An Australian Senate election ballot paper
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Australian election: Gaffes, greed and giant ballot papers

5 September 2013 Last updated at 04:07 BST

As Australians prepare to cast their ballots on 7 September, State Politics editor of the Herald Sun newspaper in Melbourne James Campbell gives an insider's guide to the general elections.

What are the implications of Australia's compulsory voting system? How are the main parties trying to secure voters' support? Will opposition leader Tony Abbott's "suppository" gaffe come back to haunt him?

And why are some ballot papers so long and complicated that the Australian Electoral Commission is issuing magnifying glasses to help voters read them?

Produced by Katie Beck