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Swinging voters will determine the 2022 federal election but both parties lack policy to earn their votes

Nicholas Stuart
By Nicholas Stuart
Updated February 22 2022 - 12:31am, first published February 20 2022 - 6:30pm
There is plenty of space for Anthony Albanese to make an entrance and have Labor present an action plan - with actual policies - ahead of the federal election. Picture: Sitthixay Ditthavong

Dr Raphaella Kathryn Crosby is the sort of pollster you turn to if you need to understand the underlying reasons things are happening. She's on top of the quants, of course - the deep numbers explaining what's going on. But in Australian politics at the moment what really counts is something else; the 'why', what's driving people's mood. What's really vital is how people will feel as they walk into the ballot booths, because that will be the critical factor determining where their vote will end up.

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Nicholas Stuart

Nicholas Stuart is a Canberra writer.