Australia s Brutal Six-week Election Campaign Is Heading For A Photo Finish With just A Handful Of Voters In A Few Electorates Likely To Decide Who Runs The Country For The Next Three Years As A Final Poll Predicts A Close Result
Australia's brutal six-week election campaign is heading for a photo finish, with just a handful of voters in a few electorates likely to decide who runs the country for the next three years as a final poll predicts a close result.
The movements of and over the past week - which are heavily guided by internal polling - give a huge clue about the key areas that may determine the outcome on Saturday night.
Mr Albanese spent Friday in Boothby and Sturt in , Bass and Braddon in and Chisholm, Higgins, Casey and Deakin in Victoria.
He said a vote for Labor would be a vote for 'cheaper child care, ending the climate wars, more secure work, and for a government that understands the cost-of-living pressures.'
Meanwhile, Mr Morrison - who has been targeting outer suburban areas of major cities such as western Sydney - toured Pearce, Swan and Cowan in Western Australia before also jetting to Melbourne.
Newspoll data on the eve of the election revealed Labor's primary vote has dropped two points to 36 per cent in the final days of the campaign with the Coalition holding firm at 35 per cent.
Preferred Prime Minister for voters is now neck-and-neck at 42 per cent each, but Labor still holds a commanding two-party-preferred lead of 53 per cent to 47 per cent.
Making his final pitch to voters, the Prime Minister said Australians face a choice about which party they think can 'better manage the nation's finances' and repeated his campaign slogan that 'a stronger economy means a stronger future'.
It's a safe bet that Labor will win the new seat of Hawke in Victoria, meaning it needs a net gain of seven electorates to form a 76-seat majority in the House of Representatives.
The Coalition needs a net gain of one seat following the abolition of Stirling in Western Australia to hold on to power in its own right.
It is a real possibility that neither party gets the required 76 seats, meaning they will have to negotiate with independents and minor parties to form government.
Labor can count on Greens leader Adam Bandt and left-leaning independent Andrew Wilkie, while the Coalition would have the support of maverick Queenslander Bob Katter and Centre Alliance MP Rebekha Sharkie.
Here Daily Mail Australia takes a look at the crucial seats that could decide the result.
New South WalesTop of the list for Labor in NSW is the historically red seat of Reid in western Sydney, which the Liberals won for the first time in 2013 and hold on a slim 3.2 per cent margin.
Labor's candidate Sally Sitou, the daughter of Chinese immigrants, made headlines in early December when she revealed she had received racist messages from voters on social media and released a statement saying: 'My loyalties have only ever been to Australia'.
The ALP has also campaigned strongly in Robertson on the Central Coast, which the Liberals have held since 2013 with a margin of 4.2 per cent.
Scott Morrison is pictured with wife Jenny in an Instagram photo.
Jenny has accompanied her husband in the final week of campaigning
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