Anthony Albanese has said there will be an early budget next year which seems to rule out a early election.
While two-party preferred polling is steady, a majority of Australians support Labor’s changes to the stage 3 tax cuts.
The summer break hasn’t changed the Freshwater polling figures for the two major parties federally. Overseas, the former US President is in a strong position ahead of the Iowa caucus.
Latest polling suggests Labor’s position might be improving slightly, perhaps due to increased optimism about the state of the economy.
While the latest poll gives the Labor government a comfortable lead, this is not supported by other polls.
The Labor government’s once-healthy lead has crashed since the October referendum.
Many are asking whether Prime Minister Anthony Albanese raised with Chinese President Xi Jinping that Australian sailors have been injured by sonar pulses from a Chinese destroyer.
The Labor Party continues the poll slide it has experienced since the failed Voice referendum in October.
Labor still leads on two-party preferred, but is feeling the strain as cost of living pressures take hold.
Infrastructure is always a vexed issue. The program is full of pork barrelling, whoever is in power. Even when that’s not involved, what to build and when it should be built is often contested.
The slumping polls show how damaging the heavy defeat of the Voice referendum and continuing cost of living pressures have been to the prime minister and Labor.
There are limits around what Australia might hope to achieve and what it should expect in Beijing, but there is room for cooperation.
Despite the pomp of a state visit, Albanese will be hoping to bring home from Washington some significant wins on policy and the bilateral relationship.
Despite the best of intentions, the prime minister’s determination to take Australians to a referendum on the Voice to Parliament has caused tremendous damage.
As the Middle East crisis risks raising tensions within Labor, which has a divided feelings about Palestine, Husic sought to tread a careful line, while emphasising the mounting toll of Palestinian victims