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Apr 13, 2014

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GhostWhoVotes relates that the monthly Nielsen poll in tomorrow’s Fairfax papers has Labor leading 52-48, after trailing 51-49 last time. The primary votes are 40% for the Coalition (down four), 34% for Labor (down one) and, remarkably, 17% for the Greens (up five). The latter is three points higher than the Greens have scored in any Nielsen result going back to the 2010 election (UPDATE: It turns out 15% is their previous record in Nielsen, and 16% is their record in Newspoll). Stay tuned for leadership ratings and state breakdowns.

Further results from the poll indicate strong opposition to the government’s policies with respect to the Racial Discrimination Act, with 88% disagreeing with the contention that it should be lawful to offend, insult or humiliate on the basis of race, as per the provisions of 18C of the act, and 59% opposed to George Brandis’s contention that people have the right to be bigots, with 34% supportive. Opinion on knights and dames is more finely balanced than might have been expected, with 35% supportive and 50% opposed.

UPDATE: The poll has Tony Abbott’s lead as preferred prime minister down from 48-43 to 45-44, which equals the Newspoll of February 21-23 as the narrowest lead yet recorded (ReachTEL may or not be an exception, as I don’t track it due to its unusual methodology). Abbott is down two on approval to 43% and up one on disapproval to 50%, while Bill Shorten is up one to 43% and down one to 41%.

UPDATE 2: GhostWhoVotes has full tables. By far the most striking results are from Western Australia, where the Greens lead Labor 27% to 20% – remembering this is from a sample of 150 with a margin of error of 8%. The lesson I would take from this is that static from the WA Senate election is making federal poll results less reliable than usual just at the moment.

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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1,024 thoughts on “Nielsen: 52-48 to Labor

  1. dave

    guytaur@919

    @MariamVeiszadeh: Tony Abbott standing in front of his giant billboard before the election, making pledges he knew he wouldn’t keep. http://t.co/Wm7LfLwnJV

    GT – do you have a working link on the above ?

    Ta.

  2. guytaur

    dave

    Try this

    http://t.co/O6dVxmC1xz

  3. dave

    Diogenes@922

    Sounds like Shorten is going to give that speech reducing union influence today.

    Good move.

    Bullock’s ‘selection’ resulting in needed change ?

    The final straw…hopefully.

  4. dave

    GT – Ta. That fine.

  5. lizzie

    [An autonomous underwater vehicle tasked with scouring the sea floor for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 has hit a hurdle on its first mission and returned to the surface.

    The Bluefin-21 was deployed from Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield early last night to begin painting a picture of what is at the bottom of the Indian Ocean search zone, off the coast of Western Australia.
    But it turned back six hours into its first 16-hour mission because it had reached its maximum operational depth of 4.5km, the Joint Agency Coordination Centre said in a statement on Tuesday.]

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/national/missing-malaysia-airlines-flight-mh370-seabed-hunt-hits-hurdle-as-bluefin21-resurfaces-20140415-36ofo.html#ixzz2yubIeWXH

  6. lizzie

    [Andrew Leigh ‏@ALeighMP 20m
    Public spending on pensions as a % of GDP in OECD countries, via @MattCowgill @GrogsGamut #fauxmergency pic.twitter.com/bq5KIQs9p8 ]

  7. Diogenes

    Dave

    Yes I think Bullock was the last straw.

  8. dave

    guytaur@926

    dave

    Try this

    http://t.co/O6dVxmC1xz

    Interesting wording on that billboard –

    “No cuts, No Changes etc etc etc….under any Government I Lead

    He has snookered himself. Dumb enough to use the words that haunted Gillard and were used so effectively again her – over and over and over and over again.

    Sucker. The Libs can just bone him of course, but then that takes on a life of its own…..

    What goes around….comes around.

  9. guytaur

    For those wondering Barry O Farrell is expected at Icac at 2pm

  10. Wakefield

    917 – Canada would certainly be an agenda leader for the Abbott government and right wing in Australia generally. We all would do well to be up to speed with the corporate neo-liberal agenda – and build opposition action.

    One of the problems of course is to get the right balance between public and private institutions, market and planning etc. Having well funded institutions to assist us with the necessary research and understanding is a key – hence the Abbott Govt attack on CSIRO, Environment Defenders Offices etc.

