Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison addresses party supporters in Sydney. Photo: AP

Australian election: Labor leader Bill Shorten concedes, resigns after shock defeat to conservatives

  • The result is a monumental upset and a failure of pollsters, who put the opposition Labor party in pole position
  • But it is unclear whether the conservative coalition can govern with an outright majority and final results may not be known this weekend
Topic |   Australia

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison addresses party supporters in Sydney. Photo: AP
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Many Mandarin-speakers in Australia expected to receive most of their information about the parties’ policies via WeChat. Photo: Bloomberg

Fears of China and WeChat as Australia heads to the polls

  • As Australia goes to polls and main political parties woo ethnic Chinese voters, concerns are growing over Beijing’s influence on local Chinese-language media
  • More than half the country’s Mandarin speakers get their election information from WeChat, which has become the focus of campaign controversy in recent weeks
Topic |   China-Australia relations

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Many Mandarin-speakers in Australia expected to receive most of their information about the parties’ policies via WeChat. Photo: Bloomberg
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