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Australian prime minister urges stability after Brexit vote

  • Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull waves after speaking during his Liberal Party election campaign launch in Sydney, Sunday, June 26, 2016. A national election will be held July 2. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

    Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull waves after speaking during his Liberal Party election campaign launch in Sydney, Sunday, June 26, 2016. A national election will be held July 2. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)  (The Associated Press)

  • Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, second from left, holds his grandson, Jack, as his family gather on stage after his Liberal Party election campaign launch speech in Sydney, Sunday, June 26, 2016. A national election will be held July 2. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

    Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, second from left, holds his grandson, Jack, as his family gather on stage after his Liberal Party election campaign launch speech in Sydney, Sunday, June 26, 2016. A national election will be held July 2. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)  (The Associated Press)

  • Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks during his Liberal Party election campaign launch in Sydney, Sunday, June 26, 2016. A national election will be held July 2. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

    Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks during his Liberal Party election campaign launch in Sydney, Sunday, June 26, 2016. A national election will be held July 2. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)  (The Associated Press)

Australia's prime minister has used his official campaign launch to warn against a change of government during the ongoing economic fallout from Britain's decision to leave the European Union.

Polls are projecting a win for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's conservative coalition next Saturday for a second three-year term with a reduced majority.

Turnbull said on Sunday at the Sydney launch his government was better placed to strike vital new trade deals with the EU and Britain after the separation forced by a British referendum.

He says Australia has struck free trade deals with major trade partners China, Japan and South Korea and renegotiated a pact with Singapore during the government's first term.

Opposition leader Bill Shorten says the government is divided.