Australia's election candidates fail to fire up voters


Australia's longest-ever election campaign is entering its final countdown to polling day.

The eight-week campaign hasn't been much of a showdown and that's tested the patience of voters, who have seen five prime ministers come and go in six years.

Candidates Bill Shorten and Malcolm Turnbull have failed to fire up voters but they're hoping to go out with a bang come polling day.

"We have always been the lucky country, but more than ever we need to make our own luck," Mr Turnbull says.

The Liberal Party leader's luck could lie in the fallout from Brexit as the economy's taken centre stage in the campaign's final week.

Mr Turnbull's the incumbent and campaigning on his record of jobs and growth, while Labor leader Mr Shorten's promising investment in public health and education.

Both Mr Turnbull and Mr Shorten were involved in their party's leadership battles that saw a revolving door of Prime Ministers.

This election the politics are being played between the parties, not inside them.

There are the usual attack ads, scare campaigns and the ad campaigns that simply miss the mark, like a Q&A between Mr Shorten and his wife. Independent MP Bob Katter attracted attention for all the wrong reasons with one of his election ads.

The polls are showing this election could go down to the wire as Mr Shorten and Mr Turnbull are neck-and-neck.

Both candidates will have to pull something big out of the bag to get voters firing before polling day on Saturday.