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Tonight - neck and neck, the leaders make their final

leaders make their final pleas

for votes. I'm not for going

back. I'm for going forward.

This is the moment. This is

the time. I think I have been

put to the test and I'm pleased

to say that I think I've risen to the challenge. And once again Eden-Monaro reflects the

tightness of the struggle.

Also tonight - tougher planning

rules for homes along the

coast. And no Rice for India. Stephanie's out of the

Commonwealth Games. evening and welcome to ABC News

I'm Virginia Haussegger. Tony

Abbott and Julia Gillard have put their case being now it's

over to 14 million voters to

make up their minds. The

opinion polls and the leaders

themselves are pointing to the closest contest in half a

century. The Opposition Leader has wrapped up with a

continuous 36 hour blitz imploring voters not to give Labor a second chance. Julia

Gillard ended her campaign

conceding Mr Abbott could become Prime Minister this

weekend and urging voters not

to take the risk. Our coverage

tonight begins with political

the correspondent Greg Jennett on

the final day of campaign

2010. Releasing the dove symbol

lieses the celebration of a

milestone and signifies the

beginning of something beautiful. Back stabber

Gillard. So much for peace and harmony. 1, harmony. 1, 2, 3. Julia

Gillard's visit to Bennelong

brought moments of

tenderness. Hello. Are you how. Mixed with confrontation. Julia.

confrontation. Julia. I'm not

for going back, I'm for going

forward. This is the moment. This is the stop for Tony Abbott. He went This is the time. Time didn't

all night. From market to market. I hope this doesn't

make me a pointy head. The

Opposition Leader swung through

10 being electorates in 30

hours. He played hard and

safe. If I could have a shan dy

of light with about 60 per cent

member nad. With election eve polls calling it polls calling it close, Julia Gillard went for full strength

summing up. There is a real

risk that Mr Abbott will be Prime Minister of Australia on

Sunday. There is a real risk

Don't risk the future of your that Mr Am bot

family with Mr

family with Mr Abbott. She took the

the campaign back to where it

started warning time and time again of a Work Choices come

back. When voting tomorrow,

Tony Abbott could be Prime there is a real chance

Minister on Sunday and if that

happens, there will be Work

Choices on Monday. I will absolutely guarantee that Work

Choices in any name is dead,

buried and cremated. Tony

Abbott sees risk too. Frankly,

the only risk in this election

is that a really bad government

might get the second chance

that it doesn't deserve and

that Australia can't afford. In

his final pitch he said a

target to reduce boat arrivals

freely from optimist. I think to just three a year and

I have been put to the test and

I'm pleased to say that I think

I've risen to the challenge. To

pessimist. I am the underdog. The Prime Minister worked seats through Sydney's west. What's your name?

Imexploring voters to leave

nothing to chance. Every vote counts, every vote makes a

difference. And every

preference votes too when the

Greens are chasing a primary vote of up to 14 per cent. It's

going to I think be a record

right across the country for

the Greens Polling opens at 8

Australians have cast their am M but close to 2 million

ballot. If it is as tight those pre-polls could make all

the difference in a long count

through next week.

through next week. For 35 days the leaders of crisscrossed the nation, each

with a team of staff and a

contingent of media making it

campaigns in one of the most expensive campaigns one of the most expensive

has had reporters on the trail

from the start. They've

travelled around Australia

capturing the key moments and

big policy announcements of the

2010 campaign. He promised real

action, he delivered an action

reel. Tony Abbott never stood

still. He sped through

marriage nams as he sped

through policy announcements. Shovelling promises voters's

ways. His purpose was clear

from the earliest days We stop

the new taxes and we stop the

there boats. It didn't change from

there to launch day. Where he

launched into Labor over its

time leadership upheaval. It's

time to end this soap opera and

to give Australia back a

grown-up government. In the

campaign and the days the Coalition put out about 40

new policies worth $38 billion.

