Australian prime minister Scott Morrison flattens boy during football match

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Australian prime minister Scott Morrison flattens boy during football match

This is the moment Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison knocks over a boy during a friendly football game in Tasmania.

Mr Morrison, who was visiting the Devonport Strikers Soccer Club, ahead of Saturday’s federal election in Australia, accidentally knocked over the boy in scenes reminiscent of Boris Johnson in Japan in 2015.

Mr Johnson, who was the London Mayor at the time, was visiting Tokyo where he was filmed taking out a school boy during a game of street rugby.

Ten-year-old Toki Sekiguchi, said afterwards: “I felt a little bit of pain but it’s OK.”

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Mr Morrison's conservative coalition is seeking a rare fourth three-year term in the Australian elections on Saturday but is facing a considerable threat from Labor and its leader Anthony Albanese.

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Latest polls show Labor’s lead over Mr Morrison's Liberal-National government has shrunk to 51-49 per cent on a two-party preferred basis from 54-46 per cent two weeks ago, a poll for the Sydney Morning Herald showed, while a Guardian poll indicated it had dipped a point to 48 per cent.

Mr Morrison described the pre-polling trends as "really encouraging", while Labor acknowledged the election would be "incredibly close".

Rising living costs have dominated the final stretches of the Australian campaign with voters rating it as the most critical issue in some polls.

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