National Party leader Simon Bridges said the result in the Australian election was remarkable - and was good news in some respects for his own party.
"You can never make a perfect comparison with what's going on in New Zealand. Each country is a bit different, but I think it does show us in National that good campaigns really matter," Bridges told the Herald at the party's lower North Island conference in Lower Hutt.
Bridges believed that the Liberal policies appealed to blue-collar workers.
"There is no doubt that Aussie battlers, those quiet Australians, they might not be on Twitter,