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Newspoll: 57-43 to Coalition

A bad result for the government in the latest fortnightly Newspoll, with the Coalition’s two-party lead out from 54-46 to 57-43. The primary votes are 28 per cent for Labor (down three) and 47 per cent for the Coalition (up four). Julia Gillard at least has the consolation that her personal ratings have improved from the previous fortnight’s dismal result, with her approval up three to 31 per cent and disapproval down four to 58 per cent. Tony Abbott’s ratings are unchanged at 32 per cent approval and 58 per cent disapproval, and there is likewise essentially no change on preferred prime minister (Gillard leads 40-37, up from 39-37).

Another consolation for Labor is the possibility that a bit of static might be expected from a poll conducted over the same weekend as a state election such as the one in Queensland. They can be fortified in this view by the fact that their standing improved in this week’s Essential Research poll, the most recent weekly component of which was conducted over a longer period than Newspoll (Wednesday to Sunday rather than Friday to Sunday). Very unusually, given that Essential is a two-week rolling average, this showed a two-point shift on two-party preferred, with the Coalition lead shrinking from 56-44 to 54-46. Given that Essential spiked to 57-43 a fortnight ago, and the sample which sent it there has now washed out of the rolling average, this is not entirely surprising. Labor’s primary vote is up two to 34 per cent, and the Coalition’s is down one to 47 per cent. Further questions featured in the poll cover the economy, its prospects, best party to handle it and personal financial situation (slightly more optimism than six months ago, and Labor up in line with its overall improvement since then), job security, Kony 2012, taking sickies and the impact of the high dollar.

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  1. Actually it won’t be all bad. Mallacoota Inlet will get another century or so of active life because of rising sea levels. Should maintain some good flattie fishing with soft plastics before eutrophication sets in.

    by Boerwar on Mar 28, 2012 at 7:03 pm

  2. ABC 7.00 News? shows no sign of letting down Rupert by reporting on his obnoxious local pay tv piracy activities.

    by joe2 on Mar 28, 2012 at 7:03 pm

  3. GG

    I never take notice of fist waving hectorers

    Not to worry. The march of AGW does not either. So you are in good company.

    by Boerwar on Mar 28, 2012 at 7:04 pm

  4. BB

    So why publish at about 4pm? They also had it on radio. And their report could have been edited to avoid legal issues.
    I think ABC just wanted it to go away. You cannot rule out that there is collaboration between ABC and NEWS. You just have to look at ABC guest on the various programmes.

    by adam abdool on Mar 28, 2012 at 7:04 pm

  5. lizzie

    Baseload solar ? Done !

    The dawn of baseload solar energy

    Last week, Gemasolar, a 19MW solar tower plant located near Seville in southern Spain, delivered electricity continuously over a 24-hour period to the grid

    http://www.climatespectator.com.au/commentary/dawn-baseload-solar-energy

    by poroti on Mar 28, 2012 at 7:04 pm

  6. Up to 10Mb fibre optic broadband

    poroti, are you from the 18th century?

    by The Finnigans on Mar 28, 2012 at 7:05 pm

  7. Boerwar,

    So, you keep on saying.

    by Greensborough Growler on Mar 28, 2012 at 7:05 pm

  8. Last week, Gemasolar, a 19MW solar tower plant located near Seville in southern Spain, delivered electricity continuously over a 24-hour period to the grid

    Poroti, not after the rain in Spain falls mainly on Seville

    by The Finnigans on Mar 28, 2012 at 7:07 pm

  9. Actually it won’t be all bad. Mallacoota Inlet will get another century or so of active life because of rising sea levels. Should maintain some good flattie fishing with soft plastics before eutrophication sets in.

    Boerwar – what would you expect to pay for flathead fillets?
    I saw them for $55 a kilo at Prahran market last week. Remember for us older guys when they were called the rabbit of the sea!

    by Dr John on Mar 28, 2012 at 7:08 pm

  10. GG

    So, you keep on saying.

    Not me. Every serious credible climate scientist in the world is saying it. The known exceptions include Dr Carter (destroyed by Mr Steketee in The Australian a couple of weeks ago, and Dr Plimer (destroyed chapter and verse by numerous climate scientists).

    AGW is not going to go away by itself. It will not disappear by way of small political compromises, either.

    We’re kind of stuck with it.

    by Boerwar on Mar 28, 2012 at 7:10 pm

  11. So why publish at about 4pm? They also had it on radio. And their report could have been edited to avoid legal issues.

    I think ABC just wanted it to go away. You cannot rule out that there is collaboration between ABC and NEWS. You just have to look at ABC guest on the various programmes.

