Shorten and his wife Chloe, left, vote in Melbourne, while Turnbull and his wife Lucy vote in Sydney.
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Australia's prime minister promised to stabilize a government long steeped in chaos.With around 30 percent of ballots cast Saturday left to be counted, neither the coalition nor the opposition center-left Labor Party had gained the required 76 seats in the 150-seat House to form a government.Turnbull and opposition leader Bill Shorten both have contacted the five independent lawmakers who could be called on to support a minority government. If no alliance can be forged, the government could end up calling another election, though Turnbull did not directly say if he considered that an option. Economist Stephen Koukoulas, managing director of Market Economics, said markets would not like the uncertainty when they open Monday after the global instability that followed Britain's decision to leave the European Union.Shorten did not speculate on a Labor victory, but celebrated the strong swing to his party just three years after it was convincingly dumped from power in the last election. Going into the election, the government had 33 senators, Labor 25 and the minor Greens party 10 .Xenophon expects that if the government retains power, it would need the support of eight or nine crossbenchers to pass legislation against the will of Labor and the Greens.
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