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Newspoll: 52-48 to Coalition

Newspoll’s second poll for the campaign shows no change on the two-party preferred, but a fair bit going on in the primary vote. Morgan’s weekly multi-mode poll has also made an early appearance, and they also offer an SMS poll on responses to the debate.

GhostWhoVotes tweets that Newspoll’s second weekly (I presume) poll for the campaign has the Coalition lead at 52-48, unchanged on last week. However, Labor is down two (to 35%) and the Coalition up two (to 46%) on the primary vote, with a two point increase for the Greens to 11% allowing the two-party vote to remain stable, presumably with help from rounding. Tony Abbott’s numbers continue to improve, his personal ratings now almost equal with Kevin Rudd’s. He is up four points on approval to 38% and down four on disapproval to 52%, while Kevin Rudd is up one apiece to 39% and 48%. Rudd’s lead as preferred prime minister has narrowed from 47-33 to 46-37.

UPDATE: And now the weekly Morgan multi-mode poll, which normally comes out on Monday afternoon, has made its appearance, and it’s well in line with all the other polling: Labor down 1.5% to 36.5%, and both the Coalition and the Greens up a point to 44% and 10.5%. That pans out to a 51.5-48.5 lead to the Coalition on two-party preferred using 2010 election preferences, but a stronger 50-50 result for Labor on respondent-allocated preferences. State breakdowns are featured, and they interestingly show a five-point shift to Labor on two-party preferred in Queensland.

Morgan also got 1200 responses to an SMS poll conducted this evening on reaction to the debate, which is probably the most reliable data we have on this. It shows an effective dead heat with Kevin Rudd rated the winner by 24%, Tony Abbott favoured by 23%, 5% calling it a draw, and 48% granted that they hadn’t watched (non-watchers presumably also having tended to be non-respondents).

BludgerTrack has been updated with the Newspoll result but not the Morgan. I’ll follow up on that tomorrow after Essential Research comes out (UPDATE: Essential Research will not be out until tomorrow, so I’ve updated BludgerTrack without it).

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  • 1601
    zoidlord
    Posted Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 12:18 am | Permalink

    GhostWhoVotes ‏@GhostWhoVotes 4m

    #Newspoll Economic Management: ALP 33 (+5) L/NP 49 (-1) #ausvotes

    GhostWhoVotes ‏@GhostWhoVotes 2m

    #Newspoll Dealing with asylum seekers: ALP 27 (+1) L/NP 42 (+9) #ausvotes

  • 1602
    zoidlord
    Posted Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 12:18 am | Permalink

    GhostWhoVotes ‏@GhostWhoVotes 42s

    #Newspoll Managing the cost of living: ALP 35 L/NP 43 #ausvotes

  • 1603
    crikey whitey
    Posted Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 12:20 am | Permalink

    Wiki

    On 29 August 1942, the Japanese task force broke through the Australian line forcing the Australians to retreat further back to Templeton’s Crossing. Eventually, the Australians were forced to retreat to Myola.

    4000 Australian lives were lost in the campaign. It is speculated that this number would have been much larger had it not been for the help of the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels.[1] As one Australian digger has noted:

    “They carried stretchers over seemingly impassable barriers, with the patient reasonably comfortable. The care they give to the patient is magnificent. If night finds the stretcher still on the track, they will find a level spot and build a shelter over the patient. They will make him as comfortable as possible fetch him water and feed him if food is available, regardless of their own needs. They sleep four each side of the stretcher and if the patient moves or requires any attention during the night, this is given instantly. These were the deeds of the ‘Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels’ – for us!”

    No known injured soldier that was still alive was ever abandoned by the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels, even during heavy combat. As of Anzac Day 2007, only three of the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels were still alive. In July 2007, grandsons of Australian World War II soldiers and grandsons of the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels took part in the “Kokoda Challenge”

    A famous poem by Sapper Bert Beros which illustrates the effort shown by the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels:

    The Fuzzy Wuzzies

    Many a mother in Australia
    when the busy day is done,
    Sends a prayer to the Almighty
    for the keeping of her son;
    Asking that an Angel guide him
    and bring him safely back -
    Now we see those prayers are answered
    on the Owen Stanley track.

