Friday 10 November 2017
1 Yesterday’s interview with Karl Stefanovic, in my mind at least, left little doubt that the Prime Minister is losing his cool. Sure, Stefanovic was deliberately trying to bait him but there is little doubt that the pressure is showing. Mind you, he has a lot to put up with trying to control a party that is out of control.
At the heart of his frustration is the citizenship debacle and it’s not going to go away. Rightly or wrongly the government owns the problem. Shorten might be milking it for all it’s worth but having said that, it might take a decent dose of bipartisanship to get out of this one. Surely good government cannot survive a series of by-elections not knowing if government has a majority from one to the next.
It has to end with either the Governor General or the Prime Minister dissolving the Parliament and calling an election. Leaving the matter where it stands is dangerous and using it as a free pass into 2018 will only anger the public more.
The whole thing has arisen because we don’t have a standing constitutional tribunal that sits frequently and advise the government on reform.
2 The drums of the conservatives are already pounding to the tune of a defeat in the Marriage Equality Survey: making loud noises about freedom of speech and other matters. If the YES vote wins then it will be incumbent on the government to act quickly and fulfil its promise of legislation before Christmas. It should also be a time for the likes of Howard and Abbott to shut their mouths and admit defeat.
Why am I so confident, you well may ask. Well, this week’s Essential poll asked the following question:
Q. Did you answer yes or no to the question “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry? (Based on those who have voted).
Of those who have voted, 64% say they voted yes (up 4% from 2 weeks ago) and 31% no (down 3%). 5% did not give an answer.
Those most likely to have voted yes are Greens voters (92%), Labor voters (79%), people aged 18-34 (77%), and women (69%).
3 You can’t help being cynical when the press and the Government collude to get stuck into South Australia’s renewable energy policy. They have demonised the state for so long that most Australians think that the state is a major factor in our total energy problems. Then we read this headline:
“South Australia’s Stunning Transition to Consumer Power Grid”
“South Australia is already being hailed – or in some quarters demonised – for its leadership on renewable energy technology. But a new report from the Australian Energy Market Operator highlights how far out front it is in the tradition to a consumer-powered grid.
The new AEMO report highlights that 9.2 per cent of the electricity generated in the state over the last financial year came from small-scale (sub 100kW) of solar PV on the rooftops of households and businesses in the state.”
On the same subject the Canberra Times showed this headline:
A Liberal Party veteran and former head of the federal government’s green bank has unleashed on his party’s “immoral” climate change policies, saying they “knowingly and willingly inflict damage on others”.
My thought for the day
“We have now had 22 Newspolls with an eight per cent two-party-preferred deficit, a sustained and disastrous primary vote and a collapsed net satisfaction rating. Something has to give.”