Scott Morrison is visiting the Sydney Markets in Flemington in the electorate of Reid this morning. We will refrain from any comparisons to any former prime ministers and raw onions.
Just one more of these updates to go
I missed this yesterday, but there are some very interesting searches in there.
And yes, I know that a lot of these searches are not what you think the media has been talking about. But it shows that a lot of people are paying attention to policy and that warms my jaded dark heart.
There may be a new record in pre-polling, but that also means that the final vote count may be delayed. Which, unless there is a strong push one way or the other, could mean that we won’t know the result of the election on Saturday night.
But one of the big betting sites has announced it has already paid out $1.3m to punters who voted on a Labor victory, ahead of a single vote being counted. The site reported seven out of 10 voters put their money with the opposition.
We have entered the final stretch and the end is in sight.
Despite a new record of pre-polling voters having been set, with more than 3 million people already heading to voting booths, there are still a bucketload of undecided voters out there and the next 48 hours is all about them.
And so, the leaders will be making their final pitches, directly to them. Scott Morrison is heading to Canberra for the traditional leaders’ address to the National Press Club. Bill Shorten declined his Press Club invitation, and instead will speak at Blacktown, where Gough Whitlam delivered the “It’s Time” speech.
Morrison will be arguing that it’s too risky to make a change. Shorten will be all about it’s too risky not to make a change.
And both have to make sure their message resonates.
This election campaign has been very strange to observe, because there is no national “mood” – it is all coming down to individual seats and communities and those issues are very, very different.
Victoria looks like it hasn’t finished giving the Coalition a walloping. Turns out you can’t go all hard-right in a state with progressive voters and not lose a few electorates along the way. Queensland too, is a strange one. Speaking to both sides, no one has any idea what is going on. Maybe Herbert falls to the Liberals, but then maybe Flynn and Petrie go to Labor. Bonner and Leichhardt are looking very close. Dickson seems to be changing daily. Brisbane can go where the government does, but Dawson looks safe. Capricornia too. But I can’t give you much of an idea, despite the almost hourly messages flying around, because the on-ground campaigns have been roller-coasters.
But that ride continues for another 48 hours, so I hope you’re ready.
Once again, there is not enough coffee in the world, but we can do this.
Let’s get into it.