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AustraliaBroccoli or brussels sprouts? Voters struggle with Morrison and Shorten

02:55  17 may  2019
02:55  17 may  2019 Source:   smh.com.au

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Rather Australians are evenly split between Scott Morrison and Bill Shorten . It's like a kid who's forced to choose between broccoli and brussels sprouts . He decided a couple of years ago that he couldn't stomach the Scott Morrison broccoli anymore, so he's reluctantly going to give the Bill

Voters struggle with Morrison and Shorten : Hawke/Keating slam Morrison over economy Bob Hawke and Paul Keating have written an opinio Rather Australians are evenly split between Scott Morrison and Bill Shorten . It's like a kid who's forced to choose between broccoli and brussels

Broccoli or brussels sprouts? Voters struggle with Morrison and Shorten© AAP Image/Rohan Thomson The final Ipsos poll of the campaign finds Labor holding the narrowest of advantages at 51 per cent of the two-party preferred vote to the Coalition's 49. Australia appears to have decided to stick with its consistent two-year view that the Coalition government has to go, but is tensing a little with apprehension as decision day approaches.

The final Ipsos poll of the campaign finds Labor holding the narrowest of advantages at 51 per cent of the two-party preferred vote to the Coalition's 49.

That's consistent with the general run of all the various polling companies which, before including the Ipsos result, was finding an average 51.5 per cent in favour of Labor.

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Opinion. Australia votes . Broccoli or brussels sprouts ? Voters struggle with Morrison and Shorten . There's no big swing on. Australia votes . Ipsos poll: Bill Shorten leaps as preferred prime minister but two-party contest narrows. Australian voters are shifting their support behind the Labor

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But there's no big swing on. The polls suggest a swing of 2 per cent on a national scale in favour of Labor compared to the last election result. But a few weeks ago it was about 3 per cent. There seems to be, if anything, a hesitancy in committing to Labor.

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Broccoli or brussels sprouts? Voters struggle with Morrison and Shorten

It's like a kid who's forced to choose between broccoli and brussels sprouts. He decided a couple of years ago that he couldn't stomach the Scott Morrison broccoli anymore, so he's reluctantly going to give the Bill Shorten brussels sprouts a stab.

Broccoli or brussels sprouts? Voters struggle with Morrison and Shorten
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"There is a narrowing," says Ipsos pollster Jess Elgood. "I think it's testament to Scott Morrison's campaign and the way he's kept hammering away on the economy, on tax. Because there's not been much of an agenda from the government except for 'Look out for Labor, they're coming after your wallet'."

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Crunchy raw broccoli and brussels sprouts meet their match in a punchy triumvirate of olives, anchovies, and lemon juice. Starting at the crown, thinly slice both halves, including the stalk (alternatively, you can slice both broccoli and brussels sprouts in a food processor).

Toss broccoli , cauliflower and sprouts in a bowl with olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper and granulated onion. Spread vegetable mixture in a single layer on baking sheet. Bake for 25-35 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately toss with fresh lemon juice and parmesan cheese. Serve hot.

The narrowing in favour of the Coalition at the big-picture, two-party preferred level is the smallest possible - 1 percentage point. Is this meaningful in a poll with a margin of error of 2.3 per cent?

"To talk about a trend of 1 per cent is a bit of a nonsense," says independent polling expert John Stirton, "except that it's happening again and again, in one poll after another."

By which he means that all the major polling companies including Ipsos have found the same movement over the course of the campaign - a 1 percentage point shift to the Coalition.

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Broccoli or brussels sprouts? Voters struggle with Morrison and Shorten

Taken together, all the polls collectively and individually point to the same outcome: "The polling suggests Labor will win, perhaps by only a small number of seats," concludes Stirton, formerly the longtime pollster for Nielsen. "If you're Labor, you'll take that."

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Toss broccoli and brussels sprouts in olive oil and garlic salt. Once coated well add the parmesan cheese and toss again. Spread vegetables out on a foil lined cookie sheet. Roast for 25-30 minutes or until vegetables are nice and crispy. Serve and Enjoy!

Remove the core end of the brussels sprouts and slice them in half. Place veggies in a single layer on a parchment lined sheet tray with sides. Toss with 2 T of the olive oil, garlic, and salt and pepper to taste. Roast in the oven for 20-30 minutes depending on how crisp you like them.

The biggest movement in this week's polls is in Bill Shorten's approval rating. The Labor leader, who has long been distinctly unloved, has seen a marked improvement. His approval rating gained three points and his disapproval lost three.

The result? His net approval rating is now minus 5. Other polls found the same movement over the same time. And the reason? It follows the attack by Murdoch's Daily Telegraph on Shorten for allegedly manipulating the story of his mother's life for political advantage.

As a hit job, it was a spectacular failure. Shorten's tearful response "cracked the professional politician and gave people a glimmer of him as a person," as Elgood puts it. Labor will take that, too.

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