Australians head to the polls on Saturday to vote in a nationwide election that exhibits the Opposition forward in opinion polls.
The Labor Party is narrowly forward of the ruling conservative coalition though a robust displaying by climate-focused independents might result in a hung parliament.
Centre-left Labor held a good lead going into the marketing campaign after 9 years in opposition, however current polls
confirmed Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s centre-right Liberal-National authorities narrowing the hole within the ultimate stretch of a tricky, six-week marketing campaign.
Opposition chief Anthony Albanese’s centre-left Labor Party is a favorite to win its first election since 2007.
But Mr Morrison defied the opinion polls in 2019 by main his coalition to a slim victory. A win this time would see him safe an historic fourth time period.
His coalition holds the narrowest of majorities – 76 seats within the 151-seat House of Representatives, the place events want a majority to type a authorities.
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Both leaders will marketing campaign in Melbourne on Saturday earlier than voting of their hometown of Sydney.
The first polling stations will shut on the nation’s east coast at 6 pm native time (0800 GMT). The west coast is 2 hours behind.
Due to the pandemic, greater than 48% of Australia’s 17 million electors have voted early or utilized for postal votes, which is able to possible gradual the rely.
The authorities modified rules on Friday to allow individuals not too long ago contaminated with COVID-19 to vote over the cellphone.
Voting is obligatory for grownup residents and 92% of registered voters forged ballots on the final election.