With the Labor party looking to build enthusiasm with its launch in Perth today, there is no official word yet about when the Coalition will hold its own launch.
Next Sunday would have been a good moment as the country enters the closing weeks of the campaign but with a leaders debate organised for that day the prospect of an election launch seems unlikely.
The alternative is for the Coalition wait to the bitter end and hold their launch in the final week of the campaign in an effort to convince undecided voters to go with what they know.
This would be a risky gambit as there would be little time to correct course if something goes wrong.
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Five people with Covid-19 have died in New South Wales overnight, with the state recording 9,303 new cases on Sunday morning, 1,604 people in hospital, and 75 in ICU.
Seven people with Covid-19 have died overnight in Victoria. The state recorded 7,654 new cases on Sunday, with 437 people in hospital, 30 in ICU and three on ventilation.
We’re picking up the live blog once more on this fine Sunday morning when all eyes will be on Western Australia as Labor prepares to officially launch its campaign – into week four of the 2022 federal election race.
The state was the scene of a rout for the Coalition at the last state election, which left the WA Liberal party holding just two seats in the state’s lower house. Now the federal government is on the defensive in the west, pitching to voters they can have both Labor premier Mark McGowan and Scott Morrison as PM.
So it’s hardly surprising federal Labor wants to make a show of their launch in Perth. It’s hoping Swan (on a 3.2% margin), Pearce (5.2%) and Hasluck (5.9%) could fall with a swing just one-third as big as McGowan’s.
Federal Labor leader Anthony Albanese is expected to announce a $329m housing initiative for low and middle income Australians during the event, which will kick off about 1pm AEST. Guardian Australia’s political editor Katharine Murphy is on the ground in Perth to bring all the latest news and analysis.
I’m Royce Kurmelovs, taking the blog through the first part of the morning, with Tory Shepherd taking over mid-morning to bring you the latest political twists and turns.
With that, let’s get started …