The Informer: Regime change as Labor ousts Liberals (and Nationals say: It’s not my fault) | Liverpool City Champion

Elections are brutal affairs. Friday, you could be prime minister. On Monday, you are yesterday’s man. It is one of the great joys of democracy. We vote for them and we reject them.

He got to work right away – or rather got to work as he headed to the Prime Minister’s plane to fly to Japan for the important meeting of the other heads of the countries of the Quad – the United States, Japan, India and Australia.

Mr Albanese was sworn in with his deputy, Richard Marles, and Penny Wong, Jim Chalmers and Katy Gallagher as Jobs Minister, Foreign Secretary, Treasurer and Minister for Women and Attorney General respectively.

A change in tone was noticeable before he left. At the pre-departure press conference, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags flew alongside the Australian flag.

On the other side, the mourning and the stampede are in progress. The big decision for the Liberals appears to be: do they move left after the left’s victories or right, perhaps thinking the economy might have turned sour for Mr Albanese three years from now.

We talk a lot about Peter Dutton as a chef. One of his potential rivals is absent: former treasurer Josh Frydenberg has conceded the Kooyong seat. Independent candidate Monique Ryan will replace him as MP for the Melbourne-based constituency.

When asked, Barnaby Joyce took no responsibility for the slew of inner-city Liberal seats that fell to Independents and “teal” Greens across the country.

“I’m in Nationals, and we have swings against us – Liberals fight Liberals, and Nationals fight Nationals,” he said.

The blame game has only just begun.

Police officers were patrolling the city on Sunday evening when they saw a black BMW 323i sedan speed away from them at speeds of up to 161 km/h in an 80 km/h zone.

The driver was arrested. He told officers he thought the police were “his buddies trying to run him”.

This story Election brutality as new Prime Minister takes over – and takes flight first appeared on The Canberra Times.

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