    If you look at the ABC story, it’s about what someone else said on the subject. He-said/She-said done to perfection.

    by Bushfire Bill on Mar 28, 2012 at 7:10 pm

  12. Bushfire Bill
    Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Permalink
    A question arises as to how much Kim Williams knew about all this? He was head of Foxtel wasn’t he?

    I only read the story (and all 14,000 emails) once. Was one of the allegations that

    mari, I did see BB’s comment earlier. And you have to ask, why was Kim Williams brought back to Australia.?

    Why was Kim Williams appointed CEO of News Limited (Ruper’s Australian operations)? Of course, News Corp would have advance knowledge of an expose of their Pay TV hackery.

    Rupert is such a smart arsk. Appointing Gough Whitlam’s (a la Labor) son-in-law was supposed to head off Conroy.

    Rupe didn’t count on the fact that he’d so alienated Labor with his chicanery over AGW – ooh he personally believes in human induced global warning to the point where his company was so-called carbon neutral – but the OO ran an anti-AGW campaign to the extent his pro-Green credentials were openly scoffed at – that he didn’t realise that Labor was sick to death of his bullshit, and that:

    (a) Conroy was personally over it and wasn’t going to lie down; and
    (b) no one knew of Kim Williams relationship with Labor.

    It seems to me that Rupert has tried to throw Kim Williams to the lions, but because of Kim’s low profile, it is Rupert who is going to get covered in the proverbial.

    by kezza2 on Mar 28, 2012 at 7:10 pm

  13. AGW is not going to go away by itself. It will not disappear by way of small political compromises, either.

    We’re kind of stuck with it.

    Ray Hadley has a plan to hold a Newspoll on the subject. The might of Australian opinion will not be denied. It’d be undemocratic to do so.

    Problem solved.

    by Bushfire Bill on Mar 28, 2012 at 7:11 pm

  14. BB
    I just love that Hadley Covenant.

    by Boerwar on Mar 28, 2012 at 7:12 pm

  15. Dr J

    Boerwar – what would you expect to pay for flathead fillets?
    I saw them for $55 a kilo at Prahran market last week. Remember for us older guys when they were called the rabbit of the sea!

    Ah yes, the Port Phillip Rabbits!

    We camped at Mallacoota last week and ate fresh flathead and black bream twice a day. Yum. We were even inspected by fisheries to make sure we had legal sized fish. We did, of course.

    We can’t really afford to buy them in the shops any more. Horrendous. I suppose that is over population for you.

    by Boerwar on Mar 28, 2012 at 7:12 pm

  16. BB

    I just love that Hadley Covenant.

    by Boerwar on Mar 28, 2012 at 7:12 pm

  17. I know, BB, but it could have been done earlier .

    It’s like people had to complain for them to act.

    by adam abdool on Mar 28, 2012 at 7:14 pm

  18. I “love” the way Coles and Woolies sell fish “thawed for your convenience”. No supermarket guys it is frozen for yours.

    by ruawake on Mar 28, 2012 at 7:14 pm

  19. BB

    I just love that Hadley Covenant.

    I heard you the first time, BW. If you keep on repeating yourself I’ll have to turn you over to Frank for “re-education”.

    by Bushfire Bill on Mar 28, 2012 at 7:14 pm

  20. Boerwar,

    So you keep saying.

    by Greensborough Growler on Mar 28, 2012 at 7:14 pm

  21. Yours was funnier GG.

    by Bushfire Bill on Mar 28, 2012 at 7:15 pm

  22. I am a bit concerned.

    OH is interstate grandsonning and I am holding the fort with our Jack Russell. The thing is the latter is showing an unhealthy interest in the reproductive capacity of my left leg.

    I mean to say.

    by Boerwar on Mar 28, 2012 at 7:15 pm

  23. Boerwar

    poroti
    That sounds awful.

    Yes they have a very inferior system, the link was to show how ISP’s even with their crud system bundle tv,phone,internet via the one link.

    by poroti on Mar 28, 2012 at 7:15 pm

  24. GG

    Boerwar,

    So you keep saying

    Not me. Every serious credible climate scientist in the world is saying it. The known exceptions include Dr Carter (destroyed by Mr Steketee in The Australian a couple of weeks ago, and Dr Plimer (destroyed chapter and verse by numerous climate scientists).

    AGW is not going to go away by itself. It will not disappear by way of small political compromises, either.

    We’re kind of stuck with it.

