WITH just a few days left until federal election polling day on Saturday, the nation's bookies have made it clear how they think it's going to pan out.
According to online bookmaker sportsbet.com.au, Bill Shorten's Labor Party is a very short $1.14 favourite to form government, with the the Coalition a $5.50 outsider.
Sportsbet has also framed a market on the number of House of Representatives seats to be won by each party.
The shortest price ($2.50) is for Labor to win 81-85 of the 150 seats, which would give the party a majority of between 12 and 20 seats, while 86-90 seats is rated a $3 chance.
In Calare, Andrew Gee is favoured to retain the seat for the Nationals but is paying a fairly juicy $1.25 for any supporters who believe he is a certainly.
The Shooters, Fishers and Farmers' Sam Romano is on the second line of betting at $3.35 with Labor's Jess Jennings rated only a $12 chance.
Then comes The Greens' Stephanie Luke ($41), the Christian Democrats' Shuyi Chen ($51) and United Australia Party's Beverley. T. Cameron ($61), with Liberal Democrat Stephen Bisgrove the rank outsider at 100/1.
Skill and thrills for the students
THE Skills and Thrills Careers Showcase is coming to Bathurst this week.
The free careers showcase is an engaging event for local high school students with a focus on promoting vocational education and training pathways.
About 480 students are registered in for two sessions at Metro Cinemas, including students from both the Kelso and Bathurst campuses of Denison College of Secondary Education.
The showcase combines film, music and valuable career information, delivered in an innovative way through a one-hour presentation.
Supported by the NSW Department of Industry and presented by SkillsOne, the show assists students to connect their passion to a career pathway.
"Hopefully those that come will walk away being inspired about an opportunity through vocational education," Industry and Trade Minister John Barilaro said.