Things are looking grim for Kevin Rudd

The Aussies don’t appear to have bought Kevin Rudd’s spin. They are seeing through the hubris, the spin, the narcissism and the arrogance. This is especially true in Queensland and now it appears the rot has set in for South Australia.

LABOR is gone in the western suburbs seat of Hindmarsh and will struggle to hold the seats of Makin, Adelaide and even the once-safe seat of Wakefield as Kevin Rudd’s support tanks in South Australia amid a seemingly irreversible ­national swing towards the Coalition.

Both Labor and Liberal strategists have told the Sunday Mail they do not believe that Steve Georganas can hold the marginal seat of Hindmarsh, and internal Liberal Party polling has found that Makin, Adelaide and Wakefield are now up for grabs.

The southern Liberal seat of Boothby – one of the key seats Labor had to win to form government – is not rated a chance of changing hands by either side of politics.

Senior Liberals are now confident of picking up at least two seats in SA, with their polling showing the most likely scalps are Mr Georganas and Wakefield’s Nick Champion, who has been hit hard by ­Kevin Rudd’s decision to fiddle with fringe benefit taxes on cars.  

In other states the marginals are swinging hard to the Coalition and the Green preferences aren’t working for them.

The Greens are set to lose their only MP in the lower house, with a new poll showing Labor is on track to seize control of the prized Melbourne seat it held for more than a century.

But hopes that Kevin Rudd could place Labor in a competitive position at next month’s election have been dealt another blow, with the Liberals likely to easily pick up the marginal seats of Deakin and Corangamite, and also hold on to the increasingly volatile country seat of Indi.

Three years after making history by becoming the first Greens MP to win a spot in the lower house, a ReachTEL poll has shown that Adam Bandt’s primary vote is going backwards, with the deputy leader trailing behind Labor candidate Cath Bowtell on first preferences, at 33.5 per cent to 33.8 per cent.

Based on preference flows at the 2010 state election (where the Liberals placed the Greens last), this would put the ALP ahead of the Greens on a two-party preferred basis, at 54-46 per cent.

The figures came as former Greens leader Bob Brown returned to Melbourne on Saturday to help improve the party’s chances, declaring he was confident Mr Bandt could retain the seat, despite Tony Abbott’s ”captain’s call” last week to place the Greens last on Liberal how-to-vote cards.


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