Pun­ters pin their hopes of a win on Prime Min­is­ter

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Pun­ters are back­ing Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull to lead the Coali­tion to vic­tory this year, ac­cord­ing to on­line bet­ting agency Sports­bet.

With an elec­tion slated for this year, the Coali­tion is priced at short odds of $1.10 to be re­turned to Govern­ment, with La­bor a long shot at $6.

Mr Turn­bull is long odds at $21 to be the next Fed­eral leader to step down, but at $2.50, a punt on Bill Shorten would be a good bet.

Sports­bet.com.au spokesman Ben Bul­mer said political pun­ters had plenty to sink their teeth into this year.

“Pun­ters are telling us Mal­colm Turn­bull will be lead­ing Aus­tralia and Don­ald Trump lead­ing the US this time next year,” he said.

“Win, lose or draw, it is go­ing to be a big year in pol­i­tics.”

As to who will re­place Mr Shorten, Tanya Plibersek is pay­ing $1.90, fol­lowed by An­thony Al­banese at $3.

Eighty per cent of pun­ters think Tony Ab­bott won’t con­test the next elec­tion, with Sports­bet pric­ing him re­tir­ing at $1.70 and stay­ing at $2.05.

There is no mar­ket on the like­li­hood of Pil­bara MLA Bren­don Grylls con­test­ing a Fed­eral seat, though political pun­dits have long tipped him to make the move.

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