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Malcolm Turnbull popularity surge with Snowy Hydro scheme

Malcolm Turnbull’s popularity has seen a massive surge since he announced his $2 billion Snowy Mountains power scheme and slammed a union boss for saying she was fine with people ‘breaking the law’.

The Coalition are now sitting on 48 per cent of the two-party preferred vote against Labor’s 52 per cent and the Prime Minister remains more popular than opposition leader Bill Shorten.

On Thursday, Mr Turnbull announced the ‘Snowy River 2.0’ scheme to power the equivalent of 500,000 homes.

The popularity surge also comes after Mr Turnbull suggested there was not much work to be done with ACTU secretary Sally McManus after she said there is no problem with breaking the law when it’s unjust.

Malcolm Turnbull's popularity has seen a massive surge since he announced his $2 billion Snowy Mountains power scheme. He is pictured here on Thursday during a tour of Tumut 3 power station in Talbingo

Malcolm Turnbull’s popularity has seen a massive surge since he announced his $2 billion Snowy Mountains power scheme. He is pictured here on Thursday during a tour of Tumut 3 power station in Talbingo

On Thursday, Mr Turnbull (pictured) announced the 'Snowy River 2.0' scheme to power the equivalent of 500,000 homes

On Thursday, Mr Turnbull (pictured) announced the ‘Snowy River 2.0’ scheme to power the equivalent of 500,000 homes

‘I believe in the rule of law where the law is fair and right but when it’s unjust, I don’t think there’s a problem with breaking it,’ Ms McManus told Leigh Sales on ABC’s 7.30 program on Wednesday night.

Ms McManus said laws for workers taking industrial action were ‘wrong’.

‘It shouldn’t be so hard for workers in our country to take industrial action,’ she said.

Mr Turnbull hit back at the comments on Friday, saying there isn’t much work the government can do with Ms McManus.

‘She believes that you only have to have to obey the law, or unions only have to obey the law, if they agree with it,’ he told radio 3AW.

‘What she has done is defied the whole rule of law and this is the culture of thuggery and lawlessness that the CFMEU’.

On Monday, ACTU president Ged Kearney came to her defence, describing her as being ‘refreshingly honest’.

He argued reaction to the comments was out of proportion because the vast bulk of union work was within the law.

‘But I think what Sally said is refreshingly honest and very open and is actually a universal belief,’ she told ABC radio.

The popularity surge also comes after Mr Turnbull said there was not much work to be done with ACTU secretary Sally McManus (pictured) after she said there is no problem with breaking the law when it's unjust

The popularity surge also comes after Mr Turnbull said there was not much work to be done with ACTU secretary Sally McManus (pictured) after she said there is no problem with breaking the law when it’s unjust

‘I believe in the rule of law where the law is fair and right but when it’s unjust, I don’t think there’s a problem with breaking it,’ Ms McManus (R) told Leigh Sales (L) on ABC’s 7.30

Mr Turnbull (pictured with Snowy Hydro CEO Paul Broad) hit back at the comments on Friday, saying there isn't much work the government can do with Ms McManus

Mr Turnbull (pictured with Snowy Hydro CEO Paul Broad) hit back at the comments on Friday, saying there isn’t much work the government can do with Ms McManus

The federal government Newspoll comes ahead of parliament sitting on Monday for the final sitting weeks ahead of the budget due on May 9

The federal government Newspoll comes ahead of parliament sitting on Monday for the final sitting weeks ahead of the budget due on May 9

The federal government Newspoll comes ahead of parliament sitting on Monday for the final sitting weeks ahead of the budget due on May 9.

The coalition’s primary vote has grown from 34 per cent to 37 per cent, while Labor’s has dropped from 37 per cent to 35 per cent.

On the preferred prime minister measure Mr Turnbull remains more popular than Labor opposition leader Bill Shorten, at 43 per cent to 29 per cent respectively.

Key Senate crossbenchers said they are not surprised the Turnbull government has received a poll boost after the prime minister announced an expansion to the Snowy Hydro scheme.

‘Any plans that can try to cut electricity bills around the country, are certainly going to get people’s attention and their support,’ Senator Derryn Hinch told Network Seven on Monday.

The coalition's primary vote has grown from 34 per cent to 37 per cent, while Labor's (Opposition Leader Bill Shorten is pictured) has dropped from 37 per cent to 35 per cent

The coalition’s primary vote has grown from 34 per cent to 37 per cent, while Labor’s (Opposition Leader Bill Shorten is pictured) has dropped from 37 per cent to 35 per cent

On the preferred prime minister measure Mr Turnbull remains more popular than Labor opposition leader Bill Shorten (pictured), at 43 per cent to 29 per cent respectively

On the preferred prime minister measure Mr Turnbull remains more popular than Labor opposition leader Bill Shorten (pictured), at 43 per cent to 29 per cent respectively

Senator Hinch said Mr Turnbull’s $2 billion announcement last week reeked of a boost in jobs and confidence.

‘I think it’s a great idea,’ he said.

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson says people want action and the plan is a start.

‘Hence he has gone up in the polls a little bit, I think it will be very much welcomed by the backbenchers,’ she said.

Talk about possibly allowing young people to dip into their superannuation savings to buy their first home may have contributed, Senator Hanson said.

Key Senate crossbenchers said they are not surprised the Turnbull government has received a poll boost after the prime minister announced the Snowy Hydro Scheme

Key Senate crossbenchers said they are not surprised the Turnbull government has received a poll boost after the prime minister announced the Snowy Hydro Scheme

Pictured is the Tumut 3 power station at the Snowy Hydro Scheme in Talbingo on Thursday

Pictured is the Tumut 3 power station at the Snowy Hydro Scheme in Talbingo on Thursday

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