VOTER support for the federal government has risen by three percentage points in three weeks, according to the latest Newspoll.

As Parliament returns this week for a crucial fortnight before the Budget, the Coalition is at 48 per cent to Labor’s 52, The Australian reports.

That’s compared to February polling, which had Labor at 55 to the Coalition’s 45 on a two-party preferred basis. The Coalition’s primary vote has grown from 34 to 37 per cent, while Labor’s has dropped from 37 to 35 per cent.

The bump in the government’s fortunes is being linked to its announcement last week of a $2 billion upgrade of the Snowy Hydro scheme.

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