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Day to Day Politics: I wish it would all change.

Wednesday 18 May 2016

1 In the first week of the campaign ALP grabs election winning lead: ALP 52.5% cf. L-NP 47.5%.

Roy Morgan Poll Primary support for the L-NP is 36.5% (down 3.5%) with ALP at 33% (up 0.5%). Support for the Greens is up 2% to 15.5%, Nick Xenophon Team (NXT) 5% (up 1%; 19.5% in South Australia), Katter’s Australian Party is 0.5% (down 0.5%), Palmer United Party is 0% (unchanged) and Independents/ Others are at 9.5% (up 0.5%).

The massive vote for minority parties (30.5%) suggests that today they would definitely control the Senate and the Greens and the Nick Xenophon Team (NXT) could control the House of Representatives.

2 You mean to say there are many Labor MPs espousing an altruistic concern about the treatment of asylum seekers. I suggest in future that anyone standing for office should be, in order to test their suitability, required to answer a list of questions. Top of the list would be: “Have you ever harboured humanitarian instincts?”

3 The penalty rates debate raises its head at every election. It is known that 61 Coalition MPs want to do away with them. Labor was the only party to make a submission to The Greens who now want them enshrined in law. Labor has always championed penalty rates for workers but is now faced with the daunting decision of Fair Work Commission accepting the umpire’s decision or legislating. What do you think a Conservative Government would do if it had the precedent of a Labor Party enshrining wages in law? Whacko.

4 Further examples of the Turnbull Government’s incapacity to put together policy without having to backtrack. Their reaction when their bad policy decisions are found out is simply to say we will have another think about it after the election. Surely the electorate is entitled in the framework of an election campaign that a party with degrees up to its neck could get its policies right. The backtracking on the ‘Backpackers Tax’ and Pathology payments is appalling during an election. They are simply saying we will give you the bad news after the election.

5 Tony Abbott and Peta Credlin continue to play ‘good cop-bad cop’. Abbott insisting that his government was a splendid example of good government and Credlin doing her best to say what Abbott thinks of Malcolm Turnbull. It certainly doesn’t look good. Credlin was particularly critical of Turnbull not appearing with candidates.

“We’ve got retiring 20-year members going and anything you can do to boost name recognition is important”.

Mr Turnbull did not campaign with Sherry Sufi in Fremantle after it was revealed the candidate argued against constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians. Mr. Sufi also suggested same-sex marriage could lead to polygamy.

OMG who could blame him?

By the way, have you noticed how Malcolm Turnbull seems to have divorced himself from the former Malcolm Turnbull? The one who won the hearts of those from both sides of politics who thought that he might reinvigorate polities and reinstall truth and transparency. The Turnbull we see now is just another Abbott spewing three word slogans. The media demanded the real Julia. They should demand to see the real Malcolm. Or perhaps we actually are.

6 Barnaby Joyce, the Deputy Prime Minister, suggested on Tuesday that those people still angry with the removal of Tony Abbott should “park it and move on”.

Mr Joyce said voters, whether they supported Labor or the Coalition, needed to consider who would provide the stronger government “for the love of the nation”.

Might I suggest they also ask themselves how well they think they have been governed by the Abbott/Turnbull governments?

7 Lying politicians will now be able to do so with gay abandon or at least it will be made somewhat easier with the ABCs decision to close down its Fact Checking unit. Yet another blow to our democracy by this Conservative Government. Will FOI be the next to go?

My thought for the day.

‘Change sometimes disregards opinion and becomes a phenomenon of its own making. With Its own inevitability’.


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  1. kerri

    Credlin is not a team player. Which means, regardless of her intellect (still doubtful in my mind), her tactical talents or her combative skills as a political “warrior” she is still well capable of f***ing up the country to achieve her own ends. That blind selfishness alone greatly outweighs any talent she may possess. What good is a sniper who continues to take out people for his/her own satisfaction regardless of their personal worth or the greater good of society?
    As for Barnaby Joyce? I seriously wish he would just go away! What a silly, silly man and who the hell votes for him?

  2. Terry2

    I have just heard Barnaby Joyce taking the credit for the delay in imposing a back-packer income tax of 32.5% from the first dollar i.e. backpackers would not get the tax free threshold on earnings of $18,000.

    As Fran Kelly noted in her interview with Joyce, the tax was introduced by a government of which he was part and the imposition has only been deferred for six months.

    Fruit picking, the area that back-packers normally target, is not an industry that sustains a regular or ongoing workforce and we rely on casual, itinerant workers who can commit to just a few weeks work over a harvest season.

    In my view backpackers and other itinerants should be subject to the same taxation thresholds as the rest of us.

