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Federal election 2022 live updates: More than half of eligible Australians voted early via the post or at pre-poll

Both major party candidates in SA’s only marginal seat have now voted

Reporting by Eugene Boisvert

Rachel Swift with voters at Mitcham. (ABC News: Claire Campbell)

 

Liberal Rachel Swift is trying to replace Nicolle Flint in the seat of Boothby in Adelaide’s inner-south and south-west.

Voting in Mitcham, the medical researcher said people were interested in her background, which has included responding to an Ebola outbreak in Africa.

“It’s been very positive on the booths,” Dr Swift said.

“It’s been great chatting to everyone out there and there’s a really great feel.

“People want more healthcare professionals and they want more scientists in parliament and that’s why I keep hearing.”

Labor’s Louise Miller-Frost voting at Colonel Light Gardens. (ABC News: Eric Tlozek)

 

Labor’s Louise Miller-Frost said her party’s policies on climate change, integrity in politics and aged care were front of mind for voters, alongside promises to upgrade the Flinders Medical Centre and local roads.

Voting in Colonel Light Gardens, she said she would never say she was confident but voters were “keen to have change”.

“We’re really keen to be able to deliver for everyone across Australia but particularly, for me personally, here in Boothby,” she said.

“The only way to actually get change, the only way to get action on climate change, the only way to get an integrity commission is to vote Labor.”

Penny Wong speaks to a voter. (ABC News: Eric Tlozek)

 

Senator Penny Wong joined Ms Miller-Frost at the booth, saying voters had a choice of “more Morrison or a better future”.

Voters spoken to by the ABC in Boothby said they had not been impressed by the federal election campaign.

“The campaign itself has been horrific — I’m over it,” one said.

“We understand it’s been a very tough time but we can only look forward to greater things,” another added.

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