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Morgan face-to-face: 52-48 to Coalition

Last weekend's Morgan face-to-face survey echoed other polls conducted at the time in showing little change on earlier polli

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Last weekend’s Morgan face-to-face survey echoed other polls conducted at the time in showing little change on earlier polling despite Labor’s leadership turmoil, though as always it failed to echo other polls in having Labor’s primary vote several points higher. In this case Labor’s primary vote was up half a point on the previous week to 37.5 per cent, with the Coalition also up a point to 42.5 per cent and the Greens down 3.5 per cent from an anomalous 14.5 per cent last time. As usual with Morgan (though not Nielsen), there was a substantial difference between the two-party preferred results as derived by respondent allocation (52-48 to the Coalition) and using preference flows from the previous election (50-50).

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William Bowe — Editor of The Poll Bludger

William Bowe

Editor of The Poll Bludger

William Bowe is a Perth-based election analyst and occasional teacher of political science. His blog, The Poll Bludger, is one of the most heavily trafficked forums for online discussion of Australian politics, and joined the Crikey stable in 2008.

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2,750 thoughts on “Morgan face-to-face: 52-48 to Coalition

  1. CTar1

    William – Do you remember any?

  2. Bushfire Bill

    [If Bushfire Bill is stuck in Abbottabad, we may need to send in a rescue party. The consequences for the universe of BB being stuck in the same plane of time as Old CoKe Bottles are too horrific to contemplate. It could lead to a singularity event that fractures time itself.]

    No rescue required, but I have been reassembled with a finger where my ear should be, an eye on my knee and a foot in my mouth.

    Has this happened to anyone else?

    (My typing skills remain awfu, however).

  3. zoidlord

    I wonder if the issues surrounding around Newman in QLD is having an effect in Coalition at Federal level ?

  4. Lord Barry Bonkton

    Puff , yes the wrinkled ones , they grow into the skin. Some people call them the toilet dog ?(Ad ) Very loyal , good guard dog and loves the A/C.
    Would be a brave team to go back to Abbottland , but B.B would worth it.

  5. Puff, the Magic Dragon.

    The government has to really start to hammer home its economic credentials. I take it they have internal polling that shows people have swallowed the Howard Great Economic Manager lie hook, line and sinker. That must be why they aren’t touching the “Howard Legacy”, but what a mill-stone!

  6. William Bowe

    Possum isn’t surprised though:

    [Possum Comitatus ‏ @Pollytics
    The “best party to handle” stuff in Newspoll tomorrow – surprise surprise – pretty much matches the historical correlation with TPP]

  7. scorpio

    Dennis Atkins doesn’t half show his political allegiance here with this piece.

    [ CAMPBELL Newman has two strategic tasks when he takes the stage at QPAC this morning for his campaign launch, his biggest test so far to slay the Labor dragon and emerge as the saviour of conservative Queensland politics.

    Behind the din and tumult of national politics during the first fortnight of the campaign proper, the LNP has been using the Barry O’Farrell NSW model of smallish-target politics.

    Announcements big enough to get away with but not too big to create any potential losers is the risk-averse route for a front-runner.

    Queenslanders, however, want some vision after 13 years of often disappointing – and worse – Labor. ]

    http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/election-comment-dennis-atkins/story-fnbwr276-1226288272466

  8. CTar1

    I assume that William is cooking up a new post thread and tomorrow no one will notice some posts have gone astray.

  9. Bushfire Bill

    [Whole day’s worth of comments disappeared then, did they? Shit. Apologies to those of you who had said anything interesting.]

    I wrote a post on Dennis Shanahan’s dummy spit today. A real tummy-up tantrum it was. Gillard this, the caucus that, and a big finger wag at Swan for defying a Shanahan pronouncement.

    The jist of it was that Julia had failed by last Tuesday morning, as we had been informed (by Dennis, oddly enough), and Dennis wasn’t one of the “labor leaning commentariat” who were prepared to register even a rare win for her over the Carr appointment.

    Tony Abbott had destroyed Rudd and would destroy Gillard. So there, suckers: don’t get your hopes up.

    But then youse would have expected that.

  10. Puff, the Magic Dragon.

    slay the Labor dragon

    If he comes anywhere near me I will toast his gonads.

  11. zoidlord

    @Scorpio/2357

    Sounds like going back in the past to me 😛

    Anyway, I’m waiting for the usual suspects inc media.

