ABC has called the first five seats — for the Coalition and one for an independent — after 2 per cent of all votes were counted.
6.00pm: The first polls have closed
Welp NSW, ACT, Victoria, Tasmania and Queensland — your polls are officially shut. Now the wait begins.
The polls in South Australia and the Northern Territory will close in thirty minutes while Western Aus still has a ‘yuge two hours to vote.
5.40pm: The silliest, saltiest snacks from Australia’s polling places
Democracy sausages are, in the words of the Black Eyed Peas, 200-and-late. Luckily the good folk of Australia have come out with some truly excellent punny political pastries.
For example, this impressive menu featuring the “Josh Frid’N’Burg” and “Albacheesy”. But the best thing on the menu? Surely “The Pauline” — a plain white roll.
Local democracy sausage be punny pic.twitter.com/ljzi26lWwS
— Simon Sharwood (@ssharwood) May 21, 2022
This primary school had a real range of treats available, from the classic “Jacqui Lamingtons” to the slightly more laboured “I don’t hold a hose cupcakes”.
My local primary school is so hysterical. NOLE!! 👋🏽👋🏽😂😂 #AusVotes22 pic.twitter.com/0iIjOJebu1
— sadi🍊 (@girllayingdown) May 21, 2022
Finally there was this tribute to the ABC’s chief psephologist Antony Green. A psephologist is someone who studies elections and voting statistics as per the Cambridge dictionary. Knowledge is power!
A community celebration of Australia’s great psephologist @AntonyGreenElec#AusVotes22 @politicsabc @abccanberra
Photo via @mapleferns pic.twitter.com/hEcUHw9hv6
— Carrie Fowlie CEO Hepatitis Australia (@CarrieFowlie) May 21, 2022
1:30pm: Morrison and Albanese host final press conferences
After both leader cast their votes in their own electorates they addresses the media, giving one final speech and taking questions.
Albanese used the conference to talk about his love for Sydney’s inner-west, his drive for change and that he felt positive about the result.
“I believe we have the wind at our back, and I’m very positive about and hopeful about a good outcome,” he said.
He took questions on his assessment of the six-week campaign, on local issues for Grayndler, how he slept last night, whether he’s fantasied about Morrison calling him to concede the election and even on whether his dog would move into Kirribilli House if he won the election. It was all pretty weird and boring tbh but there were a few decent questions and poignant moments we’ve picked out for you.
Albanese said he’s keeping himself “grounded” today.
“When you come from where I’ve come from, one of the advantages you have is that you don’t get ahead of yourself. Everything in life is a bonus.”
“My message is I want to represent all Australians. I want to unite the country. There’s been a lot of division in recent times. It’s one of my criticisms of the current government is that Scott Morrison looks for division and difference rather than unity and common purpose.
“I want to bring people together and regardless of how people vote in our great democracy, it’s good that people express their views at the ballot box. Once it’s done, then we need to unite and move forward as a nation. I believe that we can.”
Albanese’s final pitch to voters:
“I know that I have given my best, I know I’ve left nothing on the field, I know I lead a team that will give Australia a government of which Australians will be proud.
“My big concern with this government is what is there to be proud of? You know, the sort of nonsense that we’ve seen of playing wedge politics against vulnerable people that Scott Morrison’s been prepared to do during this campaign and the other wedge politics throughout this. We’re a better country than that.
“I want to change politics. Be very clear, I want to change politics. I want to change the way it operates. I want parliament to function properly. I want democracy to function properly. That’s why I’m in this. I’m in it to change the country and that’s what I’m here to do.”
Ok Scooter, you’re up.
First up Morrison was asked about the alleged breaking news that Australia Border Force had intercepted an illegal vessel en route to Australia from Sri Lanka.
We don’t know if this even happened because the timing is just incredibly suss and the fact that the Liberal Party has used it to their absolute advantage, tweeting about it immediately AND sending out unsolicited texts about the news but linking to a “vote Liberal” website.
The Liberals have just sent out texts linking the recent news of an intercepted asylum seeker boat to a vote for the Liberal Party. A pretty unprecedented intervention and use of national security no? If anyone got this text, or can thinking of a similar incident, get in touch. pic.twitter.com/5RTtt8Zr1W
— Ariel Bogle (@arielbogle) May 21, 2022
“I’ve been here to stop this boat but in order for me to be there to stop those that may come from here, you need to vote Liberal and Nationals today.”
Next up Morrison was asked about his connection to his local area and how he think he’s fare this campaign, same as Albanese, but they also asked him about his legacy.
Reporter: “If you lose tonight, your critics will remember your prime ministership for your handling of Black Saturday, the handling of the start of the vaccine rollout, the handling of the Britney Higgins allegations, sports rorts, carpark rorts, Alan Tudge, Christian Porter. If you lose, how do you want your prime ministership to be remembered?”
Morrison: “That will be for others to determine. What I know is each and every day I have approached this job with a great sense of responsibility. On every day I’ve sought to do it with a great sense of humility out of respect for the Australian people who I serve and that’s the same spirit I continue to seek to do that job and I’ve put myself forward for again today.
“I’m the first prime minister in a long time that’s been able to go through a term and face the people on a second time and I’m seeking that support because I know this country is facing strong and difficult and challenging times and Australia needs someone who knows how to manage money, knows how to deal with national security interests, knows how to move forward and secure that strong economy because a strong economy means a stronger future. The alternative is a weaker economy. The alternative is, as Labor themselves have confirmed, higher debt and deficit that only puts upward pressure on interest rates and inflation.”
Typical fluff response. He left it there and walked off with his wife and kids.
12:55pm: Misleading election signs to be removed
The Federal Court has ruled that signs at polling stations telling voters to “put Labor last” to be removed. The signs appeared in the extremely marginal Melbourne seat of Higgins as well as McEwen and Hawke and we designed to look like Greens posters.
Labor sought an urgent injunction to have the material removed this morning and argued in court they were a “serious and deliberate breach of the provisions of the commonwealth electoral act”.
The Liberal Party has denied authorising the signs.
The court heard the material was authorised by a group named “Business Owners and Contractors Union” based in the Melbourne suburb of Dandenong.
12:55pm: Anthony Albanese votes
Labor leader Anthony Albanese is at Marrickville town Hall to cast his vote for his seat of Grayndler.
Anthony Albanese has voted at Marrickville Town Hall, accompanied by Jodie Haydon and his son Nathan @FinancialReview pic.twitter.com/oFMeCSPleA
— Tom McIlroy (@TomMcIlroy) May 21, 2022
12:50pm: Scott Morrison votes
Prime minister Scott Morrison has cast his vote in his NSW seat of Cook at Lilli Pilli primary school
Morrison voting at Lilli PILLI public school pic.twitter.com/Mq6rIiwvvR
— Paul Karp (@Paul_Karp) May 21, 2022
8am: The polls are open!
Democracy! Liberty! Meat tubes!
Pedestrian news reporters Aleks Bliszczyk, Sweeney Preston and Kathleen Farmilo will be here covering the election for you all live. Keep this tab open for all the cookery we’re barely coping with.