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Essential Research: 52-48 to Coalition

True to form, Essential Research offers a more subdued reflection than its rivals of the apparent decline in the government’s political stock.

Essential Research has moved a point in Labor’s direction, with the Coalition lead narrowing from 53-47 to 52-48, although it may have been helped along a little by the use of preference flows from the recent election for the first time. On the primary vote, Labor is steady at 36%, the Coalition down one to 44% and the Greens down one to 8%. We are also told the Palmer United Party is on 4%, a figure not usually provided by Essential. The poll also finds 53% opposed to lowering the $1000 GST threshold on imported goods, with 35% supportive; and 70% opposed to lifting the pension age to 70, with only 24% supportive. Other results deal with respondents’ media consumption and internet use.

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  • 101
    Puff, the Magic Dragon.
    Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    Carey,
    All due respects, you do not tell me what to discuss, anymore than Bemused does.

    I understand the tactic is to make the subject so unpleasant that Julia Gillard gets wiped from this blog forever, but I am not going fall for it.

  • 102
    Kinkajou
    Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    Sean back soon?

  • 103
    zoidlord
    Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    @Sean/96

    Abbott won’t last.

    @Geoff/98

    Trying to play down gains for what Labor had is just trying to neutralise the issue.

  • 104
    bemused
    Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    Puff, the Magic Dragon.@101

    Carey,
    All due respects, you do not tell me what to discuss, anymore than Bemused does.

    I understand the tactic is to make the subject so unpleasant that Julia Gillard gets wiped from this blog forever, but I am not going fall for it.

    Unfortunately, unpleasant memories do tend to linger. :(

  • 105
    Sean Tisme
    Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    The Greatest Speaker of our times… much like his father was none other than Harry Jenkins.

    And Gillard and Co stabbed him in the back to roll him for some bumbling idiot who thinks he gets to park in the Magistrates Carpark spot.

  • 106
    Puff, the Magic Dragon.
    Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    Rudd is simply the Tony Abbott of the ALP, and both are dedicated to remove all reference to the first female PM of Australia and the woman who bested them.

    This woman is not letting the men of Australia who follow in these sociopaths’ footsteps achieve this.

  • 107
    Centre
    Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    Puff

    Show a bit of appreciation for the bloke who defeated Howard and got Labor in government…OR…royally…ZIP!

  • 108
    Geoff
    Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    Play down? Labor had a gain but they have lost it in a dismal display. Any talk on education now will be around the new funding and where it will go.

  • 109
    Thomas. Paine.
    Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    Bemused,
    Looking at the two people we are discussing, only Rudd fits that description. That is evidenced by the difference in the way each handled political defeat. Gillard was all class, Rudd went into sociopathy.

    Trying to create the same old memes. Gillard was a failure as a national leader, Rudd was decent PM that save Australia and many thousands of families from recession…but you don’t like that.

    Gillard got the job through foul means and couldn’t win a majority thereafter after the public twigged that her backstabbing Rudd was all about a power grab. And she failed thereafter. She should be apologising to Australians for treating democracy as her play thing..and to Labor for destroying it..along with the factional mafia.

  • 110
    Puff, the Magic Dragon.
    Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    I have a room, here with all of you.

  • 111
    zoidlord
    Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    @Sean/105

    Funny, you not talking about Bishop, is Bishop going to get stabbed in the back?

  • 112
    Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    I wonder what Rudd’s odds of long-term survival were, 3 months after he was first elected PM in 2007.

  • 113
    BK
    Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    every day Pyne give more and more reasons for us to despise him.

  • 114
    ruawake
    Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    Oh God shut the fuck up about Rudd and Gillard you turd eaters.

  • 115
    guytaur
    Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    Geoff
    You are wrong, which you would know if you had been watching 24

  • 116
    zoidlord
    Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    @Geoff/108

    Yes, you are playing down.

    Abbott back away from both Funding and where it goes.

    Abbott wants rich kids to have it.

  • 117
    ruawake
    Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    2014 Pyne will amend the education act, this is when we see how honest he is.

  • 118
    Thomas. Paine.
    Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    Rudd is simply the Tony Abbott of the ALP, and both are dedicated to remove all reference to the first female PM of Australia and the woman who bested them.

    Actually Gillard is very much like a cross between Abbott and Howard. You couldn’t get somebody more unlike Rudd than Abbott. Gillard the same wooden, dead stringent straight line as Abbott.

  • 119
    guytaur
    Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    “@SwannyQLD: Abbott putting the con into conservatism. Disgraceful attitude in #QT today.”

  • 120
    CTar1
    Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

    kink

    Sean back soon?

    Big Tupperware delivery and then he had to do an after school performance as a clown at a child’s birthday party.

    Small business is hard.

  • 121
    Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

    All due respects, you do not tell me what to discuss, anymore than Bemused does.

    The Rudd v Gillard stuff is boring and off-putting. It adds nothing to the discussion and seems to be nothing more than grumbling between two small camps of bitter die-hards.

    But, you’re right. I have no right to tell people what they can and can’t say on here and have before scalded people for telling me to shut up, so I withdraw my original comment.

  • 122
    zoidlord
    Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    It’s a pitty that our jobs are being filled up by Foreigners who are legally staying here:

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-11-26/actu-working-holiday-visa-re-think/5117852

    But Us Aussies not allowed to leave the country even on Newstart/Pensions.