    Say, didn’t we do that loop before?

    by Boerwar on Mar 28, 2012 at 7:16 pm

  25. BB
    Not re-education camp. Again. I promise that I will stick to the dialectics, chapter and verse as interpreted by the politburo.

    by Boerwar on Mar 28, 2012 at 7:17 pm

  26. Speaking of dogs (and youse know youse want to) our second dog, Cozzie, had his turn at the Dog Dentist today.

    Minus 5 teeth, he’s doing fine. A little quiet, but loving the mince.

    by Bushfire Bill on Mar 28, 2012 at 7:17 pm

  27. P.M. @abc Mark Colvin covered pirategate very well. Now it has been dropped like a hot spud on main news. Disgusting.

    http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2012/s3465913.htm

    by joe2 on Mar 28, 2012 at 7:18 pm

  28. I “love” the way Coles and Woolies sell fish “thawed for your convenience”. No supermarket guys it is frozen for yours.

    And flown in from Mekong stagnant chemical ponds for our convenience.

    by Dr John on Mar 28, 2012 at 7:19 pm

  29. BB
    We have never had to take a dog to the dog dentist. And we have had some ancients. Do you feed yours lollies? What is happening?

    by Boerwar on Mar 28, 2012 at 7:19 pm

  30. Dr J
    It’s a worry.

    by Boerwar on Mar 28, 2012 at 7:20 pm

  31. Bushfire Bill
    Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Permalink
    Speaking of dogs (and youse know youse want to) our second dog, Cozzie, had his turn at the Dog Dentist today.

    Minus 5 teeth, he’s doing fine. A little quiet, but loving the mince.

    I realise every man and his dog has something to say about Rupert today.

    But, hey, guess what – remember my post yonks ago about my poor old girl’s toxic (ammonia-type) breath? A friend has offered to pay for her treatment.

    Have the appointment next Monday.

    I’m so happy!

    by kezza2 on Mar 28, 2012 at 7:21 pm

  32. I have been monitoring SBS News tonight.

    SBS is pretending that News Corp doesn’t have a problem hacking into pay TV control cards. So as Bushfire said News has probably threatened all media outlets with court

    We are see the demonstration of propaganda, not in lies, but the absence of story

    by billie on Mar 28, 2012 at 7:21 pm

  33. The Arctic Sea Ice winter maximum was the nineth lowest winter maximum on record.

    http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/

    by Boerwar on Mar 28, 2012 at 7:23 pm

  34. ABC TV New scoop: Tony Abbott hurts leg in surf…. breaking.

    Rupert Murdoch…no comment.

    Interestingly, Mark Kohler, inter alia, mentioned the AFR scandal, as if we (viewers) all knew about it. How could we have? ABC TV News was mute on the subject.

    by Bushfire Bill on Mar 28, 2012 at 7:24 pm

  35. SBS is pretending that News Corp doesn’t have a problem hacking into pay TV control cards. So as Bushfire said News has probably threatened all media outlets with court

    billie – I did the same and then switched to ABC. Alan Kohler has mentioned it briefly in his financial report but said the story has been denied.

    by BH on Mar 28, 2012 at 7:24 pm

  36. [kezza2
    Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Permalink
    Bushfire Bill
    Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Permalink
    A question arises as to how much Kim Williams knew about all this? He was head of Foxtel wasn’t he?

    I only read the story (and all 14,000 emails) once. Was one of the allegations thatetc}

    I read you suppositions and I think they have legs, I wondered why Kim Williams succeeded Hartigan also, this is going to be so interesting, I really think ABC has been shamed into reporting it abeit very late, by twitter, not sure if anything is on 7pm news as refuse to watch it. Mark Scott mentioned it on Twitter this morning and so many Twitters including me was after him.

    by mari on Mar 28, 2012 at 7:26 pm

  37. I realise every man and his dog has something to say about Rupert today.

    But, hey, guess what – remember my post yonks ago about my poor old girl’s toxic (ammonia-type) breath? A friend has offered to pay for her treatment.

    Have the appointment next Monday.

    I’m so happy!

    Good on you Kezza. Cozzie was quoted as “$920, unless there’s something unforseen”.

    Naturally, there was something unforseen. $1250 smackeroos later we have our little Shi-Tzu/Silky back, still small, not quite perfectly formed in the fang dept., but warm and cuddling up to HI for all his little heart is worth.

    by Bushfire Bill on Mar 28, 2012 at 7:26 pm

  38. ruawake
    Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Permalink
    Campbell Newman has also said he does not do enquiries. Wtte we have been enquiried to death.

    Brave or Crazy Brave?

    Just crazy Ru, just crazy.

    I am minded of a supposedly old Arabic saying:

    “A man who knows not and knows not that he knows not, is a fool
    Avoid him;
    A man who knows not and knows hat he knows not, is a child
    instruct him;
    A man who knows and knows not that he knows, is asleep
    awaken him;
    But a man who knows and knows that he knows is a leader,
    follow him.

