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Is Anthony Albanese - and Labor - really ready to govern Australia after the next election?

Jack Waterford
By Jack Waterford
Updated October 22 2021 - 7:41pm, first published 6:30pm
Opposition leader Anthony Albanese. Picture: Sitthixay Ditthavong

Anthony Albanese, seven months or less from a federal election, ought to be able to contemplate his position with a certain amount of calm. He has had a year in which the government has done far more damage to itself than it has been able to inflict on Labor, or on Albanese himself. The polls suggest not only that Labor is comfortably ahead, but that, because the gap is not changing much, the electorate has more or less made up its mind about the Morrison government. No one in Labor trusts the polls much after recent experiences, but the figures accord with the gut feelings of many observers, some not predisposed to Labor or to Albanese.

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Jack Waterford

Jack Waterford is a former editor of The Canberra Times.