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TONY EASTLEY: With just over a week to go before the federal election, the Prime Minister has reaffirmed that he'll keep his current frontbench if the Coalition is re-elected.

That again appears to shut out Tony Abbott's chances of a return to the ministry.

From Canberra, Naomi Woodley reports.

NAOMI WOODLEY: The Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, appeared to have shaken off his campaign cold as he made another visit to the marginal Victorian seat of Corangamite.

MALCOLM TURNBULL: Well, how exciting and inspiring is this? Advanced manufacturing in Australia, exporting, best in the world.

NAOMI WOODLEY: But Mr Turnbull can't shake off persistent questions about Tony Abbott's future if the Coalition is re-elected.

The former prime minister says he's "perfectly happy" just being the MP for Warringah, but he's also "keen to serve."

Malcolm Turnbull doesn't sound like he'll take up that offer.

MALCOLM TURNBULL: I can only say what I've said before: that I have a very capable ministry. It is a younger ministry. There is - It is a relatively new ministry in many respects. And the ministry that I will lead after the election, if we win, will be the same as I lead today.

NAOMI WOODLEY: As he campaigned in Adelaide, Bill Shorten too faced persistent questions over the influence trade unions might have on a Shorten Labor government.

BILL SHORTEN: I'm happy to explain and put my record of standing up for working people. I'm happy to explain to Australians that we would govern in the national interest.

But what I would do is bring people to the table. I don't believe in just having, you know, the old-fashioned idea of employee versus employer. That's not the future for Australia.

NAOMI WOODLEY: With a little over a week to go, many voters have already made up their mind and acted on it.

The Australian Electoral Commission says over 738,000 Australians have already cast their ballot. That's a 63 per cent increase on 2013.

The lower quota of votes required to gain a Senate seat in this double dissolution election also seems sure to produce another large and varied crossbench in the Upper House.

The Greens leader, Richard Di Natale, has a message for both major parties.

RICHARD DI NATALE: I just say to the two old parties: we are here to stay. Get used to it.

NAOMI WOODLEY: Senator Di Natale used a speech to the National Press Club to set out his post-election priorities of a federal corruption watchdog and changes to political donations and electoral funding laws.

But he says the Greens will be pragmatic.

RICHARD DI NATALE: I suppose if what you're asking is: would we not support good legislation that we thought was in the national interest until we achieved a result on something like political donation reform, or the establishment of a national anti-corruption watchdog?: the answer's no.

I think it's very dangerous to not support legislation that is in the national interest, simply because you want to achieve a separate and unrelated piece of legislation.

NAOMI WOODLEY: In these final weeks, the election is well and truly being fought in marginal seats. And one of those is the Liberal-held electorate of Cowan in WA.

Labor has high hopes for its candidate, the counter-radicalisation expert Anne Aly.

But the Justice Minister, Michael Keenan, has questioned why she wrote a sentencing submission for a radical preacher, Junaid Thorne, suggesting he could be a candidate for her program when he was being sentenced for taking a flight under a false name.

MICHAEL KEENAN: Well, I think it shows very poor judgement to write a letter of support for a hate preacher and somebody who is a convicted criminal.

NAOMI WOODLEY: Mr Keenan refused to debate Doctor Aly on radio today.

The Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten, says her counter-radicalisation work is world renowned; and the accusation is a desperate smear.

BILL SHORTEN: If president Obama, the Department of Homeland Security, regard her as a global expert on de-radicalisation, I think we can do a little better than Michael Keenan trying to imply exactly the opposite.

NAOMI WOODLEY: He says Doctor Aly is an "outstanding Australian."

TONY EASTLEY: Naomi Woodley reporting.