  12. Bushfire Bill

    [CAMPBELL Newman has two strategic tasks when he takes the stage at QPAC this morning for his campaign launch, his biggest test so far to slay the Labor dragon and emerge as the saviour of conservative Queensland politics.]

    … “test”? “task”? I thought only Labor politicians had to sit for tests and perform tasks for News Ltd. journos.

  13. scorpio

    zoidlord,

    [I wonder if the issues surrounding around Newman in QLD is having an effect in Coalition at Federal level ? ]

    Interesting that you should say that because I distinctly remember the State polling for Qld & NSW making a small but noticeable gain on the labor side of the ledger recently.

  14. Lord Barry Bonkton

    Well Denis Atkins , not all Qlders want the Clive Palmer party and not a blow in Newman. His first job is to “Win a seat ” No seat , No job !

  15. Lord Barry Bonkton

    Night all.

  16. CTar1

    [Announcements big enough to get away with but not too big to create any potential losers is the risk-averse route for a front-runner.

    Queenslanders, however, want some vision after 13 years of often disappointing – and worse – Labor.]

    He does seem to be telling Can-do that he needs to pull his finger out.

  17. scorpio

    One thing you can say about Abbott. He doesn’t waste “any” opportunity to spruke his wares, whether it be a visit to the Australian Parliament by Obi or the Queen or supposedly helping out Can Do up in Qld.

    [ Mr Newman was introduced by federal Opposition leader Tony Abbott, who urged Queenslanders to send a national message by punishing a “bad” Labor government in Queensland. Mr Newman said his message was: “The LNP is ready for government. We are ready to get Queensland back on track.”

    Among the federal Liberal heavyweights in the audience were treasury spokesman Joe Hockey, education spokesman Christopher Pyne and Nationals senate leader Barnaby Joyce. Nationals leader Warren Truss brought the house down at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre by declaring that Labor “couldn’t deliver a pizza on a moonlit night”. ]

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/elections/newmans-offers-can-do-government-redistribution-of-coal-wealth-in-qld/story-fnbsqt8f-1226288587943

    Love the classing of this lot as “heavy weights”! Shrek maybe but only in kilos.

    Warren Truss! Well, what can one say about that effort. Heavy weight????????

    My goodness! 😉

  18. Bushfire Bill

    Dennis gave the Newspoll Issues gig to Sid Maher. If you’d read his piece yesterday, you’d understand why. He sounded like a broken man (and a broken record, actually, too).

    Good news on Boats, they’ve dropped in importance as an issue:

    [… the asylum-seeker issue ranks below health and Medicare, education, the economy and leadership in terms of importance among voters.]

    But Climate Change concern is cooling with the temperatures over summer. I guess it hasn’t been explained to the punters that floods are part of it, too:

    [The polls shows climate change has plunged in importance in the minds of voters, with only 35 per cent of voters ranking it as an important issue in February, down from 55 per cent in October after an unseasonably cool summer.]

    Sid’s article also contains the usual mid-section covering how Joel Fitzgibbon is going to ruin it all for everyone, describing how everyone in Labor hates everyone else and they’re gone anyway.

    But overall, not too bad a piece, for The Australian.

  19. zoidlord

    @scorpio/2363,

    Yup, there was a gain for labor in QLD recently, not sure on the current polling though.

    @CTar1/2366,

    With abbott wanting to sell his arse, I’m not sure who’s arse he’s going to pull his finger out of…

  20. scorpio

    Bushfire Bill,

    [ Whole day’s worth of comments disappeared then, did they? Shit. Apologies to those of you who had said anything interesting.

    I wrote a post on Dennis Shanahan’s dummy spit today. A real tummy-up tantrum it was.]

    Strangely enough, I’ve still got it on an open tab at page 51.

    Do you want me to take the risk & copy & paste it here again?

  21. GhostWhoVotes

    2369 by Bushfire Bill,

    The polls shows climate change has plunged in importance in the minds of voters, with only 35 per cent of voters ranking it as an important issue in February, down from 55 per cent in October after an unseasonably cool summer.

    Sid Maher has made a mistake. That 55% figure comes from July 2008, not the previous issues poll in October. That poll had the figure at 34%.

  22. Bushfire Bill

    [One thing you can say about Abbott. He doesn’t waste “any” opportunity to spruke his wares…]

    On hearing that Abbott had proclaimed himself the next elected Prime Minister (shortened by ABC TV News to “next Prime Minister”) tonight, Her Indoors said, “He really thinks it’s all about him and his position, doesn’t he?”

