Monday’s edition of The Australian has been cancelled after the latest Newspoll revealed the Labor Party has blown out its lead over the Morrison Government to more than 20% on two-party preferred terms.
The #newspoll, that would have normally graced the front page of the nation’s most respected national broadsheet tabloid if it had been printed, shows Labor’s lead blowing out to 61% to the LNP’s paltry 39%.
That result replicated on election day would deliver a record landslide victory to Bill Shorten and Labor and leave the Liberal Party without a single seat in Victoria, once the “jewel in the crown” of the Liberal Party formed by Sir Robert Menzies.
The Australian‘s political writers and commentators were said to be too distraught to file copy on the #newspoll result, which is one of the reasons the paper was axed last night by editor-in-chief Christopher “let’s show quality journalism the” Dore.
The mock-up (pictured) shows how the paper’s front page would have appeared had not Dore pulled the plug on the edition.
The Australian‘s editor-at-large, the highly respected Paul Kelly, was said to be inconsolable and refused to provide copy from his bunker at News Corp Australia headquarters in Sydney.
“After Labor helped the Medevac Bill through, I thought ScoMo was a shoo-in for reelection,” the veteran commentator was heard to mutter repeatedly between bouts of sobbing that had many younger staff members in tears.
But while The Oz‘s staff were too upset to carry on, writers for other media didn’t hold back, pointing out the Newspoll result was not unexpected given the horror week the Morrison Government had just experienced.
Setbacks included poor media and general public reaction to Prime Minister Morrison’s expensive Christmas Island publicity stunt, the news that Australia had slipped into a per-capita recession, Finance Minister Cormann’s admission that low wages were a deliberate part of government policy, Malcolm Turnbull’s BBC interview that only inflamed internal party tensions, the PM’s International Women’s Day faux pas, and rumours that Barnaby Joyce was set to topple Michael McCormack and regain the Deputy Prime Ministership.
The resignations a week ago of Christopher Pyne and Steve Ciobo, and inflammatory comments from former Foreign Minister Julie Bishop also came after Newspoll’s previous polling period.
And The Bug can reveal that Mr Morrison, despite the shocking two-party preferred belting he and his LNP colleagues have received, has largely held on to his lead as preferred prime minister, dropping slightly to 52%-32% over Mr Shorten.