This weekend, a seismic shift occurred in Australian politics, with the Coalition government swept from power by the Labor opposition and a wave of independents and Greens MPs.
But it wasn’t all serious business. Here are a few of the lighter moments from the climax of the election campaign you might have missed.
Jenny Morrison’s intriguing fashion choice
As Scott Morrison conceded defeat on Saturday night, his wife, Jenny, stood beside him at Liberal HQ wearing a striking pale blue dress, some even suspected teal.
It was an awkward choice, to say the least, with a tsunami of independent teal candidates unseating many moderate Liberals across Wentworth, Goldstein, Koyoong, Warringah, North Sydney, and Mackellar.
But even more intriguing was the choice of designer. The $929 item, called the “Celebration” dress, was sold by the fashion label Carla Zampatti. Carla Zampatti was the late mother of Allegra Spender – one of the many teal candidates whose victory saw Liberal MP Dave Sharma booted from his seat in Wentworth.
Making things even more awkward, Victorian Senator Jane Hume admitted on an election broadcast she had personally “boycotted [wearing] Carla Zampatti the entire campaign”.
Hanson’ will survive’ Covid but may lose her Senate seat
Pauline Hanson could be a surprise casualty of this year’s federal election, with the final Queensland Senate seat sitting on a knife’s edge.
Running on an anti-vaccine mandate platform, Hanson’s party failed to gain the momentum she’d hoped for in the lower house – with not one of her 151 candidates picking up a seat.
Earlier this week, the unvaccinated politician attracted global attention after posting a bizarre announcement that she had contracted Covid-19. “I look forward to disappointing all those who hope I drop dead,” Hanson wrote.
Dave Sharma deletes Twitter.
Independent Allegra Spender said on Sunday morning she was yet to hear from Member of Wentworth Dave Sharma after her staggering victory against him.
And now it looks like we won’t hear much from him either, as he’s quietly deactivated his Twitter account …
French minister sasses Morrison.
Outgoing French foreign affairs minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has savaged Scott Morrison, claiming the prime minister’s defeat “suits” him “very welter the spring of the $90bn submarine deal.
The minister delivered a stinging critique of Morbehaviorehaviour towards France, describing his acts being “of a brutality, of a cynicism, and may I say a notorious incompetence”. Yikes.
Farewell Katherine Deves
Katherine Deves’ comments about transgender Australians have sparked criticism from moderate Liberal MPs and dominated headlines for months.
Despite a substantial defeat against independent Zali Steggall, the Liberal candidate for Warringah has promised she is “not going anywhere”. But not everyone feels the same …
It so it looks like Kath Deves’ pronouns are was/were
— Fourier Transgirl (@HowVeryEri) May 21, 2022
“When they thought I couldn’t withstand the storm…that I am the storm.”
Davies avo. ided questions for weeks and went on a panel show immediately after losing, showing her false praise. Not exactly storm chasing. pic.twitter.com/nSTohLhzfq
— Ned Balme (@NedBalmeLives) May 22, 2022
The smiling Greens man
As Greens leader Adam Bandt spoke to ABC News last night, viewers couldn’t help noticing the volunteers in the background who looked as if they were supremely happy to be there.
Sky News struggles through election night.
Twitter users who switched to Sky News’ election coverage last night were amused by the “grim” atmosphere as panelists announced Labor as the clear winner.
We’re not exactly sure who put the “sad face” TikTok filter on Paul Murray last night, but what an absolute mood.
The broadcaster also attracted criticism for allowing billionaire Clive Palmer to make Trump-inspired baseless accusations of electoral fraud on national TV this morning. Zero stars.
Unsurprising but still disappointing that Sky News broadcast Clive Palmer making unproven accusations of electoral fraud. pic.twitter.com/0Q9AKperkc
— dr cam Wilson (monkey pox-ology Ph.D.) (@cameronwilson) May 22, 2022
ABC’s tech difficulties
If there are one thingtralians, it’s our l,ove for ABC election analyst Antony Green. But even Green – known for being calm and cautious – was concerned by last night’s election, declaring at one point that his “brain” was “broken”.
Green was also caught off guard when ABC presenters gave him a breaking news update when he had nothing to offer.
Toto Albanese becomes the top dog.
Anthony Albanese’s dog Toto was snapped wearing an “Albo for PM” bandana as shwaitsit while waiting for an outside polling booth for her owner on Saturday.
Whatever your political leanings, you must hand it to Toto for being the cutest puppy in Australian politics.
‘No hard feelings
OK, this was the day before the election, but indulge us. When Scott Morrison spotted Guardian Australia’s political reporter Paul Karp at a Western Australia campaign stop, he offered him a special kind of democracy sausage.
“There are vegThere ares here too, Paul,” the PM told Karp – who is not a vegetarian, just a Guardian journalist.