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The Federal Labor Party is leading in the polls with less than two weeks to go until Election Day, with the second leaders’ debate declared a draw. The latest results from two polls show Labor as the preferred party as early voting begins from Monday. An Ipsos poll published in the Australian Financial Review finds Labor leading the coalition by 52-40% on a bipartisan preferential basis. If we disregard undecided voters, the result is 57% for Labor against 43% for the coalition. A Newspoll published in The Australian showed bipartisan support for Labor at 54% compared to 46% for the coalition. When asked if the coalition plans to lose office in the May 21 federal election, Finance Minister Simon Birmingham played down the results of both polls. “Australians have seen the last time that polls can be horribly wrong and ultimately the decision is in their hands,” he told Seven Network on Monday. “So until Saturday week, we will fight for every vote.” In 2019, voter polls consistently pointed to a Labor victory under Bill Shorten, but Scott Morrison was able to claim victory for the coalition. Mr Morrison and Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese faced off in the second leaders’ debate on Sunday night on Channel Nine’s 60 Minutes. When asked who won the often fiery and screaming debate, viewers were evenly split 50-50 between the men vying for the nation’s top job. Agriculture Minister David Littleprond said many voters, up to 20%, still had to make up their minds. “We need to calm down, start talking about the policies we have for Australia and reflect on what we have achieved,” he told Nine Network. The Australian Electoral Commission is urging people to plan their vote amid the pandemic. Around 550 early voting centers will be operational across the country ahead of Election Day. Electoral Commissioner Tom Rogers said that despite the AEC’s planning, services could still be affected by COVID-19. He said there were plenty of voting options for people who couldn’t run on election day. “Australia’s elections are in-person community events held once every three years and built around Election Day, so if you can vote on Election Day, that’s what you need to do,” Rogers said. . “We ask all Australians to be patient. We have all learned to adjust our service expectations throughout COVID. “There will be queues, which is why everyone needs to plan their vote. The Ipsos poll also showed that 41% of respondents named Mr Albanese as their preferred Prime Minister, compared to 36 for Mr Morrison. for Mr. Albanese.Australian Associated Press

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