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Despite the Prime Minister's confidence postal votes can secure the Coalition a majority, Insiders host and political analyst Barrie Cassidy says he "can't see that happening" and we are "well and truly in hung parliament territory".
The swing away from the Coalition and the loss of several key marginal seats is bad news for the Prime Minister. He was dramatically installed in the top job, ousting Tony Abbott, for his popularity but Saturday showed that goodwill was gone. Cassidy offered this analysis: He was put in the job back in September, that's the way it looked, he was the messiah, the guy who had the power of the polls and he blew it.
"You have that 'we were robbed' speech on Saturday night bringing it back to Medicare. The decline started before that. Elections are won and lost between elections."
An unprecedented quarter of Australians have given their first preference to parties other than the Labor and the Coalition — the highest primary vote for minor parties and independents in the country’s history — resulting in what is shaping up to be another hung parliament.