Among the biggest, health... I wish you could vote. Education rebates

rebates and paid parental

leave. Four girls. I only

managed three. A pledge to stop

the mining tax took him

inland. Yes. A pledge to stop the boats took him

offshore. The power seat?

Again and again. I don't want

to get ahead of myself by

sitting in the top chair for

too long. He trawled the coast

from south... Big game fishing

is not really my gig. To north.

He gutted a coalition policy

of old. You can frame that.

Work Choices dead, buried and

cremated. He cut loss a rogue

candidate with anti Muslim

views. It inevitably invited policy briefs here. Do you

like the cut of my speedos. I

thought he could work on his

six pack, frankly. Mr Abbott

didn't campaign solo. Help was

at hand from his daughters, his

wife, his deputy. Only a mother

could love this. And his mentor. I'm just around to

help. So after 35 days and a

non-stop final 36 hours, the

question is is it enough?

question is is it enough? Very

impressive. Tony Abbott's finishing

finishing as he began, full

tilt, full action. He's a

politician who levels in a

contest and he's sure given one

to Julia Gillard. Dana

Robertson takes up the campaign

story from the Prime Minister's media pack. Her campaign was less physical than Tony Abbott

but no less committed. With

more than 60 stops in 35 Julia Gillard left nothing to

chance. Even when the leakers

and former leaders conspired

against her. You book so

beautiful. She had appeal to

voters. Female, male... Old

and young. Fabulous. She was a

regular at the shops and a fixture in the

factories. Whoops. I lost my shoe. Thank you. But the affection was not infectious. Disorderly

behaviour broke out there and much closer to home. Of

course I'm angry. The leaks

pointed to a toxic hang

overfrom the Rudd era. I

wonder, Prime Minister, if you

thought it might prove wise

that you knife a Queenslander. Kevin Rudd was

back. And single hand deadly destabilising the Labor

campaign. The gloss was coming

off. The campaign rule book was ripped up. Whilst that campaign has given people glimpses of real Julia

was ripped up. Whilst that campaign has glimpses of real Julia Gillard,

I want to make sure in this campaign every Australian gets

the ability to see on display

what I believe in. It became a

turning point. Kevin Rudd went

to hospital and when he came

back, they all moved forward. These have all got

significant objections under

our policy. The focus shifted

back on to policy. Big ones

like broadband. 1, 2, 3,

push. Health and education.

She took a review of her school

stimulus scheme in her stride,

but this stopped Julia Gillard

in her tracks. Julia. Long

time no see. Small morsels gave way to bigger spending

commitments. In the countdown

to Labor's official launch. It

was starkly no-frills, but with

hints of optimism. Yes, we mother, father and partner,

Tim, brought a personal touch.

And if it goes as she hopes,

they'll both be in the Lodge.

The prize she wants for a place

in history as Australia's first

elected female Prime Minister.

Our chief political correspondent Mark Simkin is at

the tally room preparing for

the big day tomorrow. I spoke

to him there a short time ago.

The opinion polls have been

telling us it is very close,

indeed a cliffhanger. You've

been talking to senior people

on both sides through out the

day. What are they telling

you? Senior people on both

sides are saying it is a given

Labor will lose some skin, paint, lose some seats. Will

it lose government? Coalition

sources say they expect Tony

Abbott to pick up between six

and 10 seats which wouldn't be

enough to change the government,

government, Labor sources say

hang on, don't bet on that their polling suggests it or indeed there could be a hung parliament. There is a degree

