In 1964, Mackerras went to China for the first time. Over the past five decades, he has visited China over 60 times and has made tireless efforts to present a real China to Australia and the world based on his personal experience of China's development and progress, Xi said.
In the third place was a center-left coalition led by Democratic Party, which ruled the cabinets in the last legislature, with some 23 percent.
"The change in the last 50 years has been astonishing," he said. "I fell in love with the place ... when my wife (Alyce) and I went to Beijing as 'foreign experts' to teach at what was then called the Beijing Foreign Languages Institute. It is now called the Beijing Foreign Studies University, and I still love the place."
It's a significant change compared with the just a bit over 4 percent the party achieved in the previous election in 2013.
With few thousands votes yet to count, partial results showed the League won at least 17.7 percent, according to data from the Interior Ministry.