parliment house canberra 06 AUG 2015 Photo Trevor Veale / Coffs Coast Advocate
parliment house canberra 06 AUG 2015 Photo Trevor Veale / Coffs Coast Advocate Trevor Veale

More and more voters go to micro-parties

A LABOR MP said fewer people were aligning with major parties, after a poll released yesterday revealed 15% of voters were planning to choose a micro party or independent candidate.

Small business and multicultural affairs shadow minister Michelle Rowland told Sky News the findings from The Australian's Newspoll were "reflected in countless studies".

In Newspoll's 31-year history, support for micro parties and independents has jumped to its highest level during a formal election campaign.

The poll showed decreasing support for the Coalition, Labor and the Greens.

Taken from Thursday to Sunday, the poll also showed the government and the Opposition tied at 50-50 in two-party-preferred terms.

But Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten's personal standings had reportedly suffered.

Mr Turnbull used the figures to attack his opponents, saying a vote for Labor, the Greens and independents risked the instability shown during the Gillard government.

Also yesterday, Mr Turnbull became emotional on the campaign trail while discussing a video he released on social media on Sunday evening titled, "I wouldn't be where I am today without my dad".

Within 22 hours of being uploaded to Facebook, the video had received almost half a million views and 12,000 likes.

Asked why he released the video, the PM said he would not be the man he was today without his father.

Mr Turnbull said when his mother left them when he was young, they had nowhere to live and the only furniture they had left was Mr Turnbull's bed.

But he said his father never uttered a critical word about his mother.

Mr Turnbull also announced a Coalition government might introduce its child care policy earlier than the planned 2018, as the Opposition continued to promote its $3 billion child care pledge.

Labor's plan includes hiking the child care rebate's annual cap from $7500 to $10,000 and lifting the child care benefit payment by 15%.

It would begin at the start of next year, 18 months before the Coalition's $3 billion child care policy comes into play.


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