In re-electing Scott Morrison, Australians have shown themselves to be a people who put self-interest above all else.

For the first time in decades, Australians were presented with a genuine alternative when they went to the polls on Saturday. Bill Shorten was promising to reverse the ever-widening gap between rich and poor by winding back some of the tax breaks that have made well-off Australians much more well-off and by increasing tax for the wealthy.

He had a plan for climate change, albeit modest; he wanted to force through wage increases in the low-paid retail, hospitality and childcare sectors and