File - In this Saturday, July 2, 2016, file photo, Voters fill in their ballots at a polling station at Town Hall in Sydney. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
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Independent candidates who will likely determine a cliffhanger Australian election shot to prominence Monday, one of them renewing anti-Asian rhetoric first heard 20 years ago, with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull under fire for a failed political gamble.Saturday's election was meant to end political turmoil that had seen four prime ministers in three years.Turnbull, acting as caretaker prime minister while vote counting continues, appeared to have underestimated the protest vote that stole support from both major parties and must now negotiate with minor parties and independents to retain power.The major parties need 76 seats in the House of Representatives to form a majority government.Turnbull said Sunday he remained "quietly confident" of returning his coalition to power for another three-year term.
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