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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison won the re-election on Saturday, impressive pollsters who had expected his defeat for several months. Morrison campaigned for the economic stability of the working class during his campaign, and his victory is part of a populist trend that now extends to the US, Brazil, Hungary and Italy.
Speaking at his victory party in Sydney, Morrison said, "Tonight, it's about every single Australian dependent on their government to put them first and that's what we're going to do."
In his speech, Morrison also praised "the silent Australians" who voted for his coalition. "It was these Australians who worked hard every day, who have their dreams, their ambitions to find a job, to teach, to start a business, to meet someone who is fantastic," he said. "To start a family, to buy a house, to work hard and to give your children the best they can, to save for their retirement, these are the quiet Australians who have achieved a great victory tonight!"
Top topics in the Australian elections included climate change, immigration, employment and the economy. Morrison's coalition of liberal and national parties maintained their seats in embattled suburbs while garnering support in Australia's rural areas. In the northeastern state of Queensland, home to a controversial proposal to build a coal mine, several Liberal Party candidates also won, indicating that jobs for Australian voters are more important to them than environmental concerns. When the Adani coal mine is built in Queensland, it will be one of the largest in the world.
In a suburb of Sydney, however, the Liberal Party suffered a setback. Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott lost his race there, where voters call for action on climate change.
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In the year In 2013 Morrison, an immigration minister, advocated denying asylum seekers arriving by sea the right to apply for settlement in Australia.
Morrison's opponent Bill Shorten, the Labor Party leader, promised "real action" Against climate change and the economy, he admitted a defeat on Saturday night, "I know you're all hurt," he told the supporters in Melbourne, "and so am I."