of expectations management

going on because Labor is convinced that if people think

it is going to win, it will

lose because there could be a

protest voft. As one seen your

source said, every time Julia Gillard looked Gillard looked like she was in

front, the Labor polling

collapsed and every time Tony Abbott looked like he was in

front, Labor clawed its way

back. It does seem to have been

very volatile or it is very

volatile. Why is that? There

are a lot of reasons. The

politicians are uncertain about

the result because the polls

are uncertain about the result and that could be because the

people are uncertain about the

result. As one source put it,

they want to punish Labor but

they're not sure if they want Tony Abbott to be Prime Minister. One minister

predicted that there are about

10 per cent of voters who are

yet to make up their minds

tonight. There is a lot of uncertainty in the electorate and that is feeding

bizarre volatility. Forget about the national polls. This

will be decided in individual marginals

marginals and they're all over

the place. In New South Wales

the seat of Robertson has a 0.1

per cent margin to Labor and

Labor thinks they can win that

but nervous about losing the New South Wales sit seat New South Wales sit seat of Lindsay. The leaders are both

in Sydney tonight a asked them

about this first about Tony

Abbott. You accused the government of desperate negativity, but your whole

campaign has been based around

stopping things, boats, taxes,

debt, waste. That's hardly

visionary, is it? Look, I'm

determined to fix up the mess

that this government has

created and that means that we've got

we've got to end the waste, pay

back the debt, stop the big new

taxes and we've got to stop the

boats. The only way to do all

that is to change the government and the only change the government is to government and the only way to change your local Labor member of parliament. You were obviously circumstances can

change and someone's opinions can change, but in the space of

a relatively short period, less

than a year, you were for an

ETS and you were against t you were against paid parental

leave until you were for it,

you were for two nor debates

until you were no more debate,

one more debate. How can be

the public be sure that the

Tony Abbott they wake up to

after the election is the real

Tony Abbott and that you won't

change your mind again? You know, I've always been up front

and on the record when it comes

to the Prime Minister, we only

know her true views through

leaks. We know through leaks

orchestrated by people close to

Kevin Rudd that she wasn't really in favour of paid

parental leave and she wasn't

really in favour of

in the pension. With me is

what you see is what you

get. As people are going into

the booth to cast their vote

tomorrow, what visional image,

not slogan, would you like them

to have in their mind? I would

like them to have in

minds an image of a better

Australia and we can have a

better Australia if we get rid

of a bad government. This government has broken promises,

it's wasted money, and it's clobbered our most successful

industry with a great big new

tax and again, the only way to

fix all of that is to change the government. Tony Abbott, thank you. Thanks, Mark. Julia

Gillard will obviously have to

get to Melbourne at some stage

to vote tomorrow, but now she

is also in Sydney and I spoke

to the Prime Minister a short

time ago. Julia Gillard you

say you have a positive message for for Australia, but morning you called Tony Abbott

a real risk at least 55 times.

What does it stay that the

final pitch is all about just

don't vote for the other guy?

It says that the election is a

real choice and there's a real contest in a tough, tight

election. I do have a positive

plan for the nation's future, a

positive plan for jobs to keep investing in skills and apprenticeships, in trade training centres in giving our

young people a chance. A

positive plan to train more

doctors and nurses and invest

in our hospitals, build GP

super clinics and provide a GP

after hours hotline and of

course, I've got a positive plan to build the National

Broadband Network so we don't

export jobs overseas to countries with better

technology. It is right to

point out to Australians the election is a choice, there is

a real risk Mr Abbott will be

Prime Minister, he will

Work Choices to this country

and he has announced plans to

cut funding for schools and cut

funding for health. But if Tony Abbott is

Abbott is such a risk, as you

say, and the choice is so

stark, as you say, why is it so close, as

close, as you say? Is that an

admission you have failed to sell sell your message to the

electorate? Well, my eyes are

on tomorrow and the choice

Australians have to make when

they walk in to their polling places tomorrow. What their

vote matters for is their jobs, is the schools that their

children go to, the healthcare that they use, getting the

technology of the future, the National Broadband Network. National Broadband Network. I

don't want to see Australians

risk a return to Work Choices

and see cuts in schools, and in

health, because Mr Abbott is

pledging cuts in this campaign,

$1 billion out of apprentices, 1 billion outs of our

pharmaceutical benefits

schemes, and he's also

promising a tax on groceries,

so prices go up. As voters so prices go up. As voters are

preparing to vote tomorrow,

what image, visual image, would

you like them to have in their

head, not a slogan but what

sort of image would you want them to be thinking about it?

