Sky News host Peta Credlin has called out Albanese’s strategy around the Dunkley by-election, saying the Prime Minister is obviously “running scared”.

“Every time he’s asked, the Prime Minister and his frontbench claim that the average anti-government swing in a by-election is 7%,” Ms Credlin said.

“Plainly, Anthony Albanese is taking out insurance against a cliff-hanger result, or even losing the seat on the weekend – whatever happens, he wants to be able to say “nothing to see here”.

Ms Credlin cited figures from past by-elections which prove the Prime Minister’s claim is “rubbish”.

“It’s utter fiction.

“But like so much this bloke does, he thinks if he repeats the line over and over again, he might just get away with it,” she said.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is seeking to manage expectations by highlighting an average by-election swing against the government in seats it’s held since the Hawke government of 7.1 per cent — a narrative that has no basis in reality.

Albanese and Opposition Leader Peter Dutton are in a political tussle over who can claim victory in the Dunkley by-election.

Albanese is clearly trying to convince us that a swing up to 7% is ‘normal’ when it clearly is not.

Starting his 48-hour campaign blitz at an event with LNP candidate and Frankston Mayor Nathan Conroy last week, Mr Dutton tempered expectations for a Liberal victory after early polls showed his party is holding a narrow lead in the days leading up to Saturday’s vote.

“It’s a big margin. But look, if there was a swing against the government of around 3%, then I think that’s a terrible outcome for Anthony Albanese,” Mr Dutton said.

“The boundaries have changed since a few years ago when we held the seat, so it’s obviously gone into some more Labor territory.

“But the fact is that Nathan has done a great job in his local community and I think people will be voting for him in big numbers.”

YouGov has conducted a poll of 394 voters in this electorate that indicates that Liberals had a narrow lead going into the final week of the campaign.

Libe Amir Daftari, YouGov’s Director of Polling, says “Our poll clearly shows a significant swing away from Labor, but the result is too close to call. “Liberals lead Labor 51% to 49%; after distribution of preferences,” he said.

The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) advised that Dunkley has 3 pre-poll voting centres that will be open until 6pm on Friday night, and 32 polling places will be open on polling day – Saturday 2 March – from 8am to 6pm.

For locations and opening hours, visit https://www.aec.gov.au/dunkley/ or call AEC on 13 23 26

Lobby group Advance Australia has conducted a huge campaign in Dunkley to neutralise GetUp! and other Marxist-inspired pressure groups that happily peddle left-wing ideological narrative.

Let’s hope the voters in Dunkley help rid us of this current government and in particular its leader who seems incapable of truth-telling even though he supports that concept in relation to indigenous people when it suits him and his shambolic and incompetent comrades in the current Labor-Greens government.

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