Parties head out for last day of campaign

The coalition and the opposition are leaving nothing to chance on the final day of the federal election campaign, as a new poll shows Labor could win government.

Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese will begin Friday on opposite sides of the country in a last dash to win over voters ahead of Saturday’s election.

The opposition leader will start the day from Sydney before a three-state blitz of marginal seats held by the coalition.


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Meanwhile, the prime minister will begin day 40 of the campaign from the west, in a final blitz of seats in Perth

A fresh opinion poll shows the race has tightened in the final week with the coalition edging higher, confirming the trend see in other vote trackers in previous days.

Labor has a narrow primary vote lead over the government at 36 per cent to 35 per cent, excluding undecided voters, according to the Ipsos poll published in The Australian Financial Review on Friday.

On a two-party preferred basis, Labor is ahead 53 per cent to 47 per cent, after the allocation of preferences based on the last election in 2019.

Mr Albanese is tracking at 42 per cent on the preferred prime minister Ipsos measure, against 39 per cent for Mr Morrison.

But Labor is leaving nothing to chance, even going so far as to project its campaign messages onto prominent buildings in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth on Thursday night.

Mr Albanese says Labor will be fiscally responsible if it wins government, after the opposition revealed on Thursday it would spend an extra $7.4 billion over the next four years.

“It pales in significance compared with the extraordinary waste that we’ve seen from this government,” he said.

“You’ll start to see a return on areas like our clean energy policy really quickly.”

The opposition leader said there would be savings to the budget bottom line following a Treasury audit of “waste and rorts” under the Morrison government.

Meanwhile, the prime minister will use the final day of the campaign to spruik the government’s economic record.

It comes off the back of unemployment dropping to 3.9 per cent, the lowest level since August 1974.

Mr Morrison said the low jobless rate was a sign the government’s economic plan was working.

“Are we going to have a Labor party and a Labor leader that doesn’t know their way around the economy and is a complete loose unit, or is it going to be a government who understands how the economy works,” Mr Morrison said on Thursday.

More than seven million people have either voted early or applied for a postal vote ahead of the May 21 election.

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