Melbourne, Australia – Australians continue to polls to choose their next parliament and prime minister, broadly referred to as the climate change election.
Some 16.5 million Australians were enrolled to vote on Saturday, with more than 4.7 million submitting ballots in early voting by Friday.
Polling stations are open between 8 am and 6 pm local time (22:00 GMT on Friday – 08:00 GMT on Saturday). The winner for the lower house, which forms the government, is expected to be determined by late Saturday or the first Sunday hours.
These spectators say the election-based ideals that Australia has seen for years, Prime Minister Scott Morrison emphasizes the differences in economic policy between his right-wing Liberal -The Federal Coalition and the "frivolous spending" of his major rivals, the central remaining Australian Labor Party headed by Bill Shorten.
climate change and the economy, particularly when it comes to people, "said Danielle Wood, program director at the Grattan Institute, a think tank based in Melbourne.
" There's a huge difference between major parties in both these places. "
|Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, left, and leader of the opposition Bill Shorten [Nic Ellis/Reuters]|
According to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, the 2018-19 summers are the country's hottest record," The change in the climate is today's most important issue, "the 24-year-old voter at Melbourne's Carlton North polling station, told Al Jazeera.
" I want to work only for renewables over the next few years. "
Morrison insists it is a close election To win most of the House of Representatives, any major party will need 77 seats. Coalition currently has 73 seats, while Labor is 72.
If no party appears to have a clear majority, they need to negotiate crossbench for support to form government.
The two main parties are expected to seek back up to independents, with Labor who are likely to receive any MPs from left wing Greens, the traditional third political force of the country.
Online bookmaker Sportsbet sets a win for the Shorten – paying only 1.14 dollars in Australia ($ 0.78) for in Labor "swear in government." The current Coalition, which is continually overwhelming in opinion polls more than one year, pays 5 .75 dollars in Australia ($ 3.95) if it can catch a success.
Speaking to reporters after voting in Melbourne, Shorten said he was "confident that Labor could have formed a majority of the government", adding that his party would deliver an "eligibility" in [the country’s] people … a nation that wants true climate change action ".
shortened voters and bought bbq sausages he said "tasted like a mood for change".
|Opposition leader voted for his wife, Chloe Shorten, in Melbourne [Max Walden/Al Jazeera]|
Kerry, a school principal, said he voted The work for his "public education commitment, public hospitals, infrastructure and wages ", as well as placing an Australian placement" back on the international map in terms of its credibility for social policies and its climate policy ".
Graham, a retired, mention d Employee immigration rules and "seeking" refugees as reasons why he chooses Labor. In March, the ruling coalition announced that the permanent migration would be raised to 160,000 for the next four years, down from 190,000.
In the well-heeled suburb of Melbourne's Toorak, the economy is front and center for voters.
Jason, working in finance, told Al Jazeera that "the issue number is a tax, so the issue is two and three".
"I think the government is using the money very well so I want the tax rate for individuals and profits to be as low as possible."
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On Friday, newspaper broadsheets in two of the world's largest cities – the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age in Melbourne – endeavor to end the cycle of instability in Australia's politics.
The country has six major ministerial changes over the past 12 years – mostly the result of internal parties.
"There is no absolute question that people are so shocked by the revolving door of the prime ministers," Woo d, of the Grattan Institute, said.
"It works hard to utilize the excess through the campaign around the mess of the government and tries to use it to call Scott Morrison's trust in the focus."
But Wood said this was affected by major parties, citing that minors could benefit from a "strong protest vote seeking a home."
Billy's billionaire mining Clive Palmer has given $ 60m for the campaign of his United Australia Party which promises to "make Australia great". ] Palmer's party may steal votes from One Nation Pauline Hanson, a far-right anti-Islam party recently embroiled in the scandal, partly due to an Al Jazeera investigation that has been revealed that it tried to gain support from pro-gun groups in the meantime, Greens wings, would likely benefit voters who wished to be decisive for climate change – recent polls showed the number an issue for most of the population.
Where it can get interesting
Leading the vote, former Prime Minister of Liberal Tony Abbott and the Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton are both targeted by progressive groups Board of GetUp.
Abbott placed his seat of Warringah at Richards in Sydney's Northern Beaches since 1994, being rebuked for his conservative position on climate change and social policy.
Zali Steggal, a lawyer and former Olympian, is working against Abbott's climate policy and can drive
Meanwhile, the Liberal held east of the Melbourne Chisholm chair history, with both major Chinese women's Australian candidates.
Anyone who won – Liberal candidate Gladys Liu or his Labor opponent Jennifer Yang – representing the country's first Australian female female Parliament.
Election takes place two days after death: 459026] former Prime Minister of Labor Bob Hawke. On the last day of the campaign, both Morrison and Shorten paid tribute to the late 89-year-old.
Morrison said Hawke had "led and served our country with passion, courage and an intellectual horsepower made our country stronger".
Days before, Hawke wrote a letter promoting the Shorten campaign, saying that the Labor leader has a "track record of bringing workers and businesses together."