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Bill Shorten cooks up democracy dumplings

While sausages may have become Australia's unofficial election food, Bill Shorten has put democracy dumplings on the menu in a crucial Sydney seat.

Two days before snags sizzle nationwide, the Labor leader called into a Chinese restaurant in the Sydney suburb of Burwood to make dumplings.

The long-time Labor-supporting owners of the restaurant were so impressed with his performance they offered him a part-time gig.

"I'm going for another job but I appreciate it. I'll get in touch Sunday if something unforeseen happens," Mr Shorten said.

Both leaders launched a last-ditch pitch in the Liberal-held seat of Reid, which has a large migrant population, on Thursday.

Popular MP Craig Laundy's retirement has made it a tight race despite the government's 4.7 per cent margin.

One Chinese-Australian voter told AAP many in his community were concerned about Labor's changes to negative gearing and capital gains tax.

But he's still voting Labor, annoyed with Prime Minister Scott Morrison describing China as a customer.

Mr Shorten kicked off the day with some FM radio, admitting in one interview he was surprised Malcolm Turnbull's son recorded robocalls urging voters to dump Victorian Liberals.

Alex Turnbull has teamed up with left-wing activist group GetUp! to record robocalls calling Health Minister Greg Hunt, a key backer of Peter Dutton, to be dumped.

Mr Shorten said he didn't see the intervention coming, but couldn't resist a dig over last year's brutal leadership spill.

"Mind you, I don't think his dad saw ScoMo coming," he told 2Day FM on Thursday.

The Labor leader also had a tip for election-night parties after being asked if he had been to Dan Murphy's to stock up for Saturday.

He revealed he plays the discount liquor chain off against rival First Choice, capitalising on price-matching policies.

"This is a little, if you like, a shopper's hack and potentially a very useful thing," he told KIIS FM Melbourne.

"See, I'm not just another pretty face, am I?"

Later, Mr Shorten made his final major speech of the campaign urging a "vote for change" in a pitch focused on climate change and wages.

At the site of Gough Whitlam's 1972 'It's Time' address, supporters cheered Mr Shorten on as he talked up Labor's policy agenda.

Indigenous elder Greg Simms gave the welcome to country, saying he started voting Labor almost 50 years ago.

"This is a very special day and we're gonna kick arse on Saturday," he told the party faithful.

Mr Shorten said Labor was the only party which would take the "emergency" of climate change seriously.

"My fellow Australians, the door to a better, bolder, and more equal and exciting future stands ajar," he said.

© AAP 2019