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Labor has fight on its hands holding off the Greens in Grayndler -

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TONY EASTLEY: The seat of Grayndler in Sydney's inner-west has traditionally been one of the safest Labor seats in the country.

But this election, Anthony Albanese, one of Labor's leading lights, has a fight on his hands.

The ALP could once of course rely on the area's blue-collar and migrant voters for support, but an influx of younger voters is changing the nature of the electorate.

Michael Edwards has this report from Marrickville, in the heartland of Grayndler.

MICHAEL EDWARDS: Marrickville is a mix of cafes, boutique beer breweries, ethnic restaurants, high-density apartment blocks and stylish terraces.

It's a hub for the Vietnamese and Greek communities. Increasingly though it's drawing the young and trendy.

With his beard and skinny jeans, some might describe Cameron as a hipster.

CAMERON: I'm a chef, so I think food wastage and things like that have big impact on myself - the way we treat our produce in a sustainable way and things like that, definitely.

MICHAEL EDWARDS: He lists the environment and social justice as the issues that matter to him.

It will come as no surprise then that Cameron is strongly considering voting for the Greens in the election.

CAMERON: The Greens policies are best fitted to what I'm looking for in my life.

MICHAEL EDWARDS: Labor usually cruises to victory in Grayndler. It holds it with a margin of almost 19 per cent.

But the changing nature of the electorate has the Greens thinking it's well within their reach. Labor will be relying on the popularity of its local member, former cabinet minister Anthony Albanese.

What do you think about Anthony Albanese? Do you like him as a local member?

GRAYNDLER VOTER: Yeah, I think he's a good guy. Yeah.

MICHAEL EDWARDS: But for many voters here, Mr Albanese's personal appeal is not enough.

GRAYNDLER VOTER: I'm upset with how Labor is so hardline on immigration that the Greens would be an alternative. I like Albanese and I like everything that he stands for, so I'm conflicted.

MICHAEL EDWARDS: Anthony Albanese is up against the Greens candidate Jim Casey, a head of the fire-fighters' union.

Sydney's Daily Telegraph today highlighted some of Mr Casey's previous comments, including one where he reportedly called for the end of capitalism.

The Telegraph made it clear it wants Mr Albanese to be re-elected, even though the paper has thrown its support strongly behind the Coalition.

At one stage, Mr Albanese was considering running him in the neighbouring seat of Barton.

He was on Channel Nine's Today Show this morning.

ANTHONY ALBANESE: Well it's a tight campaign. The redistribution has made it much more difficult. I had the option of running for the seat where I now live, Barton, where a lot of the safe Labor booths are.

I've chosen to do the right thing by the party and I think by the country by running for Grayndler. On the state figures, Labor doesn't win the seat.

There's two Greens party state MPs. But I am confident I will get there.

MICHAEL EDWARDS: The ABC's election analyst Antony Green says the Greens need to do three things if they want to have a chance in Grayndler.

ANTONY GREEN: They've got to force down the Labor first preference vote, they got 46 per cent last time. If Labor gets 46 per cent again, they're going to win, whoever finishes second.

The second condition is they've got to get ahead of the Liberal Party. They did that in 2010 but in 2013 their vote went substantially backward. So they've got to get another six or seven per cent of the vote to get ahead of the Liberal candidate into second place.

And once they're into second place, the only way they can win is to get Liberal preferences.

MICHAEL EDWARDS: According to Antony Green, the situation would be far worse for Labor if Anthony Albanese wasn't the local member.

ANTONY GREEN: If you look at the underlying state seats, the Greens won two of those seats - Balmain and Newtown - and they finished second in the third, Summer Hill. So in state figures it would probably be a Green-held seat. But you've got to remember though, when the Greens won Melbourne, the sitting member, Lindsay Tanner, retired.

I think as long as Antony Albanese's there, it'll be a tough fight for the Greens to win the seat. If it wasn't Anthony Albanese as the candidate, they'd have a much stronger chance.

TONY EASTLEY: The ABC’s election analyst Antony Green. Our reporter, Michael Edwards.