Phelps Claims Thunderstorm Victory In Wentworth

Independent candidate for Wentworth Kerryn Phelps. Image credit Dean Lewins  AAP

Dr Phelps claimed victory on Saturday night when she achieved an unprecedented swing of more than 20 per cent against the Liberal Party in the eastern Sydney seat formerly held by ousted PM Malcolm Turnbull.

As the count from a crucial Australian by-election dragged into Sunday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison faced the possibility that his Liberal party may have been too quick to concede a contest that would reduce his administration to a minority government.

But she has all but ruled out helping force an early election or supporting a no-confidence motion in the government.

It could be some days before the uncertainty is cleared as postal votes received within 13 days after the ballot are still counted.

"Now, I don't see how he can argue that and not then say that we have to have an election".

"This is over tonight a little sooner than I expected, and I am certainly glad I kept my day job", he joked.

Mr Pyne vowed he would not "pull a swifty" by trying to install an independent as Speaker of the House and bring Tony Smith back to the government benches to shore up the party's numbers.

While the result is ominous for the ruling coalition, which is battling poor polls and strong competition from the main Labor opposition party, the wealth of Wentworth also makes the electorate unique.

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The Turnbulls flew home after a brief stop in Singapore to visit their son, Alex, who used social media to criticise the Liberals in lead-up to Saturday's vote.

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".

The result of the much-anticipated by-election means the Morrison government no longer holds majority, meaning there is now a hung parliament.

FOR THE FIRST time in more than 70 years, the Sydney seat of Wentworth has been stripped from the hands of the Liberal Party, placing the future of the Morrison Government in doubt. "That is who we are standing with".

The Australian Government has steadfastly refused to allow any refugees arriving by boat to enter the country.

The by-election campaign, in a seat with a large Jewish population, drew global attention this past week when Morrison raised the prospect of following the United States by relocating Australia's embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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.

Slammed by critics as a cynical bid to garner Jewish votes in the by-election, Morrison's statement was welcomed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but sparked concern among Palestinian officials and leaders in Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim-majority nation.

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