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Anthony Albanese targets working class voters in polling-day pitch

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Working-class voters remain the target of Anthony Albanese’s polling-day pitch for Labor power.

If the polls are correct, the opposition leader – who has spent three years waiting in the wings – could be hours away from becoming Australia’s next prime minister.

Running on a small-target strategy, he argues the nation is ready for change after almost 10 years of coalition government.

“Give Labor a crack. We have plans for this country. We have plans to embrace the opportunities that are there,” the Labor leader told ABC TV on Saturday from Melbourne.

Mr Albanese says voters should back his team because they have a “plan for a better future”.

“They should vote today for cheaper child care, they should vote for action on climate change, they should vote to make more things here, they should vote for more secure work and dealing with the cost-of-living challenges,” he said.

The Labor leader’s first stop on election day was to the Melbourne seat of Higgins, a crucial marginal seat.

The seat in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs is held by Liberal Katie Allen on a margin of 2.6 per cent.

He stopped to talk and take selfies with voters lining up to cast their ballot, alongside Labor candidate for the seat Dr Michelle Ananda-Rajah.

“I slept well knowing I left nothing on the field,” Mr Albanese said.
“Next stop Marrickville … we kick with the wind in our back in the fourth quarter.”

He will make his way to Sydney, where he will cast his ballot in his inner-west electorate of Grayndler.

Labor hopes to pick up seven seats to form a majority government, with the party setting its sights on electorates such as Pearce and Hasluck in WA, Boothby and Sturt in SA, and Reid, Bennelong and Robertson in NSW.

the final pre-election Roy Morgan polling and Newspoll on Friday reported an ALP federal-election winning two-party preferred vote of 53 per cent to the Coalition’s 47 per cent.

It suggests the opposition has a narrow lead on the primary vote despite dropping two points from 38 to 36 per cent.

If successful, Mr Albanese will become just the fourth Labor leader to take the party to government from opposition since World War II.

-AAP



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