Australian Elections: Voting in key competition News from Australia
Melbourne, Australia – Australians head to the polling stations to elect their next parliament and prime minister in what is widely called climate change choices.
About 16.5 million Australians are enrolled to vote Saturday more than 4.7 million who have already voted in early voting before Friday.
Polling stations will be open between 8:00 and 18:00 local time (22:00 GMT on Friday – 08:00 GMT on Saturday). The winner in the lower chamber, which formed the government, is expected to be known either in the late Saturday or early Sunday.
Observers said it was the most ideological choice that Australia has seen for years, Prime Minister Scott Morrison highlights the differences in economic policy between his center-right Liberal-National coalition and the "reckless spending" of his main rival, left-centered Labor a party headed by Bill Shoreen.
are climate change and the economy, in particular whether it provides for people, "said Daniel Wood, Program Director at the Grattan Institute, a Melbourne think tank.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, left, and opposition leader Bill Abracky [Nic Ellis/Reuters]
According to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, the summer of 201
8-19 is the hottest in the country. 19659004] "Climate change is the most important issue at the moment," said Jordan, a 24-year elector of the polling station at Melbourne Carlton North, for Al Jazeera
I would like to work to rely entirely on renewable energies energy sources over the next few years. "
Morrison insists they will be close elections. To win a majority in the House of Representatives, every big party will need 77 seats. Currently, the Coalition has 73 seats, and labor is 72.
If no party appears with a clear majority, they will have to negotiate with the intersection of support for forming a government.
The two major countries are expected to seek the support of an independent, with Labor likely joining all left-wing members of the Greens, the country's third-largest political power.
The Sportsbet online bookmaker gives a win for Shorten – paying only $ 1.14 ($ 0.78) for work "sworn in the government." The current Coalition, which has consistently tracked polls for more than a year, pays 5.75 Australian dollars ($ 3.95) if it succeeds in winning.
Speaking to reporters after voting in Melbourne, Shorten said he was "confident that Labor can form a majority government," adding that his party would give the administration "worthy of [the country’s] people … a nation that wants real action on climate change. "
In the primary school where he voted, Shorten congratulated the voters and bought a barbecue sauce, which he said "tasty as a mood for change."
Kerry, head of the school, said she had voted for her "commitment to public education, state hospitals, infrastructure and wages," as well as putting Australia "back on the international map regarding trust in social policies and climate policy. "
Graham, a retired, cited Immigration Policy and" lo after the refugees highlighted the reasons why he would choose the labor. "In March, the ruling Coalition announced it would restrict permanent migration 16 0 000 for the next four years, reducing it from 190,000.
| The opposition leader voted with his wife, Chloe Shortine, in Melbourne [Max Walden/Al Jazeera]
On Friday, the newspapers in the two largest cities in the country – Sydney Morning Herald and The Age in Melbourne – approved Shorten as the best chance to put an end to a "cycle of instability" in Australian politics
The country has six Prime Minister's changes over the last 12 years – mostly as a result of internal party battles .
"There is absolutely no question that people are very disappointed with the rotating door of the Prime Ministers," Wood said at the Graaten Institute.
"Work has tried to capitalize on this through campaigns around the government's chaos and is trying to use it to question Scott Morrison's credibility." [Wood] noted that this has affected both major parties, noting that Small Parties could benefit from a "strong protest vote in search of a home."
Mining billionaire Clive Palmer boasted $ 60 million for the United Australian campaign, which promises to "make Australia great." the voices of "One Nation" by Pauline Hanson, a far-right, anti-Islamist party recently involved in a scandal, partly as a result of an investigation by Al Jazeera, which revealed that he had tried to gather support from pro-gangs in the United States.
At the same time, it appears that the left-wing Greens will benefit from voters who want decisive action on climate change, which, according to recent surveys, is the number one issue for much of the population.
ahead of the vote, former Liberian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Interior Minister Peter Dutton were attacked by the progressive lobby group GetUp.
Abbott has held his place in Warringah on Sydney-rich beaches since 1994, being criticized for his conservative positions on climate change and social policy.
Sergal Hall, a lawyer and a former Olympian campaign against Abbott on climate policy and can cause significant leap
Meanwhile, the liberal headquarters of Chisholm in Melbourne will make history, Candidates are Chinese Australian women.
The winner – Liberal candidate Gladys Liu Jennifer Young – will be the first Chinese Australian woman in parliament in the country
The election takes place two days after the death of former Prime Minister Bob Hawk. On the last day of the campaign, Morrison and Shorten paid tribute to the 89-year-old boy.
Days earlier, Hawk had written a letter supporting Shorten's campaign, stating that the leader has "a reputation for collecting workers and business together."