It was a shouty affair, with the leaders often talking over one another and the panel of moderators, but the second debate between Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese canvassed a range of issues including the cost of living, aged care, national security and corruption.

Our panel of experts awarded the debate narrowly to the opposition leader, but agreed it was an unsatisfactory way for voters to glean how leaders would tackle some of the most serious issues facing our country.

Meanwhile, two polls were released last night showing Labor has increased its lead over the government, and if those results were replicated on election day, the opposition would have a clear victory. Michelle Grattan says last week’s interest rate hike has brought the cost of living to the centre of the campaign. This appears to have helped Labor, despite the Coalition’s hopes such a debate might turn in its favour.

Amanda Dunn

Section Editor: Politics + Society

A shouty, unedifying spectacle and a narrow win for Albanese: 3 experts assess the second election debate

Gregory Melleuish, University of Wollongong; Joshua Black, Australian National University; Sana Nakata, The University of Melbourne

In the often fiery debate, the leaders answered questions about the cost of living, aged care, national security and a federal integrity commission, among other issues.

View from The Hill: Labor widens leads in Newspoll and Ipsos, as pre-polling starts

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra

The opposition has increased its winning margins in both Newspoll and the Australian Financial Review’s Ipsos poll, as Morrison and Albanese clashed in a shouty, fractious debate on Sunday night

As News Corp goes ‘rogue’ on election coverage, what price will Australian democracy pay?

Denis Muller, The University of Melbourne

What does a democracy do when a dominant news media organisation goes rogue during an election campaign? In 2022, News Corporation is confronting Australia with this question once again, as it did in 2019…

The world doesn’t care about swings in marginal seats. Climate action must spearhead a new Australian foreign policy

Wesley Morgan, Griffith University

Managing the transition to a net-zero emissions economy must be a priority task for the next government. Our strategic and economic success depends on it.

Labor seizes large lead in Newspoll and Ipsos; impact of how to vote cards is exaggerated

Adrian Beaumont, The University of Melbourne

With early voting about to begin, Labor has widened its margin in polls to a strong winning position.

Poverty isn’t a temporary experience in Australia. We need urgent policy tackling persistent disadvantage

Esperanza Vera-Toscano, The University of Melbourne; Roger Wilkins, The University of Melbourne

Boosting income support payments beyond their current austere levels remains a crucial pillar of policy for governments genuinely committed to reducing persistent disadvantage.

Homelessness is common for teens leaving out-of-home-care. We need to extend care until they are at least 21

Phillip Mendes, Monash University

Most exit the out-of-home care system at 18, or younger, without ongoing support.

COVID vaccination recommendations evolve over time. Who is due for which dose now?

Nicholas Wood, University of Sydney

Are you due your third or fourth dose? What about your parents? What about your kids? It can be hard to keep track, so here’s the current advice.

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