Australia appears to be heading for its first hung parliament in 70 years after an inconclusive eneral election.
Labor Prime Minister Julia Gillard, a Welsh-born lawyer, called the snap vote two months ago after she ousted her predecessor Kevin Rudd in a leadership challenge.
Exit polls show neither Labor nor the centre-right Liberals have enough seats to govern alone.
Opposition leader Tony Abbott said Gillard had lost her legitmacy to lead Australia.
Analysts predict the opposition will pick up 73 seats, Labor 72, one for the Greens and four for independents.
A majority of 76 is needed to control Australia’s 150 seat parliament.
The expected result means the two major parties will have to begin political horsetrading to form a majority government.