Polls closing in cliffhanger Australian election

Some 15.6 million people are casting votes across AustraliaPolls closed in Australia’s most populous states where Saturday’s national elections are expected to be won or lost with the outcome between conservative leader Malcolm Turnbull and Labor challenger Bill Shorten too close to call. Voting stations in the crucial states of Queensland and New South Wales shut at 6:00 pm (0800 GMT), along with Victoria, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory, with those on the west coast to close two hours later. Early exit polls showed Turnbull and Shorten in a dead heat.

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