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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