The Loop: An Australian world record, Tom Cruise honored in Cannes and what to expect on the last full day of the election campaign

Hello everyone. It is Friday, May 20, and you read The Loop, a small overview of today’s news.

Let’s start here: it’s almost election day!

It’s the eve of the 2022 federal election and you almost smell the sausages of democracy.


Here’s what to watch for on the last full day of the campaign:

  • Both leaders will make their final pitches to voters across the country as wages, jobs and the cost of living continue to dominate the final days of the campaign.
  • Prime Minister Scott Morrison starts his day in Perth. Anthony Albanese of the Labor Party will be in Sydney and is due to be interviewed on the ABC at 7.30pm tonight
  • Early voting has been open since May 9 and more people will vote today or prepare to vote tomorrow. You can use our helpful how to vote tool to see who is running in your electorate, and where and how to vote
  • Australia’s Electoral Commission says thousands of people raised their hands to work at polling centers on Saturday, helping fill gaps due to understaffing


News while you slept

  • Australian swimmer and Olympic gold medalist Zac Stubblety-Cook beat a time set by a Russian athlete to set a new world record in the men’s 200m breaststroke at the Australian Swimming Championships final in Adelaide. He said breaking the record by 0.17 seconds was “a surreal moment”


  • A 21-year-old Russian soldier named Vadim Shishimarin asked a Ukrainian widow to forgive him for killing her husband. It came as a kyiv court convened for a second hearing in the first war crimes trial stemming from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

What Australia searched online

  • Tom Cruise. The 59-year-old actor received an honorary Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in France, which he attended for the European premiere of Top Gun: Maverick, the sequel to 1986’s Top Gun. Honorary golds have been awarded previously


  • Monkeypox. There is growing interest in the monkeypox virus amid cases emerging around the world, but experts have urged people not to panic, saying it ‘is not going to cause an epidemic in the world’. nationwide as COVID has done.” You can read more about monkeypox in our explainer here.

One more thing

  • Leigh Sales, who is preparing to host ABC election coverage again this Saturday, says the anticipation leading up to it is “killer and very stressful.” If you’re interested in a behind-the-scenes look at how the ABC organizes its election night shows, check out this excellent article by Backstory editor Natasha Johnson.

You are up to date!

Now go enjoy this last full day of the election campaign.


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