They both refused to entertain or reveal what their negotiating strategy would be in the event of a hung parliament.
“I’ve been here to stop this boat, but in order for me to be there to stop those that may come from here, you need to vote Liberal and Nationals today,” he said after casting his vote in his electorate of Cook at the Lilli Pilli primary school.
“This election has never been about me or my feelings or anything like that. It’s always been about the Australian people,” he said.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison with how to vote cards at the Laurimar Primary School on federal election day in Doreen, the seat of McEwen in Melbourne’s north, on Saturday. Source: AAP / MICK TSIKAS/AAPIMAGE
“I want the aspirations of Australians to be realised and the way that occurs is by backing Australians in, not telling them how to live and what to do; and getting government in their face.”
‘Here to change the country’
“My message is I want to represent all Australians. I want to unite the country,” he said.
“When you come from where you come from, you don’t get ahead of yourself. Everything is a bonus,” he said referring to his childhood when he was raised by a single mother and lived in public housing.
Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese pats a dog while campaigning with Labor candidate Michelle Ananda-Rajah at a polling booth at Carnegie Primary school. Source: AAP / LUKAS COCH/AAPIMAGE
Earlier in the day, Mr Albanese campaigned in the Melbourne seat of Higgins alongside Higgins candidate Michelle Ananda-Rajah and Labor’s first Victorian Aboriginal senator, Jana Stewart.
Labor starts with 68 seats, plus notionally the new Victorian seat of Hawke. The major parties will need 76 seats for a majority in the lower house.
Independents look to gain seats
“I’m really excited people in North Sydney want politics done differently,” she told Nine.
A mix of pre-poll, postal and telephone votes means only about 8 million of 17 million voters are due through the doors on Saturday.
SBS News will be providing updates through the evening as votes are counted. Follow our live blog from 5.30pm AEST for all the latest.