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Parliamentary polls begin in Australia

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kick-started on Saturday morning to elect their next and members of Parliament.

Around 16.5 million Australians are slated to exercise their franchise by 6 pm today. Over four million eligible voters have already cast ballots in early voting by Thursday, according to

The polls are widely being referred to as the "climate change elections" by the

"Climate change is the most important issue right now. I'd like to work towards relying purely on renewables in the next few years," a 24-year-old voter told

The two main parties vying for a win are Scott Morrison's centre-right and the centre-left Australian Labour Party, which is helmed by

The parties need 77 seats to win a majority in the Exit polls indicate that the results will be close as the Coalition currently holds 73 seats while the Labour Party has 72.

Other parties like the left-wing Greens and the United Party may make gains at the polls today. may especially benefit from voters wanting action on climate change.

Internal fights in political parties have led to Australians witnessing six changes of Prime Ministers over the last 12 years.

The results of the are expected to be announced either by Saturday night or by Sunday morning.

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First Published: Sat, May 18 2019. 07:00 IST