CANBERRA: On Saturday, Australians will vote in a two-party election between Prime Minister and Liberal Party leader Scott Morrison and opposition Labor Party leader Anthony Albanese.
The Australian Parliament is divided into two chambers: the House of Representatives (Lower House) and the Senate (Upper House) (Upper House). The House of Representatives has a three-year term limit. To gain power, a party must win at least 76 of the 151 seats available. A large 17.2 million voters will be able to exercise their right to vote in the polls, which will open at 8:00 a.m. and close at 6:00 p.m.
Voting is mandatory and those who do not vote will be fined an Australian Dollar 20 ( USD14).
Inflation and climate change are among the voters' concerns, according to the BBC. The ruling Liberal-National coalition, which includes the Liberal Party of Australia and the National Party of Australia, gained 75 seats in the previous election, while the opposition Labor Party won 68. 40 of the Senate's 76 seats are also up for election.
Scott Morrison had previously lambasted Anthony Albanese on the economy as a "loose unit," to which the latter responded that the Australian economy was "screaming for leadership and reform" but was receiving none from the current administration.