Last week Julia Gillard said "The Party with the greatest percentage of the two-party preferred vote should have first crack at forming the new government".
Understandable with Labor then leading the Coalition 51% to 49%.
Right now the Australian Electoral Commission is reporting that the Coalition is ahead of Labor in the two-party preferred vote 50.01% to 49.99%. The Coalition also leads Labor by 619,000 in the primary vote.
I guess Ms Gillard will be hoping that the Governor General, with her links to the Labor Party, might be forgiven for ignoring her earlier advice.
Clearly though and even if Labor does manage to cobble together a minority administration it will lack the moral authority to govern.
But who said moral authority was part of the deal?