Kerryn Phelps says she won't be a wrecker in Parliament

Australian Government Loses Majority With Election Defeat

Independent Kerryn Phelps has ended over a century of Liberal dominance in the Sydney seat of Wentworth, forcing Scott Morrison into minority government, the ABC predicts.

Phelps received a fillip during the day after a recount found some errors in preference tallies in the Bondi Beach and Bellevue Hill booths.

Labor's candidate Tim Murray won 11 per cent.

On a two-candidate basis Phelps is now leading the Liberals Dave Sharma 51.1% to 48.9%.

Liberal candidate Dave Sharma was accosted on the hustings by protesters and confronted with leaked internal polling suggesting the party's heading for historic defeat but he still insists he's competitive.

"There's been a cry for us to move more to the right".

Despite having previously guaranteed confidence and supply to the Government if elected, Dr Phelps yesterday did not rule out supporting a no-confidence motion. "Many people are angry and they expressed that today", Morrison said.

"What we have done is tapped into a sentiment in the Australian people, to talk about the issues that are important to them, not the issues about survival for a particular political party", Phelps told supporters during her victory speech.

She said on Sunday: "The government and all governments should go full term unless there are exceptional circumstances, and the next election is due in May next year and that's time enough".




Before becoming prime minister, Turnbull was associated with a section of the Australian ruling elite that had voiced fears that Washington's confrontation with Beijing would endanger the lucrative trade relationship with China.

Mr Morrison, joined by his deputy Josh Frydenberg, said the government would "work constructively with all those on the crossbench".

The government's support for coal and inaction on climate change were key drivers of the protest vote in Wentworth, according to an exit poll conducted by research body the Australia Institute.

Sharkie, who had guaranteed the government confidence until after the byelection, said she wanted to hear how Morrison was going to deal with the children on Nauru. Rather, it was an attempt by the most right-wing section of the Liberals, including former prime minister Tony Abbott and Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, to install a government even more committed to the United States alliance and to attacking the social and democratic rights of ordinary people.

Greens leader Richard Di Natale said he was looking forward to working with Dr Phelps to achieve action on removing refugee children and their families from Nauru.

"We will stand up for what we believe in until the bell rings and the bell hasn't rung, Liberals".

Her victory has prompted at least one other high-profile woman to consider running as an independent in the next general election.

Shorten said last week Labor would oppose the government's bill, because the consequences of it are too far reaching.

"I don't see there is any middle ground there, given the arguments that both he and his treasurer put about instability in the economy".

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