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The Candidates

Bill shortens the odds on becoming prime minister

Since his days as a high school debating champion in Melbourne - he once famously  tore up his notes and ad-libbed his way to victory - Australian Opposition leader Bill Shorten has been tipped as a future Prime Minister.

Nick Xenophon: Funny, frugal and favoured to win Aussie polls

During a fierce late-night debate in Australia's Parliament earlier this year, officials in the chamber found themselves confronted by an unusual sight: an MP had turned up in his pyjamas. 

Controversial Aussie MP Pauline Hanson is back and running in election

One of Australia's most controversial politicians, Ms Pauline Hanson, is attempting a comeback at the July federal election, though this time the right-wing firebrand is concentrating her anti-immigration focus on Muslims rather than Asians.

The Parties & Issues

Although the major players in the Australian election are Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (top) and Labor leader Bill Shorten (middle), the presence of former prime minister Tony Abbott lurks amid the campaign.
Turnbull's campaign 'haunted' by the man he deposed

The two main figures in Australia's July 2 election are Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, but a third one is looming over the campaign.

Nick Xenophon: Funny, frugal and favoured to win Aussie polls

During a fierce late-night debate in Australia's Parliament earlier this year, officials in the chamber found themselves confronted by an unusual sight: an MP had turned up in his pyjamas. 

Controversial Aussie MP Pauline Hanson is back and running in election

One of Australia's most controversial politicians, Ms Pauline Hanson, is attempting a comeback at the July federal election, though this time the right-wing firebrand is concentrating her anti-immigration focus on Muslims rather than Asians.

Ballot papers at an Australian Electoral Commission office in 2010. New rules put in place by the ruling coalition will try to prevent smaller parties from winning seats by swopping their unused votes with other parties.
Care to vote for Pirate Party or Sex Party?

When Australians go to the polling booths on July 2, they will be confronted by enormous ballot papers which contain  a seemingly endless list of candidates.

Aussie parties tussle over key battlegrounds

At his hairdressing salon in suburban Sydney, Mr Martino Pedulla is pondering his vote in the coming Australian election but admits he can find little enthusiasm for either of the leading candidates.