/ 01 March 2024

Big ballot box test

People vote at a voting station in the Sydney suburb of Bondi Beach on July 2, 2016.
Australians flocked to vote in the national election with conservative leader Malcolm Turnbull appearing to have a slight edge over Labor's Bill Shorten, culminating a marathon race where economic management has become a key issue in the wake of the Brexit vote. / AFP / WILLIAM WEST        (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP via Getty Images)
People vote at a voting station in the Sydney suburb of Bondi Beach on July 2, 2016. Australians flocked to vote in the national election with conservative leader Malcolm Turnbull appearing to have a slight edge over Labor's Bill Shorten, culminating a marathon race where economic management has become a key issue in the wake of the Brexit vote. / AFP / WILLIAM WEST (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP via Getty Images)

The Dunkley by-election that’s come about due to the death of Labor’s Peta Murphy will be held tomorrow on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula – and the result is tipped to be close. Labor hopes their candidate Jodie Belyea – who was hand-picked by Murphy – can retain the seat, while the Liberals are betting on Nathan Conroy to wrestle it away. And as we’re not a year from the next federal election, the birthday boy/PM Anthony Albanese and Coalition leader Peter Dutton are looking for a good result. Cost of living is the big issue, and commentators say it will be a good read on how the Stage 3 tax cut changes have gone down. There was a blow-up in federal parliament yesterday when a former immigration detainee was charged and then had sex offence charges dropped after being wrongly identified. So it’s possible the Coalition will put community safety on the agenda when talking to Dunkley voters today. 

If you’re wondering why we have by-elections and how they work in Oz, as well as more about the Dunkley by-election, check out the latest Squiz Shortcut, which discusses everything you need to know.

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