Brexit and budget numbers are playing well for the Coalition as we enter the home straight.
WHO WON THE DAY?
Bernard Keane, Crikey politics editor:
Brexit is still confusing political matters, which notionally is good for the Coalition and its campaign for stability. Labor’s budget numbers, portrayed as being significantly worse than the Coalition’s, were the most damaging issue of the day for Labor. A definite win for the government.
Paula Matthewson, political commentator and former media adviser to John Howard:
When the time comes to write the lessons of this election, historians and pundits may point to Labor’s admission that it would deliver a bigger short-term deficit than the Coalition as the day they lost the election. But for mine, it was yesterday when Labor did itself the most damage. Yes, the opposition did the right thing releasing its final costings a week out from the election, even if it did so under the cover of the Liberals’ campaign launch/rally. But it has badly mishandled its pitch for economic credibility by belatedly reversing its vociferous opposition to some of the Coalition’s zombie measures, and also crab-walking away from its criticism of the “retrospective” elements of the Government’s proposed changes to superannuation. All in the name of a budget bottom line that would still be worse than the Coalition’s. Frankly, Labor’s approach to the budget at this late stage of the campaign simply doesn’t make sense. It suggests a mighty balls-up took place behind the scenes that threw the Opposition’s otherwise tight and targeted campaign into disarray. The government needed to do nothing to win the day.
Eva Cox, writer, feminist, sociologist, social commentator and activist:
The Brexit bites and economic management is back big time and is harming the ALP. The government's emphasis on deficit scare campaign is working and the ALP is not successfully distracting it with Medicare scares. Interesting responses from the two leaders on Four Corner
s. For example, a question on whether offshore detention damages people had Malcolm evading any responsibility versus Bill accepting it partially. No doubt that will be used against him too. The LNP wins but voter choices increasingly seem to be the least worst options, rather than positive possibilities
. No wonder established centrist parties are losing their grip.
Simon Cowan, research manager at the Centre for Independent Studies
: It was always going to be a tough day for Labor
. Global uncertainty in financial markets, deficit blowouts in Labor costings, the Liberal campaign launch occurring without Tony Abbott resorting to wildfire a la Game of Thrones
… none of it helped. Nor has the public rending of garments by the fashionable left over those ignorant, racist voters and their Brexit. It’s a strange thing, but in a democracy voters somehow believe their vote means something -- a point the Coalition may like to think about if they remain in office.
Dr Zareh Ghazarian, political scientist at Monash University and author:
It was a pretty flat day for both party leaders after their campaign set pieces on the weekend, so it was Peta Credlin who captured attention
in her capacity as a commentator on Sky News by re-drawing attention to the deep division emerging in the Coalition about same-sex marriage.