Scott Morrison’s visit last week to the Christmas Island regional processing centre in a bid to keep the pressure on Labor’s softened border protection policy failed to ameliorate the damage, with the two-party-preferred vote widening from 53-47 a fortnight ago to 54-46 this week, giving Labor a clear eight-point lead over the Coalition.
With both leaders attending campaign launches for the NSW election yesterday, the appearance of divisions at the national level has led to a further one-point decline in the Coalition’s primary vote, to 36 per cent.
The government will now pin its hopes on the April 2 budget for a political recovery before the expected May election, amid internal calls for unity.
But Labor has lost the election boats. David Crowe said so.