Millions of Australians attended voting stations on Saturday to choose the nation’s 46th parliament, as footage from the capital Canberra shows.

The iconic Old Parliament House was one of thousands of public buildings used as venues to ensure the more than 16 million Australians who are legally obliged to vote in the federal election are able to do so before the polls close.

Footage shows staff from the Australian Electoral Commission helping voters mark their name off registries and handing out ‘how to vote’ cards and ballot papers.

The leader of the opposition Labor Party, Bill Shorten, is hoping to be Australia’s sixth Prime Minister is just six years if he can defeat incumbent Scott Morrison and the conservative coalition led by the Liberal Party that have been in power since 2013.

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