  11. Fran Barlow

    Take the Bob Carr quiz. Can you distinguish his words from fictional psycho Patrick Bateman? http://t.co/6W6aL1cFRN

  12. lizzie

    It’s understandable that Bill Shorten wants to open up Labor to more members, but a rise from 40k to 100k is a huge task. Voluntary orgs who try to do that generally launch a well-planned campaign with a strong theme – and even then few succeed in meeting their targets.

    Where are the top quality PR/sales people who can do this for Labor? Will the ‘theme’ have to be voted on at a conference? Who are the well-known sympathetic public figures who will ‘come out’ for Labor? What can inspire people to become involved?

  13. dave

    Fran Barlow@935

    Take the Bob Carr quiz. Can you distinguish his words from fictional psycho Patrick Bateman? http://t.co/6W6aL1cFRN

    18 out of 23.

  14. guytaur

    “@Kate_McClymont: Counsel assisting keeps saying THREE THOUSAND DOLLAR bottle of wine. It is an astoundingly expensive gift that BOF was given. #icac”

  15. Boerwar

    If Bullock is the last straw, who is the camel?

  16. guytaur

    “@Kate_McClymont: Nicky Di G forked out $30,000 4 dinner with Barry O’Farrell, $10k for a Hockey dinner, but only $2k for Albo & poor Tony Abbott $1k. #icac”

  17. guytaur

    “@political_alert: Outgoing SBS Chairman Joseph Skrzynski will address the National Press Club in Canberra today from 12.30pm.”

  18. Darn

    Can anyone please tell me if the attached is genuine or fake, because if it is genuine it should already be enough to crucify Abbott at the next election.

    http://t.co/O6dVxmC1xz

  19. Player One

    [ “No cuts, No Changes etc etc etc….under any Government I Lead” ]

    Well, there’s his excuse – Credlin and the IPA lead this government, not Abbott.

  20. guytaur

    @GuardianAus: Bob Carr was right to start a debate on the influence of the Zionist lobby | Antony Loewenstein http://t.co/8fxYgPjkEX

  21. Diogenes

    There are hardly any $3000 bottles of wine in the world. Some of the Romanee Conti wines are but not many others.

  22. Player One

    [ Can anyone please tell me if the attached is genuine or fake, because if it is genuine it should already be enough to crucify Abbott at the next election.

    http://t.co/O6dVxmC1xz ]

    I don’t know if the photo is genuine, but the pledge certainly is.

    But don’t get too exctied – he’s already broken that pledge once: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/abbott-to-break-abc-no-cuts-promise-20140412-zqty9.html

  23. briefly

    [922
    Diogenes

    Sounds like Shorten is going to give that speech reducing union influence today.

    Bill Shorten will announce sweeping Labor Party reforms that empower rank and file members, rein in powerbrokers’ say over candidates and call for fewer factional bosses to be pre-selected for the Senate…
    Drafts of the opposition leader’s speech call for local branches with more than 300 members to be given a 70 per cent say over pre-selection for the House of Representatives.
    State-based head office selection committees would have their influence reduced to a 30 per cent weighting.

    Good move.]

    I don’t know how many branches in WA have 300 members, but think it would be very few. This is a step in the right direction, no doubt, but by itself will not be enough to rebuild democratic connections between voters and Labor in WA.

  24. guytaur

    briefly

    My understanding is Shorten was talking about Victoria. For WA no doubt the numbers would be different.

  25. fredex

    [Can anyone please tell me if the attached is genuine or fake …]
    Its fake.
    Photoshopped.
    The quote of what Abbott said is accurate, and he has confirmed such in Parliament recently, but there is no actual billboard with those words and with him standing in front of it.
    Best not to use that image- the words are sufficient by themselves.

  26. victoria

    Darn

    Here is youtube video of Abbott making his pledge

    Check out this video on YouTube:

    http://youtu.be/VN-hbWVXsyE

  27. zoidlord

    Yes, why don’t the liberals attack the rich living off the public purse, and not the poor:

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/policy/tony-abbott-urged-to-spare-the-poor-hit-rich-retirees/story-fn59nsif-1226884300135

  28. briefly

    [948
    guytaur

    briefly

    My understanding is Shorten was talking about Victoria. For WA no doubt the numbers would be different.]

    thanks guytaur

  29. victoria

    950
    victoria
    Posted Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 11:39 am | PERMALINK
    Darn

    Here is youtube video of Abbott making his pledge

    Check out this video on YouTube:

    http://youtu.be/VN-hbWVXsyE

  30. Diogenes

    briefly

    Perhaps it might spur a few small branches to amalgamate do they reach 300 members.

