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Australian politics live: Penny Wong lashes PM over handling of Solomon Islands; Morrison and Albanese to face off in leaders’ debate

latest survey of 1,020 respondents shows Labor’s standing in the two-party preferred “plus” measure is down three points in a fortnight, and there has been a two point increase in the number of undecided voters.
Source: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2022/apr/20/australian-politics-live-scott-morrison-anthony-albanese-first-leaders-debate-election-2022-nsw-qld-victoria-coaltion-labor

But 55% of respondents believe Labor will win on 21 May.Well, let me make this clear – the Prime Minister has been in constant contact not only with the Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands, but other Pacific nations have also been in diplomatic discussions with the Solomon Islands. Shadow foreign affairs minister says security pact with China the ‘worst Australian foreign policy blunder in the Pacific since the end of world war two’. Undecided voters will put questions to the rivals at a Brisbane forum tonight in first leaders’ debate of 2022 election campaign. But we’re in care-taker mode and when you’re in care-taker mode there is an agreement between the Government and the opposition about a joint approach to this. Follow all the day’s newsGuardian Essential poll: Labor loses ground in first week of campaignAdam Morton: The Coalition-News Corp attack on Labor’s energy policy is all too familiarAustralian Christian Lobby targets Liberal MPs who voted against religious discrimination lawsHome care packages delayed as staff shortages ravage aged care sectorAustralian election 2022 seat explorerGuardian Australia’s full federal election coverageGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingKatharine Murphy has the latest Guardian Essential poll:Labor appears to have lost ground in the opening week of the federal election campaign according to the latest Guardian Essential poll, but a majority of respondents still think Anthony Albanese will be Australia’s next prime minister.The And the opposition, the Labor Party, agreed* that the best form of attack that we put forward was that Zed Seselja should go there as the Pacific Minister, as one who has constant that has been on the ground on the Solomon Islands and with our other Pacific nations in dealing with this matter would have better cut-through.
Source: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/apr/20/guardian-essential-poll-labor-loses-ground-in-first-week-of-campaign-but-remains-ahead-of-coalition

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