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Final speeches as Australia's election campaign draws to a close

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Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison has predicted a close result at the country's upcoming election, as opposition leader Bill Shorten used a campaign rally to revel in the memory of one of his centre-left party's greatest victories almost half a century ago, Al Jazeera reports.

Morrison, of the centre-right Liberal-National Coalition, made his final major speech of the campaign on Thursday, two days before the vote, with a recurring theme that now was not the time to elect a Labor Party government.

"This will be a close election," Morrison said at the National Press Club in Canberra. "That is not something, I think, anyone was writing two months ago, six months ago, eight months ago."

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