Australia’s Labor Party Could Form Government Alone, Latest Poll Shows

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By James Glynn

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SYDNEY–Australia’s opposition Labor Party would win 80 seats in the House of Representatives and form a government in its own right if an election were held now.

According to the results of a YouGov MRP poll, published in The Australian newspaper on Thursday, the ruling Liberal-National Party coalition would be reduced to just 63 seats.

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The poll of 19,000 voters comes ahead of a federal election on May 21.

Greens and minor party candidates would make up the remaining eight seats, the poll showed.

The data suggests that a so-called hung parliament–where a major party would need to secure the support of minor party members in the lower house to form government–is unlikely.

The Australian Labor Party, which currently holds 68 seats in the House of Representatives, has been out of government since 2013.

The poll shows some affluent areas of Sydney and Melbourne, normally a safe bastion of support for the conservative coalition, are leaking support to the ALP.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg might be among the casualties of the election. Support among voters in his Melbourne seat of Kooyong are moving in favor of Climate 200 candidate, Monique Ryan, the poll shows.

Write to James Glynn at [email protected]

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