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Even valspurt in Australia – in the shadow of the former prime minister's death

Bob Hawke was immensely popular. His death took the sting out of the whole election campaign.

"It gave us a more dignified tone from both sides," says Paul Strangio, a political scientist at Monash university in Melbourne.

Bob Hawke was the longest sitting prime minister for Labor through the ages. He reigned 1983-1991. Political milestones were, among others, the introduction of the public health system Medicare, the prohibition against gender discrimination in the labour market.

Bill Shorten, the leader of the australian Labour party, earlier in the week. Photo: Lukas Coch/AP

Known for its gray thatch, their cigars and their great capacity to drink beer, he caused also the hullabaloo private when he divorced his wife and married the mistress. He was a people's man.

between the reigning liberals of the Liberals, supported by the peasant Nationalists, and the left Labor, with current leader Bill Shorten, who usually get the support of the green party of The Greens.

It is predicted to be a tight race, but the Labor is a few percentage points ahead in the polls. And now there is speculation in on Hawke's death can be the driving force as the Labor need to definitely take home the election victory.

But Paul Strangio do not want to exaggerate the event's effect on the outcome of the election.

" We have seen how the margin between the right and left diminished. Sure, Hawkes death of giving Labor some of the advantages when pictures of him and Shorten cranked around in the media, but I think it will be tight, " he says.

on the agenda is taxes, the economy, jobs, education and health care. As usual, you might say. Despite the fact that climate change has emerged as one of the absolute toppfrågor is the number of politicians, particularly on the right, who holds it at arm's length.

– the Liberals would rather not concern themselves with climate change as it ripped through the party in the past. But this is the first time since 2007 as it really is not possible to avoid and then have Labor a clearer alternative, " says Paul Strangio.

a contrasts election campaign. The leader of the opposition Labor has gone out wide with a great program. The party has usually been surrounded by their closest employees, which all are expected to get ministerial posts if they would win the election.

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison earlier in the week. Photo: Mick Tsikas/AP

the Party has wanted to show a united front, unlike the Liberals, with prime minister, Scott Morrison, who usually travelled around in the country alone. Several of his more controversial employees have either deliberately kept low profile, or simply been too busy to keep the power in their own constituencies. The liberals are still characterized by that they set aside two prime ministers in the last few years, that they disagree within the party.

in Addition to the larger, established parties are scores of small parties across the continent who are all vying for a place in the senate.

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