I'd like them to have in their

heads a vision of the kind of

society they want to be a part

of. I'm sure that vision will

include a job with decent working conditions, not Work

Choices, a great school for Choices, a great school for

their child, decent healthcare

and access to the technology of

the future. That's the kind of

Australia I want to see. Julia Gillard, thank you. Thank

you. The tightness of this

contest is reflected in the litmus electorate of Eden-Monaro which stretches

from the ACT border to the snow

fields and down to the coast. Labor's Mike

Labor's Mike Kelly holds the

seat with a margin of seat with a margin of 2.3 per cent. cent. In the latest polling

he's neck hand neck with Liberal challenger David Gazard

on the primary vote. The poll

shows Labor pull ago head after preferences. ACT political

reporter Julie Doyle. A final

hit had hit out of Eden-Monaro's political

hopefuls. It's tight here. It

is the nature of this region.

I can only affect how hard I've

worked. Polling shows there's

been a big shift in the primary

vote in this bellwether seat.

The two parties are locked

together at 44 per cent. After

preferences, Labor is ahead 52

to 48. I don't really like either

either one of them, so, yes,

I'm not quite sure.

Disglmpbility I think it looks like it's going to be very,

very close and probably too

close to call. It's the

oldsation, doesn't matter who

you vote for, a politician will

get in. In 2007 Mike Kelly's

win was largely attributed to the Choices and he's keen to return

to familiar ground. They want

to destroy the union movement. They want

They want to destroy the working conditions of

Australians. They put everyone

on AWAs. . It's been a scare

campaign. We've been very clear, it's dead, buried,

cremated, we're not going back

there. It would be suicide to

do so. Across the border in the

ACT the two Lower House ACT the two Lower House seats

of Canberra and Fraser are expected to be more won sided.

Labor has a big margin in both

electorates. In the Senate

Labor also looks safe, but

there's a fierce battle between

the Liberals and the Greens for

the second spot. On the last

day of campaigning, the Greens

and Labor took the extremely

unusual step of teeming up for

a media event. Posing together

like one happy family, as they pledged

pledged support for the public

service. The Liberals also

bolstered their numbers as they

solar panels at Canberra schools. Certainly it's popular in Liberal circles. Everyone is

smiling now but tomorrow night

could be another matter. The

dream of building a home on the coast could stay just

that, a dream. Councils along

the New South Wales coast have

been given new powers to

restrict development in areas

prone to rising sea levels.

The housing industry has warned

the changes could hurt land values and bump up building

costs. Houses in some parts of the the state are already tottering

on the abyss , with sea levels forecast to rise by 1

centimetre a year, the State

Government has released new guidelines for development next

to waterways. If you're about to

to buy a block of land next

week would you like to know whether it is the next 25 years. Local councils will assess

development based on figures

from the department of

planning, suggesting a rise of

sea levels of 40 cms by 2050

and 90 cms in 90 years. The

numbers are too pessimistic. It

is disa pointing the government has gone right to the extremes

here and assumed the worst possible outcome on climate

change. They say land values

will be eroded. Areas where

stormwater drains back up

because of tidal inundation

might also be affected by these

new rules. The government says development won't be stopped,

but homes may have to be

relocated. For all intents and purpose, they're very much like

a normal home except they can

be moved in the matter after

few days. Some properties are of

of course too big to shift but even at the ornd of the

spectrum master builders say

movable houses pose may host of

challenges for landowners. If the block of land you're building is not big

enough to move the house to the

rear, then are are you going to take it? Local councils have

to do detailed mapping to niend out what areas of worst at risk. Last week weaned's bridge

collapse has prompted a

of the construction industry to speak out about safety

standards S David Cavill says more

more accidents are inevitable

if training and safety systems

aren't improved. Mr Cavill was

a steel fixer and concreter for

50 years and worked on

prominent Canberra pro he jekts

like Parliament House and Black

Mountain Tower. He told

Stateline that safety has been compromised by time

pressures. Shortcuts have to be

taken. To meet those deadlines

you have to take shortcuts.

