THE nation has spoken in a backlash against the Australian Labor Party's disunity: Tony Abbott is the new Australian Prime Minister.
Last Saturday, the public took to the polling booths in what would turn out to be a one-horse race.
Just as the polls and pundits predicted, the Liberal/National Coalition capitalised on its new-found popularity, and it appeared Labor could do very little to change that.
Only four hours after the polling booths had closed and the initial results were released, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd conceded defeat.
Tony Abbott had clawed back parliamentary power for Liberal for the first time since John Howard ended his term as Prime Minister in 2007.
Many have blamed Labor's disunity and lack of direction as the reason for the party's loss.
The majority of the nation was won by the Coalition's campaign, and the results showed the public wanted change.
According to the Australian Electoral Commission as of September 8, 45.85 per cent of NSW voters preferred Labor, while 54.15 voted Liberal.
After the votes were counted, Liberal had secured 86 of the 150 seats in the House of Representatives - surpassing the 76 needed for a majority - while Labor retained 57, The Greens held a single seat and other parties were elected in two. A few seats were neck-and-neck, and there are still four seats undecided.
While there was a national swing to Liberal, Labor candidates in the Hunter managed to maintain their seats, which were considered very safe for the party.
However, some voters did show their discontent for Labor with swings to the Coalition.
In the Charlton electorate, Pat Conroy was elected despite a 6.14 per cent swing to Liberal, even though the candidate Kevin Baker had been disendorsed by the Liberal Party.
Newcastle's Sharon Claydon will replace retiring MP Sharon Grierson, holding the seat after a 3.58 per cent swing to Liberal's Jamie Abbott.
Jill Hall was re-elected in Shortland, where there was a 5.08 per cent swing to Liberal's John Church.