Howard makes his concession speech
Joy and triples all round!
With the headline "Labor party wins big in Australia" Associated Press have just reported that Howard has addressed the nation thus:
"My fellow Australians, a few moments ago I telephoned Kevin Rudd and I congratulated him and the Australian Labor Party on a very emphatic victory," Howard said in Sydney in a nationally televised address. "This is a great democracy and I want to wish Mr. Rudd well."
ABC report "It's a Ruddslide" with Labour on 83 seats to the Coalition's 58. They predict 86 for Labor and 62 for the Coalition.
Kevin Rudd is just making his victory speech on ABC under the banner "New Leadership".
The BBC is reporting that Howard has accepted that he is likely to lose his parliamentary seat.
Mr Howard, who had been bidding for a fifth term in office, conceded the national election and accepted he was "unlikely" to return as MP for Bennelong.
It is interesting that Howard seems to have suffered a public backlash not only on Iraq, but on his refusal to sign the Kyoto protocol.