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Essential Research: 50-50

Still no sign of Newspoll, but the ever-reliable Essential Research still has a two-party deadlock, and offers responses on Peter Cosgrove, unions, parental leave and intolerance.

Essential Research has two-party preferred at 50-50, with both major parties up on the primary vote: the Coalition by a point to 43%, Labor by two to 38%. The Greens are down a point to 8%, the Palmer United Party down one to 3% and others down to two to 7%. Also covered:

• Only 4% rate Peter Cosgrove “not a good choice” for Governor-General, with 30%, 34% and 11% respectively rating the choice excellent, good and acceptable.

• Forty-three per cent are happy for the Governor-General to be appointed by the government, with 40% favouring direct election.

• Sixty-one per cent think unions “important for Australian working people today”, compared with only 30% who think them not important, with 45% thinking workers would be better off if unions were stronger compared with 27% for worse off.

• In response to a question which first explains the specifics of the government’s policy, including the $150,000 ceiling and 1.5% levy, only 23% favoured the government scheme over 36% for the current policy and 32% for neither.

• There are also questions on the prevalence on various forms of intolerance, which you can read about in the report.

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  • 101
    citizen
    Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

    BK
    The IPA’s Julian Leeser talking about the effect of the carbon tax on SPCA: “They use tin cans ansd aluminium is one of the most energy intensity industries there is!”
    Says it all really. Tin cans are rolled steel coated with a tin plating. Where’s the aluminium you one-eyed dill?

    Do they make tinplate in Whyalla? If so, Abbott could wipe out both Shepparton and Whyalla in one go.

  • 102
    guytaur
    Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

    “@MikeCarlton01: Look, not nearly enough has been done to harass, attack or insult Ian Thorpe. Couldn’t the Daily Telegraph hack his phone or something ?”

  • 103
    BK
    Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    guytaur
    That is a brilliant tweet from Carlto. It says so much!

  • 104
    Everything
    Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    poroti
    Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 5:57 pm | PERMALINK
    We are being asked to bail out drought stricken people who voted en masse for climate change is bullshit parties and want to take even more water from the MD river system. For some reason I feel like saying “Get Stuffed” .

    Assistance is dependent on how the “victims” voted?

    Gee, I am glad you are not in a position to make these decisions then! :devil:

  • 105
    Labour of Love
    Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    Guytar I laughed my head off at the pink tape line until I could envisage the “Minister for Women’s affairs” actually using it.

  • 106
    Lynchpin
    Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    Guytaur

    They really are despicable.

  • 107
    Boerwar
    Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    poroti
    Plus one. If they are too thick to get climate change they are too thick to farm.

  • 108
    BK
    Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

    Just watching Speaker Ken Smith’s departure speech. It served to confirm was a nasty bit of work that he is.

  • 109
    Lynchpin
    Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    Everything, haven’t you heard. The Age of Entitlement is over.

    I am looking forward to this governments wholesale overhaul of the Company tax rules to the entitlement of these entities to minimise tax.

  • 110
    imacca
    Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    • Sixty-one per cent think unions “important for Australian working people today”, compared with only 30% who think them not important, with 45% thinking workers would be better off if unions were stronger compared with 27% for worse off.

    This will be an interesting stat to track as the Govt embarks on it war on everybody not Big Business or Fiberal. From these figures AND that fact they have been pinned today for lying about the SPC EBA over the last coupel of weeks, i’d think they would be well advised to be leaving the resurrection of WorkChoices well alone for now.

    Anyone know if Abbott will be back on 7:30 tonight to explain the Tassie Tourism thing again?? :)

  • 111
    B.C.
    Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    Diogenes Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 4:27 pm @ 34

    A royal commission is better resourced than standing agencies to undertake a root and branch examination… A royal commission that takes a systemic approach to the examination of the issues, rather than one mainly driven by criminal law standards, is less likely to look like a witch-hunt against either corporate or union interests. It is more likely to secure co-operation from otherwise reluctant sources holding important information about corruption and intimidation.

    Corruption in the construction industry is not confined to elements of the CMFEU. A Royal Commission might well make sense, but it should be looking at the whole industry, not just the unions.

    After all, it’s not the CMFEU that’s hiring bikies as enforcers. Nor is the CMFEU operating pheonix companies and not paying employee entitlements.

    There are obviously issues within the CMFEU and have been for a long time. A RC into the whole industry might be the best way to address that.

    On another topic, a friend of mine used to have a small trucking business carrying loads between Sydney and Perth. I went on several trips with him and his drivers (free rides to Sydney). Everything in 4 Corners last night rang true.

  • 112
    Lynchpin
    Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    Just watching Speaker Ken Smith’s departure speech. It served to confirm was a nasty bit of work that he is.

    Well, he is a Liberal.

  • 113
    B.C.
    Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    citizen Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 5:51 pm @ 82

    If Murdoch keeps delaying Newspoll until Abbott has a good week, then we may never see another Newspoll again.

