As Australia’s federal election begins on Saturday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison is fighting for another three-year term that will extend a decade of conservative rule.
Long queues have formed at several stations, as Morrison – behind the pre-election polls – accuses his rival Anthony Albaniz of “arrogance” in predicting a center-left Labor victory.
“You can’t go ahead on your own,” Morrison said on the last pre-election pitch for voters.
Albanese predicted the race would be “close” and promised Australians “some honesty in politics” following Morrison’s high-spin style.
In the run-up to the vote, Albanese said people were “over” the soundbite politics, promising to transform Australia’s resistance to tackling climate change.
Morrison has vowed to continue managing the economy’s “strong” and warned that his rival will not be able to “manage money” and is therefore ineligible for the role.
More than 17 million Australians are registered to vote in an election that will decide who will control the House of Representatives, the Senate and who will be in the prime minister’s “lodge”.
The two final poles put Labor six points ahead of Morrison’s Liberal-led coalition, but as the race narrowed and neither party promised a complete victory.
More than seven million people have already cast their ballots in advance, according to the Australian Electoral Commission.
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