    For they haven’t any haloes
    only holes slashed through the ear
    And their faces worked by tattoos
    with scratch pins in their hair:
    Bringing back the badly wounded
    just as steady as a horse,
    Using leaves to keep the rain off
    and as gentle as a nurse

    Slow and careful in bad places
    on the awful mountain track
    The look upon their faces
    Would make you think that Christ was black
    Not a move to hurt the wounded
    as they treat him like a saint
    It’s a picture worth recording
    that an artist’s yet to paint

    Many a lad will see his mother
    and husbands see their wives
    Just because the fuzzy wuzzy
    carried them to save their lives
    From mortar bombs and machine gun fire
    or chance surprise attacks
    To the safety and the care of doctors
    at the bottom of the track

    May the mothers of Australia
    when they offer up a prayer.
    Mention these impromptu angels
    with their fuzzy wuzzy hair

  • 1604
    This little black duck
    Posted Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 12:20 am | Permalink

    As for the next one I see here saying “I’m afraid that” or wtte, I shall personally come and rip his bloody arm off!

  • 1605
    zoidlord
    Posted Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 12:21 am | Permalink

    GhostWhoVotes ‏@GhostWhoVotes 36s

    #Newspoll Managing health: ALP 43 (+3) L/NP 34 (-2) #ausvotes

  • 1606
    mari
    Posted Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 12:23 am | Permalink

    Crikey
    what is the old saying You can pick your friends but not your relations Take care

  • 1607
    crikey whitey
    Posted Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 12:25 am | Permalink

    Mari.

    Thanks, my dear.

    Swift recovery.

    I am sending a cyber potion. You will be well.

  • 1608
    zoidlord
    Posted Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 12:26 am | Permalink

    GhostWhoVotes ‏@GhostWhoVotes 1m

    #Newspoll Handling interest rates: ALP 33 (+5) L/NP 44 (+1) #ausvotes

  • 1609
    mari
    Posted Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 12:26 am | Permalink

    CONFESSIONS
    Know you have gone but thank you I don’t blame the Canadians as Chris is a Canadian

  • 1610
    zoidlord
    Posted Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 12:27 am | Permalink

    @Mari/1606

    Get better soon!! and try to still have fun!

  • 1611
    lefty e
    Posted Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 12:27 am | Permalink

    ALP up 5 on managing interest rates I see

  • 1612
    zoidlord
    Posted Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 12:31 am | Permalink

    GhostWhoVotes ‏@GhostWhoVotes 21s

    #Newspoll Handling unemployment: ALP 40 (+3) L/NP 41 (0)

  • 1613
    zoidlord
    Posted Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 12:33 am | Permalink

    GhostWhoVotes ‏@GhostWhoVotes 6s

    #Newspoll Handling education: ALP 46 (+5) L/NP 33 (-3) #ausvotes

  • 1614
    mari
    Posted Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 12:35 am | Permalink

    Zoidlord thank you I will be OK tomorrow have to be as want to go and take some photos around the Royal Mile,ie the acts associated with the Festival

    Crikey
    Just received your cyber potion am feeling better already :grin:

    Was just thinking I bet the LNPers on here wished they had the same comradeship mostPBers do, second :grin: for the night

  • 1615
    crikey whitey
    Posted Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 12:42 am | Permalink

    Haphazardly watching Lateline.

    Malcolm and his copper pipe crock. I read an informed article on the Telstra copper. Nice if I could find it.

    Perhaps this will do for the moment.

    http://stevej-on-nbn.blogspot.com.au/2013/08/nbn-what-can-fibre-do-that-copper-cant.html

  • 1616
    crikey whitey
    Posted Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 12:45 am | Permalink

    Or this.

    NBN fibre optic cable rollout in South Morang.

    When shown a telephone in the 19th century, US President Rutherford Hayes reportedly said ”it’s a great invention but who would want to use it anyway?” In 1943, the chairman of IBM is said to have predicted that there would be a worldwide market ”for maybe five computers”. In 1977, Ken Olsen, co-founder of Digital Equipment Corp found no reason to believe that anyone would want a computer in their home.

    With the power of hindsight, we laugh at these observations from supposed ”visionaries”. Yet I fear we are repeating the mistakes of the past as we debate the value and make-up of the national broadband network. The differences seem technical but they are important.

