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Morrison Prods ‘Quiet Australians’ in Tight Election

Have you decided who’ll get your vote in the federal election next Saturday?

If not, you’re not alone.

Millions of Australians will be heading into next week not yet having made up their minds. And Prime Minister Scott Morrison is hoping these ‘quiet Australians’ will be enough to keep his government in power.

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The quiet ones will bring in a Liberal win

The close race is a live issue for the Coalition, with the prime minister wanting to secure as many seats as possible.

But while Labor still hold the lead in many polls, Morrison is convinced ‘there are millions of Australians out there’ that can sway the vote in favour of the Liberals, he told Port Macquarie forum.

Between elections they are not reading the papers, or following the political news every day. They are too busy living their lives and fulfilling their responsibilities to others.

They are caring for parents or they’re caring for kids, or they’re just being the decent, honest, good-hearted Australians that they are.

But they turn up every three years at elections and they take a good, close look at what the options are.

To those quiet Australians who are out there, now is not the time to turn back.’

As such, Morrison hasn’t wavered in delivering a strong campaign — something both sides agree on.

But a record number of early voters this year, reaching 1.5 million, questions whether any future campaigning will make a difference.

Voters have stopped listening

Labor leader Bill Shorten noted in Brisbane the fact that there’s only a week left in this election ‘and lots of people have tuned out’.

Granted, the opposition only has a small lead with between 51–52% of voting support in two-party terms, so Morrison’s determination isn’t unchecked.

But if Shorten is right, and voters have indeed already made their decision and are just waiting for a spare moment to submit it, then the prime minister’s efforts may go unnoticed.

Maybe that’s why the official launch of the coalition’s election campaign this Sunday is set to be a ‘low-key affair’.

The Australian Associated Press reports that ScoMo will be short on peers, with much of his front bench missing and the absence of former Prime Ministers Malcolm Turnbull and Tony Abbott.

In contrast, Labor’s launch had the entire frontbench and their former prime ministers Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd.

While it’s unlikely to be a deciding factor, the lack of attendance at Sunday’s launch will hardly be digested as a positive for voters.

But Morrison is remaining positive, telling ABC’s 7:30 program, ‘it’s not going to be a party hoopla event. It’s not about who is coming, it’s about who will be listening.’

When push comes to shove, we need to pick a side

Liberal senator Arthur Sinodinos said at a Sydney event earlier this week:

It could be one of those elections where we may not know the result on the night – which would be, from where we’ve come, remarkable.’

And in recent weeks there has not been a poll that shows anything exceeding a 52–48 split in voters. It really couldn’t get any tighter.

After the Sky News People’s Forum in Brisbane, a young voter told AAP she was still undecided, but did like it when the leaders agreed.

Labor focus groups have backed this claim, revealing that younger voters prefer the major party leaders to agree on common sense solutions, which is why the three rounds of debates showed a decent amount of moments where Morrison and Shorten shared similar opinions.

I think some people are turned off by negativity,’ Shorten told reporters on Thursday.

But while this may be the case, elections come down to the differences, and which of these differences are more appealing to the voter.

So for those still waiting to cast your ballot, make sure you study those differences, and choose the man who best represents your beliefs.

That’s all you’re being asked of as an Aussie voter.

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  1. Bill Shorten will be our Prime minister after the coming Sunday. Of course, he will not carry that responsibility because the majority of us think that he would be the better Captain of our Ship. We, the Passengers think that his Crew will keep distributing more Bread and Games.
    Our new Captain is not sure how to keep the Ship in good repair, so It can earn good income into the future. But, the Captain is told that there is a section of the Passengers loaded with money which He will confiscate and distribute to those that deserve it.
    And, Bill says to Scott: “Your mob is good in bringing the Bread to the table, but it is Us who divide It more fairly”. He knows that human Nature will respond to this new tune of ‘wealth distribution’, he is putting most of his money on that ‘horse’.
    As the man said long ago: ‘Democracy is doomed once the part of electorate learns that they can get benefits even if one does not want to work. They then will vote for the side which promises more”. Words to that effect.
    Joe L