Former prime minister Julia Gillard joined Albanese this morning as he visited a cafe in the Liberal headquarters in Sturt, along with Penny Wong, Amanda Rishworth and Labor’s Mark Butler.
Several liberal volunteers swarmed the cafe with anti-Albanian placards, but were expelled.
Sturt is currently held by James Stevens with a 6.9% margin and has been a coalition stronghold since 1972.
Labor is also seeking to reclaim the neighboring seat of Boothby, held by the government by a margin of just 1.4%.
Albanese also visited Cabra Dominican College with Labor candidate Louise Miller-Frost, who is expected to take the seat.
Asked if she had any advice for Albanese on the campaign trail or negotiating a possible hung parliament, Gillard said he didn’t need her input.
“Honestly, he’s campaigning beautifully, so he doesn’t need my advice,” she said.
Gillard served as prime minister during the last period Australia had a minority government, between 2010 and 2013.
Albanese said he remained focused on outright government formation in the 151-seat lower house.
“Our target is 76 (seats),” he said.
Albanese will also visit fringe voters in Tasmania and Melbourne today.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison is spending Friday campaigning in Western Australia and says he is confident in the judgment of silent Australians.
Summoning praise from voters he credited with winning the 2019 election, Scott Morrison said people were wrong about the expected outcome last time around.
“Everyone is so certain before Election Day,” he said Friday morning.
“What I am always certain of is the Australian people and their judgment, quietly going about their business, listening carefully, thinking and weighing.”
Morrison said he has always treated the West with the respect it deserves, while Labor takes it for granted.
“I have always recognized that Western Australia’s economy is so central to our national economic plan,” Morrison said.
“Anthony Albanese is not (WA Premier) Mark McGowan. Mark and I actually agree on a lot of things when it comes to the economy of Western Australia, the differences are with Anthony Albanese.
Morrison is confident the coalition will win back Cowan from Labor MP Anne Aly, who was elected in 2016.
But the government must retain the seats of Swan, Pearce, Hasluck and Curtin who could swing to Labour.
Campaigning in Perth, Labor MP Tanya Plibersek said the election result would be close.
“Last time I felt close and this time I feel close,” she said.
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