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Will Brexit help him? Australian PM calls for stability ahead of tight general election

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By Euronews
Will Brexit help him? Australian PM calls for stability ahead of tight general election

<p>Australian Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull has been campaigning hard ahead of a general election that’s too close to call.</p> <p>Australians will vote on Saturday, and the million dollar question is whether they’ll back the 61-year-old Liberal party leader or change prime minister for the fifth time in as many years.</p> <p>His main rival is Labour leader Bill Shorten. The 49 year-old is pledging more funding for schools and hospitals.</p> <p>But Turnbull, who called the early election in the hope of cementing his majority in parliament, is waving the Brexit card — saying that with the current market turbulences threatening the global economy, Australia needs stability above all.</p> <p>“This is not a time to make a protest vote. This is a time to treat your vote as though that is the single vote that will determine the next government,” he told reporters in Sydney.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Malcolm Turnbull urges Australia to avoid 'protest vote' in elections <a href="https://t.co/9mGEa6d67J">https://t.co/9mGEa6d67J</a></p>— Telegraph News (@TelegraphNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/TelegraphNews/status/748817072709177344">July 1, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Column:Turnbull looks set to remain <a href="https://t.co/auxkfYUfQt">https://t.co/auxkfYUfQt</a></p>— LaurieOakes (@LaurieOakes) <a href="https://twitter.com/LaurieOakes/status/748837383139762177">July 1, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>The first to cast their ballots were two dozen Australians in Antarctica, where it’s minus 20 degrees.</p> <p>Voting is compulsory in Australia, no matter the weather.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ausvotes?src=hash">#ausvotes</a> in Antarctica. Not all polling places are quite this scenic… <a href="https://t.co/08TjWQVTpZ">pic.twitter.com/08TjWQVTpZ</a></p>— <span class="caps">AEC</span> (@AusElectoralCom) <a href="https://twitter.com/AusElectoralCom/status/748362716482506755">June 30, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>