2016 Australian general election winners and losers

July 3, 2016 5:48 am

Australian Prime Minister , left, and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten. Photo / AP

The ultimate opinion poll always throws up a few surprises. This time
around it’s resurrected a political career and brought others to an
abrupt end.

WINNERS

Bill Shorten
Even
if he didn’t get the top job, Bill Shorten is the big winner of the
election, doing better than anyone expected. Throughout the campaign
there were questions about his future as Opposition Leader if Labor
didn’t win. As late as Friday night, Leigh Sales on the 7.30 report
asked if his colleagues might already be jockeying for his position if
he lost. It’s , so speculation about his position is already
swirling with reports Anthony Albanese is mounting a challenge for the
leadership. But the result has given Shorten a good shot at hanging onto
his job.
Pauline Hanson
Please explain
indeed! The woman who first burst onto the political scene 20 years ago,
will make her return after eight unsuccessful attempts to re-enter
politics. In an ironic twist, her victory is partly due to the Senate
voting reforms introduced by the Turnbull Government.

She was also a big winner from the collapse in support for the
Palmer United Party. One of Hanson’s most famous moments came in 1996
during a 60 Minutes interview when she was asked if she was xenophobic and she responded: “Please explain?”
Nick Xenophon
The
bloke who entered politics in South opposing poker machines
will now be a major player in shaping Australia’s future. Senator
Xenophon and his team grabbed a lower house seat, winning the South
Australian seat of Mayo and are on track to pick up several more Senate
seats.
Linda Burney
Linda Burney has become
the first Aboriginal woman elected to the federal Lower House. The
former NSW deputy opposition leader defeated Liberal MP Nickolas
Varvaris.
Derryn Hinch
Broadcaster Derryn
Hinch is in and for a man with so many opinions, had a surprise
admission. “This is the first time I’ve ever voted in my life. I’ve
waited 72 years to find someone worth voting for. I’ll be the oldest man
in the Senate, but I can handle that,” he told Channel 7. The Derryn
Hinch Justice Party has a platform to increase penalties for child sex
offenders and tighten parole and bail laws.

LOSERS

Malcolm Turnbull
Malcolm
Turnbull went to the polls with everything to lose and he almost lost
the lot. Despite claiming victory, in the early hours of Sunday morning,
he admitted the count was very, very close and faced tough criticism
over his speech.
Jamie Briggs
Arguably the
most high profile political scalp of the election. A former minister,
Briggs was beaten out in a blue ribbon seat and fell to the Nick
Xenophon Team candidate Rebekah Sharkey. Briggs was forced to quit as a
federal minister late last year after allegations of misconduct towards a
public servant in Hong Kong. He also had to defend his decision to send
a photograph to colleagues identifying the public servant who lodged a
confidential complaint about his behaviour.
Wyatt Roy
The
26-year-old Queenslander holds the title of youngest person to ever be
elected to the Australian Parliament. Today, his Wikipedia page had
already been changed to read “a former Australian politician”.
Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott
The
two former Independents and kingmakers when they backed Julia Gillard
into Government in 2010, both fell short in their bids to re-enter
politics. Windsor failed to knock off Johnny Depp’s nemesis Barnaby
Joyce in an often bitter campaign in the seat of New England and
Oakeshott is unlikely to be able to reign in the lead of Luke Hartsuyker
in Cowper.
Glenn Lazarus and Ricky Muir
Former
league legend Glenn Lazarus, who entered politics with the Palmer
United Party before going independent, and motoring enthusiast Ricky
Muir, both look like they have lost their spots in the Senate. Lazarus
has already conceded defeat.

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