Australia’s general election is 24 November. The race has tightened during the campaign, according to the final Newspoll:
Coalition and Labor are now virtually equal on primary [i.e. first-preference] votes, with the Coalition on 43 per cent and Labor on 44 per cent.
The result is the government’s best performance in more than a year.
In the two party preferred stakes [i.e. after vote transfers] Labor is now just 4 points ahead of the Coalition, 52 per cent to 48 per cent.
Today’s [yes, Saturday is already "today" in Australia] federal election will show whether Prime Minister John Howard’s strategy to fight the election on economic terms has paid off, or whether Australians will decide to go with the new leadership team of Labor and Kevin Rudd. [...]
The contest is not only tight in the 150 House of Representatives seats – there is also a dramatic battle for the Senate.
The Greens hope to pick up a seat in the ACT from the Liberals, which would immediately strip the Coalition’s Senate control.
This poll will also determine the future of the Australian Democrats.
I will shortly be off line till some time Sunday, my time. So I will leave this as an open thread for anyone following the results.
In addition to this thread, there have continued to be comments regarding the election in previous threads (including “The time has come”) on Australia and STV. See “propagation” on the right sidebar for the latest contributions.
As always, thanks to my readers in (or interested in) Australia for keeping us up to date.