Australia Prefers Morrison, But Coalition May Lose 10 Seats

Labor could return to power for the first time since 2013 should it win some of the key electorates.

 

Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison extended his lead as the country’s preferred leader but his government could still lose the federal election to be held next month, a poll showed on Monday, the first day of the official campaign.

A Newspoll conducted for The Australian newspaper showed Morrison gaining a point to 44 per cent, while opposition leader Anthony Albanese falling 3 points to 39 per cent, the largest lead the prime minister has held over his rival since February.


Australia's Labor Refuses To Discuss Defence

Although increasing number of the military specialists, including those in NATO, are concerned about Beijing stepping up its drills around Taiwan, an attack that will affect Australia and may trigger its own military action subsequently after the invasion, Labor refuses to discuss the most crucial issue for Australia - defence.

Last month, Communist China's army also launched on the ground drills on the Urumqui military training fields that appeared as a training on the desert and bush-like environment. Both NATO and Indo-Pacific partners closely one-week long watched Chinese manoeuvres of that character that took place for the first time since 1989. No official comment was available.

Morrison's government increased defence spending on all crucial programs including a multi-function unmanned aircraft, an upgraded version of Bushmaster, a still-classified name of UK, Australia and U.S. future aircraft, the ballistic missiles manufacture and the anti-missile defense shield's radars that strengthen strategic security of Australia.

Mr. Morrison’s personal ratings remained steady, his conservative Liberal National Party coalition could lose 10 seats and the election to Mr. Albanese’s centre-left Labor, which leads 53-47 on a two-party preferred basis, the poll said. The government has a one-seat majority in the lower house of parliament.

A separate survey done for the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper out on Monday predicted the ruling coalition could lose at least 14 seats including ones deemed safe in resource-rich Queensland and Western Australia states.


An Unknown of Labor Leader

Labor could return to power for the first time since 2013 should it win some of the key electorates with Morrison kicking off his election campaign from the marginal seat of Gilmore as he prepares to spend six weeks on the road before the vote.

This election … is about a choice, Mr. Morrison said during a media briefing on Monday, and described Albanese’s leadership as “untested and unknown.”

It’s a choice between strong economic management and strong financial management that contrasts to a Labor opposition who Australians know can’t be trusted to manage money, he added.

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