The string of striking election-day front pages began on Friday with the Courier-Mail predicting “Victory in sight” for incumbent prime minister Malcolm Turnbull. Its sister paper in Queensland, the Cairns Post, asked, “Who will give us a fair go?”.
Down south in Victoria, the Fiarfax-owned The Age argued the election was “Down to the wire”.
On Saturday, Townsville Bulletin tapped into the election sausage sizzle zeitgeist with the headline “Who will snag it”, while The Sydney Morning Herald outlined “5 things the new PM must do”.
After it became clear there would be no definitive election result on Saturday night, Sydney-siders awoke to The Sunday Telegraph’s “Hungover” front cover.
By Monday, editors were capitalising on the uncertainty of the election outcome. The Australian Financial Review reported, “Turnbull scrambles to build barest majority” while The Daily Telegraph proclaimed “Chaos reigns” in a “new era of instability”.
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