    I had to agree… Abbott’s characterization of everything in the form of his personal ambition is unseemly. There’s no mention of the Coalition “forming the next elected government”. It’s always about Abbott being PM.

    Same for Campbell Newman, actually. His ambition is quite naked. The whole campaign is personified around his aspirations to the Premiership. Wouldn’t surprise me if Queenslanders gave him a nasty fright in Ashgrove.

  23. Bushfire Bill

    [Do you want me to take the risk & copy & paste it here again?]

    I wouldn’t bother. It was just a routine ShannerBash, with lots of indents to struggle with. He really was upset, though. Gutted, I’d say. Last time I read a piece like this was when we all ganged up on him on his blog about how Newspoll showed Howard was going to win in 2007. That was a Day Of Days. The entire political blogosphere rose up as one and gave him a giant wedgie.

    Note that Dennis does “do” blogs any more. Probably on doctor’s orders.

  24. CTar1

    Abbott, Hockey, Pyne all in Brisbane for Can-do’s ‘launch’. I’m guessing an excuse has been made for you and me to pay for that.

  25. Bushfire Bill

    [Sid Maher has made a mistake. That 55% figure comes from July 2008, not the previous issues poll in October. That poll had the figure at 34%.]

    That’s interesting, Ghost. Thanks. Too late to correct the print edition, I guess?

    The thing is the Carbon Tax is one of Dennis’ hobby-horses. He reckons this and this alone is enough to ensure defeat for Labor. Forget the rest, the Health initiatives, the MRRT, the NBN etc. CT is Dennis’ favourite as a Gillard slayer.

  26. Puff, the Magic Dragon.

    ctar1
    We would be paying for it alright. Did we pay for abbott’s book tour?

  27. scorpio

    Bushfire Bill,

    [ Do you want me to take the risk & copy & paste it here again? ]

    [ I wouldn’t bother. It was just a routine ShannerBash, with lots of indents to struggle with. He really was upset, though. Gutted, I’d say. ]

    All the more reason to repost it in case he gets to read it. Be a shame to waste such a literary gem on a disappearance into the ether.

  28. scorpio

    Bushfire Bill
    Posted Sunday, March 4, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    >>>>>> MAJOR SHANAHAN DUMMY SPIT ALERT <<<<<<
    Could all Bludgers please move to the shelters at the end of the page.
    Thank youse.

    The myths of Labor's grand public deception
    … many members of the Rudd-Gillard governments either can't see through their own deception or are so complicit in the errors they can't afford to acknowledge the truth and deal with it rationally. These are deep-seated problems that cannot be swept aside by the simple political circuit-breaker of appointing Bob Carr as foreign minister.

    The main myths Labor is perpetuating to its own disadvantage are: Tony Abbott is unpopular and unelectable; the carbon tax is not leading the world and will gain public support once it's introduced; the Rudd government was a good government that just lost its way; the reaction to the global financial crisis was an unmitigated success; the mining tax and Rudd as prime minister were destroyed by an advertising campaign funded by mining billionaires; the rise in asylum-seeker numbers is the Coalition's fault; and criticism is part of a "hate media" conspiracy.

    Abbott is short on policies and wrong on issues such as the asylum-seeker legislation and the paid parental leave scheme, but a campaign of negativity about his negativity has not shifted his primary vote nor put Gillard ahead.

    Yet even yesterday, only an hour or so before Gillard was to announce Carr's appointment, Swan was continuing to describe the report in The Australian revealing the offer and the cabinet revolt as ridiculous, and endorsing Gillard's description of the story as "completely untrue" because: "That particular newspaper is conducting a particular campaign against the government. It's been doing it for a long time and it'll keep doing it. That's their right. It's a free country with a free media".

    Yes, Treasurer, and fortunately a media that includes some not prepared to accept Labor spin doctors' false narratives for the good of the Labor Party and the nation.

    This is a major tummy-up tantrum from Shanahan.

    He got the story of last week wrong because, after catching a glimpse of a possible Carr candidacy, he dropped that and went for the much sexier “Gillard fails test after 24 hours, and is therefore gone forever” line.

    To run that meme, it was necessary for Carr to disappear from the scene, a broken man. What an opportunity missed! And all because of the factions and the faceless men, roared the sheltered workshop inmate, Dennis Shanahan.

    Except… that is not what happened at all. Carr is in the FM job, there was no backbench revolt, and there no questioning of Gillard’s authority to hire and fire whomever she wants.

