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Election 2022: Scott Morrison warns of more people smugglers as PM and Anthony Albanese cast vote

Scott Morrison has warned more people smugglers will come to Australia under a Labor government as the prime minister and Anthony Albanese cast their vote. 

Mr Morrison was accompanied by wife Jenny and daughters Lily and Abbey as he visited his seat of Cook in Sydney, on Saturday.

He smiled ear to ear for the cameras and hugged his wife as he slipped his ballot into the box at Lilli Pilli Public School.

Mr Albanese cast his vote at Marrickville Town Hall in his home seat of Grayndler as he was watched on by his son Nathan, partner Jodie Haydon and cavoodle Toto.

Labor has emerged as the favourite among bookies with payout rates dropping from $1.55 on Friday to $1.32 on Saturday.

Mr Morrison made one last pitch to voters to re-elect him as prime minister, confirming a boat headed from Sri Lanka to Australia had been intercepted – and that only he could protect the country from more people smugglers.

Mr Morrison was accompanied by wife Jenny and daughters Lily and Abbey as he slipped his ballot into the box at Lilli Pilli Public School, Sydney’s south, on Saturday

Mr Albanese's son Nathan, partner Jodie Haydon and cavoodle Toto watched from the sidelines as the Opposition leader cast his vote

Mr Albanese’s son Nathan, partner Jodie Haydon and cavoodle Toto watched from the sidelines as the Opposition leader cast his vote

‘I can confirm that there’s been an interception of a vessel en route to Australia,’ he said.

‘That vessel has been intercepted in accordance with the policies of government and they’re following those normal protocols and I can simply say this. 

‘I’ve been here to stop this boat but in order for me to be there to stop those that may come from here, you need to vote Liberal and Nationals today.’ 

His comment came as Home Affairs Minister Karen ­Andrews warned people smugglers were hoping for a change in government and waiting for the outcome of the election.

A fishing boat and two ­dinghies headed for a ‘foreign country’ were intercepted off the Batticaloa coast by the Sri Lankan navy on Wednesday.

Some 40 people, including four people smugglers, were apprehended for trying to ‘illegally migrate to a foreign country by sea’. 

Mr Morrison thanked the residents in his electorate for showing their support.

‘No one gets to serve in the positions that I’ve had the great privilege … to have in positions as prime minister, or treasurer, or minister, unless you are first supported by your local community,’ he said. 

Mr Albanese addressed a crowd of excited supporters outside the polling booth promising he would remain 'one of the people'

Mr Albanese addressed a crowd of excited supporters outside the polling booth promising he would remain ‘one of the people’

Mr Morrison made one last pitch to voters to re-elect him as prime minister, confirming a boat headed from Sri Lanka to Australia had been intercepted - and that only he could protect the country from more people smugglers

Mr Morrison made one last pitch to voters to re-elect him as prime minister, confirming a boat headed from Sri Lanka to Australia had been intercepted – and that only he could protect the country from more people smugglers

A fishing vessel carrying dozens of people has been stopped by the Sri Lankan navy amid warnings that people smuggling could ramp up after election day

A fishing vessel carrying dozens of people has been stopped by the Sri Lankan navy amid warnings that people smuggling could ramp up after election day

Mr Albanese addressed a crowd of excited supporters outside the polling booth promising he would remain ‘one of the people’.

‘I was raised with three great faiths. And labor, of course, was one of them. I’ve held to it my whole life,’ he said.

‘What I wanted to know in myself was that I hadn’t left anything on the field. And I’ve done that. I’ve done my best for the cause of Labor, which I’m passionate about.

‘I’m not in this to change where I live. I’m in it to change the country. And that’s what I intend to do.’

The Opposition leader is aiming to form a majority government – which means a minimum target of 76, as low as the coalition’s grasp on Parliament House during its term. 

‘My message is I want to represent all Australians,’ Mr Albanese said. ‘I want to unite the country. There’s been a lot of division in recent times. 

'My message is I want to represent all Australians,' Mr Albanese said after casting his vote on Saturday

‘My message is I want to represent all Australians,’ Mr Albanese said after casting his vote on Saturday

The Opposition leader is aiming to form a majority government - which means a minimum target of 76, as low as the coalition's grasp on Parliament House during its term

The Opposition leader is aiming to form a majority government – which means a minimum target of 76, as low as the coalition’s grasp on Parliament House during its term

‘It’s one of my criticisms of the current government is that Scott Morrison looks for division and difference rather than unity and common purpose. 

‘I want to bring people together and regardless of how people vote in our great democracy, it’s good that people express their views at the ballot box. Once it’s done, then we need to unite and move forward as a nation. I believe that we can.’

Mr Albanese said he felt a very strong sense of ‘responsibility’ as he would be only the fourth Labor leader in 80 years to win government from the Coalition – if he was elected.

‘I remember as a very young, young boy when Gough Whitlam won in ’72,’ he said.

‘I just remember my mum telling me that, you know, our team had won. It was a bit like the ’71 grand final when our other team won against St George when Souths won. I grew up with a passion for Labor.’

The major party leaders may have cast their vote, but it is not just blue, red and green placards and T-shirts at polling booths across NSW – a sea of teal represents the charge of independent candidates in some electorates.

The major party leaders may have cast their vote, but it is not just blue, red and green placards and T-shirts at polling booths across NSW - a sea of teal represents the charge of independent candidates in some electorate (pictured, Josh Frydenberg casts his vote at Belle Vue Primary School in Melbourne)

The major party leaders may have cast their vote, but it is not just blue, red and green placards and T-shirts at polling booths across NSW – a sea of teal represents the charge of independent candidates in some electorate (pictured, Josh Frydenberg casts his vote at Belle Vue Primary School in Melbourne)

In the seat of North Sydney, independent Kylea Tink turned up to vote in her signature pink.

She hopes to usurp moderate Liberal incumbent Trent Zimmerman, who holds the seat with a 9.3 per cent margin.

‘There are thousands of people across the North Sydney electorate standing with me in this movement,’ she told AAP on Saturday outside a polling station at Naremburn.

‘People feel the two major parties are more focused on their own internal politicking.

‘The community made it very clear they wanted to see faster action on climate, they want to see an integrity commission established, they want to see systemic inequality addressed and they want to see our economy re-geared so it becomes forward focused.

‘We’re ready to lead a new way of doing politics in this country.’

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