    The government proposes fibre cabling to the home (FTTH) while the Coalition proposal relies on fibre to the node (FTTN), where existing copper cables connect premises to the network.

    No one doubts the much higher speed of FTTH, but we ask: does anyone really need the higher download speed to simply watch videos? How can we make an informed investment decision without a proper business case? Will it be possible to recover its cost? And why should the taxpayer pay for it, not businesses?
    Advertisement

    Just as with Hayes and the telephone, concerns about the broadband network seem reasonable. On closer examination, however, they reveal a fundamental lack of understanding of the nature of infrastructure technologies.

    Infrastructure is not a tool. Tools solve a problem, they serve a specific purpose. Infrastructure should be flexible enough to enable manifold new forms of use over time. It is only when people begin using the technology in their everyday lives that new ideas and business practices emerge.

    Infrastructure on the scale of the national broadband network is world-changing – it gives rise to new business models, forms of social interaction and ways of living. Think about power grids, transport networks, telephone connectivity, air travel, the personal computer, or the internet. These have enabled profound changes to the ways we work and organise our lives. Today, these changes seem self-evident, while the technologies have disappeared into the background as taken-for-granted parts of life.

    But could the wide-reaching changes associated with many new technologies have been imagined from the onset? Not at all. The nature of infrastructure makes it impossible to predict the future. Simply projecting current ways of living onto the new infrastructure is likely to fundamentally miss the point, as history has shown.

    Take electricity. Having had a modest impact on manufacturing initially, it was only after power generation was centralised and physically separated from the factory floor that we saw a flurry of innovation that gave us mass production.

    What does this mean for the broadband network? First, we need to recognise that only FTTH is a truly game-changing infrastructure. The key to understanding its novelty is not download but upload speed, which is much higher than with FTTN.

    Naturally, this does not feature prominently in the debate since we are accustomed to seeing broadband in terms of download speeds. And what are we going to do with this massive upload speed anyway? We do not know yet. It might allow better teleworking initially. This might have an effect on road congestion, work-life balance and maybe the make up of our suburbs.

    In one way, critics are right. Few people need the broadband network today. Then again, no one needed the telephone, cars or personal computers at the time. But could we live without them today?

    We have no way of knowing what a world where the network is a normal part of life will be like. Hence, no one can put together a business case for it in all seriousness. Indeed, infrastructure of this kind should not be required to make its own money. It is the benefits that will flow from the innovation it unlocks that matters to government.

    Finally, why should the taxpayers pay for this infrastructure? Because the business community will not embark on a project where the business case and profit streams are unknown. The infrastructure will simply not be built.

    Investments in game-changing infrastructure should be one of the core responsibilities of any government. The government deserves to be commended on a project that may not deliver any tangible benefits in the near future but will potentially change our world.

    Associate Professor Kai Riemer is chairman of business information systems at the University of Sydney business school.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/with-hindsight-broadband-vision-will-become-clear-20130811-2rq4k.html#ixzz2blZPHJNi

  • 1617
    crikey whitey
    Posted Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 12:52 am | Permalink

    Or this. Are you tired yet?

    Not half as tiring as listening to Malcolm Turnbull.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-06-23/telstras-copper-network-in-a-state-of-disrepair-say-unions/4774342

  • 1618
    mari
    Posted Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 12:54 am | Permalink

    Crikey put your link by Prof Riemer on Twitter very late as you know but getting a few retweets, Twitter certainly never goes to sleep

  • 1619
    Thomas. Paine.
    Posted Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 12:56 am | Permalink

    Interesting that Labor improving on all metrics, Rudd down slightly, and TPP unchanged. Improving metrics across the board would indicate that some improvement in the TPP.

    I think the AS issue is now done and the measurement of best to handle the issue needs to be a different question. I don’t think the Coalition will get too much advantage out of this now, and Labor have stretched as far as possible on this issue.

    This question I think is now measuring…who do you think would go more extreme on the AS issue… And of course people know that the Liberals would just about go out and cause the drowning of AS by the hundreds if they though there were votes in it.

    #Newspoll Dealing with asylum seekers: ALP 27 (+1) L/NP 42 (+9) #ausvotes

    The question should be maybe… do you think Labor has adequately dealt with the AS issue.

    STILL think Rudd Labor needs to make big noises to attract attention so they can get people to focus for a little while. Need to make bolder less equivocal statements on some things .