  31. Bushfire Bill

    [@GizmodoAU: The Commonwealth Bank Is About To Be Buried By Customers Scared Of Heartbleed [Updated] – http://t.co/gfs7HWhyol ]

    Although the Commonwealth Bank says there’s no problem, I can report that Netbank IS off-line at the moment. There’s a message saying “Sorry!”, but no explanation given for the outage.

  32. guytaur

    [Not enough money for welfare? Then why the amnesty for the richest tax avoiders, Australia?
    The Abbott government says that our welfare system is ‘unsustainable’ while the treasurer is simultaneously backing forgiveness for rich tax cheats. The hypocrisy is staggering]

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jan/21/tax-avoiders-australia-amnesty

  33. Darn

    Vic (953)

    Thanks for that youtube of Abbott signing his own death warrant. Labor should be able to make mince meat out of him at the next election with that.

  34. zoidlord

    @BB/955

    As well as they down at the shops apparently.

    My friend posted on facebook:

    “Go to shops bloody commenwealth bank is down”

  35. Diogenes

    ABC saying Cabinet set to sign off on Badgerys Creek as second airport in Sydney which would be an excellent move for the country.

  36. Fran Barlow

    Zoidlord

    [Yes, why don’t the liberals attack the rich living off the public purse, and not the poor:]

    That’s one of the main advantages of being a Liberal. They aren’t giving that one up. They are believers in keeping traditions that have served them well.

  37. zoidlord

    @Dio/959

    And no money for SPC?

  38. guytaur

    @bevanshields85: $3000 bottle of Grange given to Barry O’Farrell was not declared on his pecuniary interests register http://t.co/L5oMZXFpeJ #icac #nswpol

  39. zoidlord

    @Fran/960

    From an email I got from Kevin Andrews Office:

    To quote verbatim:

    “The assets tests is designed dso people with substantial assets use their assets (either directly or to produce income) to meet their day-to day living expenses when calling on the social security system for support. THE ASSETS TESTS HELPS TO ENSURE PEOPLE WITH HIGH LEVELS OF WEALTH CANNOT OTHERWIRSE ACCESS SOCIAL SECURITY PAYMENTS. AN ASSET IS ANY PROPERTY OR POSSESSION THAT A PERSON OWNS, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE EXEMPT ASSETS, SUCH AS THE PERSON’S HOME.”

    Read the part in capital letters.

    So either they breaking their own rules, or breaking the law, and Centerlink should look into liberal voters.

  40. victoria

    darn

    It will be interesting to see what Abbott actually does. Perhaps he will overrule anything Hockey et al want to do in terms of budget cuts

  41. guytaur

    @nicchristensen: BREAKING NEWS: ACMA to appeal 2DayFM royal prank call case to the High Court. Story on @mumbrella now: http://t.co/z5Rw0IfG1d

  42. zoidlord

    Excuse the spelling mistakes of course 🙂

  43. Diogenes

    Doesn’t BOF have to pay tax on the $3000 bottle of wine?

  44. victoria

    A prominent Liberal Party fund-raiser and associate of the Obeid family “buttered up” NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell by sending him a $3000 bottle of Grange, a corruption inquiry has heard.
    Nick Di Girolamo, a key player in the Independent Commission Against Corruption’s inquiry into Obeid-linked company Australian Water Holdings, said he had Mr O’Farrell’s mobile number and would call him “once a month, once every couple of weeks”.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/nick-di-girolamo-sent-barry-ofarrell–a-3000-bottle-of-grange-icac-hears-20140415-36oqz.html#ixzz2yusZjTrw

  45. Peter of Marino

    What a touching story…..

    This is a story about the bond formed between a little girl and a group of building workers.

    A young family moved into a house next door to an empty plot. One day, a gang of building workers turned up to start building on the plot.

    The young family’s 5-year-old daughter naturally took an interest in all the activity going on next door and started talking with the workers.

    She hung around and eventually the builders, all with hearts of gold, more or less adopted the little girl as a sort of project mascot. They chatted with her, let her sit with them while they had tea and lunch breaks, and gave her little jobs to do here and there to make her feel important.

    They even gave the child her very own hard hat and gloves, which thrilled her immensely.

    At the end of the first week, the smiling builders presented her with a pay envelope – containing $10 in 50c coins. The little girl took her ‘pay’ home to her mother who suggested that they take the money to the bank the next day to open a savings account.

