Sometimes hope comes from strange places and for National Party leader Simon Bridges, it was delivered by a 51-year-old man in Australia.

That man was Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who defied the polls and expectations to triumph in the Australian elections against the Australian Labor Party and Bill Shorten.

Bridges was possibly even happier about this than Morrison.

A jubilant Bridges tweeted congratulations to Morrison at 5.36am on Sunday and issued a statement at 9am.


It offered his "heartfelt congratulations" and waxed lyrical about Morrison and the wisdom of the Australian voters.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern did not tweet