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US President Joe Biden calls to Anthony Albanese to congratulate him on his election win

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US President Joe Biden calls to Anthony Albanese to congratulate him on his election win

With it yet to be confirmed whether he will govern with a majority since Saturday’s election, Albanese will attend Government House in Canberra on Monday with Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles, incoming Foreign Minister Penny Wong, new Treasurer Jim Chalmers and the new finance minister Katy Gallagher.

Ministers will cover all portfolios until the Labor group can meet next week to establish the full ministry.

Albanese and Senator Wong will travel to Tokyo on Monday afternoon for the Quad meeting with Biden, host leader Fumio Kishida and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The prime minister-elect issued a statement on Sunday night, saying he would use the meeting to discuss his government’s ambitions to tackle climate change and pursue a more regionally focused foreign policy.

“This will be my first international trip as Prime Minister and I am honored to represent Australia at this important forum,” the statement read.

“The Quad Leaders’ Summit brings together four leaders of major liberal democracies – Australia, Japan, India and the United States of America – in support of a free, open and resilient Indo-Pacific, with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations ( ASEAN) at its center.

“Under my government, Australia will continue to work through the Quad to deliver positive and practical initiatives in our region, including on health, security and climate change.”

Biden spoke with Albanese on Sunday and reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to the US-Australia alliance.

“President Biden expressed his deep appreciation for the Prime Minister-designate’s initial commitment to the alliance, reflected in his decision to travel almost immediately to Tokyo to attend the Quad Summit,” a readout of the US government call said. .

On Monday morning, official figures from the Australian Electoral Commission put Labor at 75 seats in the House of Representatives (one short of a majority), but the party is expected to have as many as 77.

The Liberal-National coalition had 57 seats, and Scott Morrison will step down from leading the Liberal Party once a party room meeting can be scheduled.

An emotional Mr Morrison told his local Horizon church on Sunday that a life of faith requires people to “trust and obey”.

He is widely expected to be replaced by outgoing Defense Minister Peter Dutton, who may face resistance from party moderates.

Albanese will return to Australia on Wednesday.

One of the first major events of the next two weeks will be a meeting with state premiers and territory chief ministers outlining the new federal government’s stance on more ambitious climate action.

Ten independents are on course for victory and will join Mayo MP Rebekha Sharkie of the Center Alliance and veteran Kennedy MP Bob Katter on the crossbench.

The AEC has listed seven seats where two candidates’ preferred vote is not available so far: Cowper, Griffith, Macnamara, Maranoa, Melbourne, Richmond and Sydney.

Three are formally listed as “close”: Sturt, Gilmore and Menzies.

Current MPs trail by 20 seats: Swan, Pearce, Tangney, Hasluck, Curtin (WA); Chisholm, Higgins, Kooyong, Goldstein, Deakin (Victoria); Gilmore, Wentworth, Reid, North Sydney, Robertson, Mackellar, Fowler, Bennelong (New South Wales); Boothby and Gray (SA).

The final result has been projected at 77 for Labor, 59 for the coalition and 15 for the deputies.

Outgoing deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce said his future as Nationals leader was in the hands of his party front-room colleagues.

Independent candidates elected on Saturday will press the government to deliver on three issues: a more ambitious climate policy, a national integrity commission and women’s equality.

Monique Ryan, who is on track to take the Kooyong seat from outgoing treasurer Josh Frydenberg, said voters had responded to a coalition government that was moving “too far to the right”.

Moderate Liberal and outgoing minister Simon Birmingham said the party needed to step up its 2030 emissions target and do more to preselect women into safe seats.

The Greens, having achieved a record primary vote, are on track to take 12 seats in the Senate in the new parliament and up to five seats in the lower house.

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