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The Greens have launched a new campaign focused on state elections, saying they want to keep the focus on the nation.
“This is the time of the nation’s first-ever federal election, and it is the most important election in Australia’s history,” the party said in a statement.
“We must be prepared to fight the Liberal Party and the Coalition, as well as the Coalition Government.”
The party has said it will be spending millions of dollars on television advertising in Queensland, where it is trying to win back some seats lost to the Greens.
In NSW, it has put up billboards and websites in the state, while in Victoria it has launched a campaign on social media.
Party officials say they are hopeful of winning a seat in Western Australia, where a Labor victory would be a major blow for the Liberals.
Labor leader Bill Shorten has said he is “absolutely confident” he will win the state but the Greens have accused the Liberal party of being too far ahead in polling.
Mr Shorten’s campaign said he had “been fighting for a fair election in Western Australian for the last three years”, and he had done so by making “unusual and unhelpful decisions” to boost Labor’s fortunes.
Mr Abbott’s office has said Mr Abbott is confident of winning the state because he is the preferred candidate in the Western Australian electorate of Swan Hill.
“Tony has been running a very strong campaign in Western Sydney for the past three years, and he has won a majority of seats in the seat by more than 25 points,” the prime minister’s office said.
Greens leader Christine Milne said she was “confident” she would win Swan Hill, where the Greens were the largest party, but said she would be focusing on “what is at stake” in Western Victoria. “
The only thing he has to do now is make the election the most significant for Western Australia in a generation.”
Greens leader Christine Milne said she was “confident” she would win Swan Hill, where the Greens were the largest party, but said she would be focusing on “what is at stake” in Western Victoria.
“I think we have a real opportunity here in Western Melbourne and I think it is important to show people what’s at stake,” she said.
The Greens are also seeking to make gains in the Sunshine Coast, where they are seeking to hold the seat of Marrickville, which is currently held by Labor.
In Western Australia’s regional seat of Wollongong, the Greens are hoping to pick up a seat that is currently the Coalition’s, which will help them win the seat back in a matter of weeks.
“It’s the only seat that’s been held by the Coalition since 1993, so it’s very important that we get that seat back,” Ms Milne told the ABC.
“That’s why we’re going to focus on Western Victoria, it’s going to be the most critical election of the next five years.”
Greens MP Sarah Hanson-Young said she had made “unexpected” and “unhelpful” decisions during the election campaign, including taking the $25,000-a-week salary of a state MP.
“In terms of my personal expenses, I’ve been taking the money that I thought was appropriate, I’m not even getting a salary, so I’m trying to keep that from the electorate,” she told the program.