“We respect the decisions the American people make in their democracy and we will be patient and await the outcome of their process,” the prime minister told reporters in Sydney.“It’s not for me to run a commentary on these things and I won’t,” Morrison said.
“I am working with the President of the United States as Prime Minister of Australia, and I enjoy a very productive working relationship with the President, and I will always put Australia’s interest first in this relationship. . “
Asked by a reporter how concerned he was about the attempt to stop the vote count in one of the world’s greatest democracies, Morrison supported American institutions to overcome any political crisis.
“What’s great about the United States is a great democracy and it has great institutions and we have a deep and broad relationship with the United States, which is extremely important for Australia,” a- he declared.
“We share the same ideas and love each other in many ways – our values, our partnerships, our economy, our security… and I have great faith in the democracy of the United States and I have great confidence in their institutions. , institutions and democracies face all challenges, just like ours.
Morrison pointed to the record-breaking participation rate in the contest as proof that democracy in the United States was not in jeopardy. “A great democracy, having a great election with the highest turnout ever in its history is actually a demonstration of how democracy works.”
Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne was more direct on Thursday. She said all votes in the contest should be counted, and she expected it to be.
“There have been hotly contested and difficult elections in the United States before, but the systems and processes in place have always ensured that every vote is counted, and they should be, and I’m sure they will count. a result”. Said Payne.
“What’s important is that every vote is counted. And I’m sure they will be. I have no doubts that they will be. ”
Trump’s baseless statement on Wednesday night that there had been voter fraud in the contest, his call to stop the vote count and foreshadow of action in the Supreme Court, raised alarm bells in Australia and in the world.
Australian shadow foreign minister Penny Wong berated Trump without naming him, and said American voters “deserve to be heard.”
“Americans voted in historic numbers in this election,” the Labor senator said. “They deserve to be heard. The democratic process must be respected, even if it takes time. It is in Australia’s best interests that America remains a credible and stable democracy.
Labor leader Anthony Albanese took a similar diplomatic line on the strength of US institutions on Morrison when he addressed reporters in Sydney on Thursday.
“I am very confident that the American institutions and indeed the American people will come out of this,” the Labor leader said. “Of course, everyone would like to see the results clearly on election night, but that often doesn’t happen.”
But the Labor leader was more direct on social networks. “It doesn’t matter whether you are the oldest democracy in the world or the youngest in the world, the right of the people to be heard must be respected – and the democratic process must be allowed to take its course.
“Australia must always speak out on the democratic values we hold dear.”