It’s 8am and the polling booths have just opened at the buzzing, and chilly, Marrickville Town Hall in the Sydney seat of Grayndler.
Grayndler is Australia’s smallest electorate and, historically, safe Labor with Anthony Albanese holding the seat since 1996.
But the Labor heavyweight has had to step up his campaign this year as Greens candidate Jim Casey gains strong support.
Mr Casey made the most of the final moments of this year’s marathon election campaign as he greeted the first of Saturday’s voters at Marrickville Town Hall.
He’s facing a battle against the loyalty many voters say they feel towards “Albo.”
One voter from the National Art School said this election she was concerned with climate change, marriage equality and funding for the arts.
Strolling his 10 month old son out of the hall, one man revealed how the issues he was worried about had shifted since having a child.
“Childcare never used to be an issue but then you start paying for it and the policy on it now really sucks.”
Down the road, Stanmore Public School was charging childcare prices at its BBQ - $7 for a sausage on a roll.
Overall, voters there were optimistic and excited to cast their vote. But some believed their vote would create little change for issues they worried about.
Anthony Albanese stopped to vote at Annandale Public School.
He revealed he was worried about losing the eight strongest Labor-voting polling booths after Grayndler was rezoned this election and called The Greens a “protest party”.
“The idea that you’re running for parliament so that people will be worse off so that they will rise up in protest seems to me a rather bizarre strategy.”
For many voters, the highlight of the day was Camdenville Public School’s cake stall and its choice of Bill Shortbreads, Tanya Plibiscuits and Jacquie Lambingtons.