  • 123
    Sean Tisme
    Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    Wayne Swan… putting DEBT into BuDgET since 2007

  • 124
    Puff, the Magic Dragon.
    Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    A drover’s dog could have beaten Howard. He was gone that election no matter what. The GFC I will give Rudd. Sometimes a sociopath’s total self-belief is useful. The captain of a ship who throws the sick overboard to save the able sailors in a hurricane, will save the majority of souls and be a hero. Doing the same thing in the calm of the harbour to make room for more cargo is another matter.

  • 125
    poroti
    Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    BK

    The “Mortein” has finally worked on the OP, looks to be dropping to the “floor”.

  • 126
    guytaur
    Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    “@conceravota: During 43rd Parlt Coalition tried to make #qt a farce. In the 44th with Bronny, they’ve succeeded #auspol”

  • 127
    zoidlord
    Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    @Sean/123

    Hockey Doubled debt in less than 2 months.

  • 128
    BK
    Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    poroti
    The blowie still isn’t heading for port.

  • 129
    Centre
    Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    Carey M

    No don’t withdraw, she bloody started it!

    Take it to your quack Puff, we don’t want to hear it, it’s really old news, history, gone, kaput, MOVE ON: Fair dinkum!

  • 130
    guytaur
    Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    “@dream_tansy: Nice Christian, PM Abbott. Threatening to force people to work at Christmas in attempt to emotionally blackmail into giving u what you want”

    People do see Abbott for what he is out there. No wonder the likes of ST are pointing to unicorns in desperation

  • 131
    Sean Tisme
    Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    zoidlord.. we are still on Labors budget and Labors watch.

    The Coalition won’t have a chance to fix Labors mess until 1st July 2014

  • 132
    Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    Wayne Swan… putting DEBT into BuDgET since 2007

    Don’t give up your day job…

    Okay, well, get a job, then don’t give it up…

  • 133
    bemused
    Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    CTar1@120

    kink


    Sean back soon?


    Big Tupperware delivery and then he had to do an after school performance as a clown at a child’s birthday party.

    Small business is hard.

    I thought it was a paper round.

  • 134
    zoidlord
    Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    @Sean/131

    No we didn’t, that ended on September 8th, after the election.

    Hockey & Co promised budget surplus every year.

  • 135
    Kinkajou
    Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    I summoned sean, sean and Geoff overlapped but it must be too much work changing logins every 2 minutes…bye geoff for now

  • 136
    guytaur
    Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    Is this a first? A petition to have a Speaker resign?

    @biscuitdigital: Sign this petition if you think the 44th Parliament’s Speaker Bronwyn Bishop should resign. Then RT http://t.co/oMiUoyVpZZ #Auspol

  • 137
    poroti
    Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    “@dream_tansy: Nice Christian, PM Abbott. Threatening to force people to work at Christmas in attempt to emotionally blackmail into giving u what you want”

    Perhaps he hasn’t got anywhere to go this xmas ?

  • 138
    mari
    Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    CTar1 and Bemused

    I thought it was cleaning the toilets at Menzies House, a robot could do that? :grin:

  • 139
    Kinkajoutoo
    Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    Yeh- what my bro said!

  • 140
    Kinkajoutoo
    Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    want to see me drink a gottle of geer?

  • 141
    ruawake
    Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    The Coalition won’t have a chance to fix Labors mess until 1st July 2014

    Rubbish they could have handed down a mini budget last week. Instead the have increased the deficit by $32 billion in 4 weeks. (not including the revenue shortfalls giving Joe nightmares).

    Oh and on Joe, he gave more than the entire cost of the Afghanistan war for Australia to the RBA without them asking for it.

  • 142
    zoidlord
    Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    @poroti/137

    I don’t think hamstringing (?) people is gonna go well in Voters land.

  • 143
    Kinkajou
    Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    wow boys and girls isnt technology amazing?

    Geoff/ Shorn which one are you now?

  • 144
    Centre
    Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    I’d like to see the tactics by Labor change for QT.

    You just can’t sit there and tolerate constant lies by Abbott’s mob and their bat of a speaker that can’t even pretend to be independent without serious objection!

  • 145
    Just Me
    Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    122
    zoidlord

    But Us Aussies not allowed to leave the country even on Newstart/Pensions.

    I’d love to hear the squealing if the whole country was subject to the kind of intrusive restrictions everybody on social security has to endure.

  • 146
    bemused
    Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    mari@138

    CTar1 and Bemused

    I thought it was cleaning the toilets at Menzies House, a robot could do that?

    I do get so confused by all the suggestions as to Sean’s occupation. :(

  • 147
    Kinkajou
    Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    thought it was cleaning the toilets at Menzies House, a robot could do that

    there’d be some pretty weird shit to deal with…ahhh policy development

  • 148
    CTar1
    Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    The Coalition won’t have a chance to fix Labors mess until 1st July 2014

    Bull St%t.

    Shockey can do a mini-budget anytime he wants, vanker.

  • 149
    mari
    Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    bemused

    :grin:

    Kinkajou

    Also
    :grin:

  • 150
    zoidlord
    Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    Labor need to force Hockey to table mini-budget.

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