The indications are that Australia is heading for its first hung parliament since the Second World War.
Counting is expected to go on for the next few days after the Liberal-Conservative coalition, led by 52-year-old Tony Abbot, failed to win enough seats to clinch an outright victory in the general election and oust the incumbent, Labour’s Julia Gillard.
48-year-old Gillard made history two months ago when she became Australia’s first woman Prime Minister.
With around two thirds of the votes counted, Labour and the Liberals both seem to be on around 70 seats out of the 150 in the house of representatives.
That means the balance of power in parliament would rest with the Greens and a handful of independents.