There's no other way. Is that something something you've seen regularly in your time in the industry?

Every single day I worked it. Is that sort of thing still

happening, do you think? I

would imagine so. I'd imagine

so. I've worked for so. I've worked for the

biggest companies in Australia

on the biggest jobs in Australia, and nothing's

changed. They've all got their

safety books and they're about

a metre thick now, but they're meaningless because they don't

practice what they preach on the site. Investigations are continuing into last week's

bridge collapse. You can see

that story in full on Stateline with Chris Kimball right after

tonight's news. There are

growing concerns about the

recover rift fragile US economy after another round of

discouraging data. Last week

half a million Americans made

new claims for unemployment

benefits. That's the highest

level in nine months. These

numbers are important because

they indicate that the rate of growth in the economy is

weakening and that the rate of

growth is now insufficient to

stop unemployment from

rising. But the unemployment

rate topping 9 per cent, US President is urging Republicans

to pass the stalled small business lending bill. To

finance now, and the local

sharemarket fell sharply today in the wake of last night's

heavy selling on Wall Street.

Here's Alan Kohler. Call street stocks were crunched 1.7 per

cent for the h two reasons last

night. Firstly weekly jobless

claims rose to 500,000 for the

first time since last November,

12,000 more than the week before, second, Philadelphia Federal Reserve business activity index, known as the Philly Fed Index slumped? 12

points in July to minus 7. The

graph is consistent with a

double dip recession.

Underlying all this is the fact

the efforts of Federal Reserve in Washington to encourage economic growth by printing

money are not working any more.

This graph shows why. Although the monetary base is

increasing, money velocity is

falling. The velocity of money

is the ratio of money supply or

M1 to GDP or a nation M1 to GDP or a nation May output. It basically tells you output.

that money makes the world go

around as long as it goes

around and in the US it's not.

The local market fell a bit

more than 1 per cent today and

the high late was ANZ up 1.7

per cent after reporting a 37

per cent lift in profit. The woes overseas

caught up with BHP, Rio and the

banks. Bill gong's shares fell

10 per cent and Wesfarmers went

up a few cents on the back of yesterday's result. Finally,

the Australian dollar sank

again to just above 89 US cents

and below 70 euro cents. I'll be back with 'Inside Business'

at 10.30 this week. My guests

will be Graham Bradley and

Richard Goyder the CEO of west warmers. Australia has added

nine medals to its hall at the Pan Pacific championships. Only one was gold, Sophie

Eddington took out the women's

50 metres backstroke. The

has been dealt a body blow, triple Olympic champion

Stephanie Rice has withdrawn

from these titles and the

Commonwealth Games so she can have shoulder

have shoulder surgery. Scott

Morrison than five years

butterfly and individual medley specialist Stephanie Rice has

been a fixture in the national

swimming team. An Olympic and Commonwealth Games gold

Medallist, Rice gave her

troubled shoulder a test on day

one at the Pan Pacific event

aiming to pru she'd be ready for October's Commonwealth

Games in India. The shoulder

didn't pull up very well

didn't pull up very well after

the 50 fly, so I think that's kind of what we were going off

was just to see how it would

pull up after a race. With a

good fleetd World Championship

and the Olympic games she's going to be very, very

competitive there. The in the

pool Australia picked up nine

medals one more than on day

one, but backstroker Sophie Eddington was the only winner. In her 50-metre final the In her 50-metre final the 25 year-year-old worked close to

the lane edge. Please don't hit

are the lane rope. It's one of those things. Six second placings included 18 year old's

