Labor ends campaign in rush as Morrison puts faith in ‘quiet Australians’

Opposition leader Anthony Albanese has visited two key marginal Adelaide seats in a busy last day of campaigning across three states ahead of tomorrow’s poll, while Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he is confident in the judgement of voters who backed him last election.

Australian Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese takes selfies with students during a visit to Cabra Dominican College in Adelaide. Picture: Lukas Coch/AAP

Australian Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese takes selfies with students during a visit to Cabra Dominican College in Adelaide. Picture: Lukas Coch/AAP

Former prime minister Julia Gillard joined Albanese this morning as he visited a coffee shop in the Liberal-held seat of Sturt, with Labor’s Penny Wong, Amanda Rishworth and Mark Butler.

Several Liberal volunteers gatecrashed the cafe with anti-Albanese signs, but were ejected.

Sturt is currently held by James Stevens on a margin of 6.9 per cent and has been a coalition stronghold since 1972.

Labor is also looking to pick up the nearby seat of Boothby, which is held by the government on a margin of just 1.4 per cent.

Albanese also visited Cabra Dominican College with Labor candidate Louise Miller-Frost, who is tipped to take the seat.

Asked if she had any tips for Albanese on the campaign trail or for negotiating a potential hung parliament, Gillard said he didn’t need her input.

“Honestly, he’s campaigning magnificently, so he doesn’t need my advice,” she said.

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Gillard was prime minister during the last period Australia had a minority government, between 2010 and 2013.

Albanese said his focus remains on forming government outright in the 151-seat lower house.

“Our objective is 76 (seats),” he said.

Albanese will also today visit marginal electorates in Tasmania and Melbourne.

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison is spending Friday campaigning in Western Australia, and says he is confident in the judgement of quiet Australians.

Invoking praise of the voters he credited for his 2019 election win, Scott Morrison says people were wrong about the expected result in the lead up last time.

“Everybody is so certain before polling day,” he said on Friday morning.

“What I’m always certain of is the Australian people and their judgment, who quietly go about their business and listen carefully and consider it and weigh it up.”

Prime Minister Scott Morrison campaigns on Friday. Photo: Mick Tsikas/AAP.

Morrison said he had always treated the west with the respect it deserves, while the Labor party took it for granted.

“I’ve always acknowledged that the Western Australian economy is so central to our national economic plan,” Morrison said.

“Anthony Albanese is no (WA Premier) Mark McGowan. Mark and I actually agree on a lot when it comes to the Western Australian economy, the differences are with Anthony Albanese.”

Morrison is confident the coalition will win back Cowan from Labor MP Anne Aly who was elected in 2016.

But the government must hold onto the seats of Swan, Pearce, Hasluck and Curtin which could swing to Labor.

Campaigning in Perth, Labor frontbencher Tanya Plibersek said the election result would be tight.

“Last time felt close and this time feels close,” she said.

– with AAP

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