The alliance between Australia and the United States is our most important.
And we respect the United States because of its democratic values, which we share.
And what we have seen is the largest turnout in the United States for any presidential election since 1908. We need to await the result, clearly.
And we need to be patient, as observers from around the world are, as well as US citizens. Because in a democracy, it’s always based on one vote, one value.
Every person having their vote counted. And it’s absolutely critical that the counts are allowed to continue so that everyone’s view can be tabulated, and it can be determined who the next president of the United States will serve for the next four years.
Labor, of course, will work with whoever the American people elect. We also understand that American institutions are so important for our democracy.
Australians will be somewhat concerned, I think, at some of the footage, for example, outside Detroit, Michigan, outside a county, of people shouting in a chant to ‘stop the count’. That’s really shouting, ‘Stop democracy’.
And we need, all of us who hold democratic values around the world, need to be prepared to speak up for democracy.