Live stream Scott Morrison vs Anthony Albanese: Watch the showdown of the third and final front runners debate

For what is likely to be the last time before Election Day, Anthony Albanese and Scott Morrison will stand shoulder to shoulder and address the country.

The contenders for the post of prime minister will debate for the third time on the Seven Network on Wednesday evening.

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7NEWS Political Editor Mark Riley will moderate the debate.

He said he hoped to avoid the scenes at the second debate, which at times erupted in shouting.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks at the first debate of the heads of state and government. Recognition: JASON EDWARDS/AAP

“We want them to do those pitches in a way that viewers can hear and understand without all the shouting and talking to each other,” he said earlier this week.

“Voters want to know who has the better policies, not the better disparagements.

“That’s not to say we don’t want them to engage in real debate. We do, but we also want you to keep it polite.

“We understand that these two guys don’t like each other, it’s pretty obvious. But voters want to hear their differing plans for the country’s future.

“If that means I have to stand between them to make sure that happens, then I will.”

Opposition leader Anthony Albanese during the second Heads of State and Government debate.
Opposition leader Anthony Albanese during the second Heads of State and Government debate. Recognition: Alex Ellinghausen/AAP

Debate begins at 9:10 p.m. AEST.

Immediately afterwards, Michael Usher will host a special edition of The Latest to gauge undecided voter reactions.

Missed the first two debates? Catch up here:

The Big Issues

Dozens of everyday speculators will be stationed in seven constituencies on battlefields across the country, ready to give their verdict on who they think did best.

There will be live coverage from a seat in every jurisdiction apart from the ACT including Chisholm, Macquarie, Lilley, Boothby, Hasluck, Bass and Solomon.

The debate aims to cover the most important and emerging issues of the election campaign.

Health care, renewable energy, cost of living, affordable housing, corruption and defense are among the topics to be discussed.

Timely showdown

The debate will likely be the last time leaders will have a chance to confront each other head-on on the big issues.

It comes at a crucial time, just 10 days before Election Day and with thousands across the country voting early.

Seven’s debate is the third of three meetings between Albanese and Morrison, with the latter badly in need of an election win to keep up.

The latest Newspoll showed a fall in support for the coalition, with Labor holding a 4 per cent lead on the primary vote, 39 per cent to 35 per cent.

On a bipartisan basis, Labor leads the coalition 54-46.

Summary of the first debate

The first debate may feel like it was months ago, as it took place in Brisbane almost three weeks ago before an audience of 100 undecided voters.

Among the more memorable moments of the debate, Morrison told the mother of a boy with autism that he and his wife were “blessed” that they did not have to go through the same things as her, and Albanese and Morrison brought up Labour’s history the return policy for boats.

At one point, Albanese accused Morrison of “outrageous insult” when he said Labor had sided with “China’s side” in a Solomon Islands-China security deal.

According to host broadcaster Sky News, voters in the area voted Albanese the winner of the debate by a margin of 40 to 35, with a quarter remaining in a tie.

Review of the second debate

The second debate took place just three nights ago on the Nine Network.

It turned out to be far more heated than the first meeting, which at times turned into a screaming match.

Both leaders came out with stronger rhetoric towards their opponent, Albanese accused Morrison’s policy of having “all the sincerity of a fake tan”, while the Prime Minister countered that Labor had had a “revolving door” or leadership.

Ultimately, viewers of that debate decided it was a dead heat, according to the hosts.

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