The Coalition and Labor both believe the problems highlighted by GDP figures hold the key to victory

Given all the noise, and the contention, it’s hard to imagine voters are absorbing anything much at all from the current political conversation, and the bad news is the shouting will only get worse between now and the end of May.

In that vein, my colleague from the Australian Financial Review, Phil Coorey, recounted an interesting conversation he’d had this week with John Scales, who has conducted political research for several decades. Scales noted politicians were now engaging in what he termed emoji messaging to try and penetrate the consciousness of voters who were actively disengaged.

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