Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Photo: EPA

Australian federal election set for May 18. Prime Minister Scott Morrison focuses on economy in response to troubling poll numbers

  • Australian elections are often tight affairs, with a couple of dozen marginal seats deciding the outcome
  • In opposition, Labor has tried to paint Morrison as a hardline friend of the wealthy and culturally out of touch
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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Photo: EPA
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Opposition leader Bill Shorten. Photo: EPA

Bill Shorten could be Australia’s next prime minister. He once described Donald Trump as ‘barking mad’

  • Shorten’s party goes into the 2019 election campaign as a firm favourite, having led the conservative coalition in most opinion polls in past three years
  • He described Trump’s popularity as the ‘ultimate protest vote’ and warned that Australia should pursue policies of fairness and equality
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Opposition leader Bill Shorten. Photo: EPA
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