    So how come Dennis is still right, and everyone else is wrong, when the main thrust (indeed, just about every minor thrust as well) of his story is W-R-O-N-G?

    It’s actually a lot like the way he abandoned the “Rudd coup” story on the very day it actually happened, in June 2010. Dennis told usa recently that was someone else’s fault. “Others” got it wrong and he simply believed them.

    But Dennis is no slouch. He just ploughs on ahead as if nothing happened and as if he didn’t miss the story of the year because he was too busy pulling his pud over a cheap gotcha and a failure by Gillard of one of Dennis’ famous “tests”.

    It seems Wayne Swan missed it, but not Dennis. Dennis wrote a story that was positively homeopathic compared to the full-strength yarn, there was the odd comma, full stop and name right, but the conclusions were completely incorrect.

    Yet somehow it is Swan, Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer, the most senior cabinet minister, and much more vis a vis Labor PArty savvy and insiderness who, in daring to contradict a Shanahan pronouncement, is all mixed up.

    As I said above: WHAT A DUMMY SPIT!

    Shanahan is now telling the major players in last weeks events that THEY are wrong about the facts of what happened and HE is right. Based on this conclusion, Labor is suffering from delusions.

    Shanahan’s piece today is spiteful, vicious, prissy, wrong-headed, pompous and completely up itself. He thought he was on a winner, condemning Gillard after less than a day from beating Rudd, and stuffed it up.

    In DennisWorld(TM), everyone else is wrong and you are always right.

    I can only advise him to phone the FA Dept on Monday and asked for the minister. It will be Bob Carr’s voice on the line, not Stephen Smith’s, not Simon Crean, not Joel Fitzgibbon and definitely not Kevin Rudd.

    Perhaps then he will snap out of it, because he’s sure making a fool of himself while he’s as unhinged as he is now.

    http://www.google.com.au/search?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theaustralian.com.au%2Fnational-affairs%2Fopinion%2Fthe-myths-of-labors-grand-public-deception%2Fstory-e6frgd0x-1226287718495&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a

  29. scorpio

    Puff, the Magic Dragon.,

    [ Did we pay for abbott’s book tour? ]

    Only if you are a taxpayer. And a lot more besides just the book tour.

    The biggest waste was the trip to check out the Conservative Conferebnce in Britain with a slight divergence through Afghanistan.

    That one was pretty costly for him too with his “shit happens” comment causing all sorts of problems when he got home! 😉

  30. scorpio

    [ Wouldn’t surprise me if Queenslanders gave him a nasty fright in Ashgrove. ]

    They might take pity on him and let him at least come second! 😉

  31. scorpio

    Night all.

    Wonder if any of these comments survive? 😉

  32. CTar1

    A long campaign seems to be telling on Can-do.

  33. Bushfire Bill

    Oooooh… turf war. Phil Coorey reckons Fairfax broke the Carr story.

    [As a follower of Irish politics, the Liberal Party’s federal director, Brian Loughnane, is a fan of the acronym GUBU.

    Wheeled out in Ireland on occasions of scandal and disrepute, GUBU stands for ”grotesque, unbelievable, bizarre, unprecedented”.

    Last Monday night, after Julia Gillard saw off Kevin Rudd in the leadership ballot and then Mark Arbib quit the Senate, Loughnane thought GUBU an apt term to apply to the state of the Labor government. And that was before events turned really strange on Tuesday, when the Herald online exposed the attempt to lure Bob Carr to Canberra as foreign affairs minister and silliness ensued before Gillard salvaged the situation on Thursday.]

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/liberals-can-walk-policy-tightrope-while-labor-circus-is-in-town-20120304-1ub03.html#ixzz1o9tPsC7K

    But apart from that, today’s piece is what we’ve come to expect from Phil of late: a seemingly purposeless Julia Bash, with an astonishing admission at the end that he feels himself absolved from covering discrepancies on Coalition policies while, in his opinion, Labor is imploding.

    Not that the Coalition doesn’t have problems, Phill assures us…

    [“Never underestimate our ability to turn on ourselves,” a senior Liberal MP said. Another said, ”We are getting away with murder”, in relation to some of the policies already in the mix.]

    But really, why should he bother his readers with articles on Coalition policies (or lack of same) while there’s fun to be had writing stories about what Joel thinks about Julia and what she thinks about Kim, and what they all think about Kevin. You don;t even have to get out of bed to write stuff like that.