    Cando reckons he’s a leader, but I fear he’s a fool.

    by smithe on Mar 28, 2012 at 7:26 pm

  39. P.S. Bad breath usually means they’re in pain. God bless your friend. But get the offer in writing, in case there’s “something unforseen”.

    by Bushfire Bill on Mar 28, 2012 at 7:27 pm

  40. mari

    Mark Scott mentioned it on Twitter this morning and so many Twitters including me was after him.

    So, you’re saying Mark Scott mentioned this on twitter this morning and nothing happened at ABC Online until almost 4pm this arvo?

    Are you able to post a copy of his morning tweet?

    I’d be most interested.

    by kezza2 on Mar 28, 2012 at 7:29 pm

  41. BB

    Naturally, there was something unforseen. $1250 smackeroos later we have our little Shi-Tzu/Silky back, still small, not quite perfectly formed in the fang dept., but warm and cuddling up to HI for all his little heart is worth.

    That sounds fantastic/beautiful.

    not sure that my friend is up for $900 minimum – buy hey, did promise!

    *sucks in breath*

    by kezza2 on Mar 28, 2012 at 7:32 pm

  42. The AFR’s “world Wrap” on their story:

    PUBLISHED: 7 hours 47 MINUTES AGO | UPDATE: 1 hour 47 MINUTES AGO PRINT EDITION: 28 Mar 2012

    FINANCIAL TIMES: NEWS CORP IN FRESH STORM

    NEW YORK TIMES: AUSTRALIA CALLS FOR MURDOCH PROBE

    REUTERS: NEWS CORP UNIT PROMOTED PIRACY

    INDEPENDENT: OFCOM TO INVESTIGATE ‘HACKING’

    AL-JAZEERA: NEWS CORP ACCUSED OF SABOTAGING RIVALS

    NBC WASHINGTON: MURDOCH’S NEWS CORP UNDER FIRE

    IRISH TIMES: EMAILS APPEAR TO SHOW HACKERS WERE PAID TO WORK ON AUSTRALIAN UNIT

    GLOBAL POST: NEWS CORP UNIT PROMOTED PIRACY: REPORT

    ABC: CONROY URGES PROBE INTO NEWS CORP PIRACY CLAIM

    CNN: NEWS CORP IN FRESH STORM

    NDS had no immediate comment

    BUSINESS SPECTATOR: NEWS TARGETED AUST PAY TV RIVALS

    Note the number of Australian news sources involved in the story: 1.

    by Bushfire Bill on Mar 28, 2012 at 7:33 pm

  43. Except for Alan Kohler’s two seconds about PirateGate, no mention on ABC TV news. I’m sure Oohmann will give it maximum exposure on 7.5.

    by This little black duck on Mar 28, 2012 at 7:34 pm

  44. ruawake

    http://securejobs.org.au/take-action/

    Thanks….already know about this campaign.

    This ACTU campaign is better late than never. The ACTU have been too acquiescent since Labor came into government.

    There were rumblings about the low profile adopted by the ACTU under the leadership of Lawrence and Kearney. It was a toss up as to who was going to be pushed, as it would not have been a good look for both of them to go at the same time.

    The ACTU and unions need to work out what sort of alliance (if any) they should have with the ALP in order to further the interests of their ‘constituency’.

    by Pegasus on Mar 28, 2012 at 7:36 pm

  45. Note the number of Australian news sources involved in the story: 1.

    Its not news unless The Opposition Says it is.

    by ruawake on Mar 28, 2012 at 7:37 pm

  46. Maybe someone who knows how to do these things should copy audio from P.M. report.
    It is looking mighty weird that nothing else has been reported.

    http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2012/s3465913.htm

    by joe2 on Mar 28, 2012 at 7:37 pm

  47. This ACTU campaign is better late than never.

    You do realise how long it has been running?

    by ruawake on Mar 28, 2012 at 7:38 pm

  48. On 7.5, Heather”The Chinese would like us to show greater interest in China.”

    May I offer them Julie Bishop?

    Stephen Smith on now.

    by This little black duck on Mar 28, 2012 at 7:38 pm

  49. Hello from Qld.
    It still exists even after the loss so life goes on.
    Bb. we got pet insurance for our 2 doggies this week after hearing of some expenses friends have had to pay.
    Even though it wouldn’t matter what it would cost for treatment for them if something was to go wrong, it is worth the little monthly expense in our opinion.

    by Joe6pack on Mar 28, 2012 at 7:39 pm

  50. My apologies. I was wrong. ABC Victoria News did not cover the Murdoch story.

    There was a yarn about a soap factory, a long advertisement for the mining industry, some other stuff, then sport.

    What a bloody nonsense. It’s obviously run by kids, chasing ambulances.

    by Scringler on Mar 28, 2012 at 7:39 pm

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