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Australia Prime Minister Race Tightens Ahead of Weekend Election

  • Opposition Labor’s lead shrinks in final days of campaign
  • Housing and inflation remain major issues ahead of election
Early voters at a pre-polling centre in Hampton, in Melbourne, on May 18.
Early voters at a pre-polling centre in Hampton, in Melbourne, on May 18.Photographer: Daniel Pockett/Getty Images  

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The race for Australia’s next prime minister is tightening before the election on Saturday, with opinion surveys showing the center-right Liberal National coalition government making up ground against the opposition Labor Party.