    [But so long as the circus is in town, who is going to notice?]

    As I said, an astonishing admission, and a pretty disgusting cop out to my mind.

    What about your READERS, Phil?

  34. Dan Gulberry

    Let’s look positively at the Newspoll figures:

    [65% of voters don’t believe the LNP are the best to handle healthcare
    67% of voters don’t believe the LNP are the best to handle education
    55% of voters don’t believe the LNP are the best to handle the economy
    62% of voters don’t believe the LNP are the best to handle interest rates
    55% of voters don’t believe the LNP are the best to handle national security
    53% of voters don’t believe the LNP are the best to handle asylum seekers
    66% of voters don’t believe the LNP are the best to handle industrial relations
    74% of voters don’t believe the LNP are the best to handle climate change]

    None of these figures can be construed as positives for the Noalition.

    On every issue, more than half of voters don’t think the LNP is up to the job.

  35. Bushfire Bill

    Dennis Shanahan:

    [Yet even yesterday, only an hour or so before Gillard was to announce Carr’s appointment, Swan was continuing to describe the report in The Australian revealing the offer and the cabinet revolt as ridiculous…]

    Phil Coorey:

    [And that was before events turned really strange on Tuesday, when the Herald online exposed the attempt to lure Bob Carr to Canberra as foreign affairs minister…]

    Hilarious!

    They’re each claiming to have gotten it wrong first.

  36. Dan Gulberry

    BB

    Hilarious – each one claiming they can make shit up faster than anyone else.

  37. Bushfire Bill

    [Hilarious – each one claiming they can make shit up faster than anyone else.]

    What they got right was that Carr had been talking.

    What they got wrong was that an offer had been made from someone authorised to make it.

    It hadn’t.

    Then they conjured up a cabinet revolt from it all. In truth it probably wasn’t much more than the normal discussion surrounding a reshuffle.

    None of them have ever considered that Gillard might think Smith is doing a good job in Defence, and that she wants to keep him there doing that job for reasons of state (as opposed to filtering everything through the lazy “retribution” and “reward” lenses).

    Lastly, just as they collectively dropped the “Carr for FM” theme, and started writing pieces about how much of a missed opportunity it was, and how the faceless men had nobbled her (a far sexier story in their minds), up pops Gillard with Bob Carr on her arm as the new FM.

    They had a few pieces of the puzzle on Monday (just who got them first,they are now arguing about), and thought they could put the whole jigsaw together in a day – all the better to write “Gillard has failed in less than 24 hours” – and in doing so stuffed it up big time.

    It’s a diabolical error they made, and they made it because they went for the sexier story: slagging off Gillard for being weak.

    So, faced with this fiasco of their own making, they blamed Gillard, saying that she turned it all into a “saga” and “Monty Python”, despite her repeated declarations that the reshuffle was her business and private and that she wouldnt be commenting on it until Friday when the decision was announced.

    So, enter the “Act Of God” excus: who could have predicted that Carr would make it through to FM? They followed their usual procedure and assigned their failure to:

    (a) Gillard

    (b) act of God.

    They did this with the Rudd Coup, and with Slipper too.

    When Gillard makes a personnel appointment they don’t suss first, they tell their readers she is untrustworthy and/or had a lucky escape.

    They CANNOT bring themselves to admit they got it wrong. It ALWAYS has to be someone else’s fault.

  38. imacca

    So WTF is happening with the polling? Those are pretty good numbers on issues for the ALP.

    What i cant understand though is the 46% who think the Coalition are better to handle the economy?

    I’d think that if the polling sustains an improvement for the ALP, or continues up, over the next 4-6 weeks then Abbott’s assertion that he will be the next “elected” PM could be looking dubious. OK, more dubious. 🙂

  39. rishane

    [None of them have ever considered that Gillard might think Smith is doing a good job in Defence, and that she wants to keep him there doing that job for reasons of state (as opposed to filtering everything through the lazy “retribution” and “reward” lenses).]

    I think its a carry-over from them viewing everything through the lens of Kevin Rudd, as in how Gillard’s December reshuffle was interpreted entirely in terms of who was backing Kevin Rudd, rather than if any other reasons were involved.

  40. Bushfire Bill

    Well, well. Barry’s government isn’t so lily-white after all:

    [A SENIOR minister and one of Barry O’Farrell’s closest advisers kept the Premier in the dark over crucial details of The Star casino sexual harassment allegations.

