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.
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“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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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.