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Scott Morrison's Coalition falling behind in key NSW seats

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 10/05/2022 Kylie Stevens For Daily Mail Australia

Scott Morrison's Coalition is trailing in key NSW marginal seats 11 days out from the election, according to 'catastrophic' secret polling. 

Leaked internal government polling unveiled by 10 News claims the Coalition behind in several seats held by sitting MPs in the Prime Minister's home state, which they must hold to have any chance of retaining power in parliament.

The traditional Liberal heartland of Bennelong is in grave danger with rising star Simon Kennedy currently trailing his Labor rival.

Reid MP Dr Fiona Martin is tipped to lose her Sydney seat, while Robertson MP Lucy Wicks is also in serious trouble on the Central Coast. 

The Coalition issued a swift response hitting back at the unauthorised poll results revealed by the network.

'This was not polling commissioned by the Liberal Party (federally or in NSW),' a campaign spokesman said.

Secret polling results suggests Robertson MP Lucy Wicks (pictured in parliament) may lose her NSW Central Coast seat © Provided by Daily Mail Secret polling results suggests Robertson MP Lucy Wicks (pictured in parliament) may lose her NSW Central Coast seat

The marginal seat of Reid in the Sydney's inner-west is regarded as a must-win for the Coalition.

Mr Morrison visited the usually safe Sydney electorate of Bennelong on Tuesday, which is among a host of Coalition seats under threat.

Held by retiring Liberal MP John Alexander, its previous 6.9 per cent margin is now gone with Liberal candidate Simon Kennedy now trailing Labor rival, Ryde councillor Jerome Laxale by 10 per cent.

The seat has only been won once by Labor in 2007 when journalist Maxine McKew ousted Prime Minister John Howard from his own seat. 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison visited the usually safe seat of Bennelong on Tuesday, one of the seats the Coalition is in danger of losing © Provided by Daily Mail Prime Minister Scott Morrison visited the usually safe seat of Bennelong on Tuesday, one of the seats the Coalition is in danger of losing Sydney-based Reid MP Fiona Martin (pictured) is also in grave danger of losing her seat © Provided by Daily Mail Sydney-based Reid MP Fiona Martin (pictured) is also in grave danger of losing her seat

The Prime Minister has already made several visits to Parramatta with candidate Maria Kovacic during the election campaign in the desperate hope of winning back the western Sydney seat for the first time since 2004.


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But the seat is already regarded as unwinnable for the Coalition with parachuted Labor candidate Andrew Charlton expected to take the reigns from retiring MP Julie Owens, despite hailing from the eastern suburbs.

Elsewhere, former NSW minister Andrew Constance's campaign to enter federal parliament is also on shaky ground, trailing Fiona Phillips in the seat of Gilmore on the state's south coast.

The latest Newspoll released on Monday showed Labor has extended its lead over the Coalition but Mr Morrison still  remains Australia's preferred prime minister.

The Australian reported Labor now holds 39 per cent of the vote, compared to the Liberal and Nationals' 35 per cent - the largest lead Anthony Albanese's party has held during the current federal election campaign.

The Labor leader however still trails Mr Morrison in the PM vote 44-42, however Mr Albanese has climbed three points in the past week while the Liberals leader has fallen a point.

Labor holds a 54-46 lead over the Coalition in the two-party preferred vote, climbing for the first time since early April.

Skyrocketing cost of living prices have seen Labor tighten its grip on the election, with the opposition earning the confidence ahead of Mr Morrison's government that has seen interest rates rise for the first time in 11 years.

The seat of Parramatta was declared as unwinnable for the Coalition, despite Prime Minister Scott Morrison regular visiting the electorate on the campaign trial with Maria Kovacic © Provided by Daily Mail The seat of Parramatta was declared as unwinnable for the Coalition, despite Prime Minister Scott Morrison regular visiting the electorate on the campaign trial with Maria Kovacic

EXCLUSIVE: The TRUTH behind the election ad no Aussie can get out of their head: How Labor's 'that's not my job' commercial takes Scott Morrison is completely out context - and the desperate way the Liberals are being forced to counter it 

By Charlie Moore, Political Reporter For Daily Mail Australia

The Liberals have released a counter-advert blasting Labor's commercial featuring Scott Morrison saying 'that's not my job' three times.

The Labor TV and radio advert, regarded as among the most effective of the election campaign, slams the Prime Minister for making mistakes and excuses over the past three years.

But the Liberals say the clips used were taken out of context and mashed together for dramatic effect.

They are so furious about the advert they have released a counter-ad - first seen by Daily Mail Australia - explaining why they think it's so unfair.

The first clip showing Mr Morrison saying 'that's not my job' is from a Today show interview with Karl Stefanovic and Alison Langdon on August 19, 2020.

Stefanovic asked: 'Why haven't you personally lost patience with Dan Andrews' and the PM replied: 'Because that's not my job.'

Mr Morrison says the response was not an excuse but an explanation of why he was not criticising the Victoria premier over the state's huge Covid outbreak.

The second clip is from a press conference in Queensland on October 11, 2020.

The Prime Minister was defending his policy allowing Aussies to access their superannuation early when he said: ' I'm not going to go around telling Australians how to spend their own money, that's not my job.'

In the third clip, the Prime Minister was being interviewed by Tara Brown on 60 Minutes on March 22, 2020.

Asked if he was frightened by the pandemic, he replied: 'It's not my job to do that'.

Coalition campaign spokesman Simon Birmingham claimed Labor has been 'caught out lying to the Australian public' by falsely implying the PM was making excuses for mistakes.

The advert, released on April 21, slammed Mr Morrison for his Hawaii holiday during the 2019 bushfires and blamed him for the slow Covid vaccine rollout and rapid test shortage.

Asked if the commercial was frustrating, Mr Morrison told Ray Hadley on radio 2GB on Tuesday: 'Well, yes.

In the third clip the Prime Minister was being interviewed by Tara Brown on 60 Minutes on March 22, 2020.

'I mean, the three quotes they're using. I was asked, should I be afraid of the pandemic? No, no, that isn't my job to be afraid of the pandemic.

'Is it, is it my job to shout down the phone at a state premier while you're trying to manage a pandemic?

'No, I don't think that's a smart idea when we're all trying to work together and get through the pandemic.'

He added: 'This is what Labor does, they don't have a plan for government.'

A Labor spokesman said: 'We make no apologies for highlighting the Prime Minister's record because Australians know Scott Morrison has a problem with taking responsibility.

'It's a fact that Scott Morrison failed Australians when it came to quarantine, the vaccine rollout and ordering enough RATs.

'Scott Morrison is more interested in spinning a story to make himself look good than taking responsibility for his failures that have cost Australians throughout this pandemic.'

Labor's advert is remarkably similar to a TikTok video uploaded in February featuring Mr Morrison repeatedly saying 'that's not my job.'

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