Australians have begun casting ballots in a parliamentary election that will determine which party will lead the country for the next three years.
Polls started at 8:00 a.m. local time on Saturday (2200 GMT Friday) and are set to close at 06:00 p.m. with more than 14 million electors participating in a mandatory ballot across the country.
Last-minute opinion polls suggest that the conservative coalition of opposition leader Tony Abbott is heading for a solid victory against Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
The Labor Party has been in office since 2007, but is now facing the prospect of losing power amid deep voter frustration over years of party instability.
Asylum seekers and climate change are other key issues dominating election campaigns. The elections will decide the makeup of the lower house and half of the 76-seat Senate.
Republished from: Press TV