  • 1620
    mari
    Posted Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 1:01 am | Permalink

    TP
    Are my eyes deceiving me is that a little criticism of KR by you?

  • 1621
    crikey whitey
    Posted Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 1:02 am | Permalink

    I will wrap that topic on this.

    ​Mature Accompanied (MA 15+)

    MA 15+ – Restricted – unsuitable for persons under 15; may contain strong content.

    The content is strong in impact.

    Worst of the worst: Photos of Australia’s copper network.

    http://delimiter.com.au/2012/05/01/worst-of-the-worst-photos-of-australias-copper-network/

    http://delimiter.com.au/2012/05/01/worst-of-the-worst-photos-of-australias-copper-network/

  • 1622
    crikey whitey
    Posted Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 1:03 am | Permalink

    mari i still haven’t done twitter head lowers

  • 1623
    mari
    Posted Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 1:07 am | Permalink

    You should it is good fun, I enjoy it, let me know when you join and I will be a follower

  • 1624
    crikey whitey
    Posted Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 1:09 am | Permalink

    I think I have joined. Sez brightly!

    Then what?

  • 1625
    crikey whitey
    Posted Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 1:19 am | Permalink

    God! I wish I had a quarter of the application of Greg Jericho.

    I could shred every word of Turnbull’s carry on.

  • 1626
    crikey whitey
    Posted Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 1:19 am | Permalink

    Okay. I’m going to the dishes.

  • 1627
    mari
    Posted Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 1:23 am | Permalink

    Tweet me @randlight and then we can follow each other, others will then follow
    try now and I will watch twitter

  • 1628
    triton
    Posted Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 3:23 am | Permalink

    Australia collapsing at Durham, going well at Wormsley, if there are any night owls about.

  • 1629
    triton
    Posted Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 4:03 am | Permalink

    Massive collapse at Durham. Cruising at 1-147, now 8-199.

  • 1630
    ruawake
    Posted Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 4:40 am | Permalink

    All over for Shane Watson.

  • 1631
    triton
    Posted Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 4:44 am | Permalink

    When I turned on the radio in the middle of the night Geoff Boycott was moaning about Australia heading for victory. A couple of hours later it’s all out 224.

  • 1632
    ruawake
    Posted Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 4:48 am | Permalink

    Just watched Lateline. Turnbull may think he smart but he came across as a dickhead.

    Albo was long on slogans, short on detail so I guess he won the debate. :lol:

  • 1633
    ruawake
    Posted Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 5:02 am | Permalink

    Looks like its true.

    A SECRET preference deal that would ensure Bob Katter's Australian Party preferences flow to the ALP would boost the chances of candidates like Peter Beattie in Forde, south of Brisbane.

    Labor sources say an announcement is likely within days.

    Although how this deal is secret beats me, won’t it be printed on HTV cards?

  • 1634
    BK
    Posted Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 6:42 am | Permalink

    Good morning Dawn Patrollera.
    For some reason there are slim pickings in the Fairfax media today.
    The Libs deny having anything to do with the sudden spike in Abbott’s Twitter followers. Many of the spike have now been expurgated.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/federal-election-2013/tony-abbotts-twitter-followers-drops-after-fake-buyers-culled-20130811-2rpt2.html
    Thus use of a chart with a severely truncated Y-axis in this article is misleading.
    http://www.smh.com.au/national/public-service/labor-planning-to-ditch-4000-jobs-20130811-2rqga.html
    Ross Gittins on the myth of Aussies being dead against any form of taxation increase.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/controversial-change-can-be-done-20130811-2rq62.html
    this is good news for RM Williams, a company that I spent a lot of time with a numvber of years ago. Their future was by no means uncertain back in 2000 but they made the necessary changes to their manufacturing syatems that have given them the basis to survive, if not thrive.
    http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/rm-williams-to-supply-army-with-boots-for-next-five-years/story-fni6uo1m-1226695920147
    Stand by for the PEFO wars.
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/12/coalition-treasury-over-optimistic-budget
    Today could be the day that Essendon learns its fate.
    http://www.theage.com.au/afl/afl-news/essendon-charges-expected-on-tuesday-20130812-2rsbk.html
    MUST READ: The NBN in national pesrpective.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/with-hindsight-broadband-vision-will-become-clear-20130811-2rq4k.html
    The Fact Checker declares Pruneface’s statement that the bank deposits levy is a new tax to be mostly false.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/federal-election-2013/is-labors-bank-deposits-levy-a-new-tax-20130812-2rrbc.html

  • 1635
    BK
    Posted Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 6:42 am | Permalink

    Section 2 . . .

