From Antarctica to Outback, Australians must vote
SYDNEY (AFP) - From the frozen Antarctic to the dry and remote Outback, millions of Australians will cast their ballots on Saturday in an election that poses logistical challenges in a continent-sized country.
Voting is compulsory and a record 14.71 million Australians are registered to make their mark at some 7,500 polling booths set up at schools, surf clubs, church halls and community centres.
But finding somewhere to vote for either incumbent Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's Labor party, the conservative opposition of Tony Abbott or more than 50 other minor parties is not always easy.
With many people living in far-flung locations, 38 polling teams began criss-crossing the enormous country two weeks ahead of the Sept 7 polling day to reach more than 400 isolated communities.