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Popularity of Aus govt dips to 12-month low
Popularity of Aus govt dips to 12-month low

Canberra, March 15 (TIWN) Australia's opposition Labor Party has taken an electoral lead over the ruling government for the first time after the latter's popularity plunged to a 12-month low, according to a poll.

The latest edition of Newspoll published on Sunday night found that the Labor party leads the governing coalition 52-48 on a two-party preferred basis, reports Xinhua news agency.

It comes after the two parties spent the first two months of 2021 deadlocked at 50-50 and marks the first time Labor has led the coalition since March 15, 2020, when restrictions were first introduced to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in Australia.

The poll revealed that popular support for the coalition has fallen three points to 39 per cent while that for Labor rose by two points to 39 per cent.

The poll was taken as the government faced the fallout from scandals.

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