When Australians mark their ballot papers today, they will be making a choice between fundamentally different visions for the future of our country.
Labor's vision is for a country where every Australian has the right to a decent job and where our economy is growing strongly to generate these opportunities.
That vision is why we have policies for a strong economy, better schools, world-class healthcare and a fair society for all.
By contrast, Tony Abbott has failed to articulate any vision, offering only three-word political slogans.
And his policies all boil down to one thing: cuts.
My opponent plans to cut services, education, family payments and jobs.
Cuts to the bone are the last thing Australia needs as our economy faces an important transition with the mining investment boom coming to an end.
Mr Abbott's cuts will be particularly damaging for a region like the Illawarra because they won't fund new Trade Training Centres, the proposed new Home of Football in West Dapto or build the Maldon-Dombarton rail link.
Labor has a $1 billion plan to create jobs beyond the boom and diversify our economy.
This builds on existing Labor policies which are supporting jobs and economic diversification in the Illawarra - policies like the Steel Transformation Plan, which Mr Abbott voted against in Parliament, and the Illawarra Region Innovation and Investment Fund - which will be cut.
By contrast, Mr Abbott will cut jobs and wave goodbye to our manufacturing industry.
Labor has a $15 billion Better Schools Plan to ensure our kids get more one-on-one attention in the classroom.
Mr Abbott will cut school funding - and he will cut the Schoolkids Bonus.
Labor is building the National Broadband Network to provide affordable, superfast broadband for families and businesses.
Mr Abbott will scrap the NBN and leave Australians to rely on outmoded copper wire.
Labor will continue investing in our health and hospital system.
Mr Abbott's track record as health minister was to slash $1 billion from hospitals.
Labor is building fair workplaces and supporting women in the workforce with the nation's first Paid Parental Leave scheme.
By contrast, when Mr Abbott was in power the Coalition introduced WorkChoices which cut pay and conditions.
Labor is standing at this election on its record and on its plans for the future.
Our record is strong: while many of the world's advanced economies plunged into recession, Labor kept Australia's economy growing, creating nearly one million jobs.
But we cannot take the future for granted.
We can only build a prosperous future by working together and implementing Labor's positive plans, not by cutting to the bone.
This is why I ask Australians to think carefully when they vote today - and why I ask for their support in building our future together.