  3. Don A Kelly

    Following the LNP. Govt. budget cuts of $25 mill to OUR ABC, former ABC Managing Director Mark Scott axed ABC Radio National program Bush Telegraph and 5 Regional Radio Outposts, and after 55 years operation, the Collinswood ABC Television Studios in S.A. were closed. Scott was a former political adviser for NSW Education Minister Terry Metherell (Lib).
    Michelle Guthrie, Managing Director takes over from Mark Scott during May. A former Media Lawyer and has worked in Europe and Asia for Rupert Murdoch’s broadcasting empire, including Foxtel, B Sky B and the Star Television Network. She is already off to a flying start by axing the Fact Checking unit.
    Former treasurer Hockey wanted to charge statistical researchers a fee to use the Australian Bureau of Statistics web site. This deceitful LNP government will do whatever it can to suppress the truth.

  4. Adrianne Haddow

    I am amazed that backpackers can work in Australia without contravening their visas, and doubly amazed that they don’t pay tax on any earnings here.
    Thirty odd years ago, after a year of living in India (on savings) I was required to attend an interview with the Indian taxation office to prove I had not earned any money in that country during my stay. Otherwise I would be unable to leave until any outstanding taxes were paid.
    Thankfully I had kept enough paper proof in the form of traveller cheques stubs and receipts for accommodation etc to prove I hadn’t engaged in paid work.
    The world sure has changed.

  5. Jennifer Meyer-Smith

    “The massive vote for minority parties (30.5%) suggests that today they would definitely control the Senate and the Greens and the Nick Xenophon Team (NXT) could control the House of Representatives.”

    Music to my ears. Goodbye LibLab duopoly.

  6. helvityni

    Peter Dutton’s vile words regarding asylum seekers has made me physically ill; I better take a Bex and lie down.

  7. Matthew Oborne

    Enshrining wage conditions in law wouldnt make them safer. Laws are revoked all the time, what would makes wages safer is getting people to understand the conditions of their lives are under attack and that they cant just do nothing. Employers often invest a lot of time chasing up money owed them, workers could take the same approach and invest time protecting their wage.

  8. Jennifer Meyer-Smith

    Hear, hear Matthew Oborne.

  9. Ross in Gippsland

    Wonder if Malcolm is using a flock of 20 year old spotty oiks as media advisors, maybe the same ones that advised Julia Gillard. We seem to be seeing history repeat itself.

  10. Geoff Andrews

    John Lord
    Your hyperthetical, and some would say rhetorical, question: “Have you ever harboured humanitarian instincts?” which, if answered in the positive, should be followed up with a supplementary question (as they LOVE to do in the Senate,) with: “Give examples, i.e. at least two..” would bugger most LNP supporters..

  11. Glenn K

    I don’t know if most LNP supporters deserve to be buggered, but I can think of a few LNP pollies who are probably deserving of being buggered, 🙂

  12. Steve Laing -

    Loved your comment regarding humanitarianism. If you watch Sunday’s Insiders (check it on iView) you can watch David Marr ironically lashing into politicians who somehow get into parliament whilst retaining a humanitarian view. The irony appears to go completely over Nikki Savva’s head. I think she agreed with that perspective…

  13. David

    Glenn K…I had the passing thought some of those who may be in line for a good Roman Centurion type buggering, would probably ask for more, although I can’t possibly confirm or deny such.

  14. Glenn K

    David, possibly George C.? the irony of his surname is hilarious.
    This election is shaping up to be a great outcome. We’re going to have another minority government, and our pollies will have to work and perform. excellent. 🙂

  15. Gangey1959

    Jon. I think we are seeing the ‘real’ malcolm. He is like one of those computer generated movie thingys, which you can’t quite make out the edges of and what it really looks like. He conned us with his stand on the Republic debate. He conned us with his stand on the ETS. He actually has nothing when it comes to refugees, or NBN, or education, or negative gearing or marriage equality etc etc etc, because he’s quite ok thanks very much, his cash is tied up in the caymans, he’s managed to scrape it into the top job and be called pm. I think if he is not re-ellected as pm he will quit politics and go back to being a (b)wanker/lawyer and keep his pension of tax free bazillions for being a polly, and will get a job with packer into the bargain. Lucky mal.
    @ Glenn K and David. “Thank you sir, and may I have another…..” If I had the protection of Parliamentary Privilege I could say that I am sure that corheburnsarseholes gives it, and fat glasses wearing georgie christi’mone take it that way, while the mad monk watches over proceedings from behind (having learned the art from some of the best), and little timmy wilson cheers gaily for all and sundry, but I’m not, so I’d best not suggest anything of the kind. They are all good catholic boys, and we don’t want to besmirch their character just before an election. It wouldn’t be fair.
    Besides, uncle rupert muckraker would only print it out of context anyway and spoil a good story.

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