    Leaked text messages between Gaming Minister George Souris and the Premier’s communications director Peter Grimshaw reveal Mr Souris hid the fact that the victim of the alleged harassment – which led to the sacking of The Star boss Sid Vaikunta – was actually Mr Grimshaw’s girlfriend.

    The text, which Mr Souris sent to Mr Grimshaw on February 2 and which was forwarded to his girlfriend, known as Miss M, said: “Don’t worry. I’ve told Barry about Sid but not mentioned (Miss M). And (Miss M’s) name is not in the matter in my office – not with Matt, Frank or Norm.

    Mr O’Farrell vowed despite the new revelations to take no action, saying the matter was the subject of two inquiries.

    But Mr O’Farrell is refusing to deny Mr Grimshaw was behind a damaging set of leaks about the casino.

    New evidence in text messages and emails reveals Mr Grimshaw was involved in a covert campaign to attempt to rid the casino’s owners of their licence which ran in The Sun-Herald newspaper.]

    I wonder what Ray Hadley will think? O’Farrell appears to be sacrificing ministers to the Daily Telegraph in to protect himself.

    http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/sydney-nsw/minister-george-souris-was-holding-out-on-barry-ofarrell-over-the-star-casino-case/story-e6freuzi-1226288797165

  41. Bushfire Bill

    So active at this late hour because I’d fallen asleep in front of the telly and woke up somewhat refreshed. Tired again now, so g’night.

  42. CTar1

    Smith set up a lot of reviews and investigations after the latest events at ADFA.

    He has plenty of things to finalise just on that.

  43. B.C.

    [ imacca Posted Monday, March 5, 2012 at 2:08 am @ 2389

    What i cant understand though is the 46% who think the Coalition are better to handle the economy? ]

    That may well come down when Wayne Swan delivers a surplus in May. Joe Hockey has a very formidable line – “Labor will never deliver a surplus”. He’s going to find it harder to run with that line after May.

    I think Labor needs to continue to attack the Coalition on their economic policies. That might well be one place where Bob Carr can help cut through. It’s not as if there aren’t areas to attack – $70b black holes and needing dodgy accountants to balance the books, etc. No doubt the Coalition will try to ride on the economic coat tails of John Howard and Peter Costello. The public may need to be reminded that Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey are no Howard and Costello (although I think the latter pair were probably over rated anyway, just as anyone can look like an astute investor in a rising market).

    On an unrelated note, has anyone seen any reviews of Mega’s book yet?

  44. William Bowe

    Katharine Murphy in The Age:

    [Sometimes journalists get things wrong maliciously, because they fancy themselves as players, or they are ventilating biases, or they can’t be bothered checking, or they are looking to boost their own power or serve the whim of an editor who prioritises ”campaigns” over balance and accuracy.]

    Who ever could she mean?

  45. confessions

    [Come to think of it, keep it up.]

    Agreed. The more they talk about Labor, the more opportunities they miss to talk about what they stand for.

    I thought Pyne’s face in the LL interview said it all when Alberici asked him when they intended talking about what they were for rather than against, and noted the lack of policy offerings. He genuinely looked surprised that she could conclude that. “Our policies are the same as they were at the last election” or wtte of.

  46. Tom Hawkins

    [Sometimes journalists get things wrong maliciously, because they fancy themselves as players, or they are ventilating biases, or they can’t be bothered checking, or they are looking to boost their own power or serve the whim of an editor who prioritises ”campaigns” over balance and accuracy.]

    About time someone on the inside said this.

    [an editor who prioritises ”campaigns” over balance and accuracy.]

    That’s got to be Chris Mitchell doesn’t it?

  47. Rossmore

    Could be something or nothing, but there was rumour flying around Twitter yesterday of a Pine vs Abbott challenge.

    Maybe not so strange after all given the Newspoll numbers.

    And a good few Tories on Twitter thought Pine did a good job in difficult circumstances on Lateline Friday night.

    If I can pull the above strands together, why cant the MSM?

  48. The Finnigans

    Ha ha ha so the steam driven server has come to life again, chug chug chug

  49. The Finnigans

    [Sometimes journalists get things wrong maliciously, because they fancy themselves as players, or they are ventilating biases, or they can’t be bothered checking, or they are looking to boost their own power or serve the whim of an editor who prioritises ”campaigns” over balance and accuracy.

    Who ever could she mean?]

    The gang of 4 for a start: Hatcher, Coorey, Shananana and Grattan Plus our own Bilbo who also fancies himself as an #MSMhack 😛