Tomorrow is D-day — the day of democracy. The day we all flock to the poll booths and finally decide whether or not we get our sixth prime minister in six years.
Our friends at AAP reported that our current Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been asked to apologise for the Coalition chaos.
But rather than accept defeat, Morrison gave one last effort to urge his fellow Aussies to keep him in the Lodge for another term. Not for his sake, but for the sake of Australians.
And the untimely death of an Aussie political legend may convince voters it will be worthwhile having Morrison stick around…or it may reignite a love for the Labor party.
So even in the last minutes, it’s still anybody’s game.
Remember the cost, says Morrison
Morrison relayed his message to reporters in Townsville this morning:
‘This election is not about my future, it’s about yours. It’s about everybody watching.
‘It’s about where people are living around this country and being able to live the lives that they’re trying to live, and for the government to make life that little bit easier.
‘And you make life that little bit easier by getting the tax monkey off their back, and certainly not by putting the tax monkey on their back.’
Meanwhile, Labor Leader Bill Shorten voiced his condolences for former beloved Prime Minister Bob Hawke, who unfortunately passed away in his Sydney home yesterday, at 89 years of age.
Hawke was from a time in Aussie politics where PMs stuck around for more than one election, holding the throne from 1983–91.
‘I already feel a responsibility to millions of people to win but sure, I want to do it for Bob as well tomorrow,’ Mr Shorten told Nine’s Today Show this morning.
‘I don’t want to let his memory down.’
And it’s likely Australia won’t want that either.
Labor or consistency: that’s the vote
Since the news, Shorten has cancelled his Friday campaigning plans in Queensland to stay in Sydney.
‘We have lost a favourite son,’ he told reporters outside the Sydney Opera House last night.
An expected move, given that Hawke’s last public act was issuing a joint statement with his ex-treasurer Paul Keating — the man who toppled him from the top job — in support of Shorten in this election.
Morrison has acknowledged that Hawke’s opinion will be heavily considered by Australians, who loved him dearly. He believes it was Hawke’s relationship with the Aussie people that would be remembered from now on.
‘He had a great intellect, he had enormous passion and he had courage, and that was able to sustain him in being the longest-serving Labor prime minister of all time,’ Mr Morrison said in a statement, likely to remind Australians of the beauty of keeping things the same.
All tallies show a tight race
According to the Ipsos poll published by The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, and the YouGov/Galaxy poll in The Daily Telegraph, Labor are only just ahead on a two-party preferred basis, holding 51%.
Around a third of Australians have already made their decision during early voting. The latest survey shows these early voters have created a 53–47 split in favour of Labor.
But the Queensland seats of Herbert (Labor) and Forde (Coalition) and Victoria’s Liberal-held seat of La Trobe are all on a knife’s edge at 50–50.
There’s no way we can predict this win.
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