Tuesday 26 September 2017
1 Monday’s Newspoll brings more bad news for Turnbull and the Government. The poll has Labor’s two-party lead widening to 54-46. And Malcolm Turnbull’s preferred prime minister lead is also narrowing.
William Bowe of The Poll Bludger says that the first Newspoll in three weeks is 54-46, compared with 53-47 last time. On the primary vote, the Coalition is down a point to 36%, Labor is steady on 38%, the Greens are steady on 9% and One Nation is steady on 8%. The trend away from the Government is continuing.
If these numbers were to hold up then the Coalition is in for a a thumping when the next election comes around. With some huge decisions to be made prior to Christmas it’s difficult to see them improving their public image.
“Of all the things that have caused the disintegration in the public’s trust in the body politic. it is the lack of truth that defines it.”
2 As for the four separate enquiries focusing on the stealing of water from the Murray River system for the purpose of irrigation, I am apt to wonder just what people get away with in politics. None of the enquiries to my knowledge have terms of reference that includes Barnaby Joyce’s conduct. Remember how he shouted with beery disposition how the National Party had stolen millions of litres? Does it mean that as the minister he will get away with it?
Mike Seccombe is a piece for The Saturday Paper had this to say:
“But the big story here was not the alleged actions of the big irrigators – even if, as claimed, they involved the illegal pumping of a billion or more litres of water from the Murray–Darling system. It is the appearance of political and bureaucratic partisanship.”
3 I’m not going into a full throttle attack on Tony Abbott here except to point out another lie. When he was given a paper tissue headset he very neatly turned it around to say that all the fisticuffs were being delivered by the Yes campaigners he told yet another lie, and he knows it. He never sticks to the point of any debate, preferring to muddy the waters from the fringes. Marriage has always evolved within the society in which it exists, and Australia’s is a society with a long tradition of enlarging the rights of its people.
The man who headbutted former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Astro Labe, has declared it had “nothing to do” with same-sex marriage but was about his lifelong ambition to headbutt “a fascist”.
“The danger in looking back to often is that we lose the will to go forward”
4 I think very soon the Senate will be free of one of its standout nut cases: Malcolm Roberts. ‘What’ will he be replaced with? Well, another nut case will replace him. They have a long list from which to choose.
5 I have considered sending President Trump a copy of the renowned Dale Carnegie book ‘How to win friends and Influence people,’ however, it’s written in English so he wouldn’t understand it. As an American journalist by the name of Sheila Norten said:
“We should demand a president who understands and even means the words he or she speaks. It’s called integrity. And that, even more than intelligence, is what is lacking in this president”
Trump – among other things – must be the most abusive President ever. As a result of his insults more than 100 NFL players across the country on Sunday knelt during the national anthem or remained sitting in their locker rooms in protest. Most teams in the early afternoon games locked arms in solidarity, with at least three team owners joining their players.
After his diabolical speech to the UN the world had better get used to his reckless behaviour. He engaged in bellicosity and he blames others for his own ineptitude. He is mentally retarded, and we had better get used to it.
“Current world events only confirm my belief that history is just a commentary on the incompetence of men.”
6 One of my Facebook friends, Nathan Willis said this:
“Marriage equality will be law. The question is only, when. I genuinely struggle as I try to reconcile the history of Christian engagement in politics and the current conduct of many mainstream Christian leaders. Setting aside the yes/no campaigns for a moment. We must surely realise that the Church has repeatedly misused proof texts to support many issues which we now would not entertain: diminished role of women, slavery, diet controls, Nazi ideology, the list goes on… I know that, like me, church leaders have studied our history and know it. Therefore I am genuinely perplexed by those who refuse to learn from it. We need to lead our Christian communities towards embracing all in our community. Of course, there are some wonderful Christian leaders who do just that but we must accept that the Australian Christian Lobby wouldn’t exist if we did the right thing. Reflect my friends. We need to be on the right side of history. Jesus should be our focus, not religious power and control. Get outraged and politically engaged on the issues which do concern him. Read Matthew 5 again.”
“If you read the Bible searching for an understanding of life. And you read it with a logical reasoning and an exploratory mind you can only conclude that it was written by people seeking understanding, but constrained by the knowledge of the time.”
7 I think I will let the Cory Bernardi’s attacks on the ‘wear a dress’ fundraiser go through to the keeper. I won’t even enquire as to whether the keeper was wearing both a box and a dress. I will just thank Cory for pushing up the donations from a hopeful $900 to over $400,000. Well done!
8 “Ben Chifley was a plain-speaker – so let me put it bluntly: give me a union leader over an investment banker any day.”
Tanya Plibersek was delivering the “Light on the Hill” address, held in memory of former Labor prime minister Ben Chifley.
My thought for the day
“Our lives should be subject to constant reflection, otherwise the way forward is locked into the constraints of today’s thoughts.”
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