Emily Seebohm's third medal and

she finished in a tie with Natalie Coughlin in the 100 freestyle. A tie for second. In

the women's 100 breaststroke final Leisel Jones and Sarah

Katsoulis took the minor placings, Rebecca Soni from the

USA won gold. In the

corresponding men's event,

Strang Strang won silver bind... Brenton Rickard was fifth. 19-year-old Samantha

Hamill swam a brilliant

butterfly leg on her way to

second in the women's 400

individual medley. Now with a

look at today's weather here's

Mark Carmody. Thank you Virginia. I spent hours today chewing the fat

with some blokes from the Melba

Men's shed. There were 50 or

so and they all had flowers in

their lapels and one of them a

botanist who has had many

plants named after him gave me this Rhododendron jasminfolium. It kams from the tropical It kams from the tropical areas of Malaysia but he grew it under glass in Canberra. You needed to be under glass today

as the Brindabella biter may its presence felt. It was

averaging 20 to at that 25

kilometres per hour gusting to

35. The winds have eased now

and after a brief shower it's

now clear and the temperature

is five. It was pretty

breezecy across our region

today. Cloud covered Griffith

and Albury. All towns were

cold. Yass 9, Cooma 8.

Nationally today, coolish. Adelaide 15, Melbourne 13, rain

fell in Hobart and brings and

Brisbane. Cold air is still

moving through Victoria and

southern New South Wales and

cloud is swirling around a cloud is swirling around a low

that is centred south of

Tasmania. That low will push

showers into the south-east

tomorrow and they could get to

the Riverina. A high to our north will prevent them from

getting to Canberra. Possible

showers in Melbourne and

Hobart, sunny to our north in

Sydney and Brisbane, Perth may

get showers and reach 17.

Locally tomorrow, apart from possible showers in the

Riverina it should be fine and

sunny with moderate westerly

winds but it will remain cool.

Yass and Cooma 11 and Bega and

the Bay 18. For election day

in Canberra a tip for you party

workers that hand out the how

to vote cards. Get afternoon shift as these winds to vote cards. Get the will still be to vote cards. Get the afternoon shift will still be around in the morning. They'll ease after

lunch. Plus, it will be cold in the morning, only one, reaching 11 to 12 during the

afternoon. Sunrise tomorrow

just after 6.30, setting 20

minutes before the polls close

at 6. Then on Sunday, better still, possibly fog gee at first, light to moderate winds

and a sunny day 14. Perfect

for the Raiders Dragons clash

at the stadium then wet for

most of next week. It won't be

too bad in the snow over too bad in the snow over the

weekend either. Mostly sunny

with easing winds on Saturday,

nicer still on Sunday.

Virginia, the kids at the

Lyneham preschool grow interesting plants. Look at

this one. I don't know it, but

it's got a terrific smell, but

you can see more of them and

have something to eat as well

at the line Lyneham primary school stall tomorrow. Before

we go, a reminder about tomorrow night's election

coverage. At 6 o'clock live covridge from the tally room will

will begin. A news update

around 6.10, then we'll return

to the tally room for all the results and analysis. And

that's ABC News. Stay with us now for Chris now for Chris Kimball and

Stateline coming up next which includes an interview with

retired member of the press gallery, Alan Ramsey, about

what's wrong with politics and

political reporting. Have a

good night. Closed Captions by CSI.

Subtitles by ITFC. I think

Gillard is an stent. I think

Tony Abbott is a political

goon. I think Julia Gillard is an

accident. Hello and wem welcome to Stateline, I'm Chris

Kimball. Election eve and most

of us breathing a sigh of relief that the May nearly

over. A report on the final

day coming up shortly. retired but not retiring day coming up shortly. Also retired but not retiring political journalist Alan

Ramsey will give his summation