Wikimedia Commons It’s judgment day for Australians who will be casting their votes on today’s federal elections in a contest between Australian Labour Party’s Kevin Rudd, who is hoping for another fresh start, and the Coalition’s Tony Abbott who has long sought the position of Prime Minister.
A Fairfax/Nielsen poll of the campaign exclusively published by The Australian revealed the Coalition leading over Labor at 54 per cent to 46 per cent.
Early on the day, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said that he is "very confident" that voters were wise and know what they are doing.
"We put our best plans forward. Mr Abbott's put his alternatives and now it's for the people to decide," Mr Rudd said during an interview with Nine's Today Program.
On the other hand, Tony Abbott said that Australians were "yearning for change".
"Basically we're in the last minute of the grand final. One try could swing it. The game is see-sawing backwards and forward up and down the field, I don't think anyone should think this is over. You can't risk voting for a Labor candidate or for an independent and minor party candidate thinking that the Libs are going to get in anyway. There's no certainty in that."
At about past 7:25 am, Mr Abbot cast his vote with his family - daughters Louise, her boyfriend Stefano, Bridget, Frances and his wife Margie:
Meanwhile, voters lining up to cast their votes at The Freshwater surf club in the Opposition's Leader's blue ribbon Liberal electorate of Warringah, believe that Mr Abbot will win landslide over rival Mr Rudd. "He seems a bit more solid, the other guy is just flip flopping all over the place," Ken Rickard told the Herald Sun. "The most disappointing was the waste of money, they just made up policy on the run," said Adam Millar who expressed his strong dislike against Labor. "I love him (Mr Abbott)," Sonia Thorpe said. At a Southern Sydney school, Tony Abbott was met by protesters shouting "Shame Abbott, shame". But his supporters were prompt to respond against the protesters as they chant "Tony, Tony, Tony." See video here: However, Mr Abbott was not the only one to be met with angry protesters as he cast his vote. Mr Rudd too was attacked by refugee advocates and family of pink batts insulation victims. Mr Rudd decided to cast his vote during the last-minute of the election, but he was unfortunately just in time for the refugees convening outside his polling station:
Just under four hours until polls close. Make sure you get out there and vote. KRudd — Kevin Rudd (@KRuddMP) September 7, 2013
"Stop scapegoating refugees, you heartless bastard," one of the protesters shouted.
The majority of the protesters chanted: "Say it loud, say it clear, refugees are welcome here."
As for the family of pink batts victims, an uncle hold up a picture of one of the victims and told reporters that Mr Rudd was a "dictator."
Watch video here:
A big day like this will not be complete without an icing on the cake, literally.
Caulfield South cheesecake shop owner Tony Weng baked a Kevin Rudd Mud cake and Tony Abbott Torte in time for the Sept 7 election day.
"Kevin Rudd cake is a chocolate mud cake, which is the most famous cake and the other one, is a black forest torte," Mr Weng said.
Mr Weng's cakes were not the only thing sweet about the Sep 7 election day, there were these cute gingerbreads too.
It’s judgment day for Australians who will be casting their votes on today’s federal elections in a contest between Australian Labour Party’s Kevin Rudd, who is hoping for another fresh start, and the Coalition’s Tony Abbott who has long sought the position of Prime Minister.