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Election Campaign#3 « Previous | |Next »
August 23, 2004

Does Rowe have the state of play wrong?


Latham is not really battered and bruised. It would appear from recent polls that the trend of John Howard's clawback of the ALP's two party preferred vote lead has run out of puff. What is even worse is that the catchup trend of the past month or so may be falling away, with the gap between the two major parties now beginning to widen. That would be bad news for Howard.

What now for Howard? One strategy is more money to be spent on shoring up the Coalition's electoral base?

The latest on this front is increasing the subsidies to private health insurance for the aged users of the health system. The recent health moves have effectively boxed the Latham-led ALP into a corner. The party of publicly-funded universal health care now confirms that it would keep the 30 per cent private health insurance rebate if it won government.

Have you noticed how the ALP keeps on moving to the right whilst its rhetoric remains the same?

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 12:57 PM | | Comments (0)