Though this blog is least of all things a political soapbox, forgive this brief PSA that (you'll be glad to know) comes with no agenda or endorsement.
I just hope all you Aussies at home and abroad voted with your heads and your hearts. Whatever your reaction to the outcome, be glad that we are free to publicly air our views - favourable or unfavourable - on the government without persecution or threat; that we can speak to our state or national figureheads on national radio and television without censorship; that we can travel to and from polling venues without concern for our personal security; that we can put pencil to ballot paper without having to entertain the possibility that the process could be tampered with.
Or, to put it in the brilliant, succinct words of one Tweeter:
"Just voted. There were no militias or suicide bombings. There were sausages and a cake stand. Voting in Australia is awesome."