    David Pope on the inevitable reduction in Public Service numbers.
    http://www.smh.com.au/photogallery/federal-politics/cartoons/david-pope-20120214-1t3j0.html
    Pat Campbell uses the loaves and fishes parable in this cartoon.
    http://www.smh.com.au/photogallery/federal-politics/cartoons/pat-campbell-20120213-1t21q.html
    A DAVID ROWE CLASSIC: On suppositories if course!
    http://www.afr.com/p/national/cartoon_gallery_david_rowe_1g8WHy9urgOIQrWQ0IrkdO
    MUST SEE: Ron Tandberg on the insidious influence of Murdoch.
    http://www.smh.com.au/photogallery/federal-politics/cartoons/ron-tandberg-20090910-fixc.html

  • 1636
    KEVIN-ONE-SEVEN
    Posted Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 6:57 am | Permalink

    How are all the Abbott lovers on this blog going with the suppositories they’ve been furiously sticking up their bums since their Dear Leader gave them the nod?
    Finally Tone has got some world-wide attention. But how can we unleash him on the world stage when he can’t even speak his own language?
    This is what happens when you don’t road-test a slogan a 1000 times in front of the bathroom mirror.
    My prayer is that we will see more and more of Tone before the election, not less.

  • 1637
    castle
    Posted Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 6:57 am | Permalink

    The Libs deny having anything to do with the sudden spike in Abbott’s Twitter followers. Many of the spike have now been expurgated.

    How could the libs get rid of the fake followers so quickly if they had nothing to do with the surge.

    Surely they would have to know?

  • 1638
    BK
    Posted Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 7:02 am | Permalink

    And from the Land of the Free -

    No, we don’t need red and green tape!
    http://americablog.com/2013/08/texas-run-out-of-water-fracking.html
    Ah! Tennessee justice strikes again.
    http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/2013/08/12/video-tennessee-judge-cites-jesus-changes-babys-name/
    Illinois goes troppo and allows the carrying of guns in public.
    http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/2013/08/11/a-new-illinois-law-allows-people-to-carry-firearms-in-public-what-could-possibly-go-wrong-even-with-required-training/
    And Boston is such a nice place!
    http://crooksandliars.com/breaking-news/whitey-bulger-found-guilty-crimes-in
    The Repug headng up the Science Committe declares global warning a fraud.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/12/dana-rohrabacher-global-warming_n_3743390.html

  • 1639
    rummel
    Posted Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 7:03 am | Permalink

    KEVIN-ONE-SEVEN

    Abbott is doing really well compared to 2010. no leaks required.

  • 1640
    guytaur
    Posted Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 7:16 am | Permalink

    Good Morning

    We could learn.

    @MWhalan: “@julesallover: China cancels planned #coal-fired plant due to #pollution concerns http://t.co/UmJHaS4u0G #environment” @senatormilne

  • 1641
    guytaur
    Posted Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 7:24 am | Permalink

    Council of Aging spokes person on 24.

    Damning Coalition with faint praise. No surprise after debate response from Abbott.

  • 1642
    guytaur
    Posted Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 7:26 am | Permalink

    @BarackObama: It’s time #climate change deniers feel the heat. Take action: http://t.co/7uRC2Wz5Tv #ScienceSaysSo

  • 1643
    KEVIN-ONE-SEVEN
    Posted Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 7:27 am | Permalink

    Abbott is hoping for a bowel surge in the remaining days of the campaign

  • 1644
    BK
    Posted Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 7:33 am | Permalink

    Fact Check on the strength of Australia’s economy. It largely supports Labor’s assertions.
    http://theconversation.com/factcheck-how-strong-is-australias-economy-16716?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Latest+from+The+Conversation+for+13+August+2013&utm_content=Latest+from+The+Conversation+for+13+August+2013+CID_f11504dd4262a24c9b73d06edf23b1ef&utm_source=campaign_monitor&utm_term=FactCheck%20how%20strong%20is%20Australias%20economy

  • 1645
    guytaur
    Posted Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 7:34 am | Permalink

    @FinancialReview: Wind and #solar power are slowly replacing coal generation, national forecaster says #AEMO http://t.co/H9omb6eZpt

    I bet Stutchbury hated printing this during the election

  • 1646
    sprocket_
    Posted Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 7:35 am | Permalink

    Don Randall says what everyone knows instinctively, surely now Tony Abbott will have to come clean.

