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(generated from captions) This Program is Captioned Live.Welcome to this special edition of 7:30, as Australia prepares to vote on who will lead the country for the next 3 years. Barring a miracle for the Government, this time tomorrow night Tony Abbott will be the PM elect and Australia will once again have a Coalition Government. Labor inside ers are privately conceding an almost certain defeat and simply hope to save as many seats as possible. Shortly we'll hear from the Government and the Coalition and from a panel of top analysts but first political editor Chris Uhlmann is with the Abbott camp in western Sydney and Heather Ewart is in Kevin Rudd's home town of Brisbane. Chris, firstly, what's the Abbott camp up to this election campaign? Election eve, sorry.Well Tony Abbott finished his day here in the marginal Labor seat of Lindsey in Sydney's outer west. He's just done a round of television and radio appearances. His staff will be well pleased with the way the campaign has gone. They started with a plan, executed it and barely put a foot wrong which is a marked contrast with how things have gone inside the Labor tent. From here he will go back to his own seat of Warringah. He will vote there tomorrow morning and then heading out to more electorates to keep campaigning. Probably I would think in places like Kingsford Smith and also in Barton which are Labor-held seats.Chris, what are the very latest polls saying about things? Well, the Neilsen poll in Fairfax papers which will be published in full tomorrow show as-2-party preferred vote for the Coalition of 54-Sebastian - 54-46. That will out do the baseball bat election in '96 that took out the Keating Government. Sydney likely to be Ground Zero for the party and that's the way things were seen when Julia Gillard was in charge. NSW will be the place to watch tomorrow and Lindsey certainly will be one of the first seats to fall. So the party may well be asking itself what that whole leadership change was about at the end of this.Chris, thank you very much. Let's go to Heather Ewart in Brisbane. Heather, what's the Rudd camp doing this evening? Well, as is often the case on the final day of the campaign, Kevin Rudd has cracked a frenetic pace racing through from one event to another in the outer seats of Sydney trying to shore up support there. He's just arrived back here tonight in his seat of Griffith. He's done a couple of TV interviews and commitments but he's now basically called it quits and gone home. He's tried to put a brave face on all day but he and his team, I think, would have to know that this is a very, very dire situation for Labor. Behind the scenes any hard head in the party that I've spoken to is predicting a loss of 20 seats, maybe even more, a swing of 4 to 5% and I think Labor's own research is showing this. You've got to remember that they started this campaign actually thinking that Kevin Rudd was in with a chance. Now that is absolutely no longer the case. It's a very bleak and pretty despondent picture in the Rudd team.Heather, just briefly, obviously a lot of talk in the coming days is going to turn to what's gone wrong with the Labor campaign? It certainly will. I think the most - postmortems have already begun. There are two issues there. The electorate had maybe just made up its mind long ago that it was fed up with the constant leadership changes and division in the Labor Party. But more to the point I think Kevin Rudd was expected to be a great campaigner. He's had an OK week, a good week possibly this week but that hasn't been the case all the way through. It's been a very patchy campaign, a lot of mistakes made and a serious disconnect, I think, between the head office, the head campaign office in Melbourne and Kevin Rudd's team on the road. And particularly his strategist Bruce Hawker. So I think there will be a lot of analysing about a lot of people wanting to talk about that once election day is over.OK. Heather Ewart, thank you very