On the eve of the Federal election, political veteran Laurie Oakes has offered his insights into the current parliamentary environment and spoken about what he believes will happen in tomorrow's ballot.
Oakes worked in the Canberra Press Gallery for 48 years between 1969 and 2017 and, for the first time, has been able to experience the Federal election campaign from outside the realm of the media.
"It's been terrific," Nine's political reporter Kerrie Yaxley today. © 9newsOn the eve of the Federal election, political veteran Laurie Oakes has offered his insights into the current parliamentary environment.
"Instead of tramping around the country chasing politicians, I can be like a normal voter sitting in front of the television, yelling at it and praying for it to be over."
LAURIE'S THOUGHTS ON THE CAMPAIGN
When asked who he believes campaigned the best ahead of this year's election, Oakes only had one answer.
"Scott Morrison has campaigned remarkably," he said. © AAPAccording to Oakes, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has led the more successful and impresionable election campaigns this year.
"The fact that the Liberals still think they're in with an outside chance is evidence of that. It's been very negative and totally ruthless, but that's politics."
AND CLIVE PALMER?
"I hope the Australian people are not as stupid as Clive Palmer thinks they are," Oakes said.
"There's been lots of nutters in politics over the years; None of them had as much money as Clive Palmer, but plenty of people have been just as ridiculous but they haven't won seats in parliament and I hope that's the case this time."
WILL ONE NATION SUCCEED?
"They have had setbacks and I think they're notably affected. I wouldn't think they'd do particularly well in the Senate in this election." © NineDespite making headlines throughout the election campaign, Oakes believes Pauline Hanson's One Nation will not be as successful in the Senate this year as they are hoping.
HOW WILL BOB HAWKE'S DEATH AFFECT THE ELECTION?
Following the death of Labor party legend and former prime minister Bob Hawke yesterday, Oakes - who described the 89-year-old as "possibly the best prime minister we've had" - said there would be two effects on this year's campaign.
"Firstly, because the nation is in mourning. They anticipated attacks on the last day of the campaign, both parties were planning to go all-out today attacking each other," he said. © AAPThe former Nine political editor also claimed that the death of Labor Party legend Bob Hawke will have dual-effects on the election this weekend.
"Well, that won't happen. A lot of the nastiness you'd expect right at the end of the campaign won't be there because of Hawkey, which Bob would like because he was a consensus politician - he believed in consensus.
"The other way it might affect things is because of the publicity, well the focus now on what the Hawke-Keating Government did with the economy, I mean they transformed the Australian economy and that undermines the current Liberal claim that only the Coalition has got economic qualifications."
© 9newsAfter 48 years of work in the Canberra Press Gallery, Oakes shared some of his insights into this year's election campaign with Nine political reporter Kerrie Yaxley.
WHO WILL WIN?
"This election should be over," Oakes said today.
"This government has been a rabble, Labor should have been able to tear it apart, should have been able to crush it. Instead we've got, on the eve of the election, no one is really sure.
"The most likely result I would think is Labor falling across the line and just getting there, but some Liberals really think they'll fall across the line. © AAPAs for who could win at the federal poll, Oakes said Bill Shorten's Labor Party should have already been well-ahead but may now only just fall across the line.
"It shouldn't have been like that, it should've been all over, wrapped up, tied up with a bow and that's a failure on the Labor Party's part.
"I tell you what, if the Liberals do win this election, they'll have to put up a bloody big statue of Scott Morrison."
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