CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A senior Australian lawmaker in the ruling Labor Party says her party has lost Australia's election.
Health Minister Tanya Plibersek told Australian Broadcasting Corp. television after 13 percent of the votes were counted Saturday that her government's loss was no longer in doubt.
She said: "I am a cautious person by nature, but I think that it's pretty clear it's a matter of the size of the victory" for the conservative Liberal Party-led coalition.
Plibersek's concession backs all analysts and means a coalition victory is almost certain. Opinion polls and an early exit poll all predicted a resounding Liberal win.
A coalition victory would mean an end to six years of center-left Labor Party rule. The party has been marred by relentless infighting that left the public frustrated and disillusioned.