Federal election 2022: Albanese blitzes three States in hectic final fay of campaigning

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Anthony Albanese in Adelaide.
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Anthony Albanese has blitzed three States on the final full day of campaigning in a dramatic escalation of pace that resulted his best performance yet.

The Labor leader saved it all for a final push ahead of polling day on Saturday that saw him campaign alongside former PM Julia Gillard and appeal directly to female voters to back Labor in for government.

He visited only Liberal-held electorates in a push to change seats and see Labor win a clear majority.

Labor needs to win at least five seats to form minority Government and seven if they want a slim majority.

Mr Albanese said yesterday he has left “nothing in the tank”.

“After 2019 some people would have liked to . . . gotten into the foetal position,” he said.

“I have gotten us into a position where we are competitive at worst.

“I’m very hopeful of a good result.”

Mr Albanese started his day in Sydney and had his first two campaign stops in Adelaide before heading to Launceston and then Melbourne.

The leader had coffee with Ms Gillard and his South Australian team in the Liberal-held electorate of Sturt, held on a margin of 6.9 per cent.

Ms Gillard said: “I want to see for this country a government that cares about, values and includes women and I know that a government led by Albo will do precisely that.”

A school visit after in the Liberal electorate of Boothby — on a margin of 1.9 per cent — saw Mr Albanese mobbed by students for selfies in a swarming crowd that followed him through the school.

During a full-length press conference — most likely his last of the six week campaign before learning if he will be PM — Mr Albanese gave his most compelling speech on the hustings.

He paid tribute to his late mother for having the courage to keep him as a child as a single parent in a time where it was frowned upon.

Mr Albanese said his mum Maryanne would be “proud as punch” that he could be PM.

“She chose in order to to deal with the pressures that were on a young Catholic woman at that time, in those circumstances to take my father’s name. And I was raised being told that that he had died,” Mr Albanese said as tears welled up in his eyes and he fought back emotion.

“That’s a tough decision. It says something about the pressure that was placed on women and the pressures that are still placed on women when faced with difficult circumstances.

“So the fact that that young kid is now running for prime minister says a lot about her and her courage, but also says a lot about this country.”

Mr Albanese said he hoped his disadvantaged upbringing would inspire others who came from similar backgrounds that they could achieve anything.

“I hope what that does, is that it sends a message for people of whatever background including the fact that it is the first time that someone with a non-Anglo Celtic name has put themselves forward for prime minister,” he said.

“Part of what I’ve said during this campaign is no one held back and no one left behind. No one left behind because Labor will always look after the vulnerable and the disadvantaged. But no one held back because I unashamedly and Labor should always be about aspiration.”

Mr Albanese made a quick dash to Launceston to attend a pre-polling station in the electorate of Bass, held by the Liberal Party’s Bridget Archer on a margin of 0.4 per cent.

He was at the pre-poll for less than 10 minutes and Ms Archer was there also.

Mr Albanese then flew to Melbourne to do radio and the ABC’s 7.30 program.

His last event was in the electorate of Chisholm, held by the Liberal Party’s Gladys Liu on a margin of 0.5 per cent.

Mr Albanese thanked frontline supermarket workers at a Woolworths warehouse.

If elected on Saturday, Mr Albanese has said he wants to raise the minimum wage for the lowest paid workers.

He said he would write to the Fair Work Commission to ask for a wage rise of 5.1 per cent in line with inflation.

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