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MPs celebrate, commiserate Trump win

AAP logoAAP 9/11/2016 Jennifer Rajca

Federal Labor has no intention of going easy on the sexist and racist views of Donald Trump.

While Australia will preserve its relationship with the United States under a Trump presidency, it should not abandon its values, opposition frontbencher Tony Burke insists.

"There were aspects of that campaign that had to be called out, that were right to be called out," he said on Thursday, as MPs came to terms with the reality of Mr Trump's election win.

Mr Burke said he would challenge any Australian to form a different view to Labor leader Bill Shorten's claim that some of Mr Trump's ideas were "barking mad".

"Australia, in how we deal with the new administration, shouldn't change who we are," he said.

"Footage of someone boasting about sexual assault of women would be the end of a political career in this country. It's marked the beginning of a political career in the United States."

Mr Burke thought Mr Trump's victory speech was honest and his campaign wasn't - or the other way around.

Veteran Labor MP Wayne Swan said working people in America felt like they had nothing to lose by voting for popular solutions.

The election result showed the need for Australia to make sure it shared the fruits of prosperity so working people were not left behind.

"If you have 19th century economic outcomes then you get 19th century politics," he said.

Greens MP Adam Bandt believes Mr Trump's victory poses serious questions for Australia.

"Do we really want to be the deputy sheriff to a racist climate-change denier," he asked.

"Do we really want to follow Donald Trump into every war he wants to pick?"

Liberal senator Cory Bernardi, who is on a parliamentary secondment to the United Nations in New York, is expecting big things from the new president who will have Republican control of the Congress.

"I think the best days of the United States are ahead of it if the Trump campaign is allowed to keep its promises," he told ABC radio.

Liberal backbencher Andrew Hastie said the US constitution was designed to contain the excesses of any president.

"I think Donald Trump is going to listen (and) consult," he said.

Former prime minister Tony Abbott congratulated the new president, noting he appreciates middle America was sick of been taken for granted.

Independent MP Bob Katter said free marketers were now living in a stone-age amongst skeletons and dinosaurs.

The days were over for those in "city suits in their tapestry towers".

Liberal Democrat senator David Leyonhjelm was marginally more pleased Mr Trump won.

"It's certainly not something to do handstands about," he said.

One Nation Leader Pauline Hanson is celebrating, saying Mr Trump's win proves voters have had enough with the chardonnay set.

Independent senator Nick Xenophon is glad the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is likely to be killed off under Mr Trump.

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