Steep rise in postal votes could delay results in closely fought seats in 2022 election, AEC says

Australian Electoral Commission records 1.54m postal vote applications so far – already higher than those of entire 2019 electionFollow our Australia news live blog for the latest updatesRead our latest election briefing and listen to today’s campaign catchup podcastGuardian Australia’s full federal election coverageThe Australian Election Commission is recording a steep rise in postal vote applications so far during the campaign, a trend which could delay results in closely fought seats.Real-time

Labor leader, Anthony Albanese, used his campaign launch in Perth on Sunday to unveil the party’s new “Help to Buy” scheme, while the prime minister, Scott Morrison, has been talking up the Coalition’s existing “Home Guarantee” scheme which it launched in 2020.

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