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One Nation support crashes to four-year low: Newspoll

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The latest Newspoll shows support for Pauline Hanson’s One Nation has crashed, boosting Labor’s lead but also giving the Coalition its equal-best primary vote since just after the last election.

 

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The poll for The Australian puts the major parties neck and neck on a primary vote of 39 per cent each.

Preferences from the Greens means Labor maintains a two-party-preferred lead of 52 per cent to 48 per cent, which is a 2.4 per cent swing against the Coalition.

This could represent a potential loss of 10 seats for the Coalition.

The Coalition has built on a two-point jump in its primary vote two weeks ago, adding another point in the latest Newspoll.

But One Nation has seen its support crash to four per cent in the wake of the guns-for-funds scandal, which is the lowest point for the party since 2016.

The Greens remained unchanged on 9 per cent.

Going into the first full week of the campaign, Prime Minister Scott Morrison ­enjoys an unchanged 11-point lead over Opposition Leader Bill Shorten as preferred prime minister.

Morrison and Shorten will campaign in outer eastern Melbourne today as they both target Liberal-held seats.

The Labor leader is announcing $250 million to cut urgent elective surgery waiting times in state public hospital systems.

“Procedures such as knee and hip replacements or cataract surgeries aren’t elective – they are essential,” Mr Shorten said.

Labor has targeted healthcare over the first five days of the campaign, banking on bigger spending to win over voters.

Both leaders held mini-campaign launches on Sunday, and both relied on AC/DC to set the mood.

The coalition event in Queensland blasted “Back in Black” as Morrison talked up the budget surplus forecast and his party’s handling of the economy.

“I don’t want my children to ever have to live through a recession but if you stick to the policies of the Liberal/National Party, that is the best defence that you can ever think of for going against a recession,” he told the crowd yesterday.

Labor played “Long Way To The Top” as Shorten promised Australian voters his party won’t let them down.

He said Labor had ripped up the opposition playbook and boldly announced policies to win over voters.

“We decided we couldn’t just sit back and wait for the other side to trip over their own shoe laces,” he told the Labor rally in Sydney.

-AAP

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