Voters have turned against the Coalition in Victoria, NSW and Queensland, according to the latest state-by-state primary vote cut of the SMH/Age Resolve Political Monitor. But it also reveals a challenge for Labor in Victoria and Queensland.
Information on the United Australia Party’s website shows the party will preference the Liberals ahead of Labor in 30 of the 34 seats in the House of Representatives that have a margin of 5% or below. The how-to-vote cards were published accidentally, the West Australian says (PW).
Former croc farmer/FNQ MP Warren Entch had COVID but kept it a secret from his staff, the general public and Queensland health authorities. The veteran politician chatted about a previous infection with journalists this week, which led to more questions (PW).
Facebook is doing pretty well out of the election campaign in NSW. A study from Queensland Uni shows the campaigns have bought $646,000 worth of ads on the platform since the election was called, and Wentworth voters are being targeted the most (PW).
NZ’s Reserve Bank Governor has told MPs to “step back and breathe” when considering the Bank’s track record on inflation. Adrian Orr says government spending is no longer fueling inflation, and he’s "positively surprised" how the Kiwi economy has come through the pandemic.
North Korea has fired another ballistic missile off its coast, vowing to step up its nuclear capability "at the fastest possible speed". South Korea’s incoming President Yoon Suk-yeol takes office next week and has promised stronger deterrent measures.
The mayor of Port Hedland Peter Carter has resigned from his local school board and apologised for making a “stupid mistake” (PW). He was seen being fed strawberries by a woman in a Vietnam hotel room during an online meeting.