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Scott Morrison's Coalition loses its 50th consecutive Newspoll - but Bill Shorten is still nowhere near being Australia's preferred Prime Minister

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 10/03/2019 Adam Mccleery For Daily Mail Australia and Australian Associated Press

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Federal Labor is in the box seat to win the federal election after winning its 50th consecutive Newspoll.  

Labor remains in front of the Liberal-Nationals on a two-party preferred vote of 54-46 per cent, according to the latest poll which was published by The Australian on Sunday night.

The coalition's primary vote dropped one per cent to 36, while Labor polled 39 per cent in the latest count.

Yet Prime Minister Scott Morrison remains the preferred prime minister at 43 per cent to Opposition Leader Bill Shorten's 36 per cent.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Federal Labor is in the box seat to win the federal election after winning its 50th consecutive Newspoll (Labor leader Bill Shorten) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Federal Labor is in the box seat to win the federal election after winning its 50th consecutive Newspoll (Labor leader Bill Shorten) Mr Morrison even scored a four-point improvement on his overall approval ratings.

Voters are also slightly more satisfied with his performance giving him an extra point this poll at 43 per cent and his disapproval rate hit 45 per cent.

While Mr Shorten scored an extra point in approval ratings to 36 per cent, his disapproval rate scored 51 per cent.

The poll of 1610 Australian voters was conducted between Thursday and Sunday. 

The latest poll results come as Mr Shorten and Mr Morrison continue to campaign in NSW in the lead-up to the state election on March 23.  

The Prime Minister announced a new $7 billion metro rail line in time to support the opening of the new Western Sydney Nancy-Bird Walton International Airport. 

'Our government is investing in the infrastructure that Australians need to drive our economy forward,' Mr Morrison said on Sunday. 

'Today we're announcing a $7billion project together with the New South Wales State Government to fund the North South Rail to support the Western Sydney International Nancy-Bird Airport.' 

The rail is expected to open at the same time as the airport. 

Scott Morrison wearing a suit and tie © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Labor Party leader Bill Shorten was invited to speak at the NSW Labor Party election launch where he spoke about the party's focus on Sunday. 

'This Liberals and Nationals think that being in government is about telling people what to do,' he said to party members. 

'But in the Labor Party we know being in government is about what we can do for the people.'

Mr Shorten said investment in education was paramount to the country's future successes and a key focus for the party going forward.  

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