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1. Election latest: Anthony Albanese rules out leadership challenge, while Malcolm Turnbull faces backlash.

The election count resumes today and with more than a million postal votes in the mix the result may not be no for several weeks.

Regardless, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull remains “quietly confident” he will be able to form majority government.

If Labor are to lose the election it will throw them into an automatic leadership ballot, but frontbencher Anthony Albanese has ruled out an immediate challenge, telling ABC‘s Leigh Sales the current situation was “like a footy game that’s gone into extra-time. Now, you don’t even consider changing who the captain is during extra-time”.

Despite Turnbull’s apparent optimism, his own leadership appears uncertain with Opposition leader Bill Shorten calling on him to step down after failing to deliver the “stability” he promised.

Peta Credlin weighed in last night telling conservative commentator Andrew Bolt — who has repeatedly called for Turnbull’s resignation — he was the man who “broke the Liberal Party’s heart”.

She also labelled his campaign as “lacklustre”.

2. WA police seek public help to identify a woman whose body was found in a suitcase.

Perth police have appealed to the public assistance after the body of a woman was discovered by fisherman in a suitcase in Swan River this morning.

The woman is described as being of Asian appearance, about 158cm tall and 59kg in weight, about 35 to 45-years-old and with a red shade in her hair.

Detective Senior Sergeant Chris Taylor said the death was being regarded as suspicious.

“Our focus at this stage is identifying the woman,” he said.

“We are working with local, national and international partners in an effort to identify her.”

3. Domestic violence reports jump by 500 in Tasmania thanks to anti-violence campaigning.

The number of domestic violence being reported in Tasmania has jumped by 500 since a new unit was established, police say.


Police Commissioner Darren Hine attributed the increase to an effective community awareness campaign and a new, multi-agency unit to deal with the issue.

“But we still have figures of between 40 and 80 per cent of people who are under reporting family violence,” Commissioner Hine told the ABC.

Meanwhile in NSW, new reforms mean women and children who are victims of domestic violence can soon flee their homes faster and without penalty for abandoning a rental property, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

At present 14 days’ notice must be given, with potential liabilities, in addition to a final AVO, which sometimes takes up to a year to obtain.

4. Nigel Farage resigns as Ukip leader after successful Brexit campaign.

Nigel Farage, the man who campaigned for Britain to leave the EU, has resigned after “achieving [his] political ambition”.

It is the third time he has stepped down as leader, but has dismissed speculation he could return again, The Guardian reports.

Speaking at a press conference in Westminster on Monday, he said: “During the referendum I said I wanted my country back … now I want my life back.”

His possible successors include his deputy Paul Nuttall, immigration spokesman Steven Woolfe and culture spokesman Peter Whittle, among others.

5. Melbourne Zoo’s baby elephant stands for the first time.

Melbourne Zoo’s two-and-a-half week old baby elephant was able to stand for the first time after medical staff removed casts from its front legs.

Staff warn the young female Asian elephant is still critical due to a rare condition preventing her from straightening her ankles, despite the “small wins”.

However, Senior veterinarian Dr Michael Lynch said the casts were no longer needed.

“Once we took that cast off, she actually stood up with us balancing her for a short period of time,” he told the ABC.

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