Hong Kong expects 10,000 to vote in Australian election
HONG KONG (AFP) - About 10,000 Australians are expected to cast their vote in their nation's federal elections in Hong Kong, one of the country's biggest overseas polling stations.
A record 14.71 million Australians are registered for the upcoming election, when they will choose between incumbent Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's Labor party, the conservative opposition of Tony Abbott or more than 50 other minor parties.
Voting is compulsory in the country but not for Australians living overseas.
"If you are not in Australia on polling day it is not compulsory, but we still find that Australians are keen to have their say," Australian consulate spokesman Gavin McDougall told AFP in the southern Chinese city.