The Fairfax-Ipsos poll was conducted over the weekend. It has the coalition and Labor tied at 50-50. There is an assumption that allocation of preferences similar to those at the last election will take place.

Cabinet minister Simon Birmingham has portrayed disapproval regarding the new opinion poll’s “knife-edge” prophecy for the upcoming federal election.

However, Minister Birmingham mentioned that he was not surprised with the contest becoming narrow.

“Every Australian election is a hard-fought affair and a close battle,” he said.

On Monday, Federal MPs and senators will be heading back to Canberra for the special sitting of the week. They will be voting for key legislation to restore the Australian Building and Construction Commission and the registered organisations bill.

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According to Sky News, Employment Minister Michaelia Cash is expecting that the polls will get tightened in an election year.

Her cabinet colleague George Brandis also says margins will be narrowed while entering the “home stretch.” He believes that at this stage in the process, the opinion poll is exactly where they would have expected it to be, says 9 News.

Instead of fighting back to get into the game, senior frontbencher Penny Wong said that Labor has been facing the challenge of defeating a first-term government.

“We all know how high that mountain is to climb,” she said on Monday.

“I think people are responding to the fact that we’ve got a prime minister who doesn’t have a plan for government.”
Her statements clearly refer to the Ipsos poll which shows that voters are questioning Turnbull’s ability to make things happen. The percentage shows a little more than half thinks that he has a clear vision for Australia’s future.