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Eden Monaro: Labor leader Anthony Albanese under the gun as a critical seat goes to the polls

Albo under pressure: why Labor leader Anthony Albanese is under fire when a critical seat goes to the polls

  • Voters go to the polls in the closely contested Eden-Monaro midterm elections
  • Kristy McBain from Labor is the little favorite to take out the rocking chair
  • But if the opposition candidate loses, it may see Albanian under pressure

Anthony Albanese’s leadership will be tested on Saturday as voters go to the polls in the Eden-Monaro midterm elections during a hundred-year pandemic.

The marginal federal seat is on a knife edge, but after the government’s failed response to the summer forest fires crisis on New South Wales’ south coast, Labor’s Kristy McBain is the little favorite to defeat liberal Fiona Kotvojs.

Labor Party’s Mike Kelly won the electorate in 2016, but stepped down in April 2020 due to health concerns.

If the opposition relinquishes the seat, given the seething rage that continues in the forest-ravaged community, it could pose problems for the leadership of Mr Albanese.

Leadership Test: Labor leader Anthony Albanese hopes to quell questions about his popularity with a victory at Eden Monaro's Critical Seat

Leadership Test: Labor leader Anthony Albanese hopes to quell questions about his popularity with a victory at Eden Monaro’s Critical Seat

Betting markets have Kirsty McBain from Labor as the little favorite to win the place

Betting markets have Kirsty McBain from Labor as the little favorite to win the place

But the seat - formerly known as the nation's 'bellweather' - is likely to be close. Above Liberal Fiona Kotvojs

But the seat - formerly known as the nation's 'bellweather' - is likely to be close. Above Liberal Fiona Kotvojs

The race between Labour’s Kirsty McBain (left) and Liberal Fiona Kotvojs (right) is expected to be close

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack believes the midterm elections in Eden-Monaro are a close call, saying the result will likely not be known by the end of the day.

“It will be a close call. I’m not entirely sure whether the actual result will be known tonight, “McCormack told reporters in a voting booth in Tumut.

Both major parties rehearse their apologies for losing a voice fought against the backdrop of drought, wildfires and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr Albanese said the government had “complacency in the heart” and thought it “could wander through this election.”

Prime Minister Scott Morrison was expelled from town in January by angry residents of Cobargo.

At the clear bottom of his tenure, Scott Morrison was driven from Cobargo, Eden Monaro, during the January forest fire crisis.

At the clear bottom of his tenure, Scott Morrison was driven from Cobargo, Eden Monaro, during the January forest fire crisis.

At the clear bottom of his tenure, Scott Morrison was driven from Cobargo, Eden Monaro, during the January forest fire crisis.

Most voters have slumbered through the election campaign, but an aquarium filled with green algae in a photo posted by ALP candidate Kirsty McBain caught fire online

Most voters have slumbered through the election campaign, but an aquarium full of green algae in a photo posted by ALP candidate Kirsty McBain caught fire online

Most voters have slumbered through the election campaign, but an aquarium filled with green algae in a photo posted by ALP candidate Kirsty McBain caught fire online

Community members turned up insults and refused to shake hands with Mr. Morrison in front of news cameras on TV.

The group claimed that they had been ‘forgotten’ by the Liberal Party government and that they were not getting enough disaster support after losing homes.

Albanian said the midterm elections are about those people who have no “power” or “voice” in Eden Monaro.

“This is about the beef farmers we’ve met who have had no support, the chook farmers who are struggling … This is about people who continue to suffer from mental health problems six months after the fires,” he said.

“This is an opportunity for those who have not been heard to speak through the ballot box and say that this government should do better.”

Polls close promptly at 6pm.

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