    No bad thing. We have too many polls, and too much commentary on the polls as it is. Alternatively if we had a Newspoll everyday maybe it would be ignored.

  • 114
    Fran Barlow
    Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    I just watched 9 news in Sydney. They went with the PM lies claim, citing TA’s claims against SPCA working conditions and juxtaposing them with the actual situation. They put on Brendan O’Connor saying Sharman Stone was right to say that TA was attacking workers. Then they went to Cormann shot from behind saying that Stone was a passionate local member standing up for her community, “and the government is sticking to its policy”. In context I thought he was going to say “and the government is sticking it to them”.

    They did immediately balance the story with a straight cut to “the Royal Commission into the ALP’s bungled home insulation scheme” of course.

  • 115
    MTBW
    Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    Ian Thorpe should be left alone and the press should just shut up.

    He needs peace now not harassment.

    Has the Tele ever heard that you don’t attack someone when they are down.

    The Murdoch press is disgusting.

  • 116
    Everything
    Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    Lynchpin
    Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:23 pm | PERMALINK
    Everything, haven’t you heard. The Age of Entitlement is over.

    Awesome! :)

  • 117
    imacca
    Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    I am looking forward to this governments wholesale overhaul of the Company tax rules to the entitlement of these entities to minimise tax.

    I’m looking forward to the removal of all industry fuel rebates. I’m sure Gina and her ilk will be happy to contribute seeing as how the economy is in such dire shape…. :)

  • 118
    Fran Barlow
    Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

    “@andrewjhansen: ‘Green tape’? A term to make a protection sound like a nuisance. Next they’ll dismantle sexual assault laws by calling them ‘pink tape’.”

    Indeed. Dismantling worker protections could be “red tape”. ;-)

  • 119
    poroti
    Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    Everything

    “Victims” ? Yeah, like someone being bitten by a shark whilst wearing a wetsuit made from fish fillets is a “victim” .

  • 120
    Everything
    Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    poroti
    Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:28 pm | PERMALINK
    Everything

    “Victims” ? Yeah, like someone being bitten by a shark whilst wearing a wetsuit made from fish fillets is a “victim” .

    Farmers are responsible for droughts?

  • 121
    poroti
    Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

    Everything

    If they are part of the climate change is crap crowd then they will be.

  • 122
    BK
    Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    Well, he is a Liberal.

    Lynchpin
    No, he is a SPECIAL Liberal.

  • 123
    davidwh
    Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    PB has gone troppo and planning to feed farmers to the sharks. My God it must be a full moon.

  • 124
    ruawake
    Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    Farmers are not responsible for drought, but they are responsible if they cannot make a profit year after year because they have not got the water needed to produce a crop.

  • 125
    lizzie
    Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    Very enjoyable.

    Authors such as Lewis Carroll and James Joyce often used playful blends in their works.

    Carroll’s blends sometimes gained traction in spoken and written English. For instance, chortle, a blend of a chuckle and snort, first appeared in Through the Looking Glass in 1871.

    Blends are playful and ephemeral and this makes them a good match for the digital era. But they certainly didn’t emerge because of it.

    https://theconversation.com/the-macquarie-dictionary-word-of-the-year-is-22522

  • 126
    Bushfire Bill
    Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    Farmers are responsible for droughts?

    Farmers are responsible for not adapting to the patterns of drought, preferring to make hay while there is good rain, and then beg for taxpayers’ dollars when the rain stops and the drought begins.

    They are also at fault for thinking that the climate is going to get any better.

    It’s not.

  • 127
    AussieAchmed
    Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    Abbotts export industry

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BfmdpmmCEAAEIO5.jpg

  • 128
    shellbell
    Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:43 pm | Permalink

    BW

    I assume it is real.

    Using a dead brother to advertise legal services is a tad excessive.

  • 129
    Fran Barlow
    Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

    I find the suggestion that there is an ‘age of entitlement’ to be a crafty piece of dissembling. Hardly anyone in receipt of ‘entitlements’ fancies that the end of entitlement will mean an end to their entitlements. In at least some cases, they ought to be on good grounds. Perhaps they are at risk and it’s worth noting that Abbott hasn’t made clear his plans on forward funding for the NDIS and Gonski, while continuing to suggest very wealthy families will still get his PPL.

    Read in tandem with claims that the LNP that the cost of welfare is rising unsustainably, this age of entitlement meme is a flying wedge against support for the disadvantaged while masquerading as an attack on the diversion of state benefits to the entitled.

  • 130
    poroti
    Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

    davidwh

    There is a difference between being thrown to the sharks and turkeys voting for Christmas.

  • 131
    frednk
    Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

    Everything
    Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    poroti
    Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:28 pm | PERMALINK
    Everything

    “Victims” ? Yeah, like someone being bitten by a shark whilst wearing a wetsuit made from fish fillets is a “victim” .

    Farmers are responsible for droughts?

    No, but if climate change is real, there will be adjustment.

    Will people get compensation when their houses are flooded?

    If the answer is yes then the farmers should get compensation that will allow them to get off the farms. If house owners aren’t going to get compensation then nor should farmers.

