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Scott Morrison Labels Himself The Underdog Heading Into The Federal Election

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Scott Morrison Labels Himself The Underdog Heading Into The Federal Election

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said it's clear he's the underdog going into next year's federal election.

His statement comes off the back of the latest Newspoll commissioned by The Australian which shows the Coalition has made a two-point lift to 37 per cent but still trails Labor at 38 per cent.

The Greens holds 11 per cent of the support.

On a two-party-preferred basis, the Coalition continues to trail Labor 47-53 per cent.

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Morrison has increased his campaigning in marginal seats ahead of the election, which must occur by the end of May, 2022. But, the Prime Minister has faced backlash over his decision to lock in the climate change target for 2030.

Australian PM Scott Morrison. Credit: PA
Australian PM Scott Morrison. Credit: PA

The Glasgow Climate Pact, which was signed by Morrison, requests the nations involved come back with tougher pledges within 12 months.

Despite this, Morrison said he will not be revisiting the goal, instead repeating his promise that the government would be able to cut emissions by 35 per cent, going beyond the formal target.

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Morrison's approval ratings are currently the lowest since March 2020.

Morrison told reporters in Western Sydney this week that it wasn't the first time he was on the back foot.

He said it was 'fairly clear' that he was the underdog going into the election, but that he'd 'been here before, on more than one occasion'.

"Having spent pretty much since June locked up in various quarantines and other lockdowns in NSW and in Canberra, I am just pleased to be out and about talking to people," he said.

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Morrison used his time campaigning to claim that a Labor government would increase petrol prices, electricity prices and interest rates.

The RBA said it won't raise the cash rate until 2024, but the major banks have already begun to increase fixed rates on mortgage products and are likely to continue over the next six months.

Morrison's comments were made without citing any Labor policies.

Labor hasn't yet revealed its interim emission target for 2030, or any implications for petrol or electricity.

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Opposition leader Anthony Albanese is also currently facing the lowest approval ratings since he became leader in May 2019.

Topics: News, Election, Australia, Politics

Hannah Blackiston
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