A new Fairfax-Ipsos poll might give Tony Abbott what he so desperately needs: time.
Australian voters have thrown Tony Abbott a lifeline just as his internal opponents were shaping to dump him, with a Fairfax-Ipsos poll confirming a pro-government shift is under way.
In a result set to strengthen the Prime Minister's hand in the short term, the Abbott government has staged an unlikely recovery and, while still trailing, is now within striking distance of overhauling the ALP lead at 49-51.
It is the closest the Coalition has come to being competitive since October 2014 (49-51), having not been in front since a brief period last March.
- Prime Minister Tony Abbott has signalled the controversial Medicare co-payment could be dumped in a matter of days.
- Thirty-years experience, and stints in the Canberra Hospital emergency department, were not enough to prepare Dr Bernie Towler for the horrors of the Ebola breakout in West Africa.
- Thousands of taxpayers have been allowed to keep hundreds of dollars they over-claimed after the ATO wrongly rebates $14 million.
- A Canberra man who "cynically and evilly" molested two sisters in his care has opened a new chapter in his long-running criminal case, appealing what he says was a crushing jail sentence imposed on him late last year.
Easy does it: Sri Lanka's Lahiru Thirimanne celebrates reaching his century against England. Photo: Reuters
World Cup pressure is heaping on England after they succumbed by nine wickets to a relentless Sri Lanka run chase in Wellington.
In another demonstration of Sri Lanka's batting quality, opener Lahiru Thirimanne and run machine Kumar Sangakkara compiled unbeaten centuries as the pursuit cruised to 1-310 against a listless English attack.
They effortlessly knocked off the biggest successful ODI chase in Westpac Stadium's history with 16 balls to spare in front of a crowd of 18,183.
- The Canberra Raiders are set to move their training base to Civic to embrace the City to the Lake project, keen to capitalise on the ACT government's vision to revitalise the city in the coming .
- Jindabyne mountain biker Tegan Molloy has finished second in the women's elite downhill on Sunday.
- A Western Sydney Wanderers' fan could face a multi-year ban from A-League matches and possible police charges after hitting Sydney FC defender Aaron Calver at the conclusion of the Sydney derby at Pirtek Stadium.
- Nick Olive says Racing NSW's backflip on banning ACT horses from the Country Championships is common sense.
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Enlighten and the first Enlighten Night Noodle Markets are continuing to illuminate the parliamentary triangle, running from February 27 to March 8.
Filipino street food stall Hoy Pinoy.
The Enlighten Night Noodle Markets have come to Canberra for the first time
There are at least half a dozen different noodle dishes to check out so here is a guide to what you need to eat.
Team Australia at @MoAD_Canberra @Enlighten_CBR #Canberra #CBR #AusPol. pic.twitter.com/7SZ8GnJeBo — Matthew Rimmer (@DrRimmer) March 1, 2015
And here is today's cartoon from Fairfax's Cathy Wilcox:
Today: A sunny day in Canberra, a forecast minimum 7 degrees and a top of 25 degrees.