Newspoll 26-28 September 2003 50 50
Newspoll 17-19 October 2003 49 51
Newspoll 31 October - 2 November 2003 54 46
I've been peering at Newspoll because The Age and The Australian had wildy different readings. Because table HTML makes my eyes go funny, you'll just have to bear with me. The Coalition figure is first and the ALP figure is second.
The 5-point surge should be read as the Bush visit and not much more. The last poll was taken before the 14 Kurds threatened the total overthrow of Australian civilisation as we know it, and the subsequent revelation that a certain number of ministerial statements were terminological inexactitudes.