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AustraliaFree beers, fancy cocktails and a lavish slap-up dinner: Inside Labor's PRE-election party as they toasted victory... only to suffer a humiliating defeat in election stunner

16:16  21 may  2019
16:16  21 may  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Free beers , fancy cocktails and a lavish slap - up dinner : Inside Labor ' s PRE - election party as they toasted victory only to suffer a humiliating Labor was so sure it would win the election the party HQ threw a huge party . Staffers dined on prawns, barramundi, and kafa in Sydney on Friday

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Labor was so sure it had victory in the bag that party headquarters in Sydney threw a huge election eve party with free booze and prawns galore.

Free beers, fancy cocktails and a lavish slap-up dinner: Inside Labor's PRE-election party as they toasted victory... only to suffer a humiliating defeat in election stunner© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Labor was so sure it had victory in the bag that party headquarters in Sydney threw a huge election eve party with free booze and prawns galore (ALP staffers Joanna Heath and Erin Smith pictured at dinner at Sahra by the River in Parramatta) They celebrated late into the night drinking salted caramel espresso martinis and singing Solidarity Forever with one staffer even hired to play the trumpet.

The jubilant mood was the polar opposite of their somber, shell-shocked faces just 24 hours later after a stunning election defeat.

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Free beers, fancy cocktails and a lavish slap-up dinner: Inside Labor's PRE-election party as they toasted victory... only to suffer a humiliating defeat in election stunner© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Staffers ate Queensland prawns costing $39 for just four pieces, barramundi at $34 a serving (pictured) Labor's premature partying is now an embarrassing symbol of its hubris and complacency based on polls that got the result horribly wrong.

Celebrations began with free beers in the Parramatta HQ office, then dinner at nearby Sahra by the River, according to emails seen by the Sydney Morning Herald.

Staffers ate Queensland prawns costing $39 for just four pieces, barramundi at $34 a serving, and kafta skewers at $28 for three.

Free beers, fancy cocktails and a lavish slap-up dinner: Inside Labor's PRE-election party as they toasted victory... only to suffer a humiliating defeat in election stunner© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Then they stumbled 500m down the road to cocktail bar Alex & Co for 'kick-ons' where they sipped salted caramel espresso martinis and toasted certain victory Two attendees, Joanna Heath, who works for shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus, and Gorton MP Brendan Oconnor staffer Erin Smith, posted a photo of themselves at the restaurant appearing in a winning mood.

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'And now we celebrate!' Ms. Smith wrote on Instagram.

The party then moved 500m down the road to bar Alex & Co for 'kick-ons' where they sipped cocktails and toasted certain victory.

Free beers, fancy cocktails and a lavish slap-up dinner: Inside Labor's PRE-election party as they toasted victory... only to suffer a humiliating defeat in election stunner© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited They celebrated late into the night drinking salted caramel espresso martinis and singing Solidarity Forever with one staffer even hired to play trumpet

Staffers could even win free massages at their desk on Fridays through a raffle put on by ALP high command.

Bill Shorten was drinking too, knocking back a few lagers at the pub in Bob Hawke's memory with current and former Victorian premiers Daniel Andrews and Steve Bracks.

Chris Bowen, who would have been treasurer if the ALP won, even posted a photo of key party figures as if they were already in government.

Free beers, fancy cocktails and a lavish slap-up dinner: Inside Labor's PRE-election party as they toasted victory... only to suffer a humiliating defeat in election stunner© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Chris Bowen even posted a photo of key party figures as if they were already in government - himself, Tanya Plibersek, Bill Shorten, Jim Chalmers, and Penny Wong 'We're ready,' Mr. Bowen captioned an image of himself with Mr Shorten and key advisers Tanya Plibersek, Penny Wong, and Jim Chalmers.

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At the Liberal Party headquarters, the boozing and dining were replaced with the updating of resumes for their next jobs outside of politics.

Parliament House's post office was inundated with passport applications by staffers ready to take off overseas when their jobs were gone.

Free beers, fancy cocktails and a lavish slap-up dinner: Inside Labor's PRE-election party as they toasted victory... only to suffer a humiliating defeat in election stunner© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Bill Shorten was drinking too, knocking back a few Hawke lagers at the pub in Bob's memory with current and former Victorian premiers Daniel Andrews and Steve Bracks However, Scott Morrison was still working, jetting off to Tasmania, southern NSW and northern Queensland with a last minute pitch to voters.

The next day his party won Longman and Herbet in north Queensland, and Braddon and likely Bass in Tasmania, keeping him as prime minister for another three years.

Free beers, fancy cocktails and a lavish slap-up dinner: Inside Labor's PRE-election party as they toasted victory... only to suffer a humiliating defeat in election stunner© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited However, Scott Morrison was still working, jetting off to Tasmania (pictured campaigning in Bass), southern NSW and northern Queensland with a last minute pitch to voters Even he didn't see victory coming, as three years of polls had Labor ahead, including those on election eve.

'I have always believed in miracles... And tonight we've been delivered another one!' Mr Morrison declared in his victory speech.

As he stood on stage with his family thanking his entire staff for pulling off the unlikely win, the same staff who claimed victory too early were wondering how it all went wrong.

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