    Drought assistance is not much good if your trying to farm land that is going to turn into a desert.

    The Liberal problem, they are still back at climate change is crap, no science minister required. Not a good possition for rational policy.

    http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/stories/8-before-and-after-images-of-ice-melt

  • 132
    AussieAchmed
    Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

    But SPC Ardmona on Tuesday released financial details and information on its agreement with the AMWU that refuted nearly all of Mr Abbott’s claims. It said the wet allowance, worth just 58¢ an hour, was not paid at all last year. It also said total allowances paid to workers were just $116,427 in 2013; or less than 0.1 per cent of its cost of goods for the year.

    It said there was little overtime at SPC Ardmona, and the company had in 2012 reduced redundancy provisions and stopped sick leave from being cashed out.

    A separate analysis by Fairfax Media highlighted that a typical full time worker at SPC Ardmona is paid about $50,000 a year – significantly less than the average ordinary hours wage in manufacturing of nearly $67,000. The average worker in Australia earns just shy of $74,000.

    SPC Ardmona managing director Peter Kelly said it had made “significant improvements” in productivity and had cut jobs by a third.

    He said its problems were not from labour costs or productivity, but rather a high dollar which hurt exports and allowed a “flood” of cheap imports since 2009. “In that period market share of private label canned fruit grew to 58 per cent today, while SPC Ardmona canned fruit share declined to 33 per cent. Our export market volumes declined by 90 per cent in the past five years.’’

  • 133
    davidwh
    Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

    Actually if no one has any entitlements then we don’t need taxes and we don’t need politicians. I thought the whole concept of taxes was for governments to provide services our taxes entitle us to expect?

  • 134
    poroti
    Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

    shellbell

    Not to mention how many ambulances he must have chased and caught to pay for a super bowl ad.

  • 135
    lizzie
    Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

    What is the policy of the major parties on “dumping”? Or don’t they have any?

  • 136
    Labour of Love
    Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

    AussieAchmed -132.
    And he never mentioned a price on carbon at all, maybe that is why they are being punished.

  • 137
    Diogenes
    Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    What is a “wet allowance”?

  • 138
    davidwh
    Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    Lizzie I heard somewhere there was an investigation into alleged dumping of fruit and veges and they found it wasn’t dumping. We are basically slaves to international agreements.

  • 139
    davidwh
    Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    Dio apparently it was an allowance for cleaners who had to supply their own wet gear however SPC now supplies the gear so the allowance is no longer paid.

  • 140
    poroti
    Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    Diogenes

    What is a “wet allowance”?

    What ever it is the amount paid out in 2013 —– $0.00

  • 141
    Labour of Love
    Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    Diogenes – I believe it when they are using protective clothing against the chemicals that clean or some such thing- I also think I read it was when they used their own wet gear which no one has done for well over a year, all company supplied now.

  • 142
    ruawake
    Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    What is a “wet allowance”?

    When folks have to spray caustic soda over the factory to clean it, they used to supply their own protective gear, now they don’t so the wet allowance hasn’t actually been paid to anyone for years.

  • 143
    Boerwar
    Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    E

    Farmers are responsible for droughts?

    Australian farmers support one of the most extreme climate theft parties in the world – climate thieves one and all.

    Australian farmers mainly belong to the demographic that is most likely to be climate thieves: older, white, male, rural, and less educated.

    If they want to encourage droughts, floods and storms (but not earthquakes as Joyce coyly insists) that is their lookout.

  • 144
    Boerwar
    Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    lizzie
    Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

    What is the policy of the major parties on “dumping”? Or don’t they have any?

    They are both against it. It is illegal under the WTO rules. There are international processes for addressing it.

  • 145
    lizzie
    Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    davidwh

    I vaguely remember the US accusing Oz of dumping – was it lamb or beef? – because we produce it more cheaply. But as you say, “We are basically slaves to international agreements,” but only because we cave in too easily.

  • 146
    Boerwar
    Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    shellbell
    Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:43 pm | Permalink

    BW

    I assume it is real.

    Using a dead brother to advertise legal services is a tad excessive.

    Yes, but quite in line with the Wolf on Wall Street.

  • 147
    Diogenes
    Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    So the “wet allowance” is quite reasonable and isn’t paid anyway.

    Thank you Mr Abbott.

    And this dickhead is our PM.

    BTW Stone is now saying Abbott and Hockey lied but she hasn’t called the liars.

  • 148
    Boerwar
    Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    lizzie

    The main threshold for ‘dumping’ is that the sale price is less than the cost of production in the source country.

    IMHO, there just has to be something suss with Italian tomatoes @ 69c a can in Australian supermarkets.

  • 149
    Labour of Love
    Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    I remember an add years ago where the farming family danced around on the dust patch in front of the homestead with a bar of soap each, in the rain indicating it had not rained for years. must be 40 years ago now.

  • 150
    Diogenes
    Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    Hahaha

    Clive Palmer’s wife doesn’t vote for him.

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