    A WA Federal Liberal MP has signalled a Tony Abbott-led government may have to consider "reversing" election promises, with figures expected to show the poor state of the Federal Budget.

    In the wake of Premier Colin Barnett's decision yesterday to reverse the State Government's policy on solar feed-in tariffs, Canning MP Don Randall said the coalition on taking office would likely come under internal pressure to break some pre- election commitments.

    "Governments after elections quite often find themselves in difficult circumstances and I suspect that should we be the government and we see the state of the books, there's going to be a bit of that sort of talk from the coalition because governments do do that," Mr Randall said.

    "Particularly in the first part of their newly elected term, they find the circumstances may have changed or the finances - in the case of both State and Federal governments - have been eroded given the downturn in the Chinese economy.

    "You can't get away with it unless you communicate with the electorate and just to arrogantly announce things doesn't go down well with the electorate."

    His comments came ahead of today's release of the pre-election economic outlook by the departments of Treasury and Finance.

    http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/breaking/18471430/bad-budget-could-force-libs-to-break-promises/

  • 1647
    AussieAchmed
    Posted Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 7:37 am | Permalink

    THE car leasing industry has embarked on a $10 million advertising blitz against the Rudd Government’s changes to the Fringe Benefits Tax.

    It really does show where their political sympathies lie.

    If they were honest and truly cared about job losses they would be targeting Abbott’s plan to remove subsidies to the car industry

  • 1648
    guytaur
    Posted Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 7:38 am | Permalink

    @TonyWindsorMP: Re: @TonyAbbottMHR ‘s suppository gaffe – I warned him about that

    @genericleftist: Abbott’s suppository gaffe is making news in the US. #ausvotes http://t.co/qPMS8fJx24

  • 1649
    sprocket_
    Posted Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 7:39 am | Permalink

    And Don Randall is doing wonderfully in the West, helping shore up the progressive vote by putting the boot into The Emperor

    The Barnett Government's solar Budget shock reverberated around the highest levels of the Federal Liberal Party at the weekend, with national director Brian Loughnane personally told of the damage it was doing.

    Federal WA Liberal Don Randall said yesterday he told Colin Barnett of his "displeasure" on Friday and sent the Premier some of the "vicious" emails his office was receiving. He also contacted Mr Loughnane.

    Mr Barnett insisted he wasn't "prevailed upon" to reverse the decision, but admitted "it's never a good thing to have controversy during an election campaign".

    Mr Randall launched a scathing assessment of the State Government's post-election reversals on the solar feed-in tariff, local government amalgamations and promised welfare assistance for grandparents.

    The Federal member for Canning, renowned as a tireless doorknocker, said governments on occasion were entitled to "reverse" election promises but needed to explain why, not simply "arrogantly announce things".

    http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/breaking/18471430/bad-budget-could-force-libs-to-break-promises/

  • 1650
    AussieAchmed
    Posted Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 7:41 am | Permalink

    sprocket_

    Posted Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 7:35 am | Permalink

    Don Randall says what everyone knows instinctively, surely now Tony Abbott will have to come clean.

    A WA Federal Liberal MP has signalled a Tony Abbott-led government may have to consider “reversing” election promises, with figures expected to show the poor state of the Federal Budget.

    In the wake of Premier Colin Barnett’s decision yesterday to reverse the State Government’s policy on solar feed-in tariffs, Canning MP Don Randall said the coalition on taking office would likely come under internal pressure to break some pre- election commitments.
    —————————————————–

    What a crock!! Colon was elected for a second term and had been “managing” the books for four years. If there were difficult circumstances the idiot made them and should have known about them before and during the election but still made promises.

    Colon back flipped on the solar panel feed payment after being contacted by a Federal MP.

    I expect another back flip once the Federal election is over.

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