AUS News: Millions vote for next leader

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More than 17 million people are enrolled to vote in Australia’s election

Millions of Australians are heading to the polls on Saturday for the country’s first election since 2019.

It sees Prime Minister Scott Morrison go up against one of the country’s longest serving politicians, Labor Leader Anthony Albanese.

The rising cost of living and climate change have shaped up as two key issues for voters.

But the election has largely been framed as a referendum on the leaders’ characters.

Opinion polls suggest Labor will win by a narrow majority this time around. However, the polls were wildly inaccurate in the last election.

Mr Morrison, who leads the Liberal-National Coalition, is the first leader to serve a full term in office since John Howard, who won four elections before losing to Labor’s Kevin Rudd in 2007.

He has led Australia through a period dominated by natural disasters and the pandemic – which was initially hailed as a success but was later criticised for inadequate planning.

Mr Morrison has also faced various criticism – from members of his own...

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