The latest Newspoll shows the Coalition and Labor very close on a two-party preferred basis. Commentators attribute this to some traction from Julia Gillard’s smear and innuendo of Tony Abbott.
But the results are heartening. First, it will reduce the complacency that was starting to hit the Coalition. Hopefully it will also encourage some substantial policy development.
Second, it helps keep Julia Gillard in place – I still think Kevin Rudd is the Coalition’s biggest threat.
As long as the poll is not reflecting a long term swing back to Labor, it is only good news for the Coalition.
As for Tony Abbott – I think he needs to be much more assertive in the face of the outrageous personal attacks upon him. He should be calling Julia Gillard and her supporters liars – after all they are deliberately attempting to deceive the population by falsely accusing Tony Abbott of misogyny and sexism. He should get on the front foot and declare that he will not accept the innuendo and smears emanating from Labor’s gutter. He should call for the Prime Minister to cease lying and to focus on criticising the Coalition’s policies. By not fully combating the smears, it gives the perception that they have some validity.
Labor is the party of the ad hominem attack.