Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks at a campaign event in Sydney on July 1, 2016, as Australia's leaders make last-gasp pitches to wow voters with polls on the eve of elections pointing to a cliffhanger. / AFP / WILLIAM WEST
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Turnbull's coalition is facing a strong challenge from Labor, as well as from independents and minor parties like the Greens, who could win enough seats to hold the balance of power in the Senate or force a minority government in the lower house.The Murdoch-owned Galaxy polling agency showed a similar outcome, with the government faring slightly better on 51-49 on a first party-preferred basis after the distribution of preference votes from minor parties to the two main contenders.Turnbull's own grip on power even appeared tenuous, with the Fairfax poll showing 27 percent of voters intended to vote for a party other than the coalition or Labor. Independent Senator Nick Xenophon, whose new party is fielding almost 50 candidates, could also emerge with influence.
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