Australians prepare to head to voting booths


After the longest election campaign in 50 years, tomorrow is the day Australians will decide who they want as their next prime minister - and the polls are showing it will go down to the wire.

Friday was Malcolm Turnbull's last chance to go out with a bang - and after a marathon campaign with few fireworks, Mr Turnbull naturally chose a robotics factory.

Mr Turnbull's pushing his campaign message right until the last whistle, saying he wants "growth, jobs, stability, economic leadership" to stave off "the alternative - uncertainty, chaos".

On the other side of the campaign, Labor leader Bill Shorten's fighting until the bitter end.

"Well for fear of repeating myself, I'm determined to win the election," he told a crowd.

It may have been a boring eight-week campaign, but with the polls so tight, the vote-counting will be anything but.

Two main polls out today show the result will be tight. The first one, a Fairfax-Ipsos poll shows Mr Shorten and Mr Turnbull are neck-and-neck, while the other puts Mr Turnbull just in front.

"The coalition will win. Why? I've looked at every one of the 150 electorates and I can't get Labor to 76, to an absolute majority," Seven News political reporter Mark Riley said.

While Mr Turnbull has a slight advantage in the polls, it's unlikely he'll return to office with a strong majority.

"The interesting aspect is around 30 percent of Australians say they will vote for independents or minor parties, thumbing their nose at the majors," Mr Riley added.

That's likely to lead to a messy parliament - possibly messier than when the election campaign started all those weeks ago.