    At the bank, the female cashier was tickled pink listening to the little girl telling her about her ‘work’ on the building site and the fact she had a ‘pay packet’.

    ‘You must have worked very hard to earn all this’, said the cashier.

    The little girl proudly replied, ‘Yes, I worked every day with Steve and Wayne and Mike. We’re building a big house.’

    ‘My goodness gracious,’ said the cashier, ‘And will you be working on the house again next week?’

    The child thought for a moment. Then she said seriously:

    ‘I think so. Provided those wankers at Boral deliver the fucking bricks on time.’

  46. sceptic

    guytaur

    ICAC … Those outside NSW may not care about revelations, I guess the expose shows us intended consequences .
    The RC into union corruption is just as likely to catch the big end of town & Tony’s mates, as other said corruption isn’t a one way street.

  47. mikehilliard

    @956

    I’m getting totally sick of reading about the sh-t sandwich this government is serving up.

  48. MTBW

    POM

    Love it!

  49. victoria

    Peter of marino

    Good one!

  50. Centre

    Victoria @ 953

    But we have a budget crisis.

    We must not have had a budget crisis at the time Abbott made his pledge otherwise he would never have made his pledge.

    Obviously we must now have a budget crisis since the Libs got into government.

    The point is that Abbott would never intentionally say one thing before an election and do something else after an election.

    Bastard :mrgreen:.

  51. kakuru

    [$3000 bottle of Grange given to Barry O’Farrell was not declared on his pecuniary interests register]

    $3000!!!??? Jeez, think how many prostitutes Craig Thompson could hire with that much $$$$.

  52. Centre

    Badgerys Creek?

    Well they won’t be flying at night unless they want mass riots.

    I’m siding with the NIMBYS on this. The Eastern Suburbs can go and get stuffed!

  53. Centre

    They should expand Mascot, lift all curfews and fly directly above paths of the eastern coastline 😎

  54. Yesiree Bob

    Hands up any Bludgers who have had a Holden in their family, or know someone who has owned a Holden ?
    Not only that, how obvious is the hypocrisy when the Government cries “budget emergency” when it targets pensioners, yet dose nothing about wealthy people rorting the system, let alone giving wealthy mothers even more assistance via the PPL ?

    Is it any wonder that, despite the “narrative”, this Government is deeply unpopular, even more so than the polls are suggesting ?

  55. Acerbic Conehead

    People in the know firmly believe that Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey want to raise the retirement age to 90.

    Alfie, an avid listener to 2GB, thinks raising the retirement age is a great idea, but, in his view, it should be raised even higher. Chime in with Alf as he sends a singing telegram to Tones and Joe. Cue: “When I’m Sixty Four” by The Beatles.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCss0kZXeyE

    When I get older losing my marbs
    Many years from now
    Will Centrelink still send me on a job search
    Or pension me off, stuck on the perch?
    If my prostate makes me piddle n’ pee
    Don’t show me the door
    You will still need me, you should still heed me
    When I’m ninety-four
    :- )
    You’ll be older too
    And if you say the word
    I’ll still vote for you
    :- )
    I could be handy, in the Home Guard
    When the boats are due
    I can go to Russia, those commos to maim
    If I’m allowed my zimmer-frame
    Join the Green Army, digging the weeds
    Like the days of yore
    Will you retain me, will you retrain me
    When I’m ninety-four?
    :- )
    Pity if the recession’ll make all the kids come back home
    As things get too dear
    Have to scrimp and save
    Grandson will be on my knee
    All of thirty-three!
    (Ouch! Mind the arthur-itis ye big lump!)
    :- )
    Send me a postcard, via Fraudband
    Stating point of view
    Pledge in blood with no amount of delay
    Cos at my age I’m wasting away
    Don’t give me excuses, “can’t do the job”
    I’m yours for evermore
    You will still need me, you should still heed me
    When I’m ninety-four

  56. MTBW

    Centre

    I was working in Glebe when the “no aircraft noise” campaign was running re Mascot Airport.

    Everyone was whingeing there were countless petitions thousands of telephone calls and it seemed no one in the inner city and surrounds was happy.

    Good luck Badgery’s Creek!

  57. Libertarian Unionist

    [I was working in Glebe when the “no aircraft noise” campaign was running re Mascot Airport.]

    There are just a few more people living in the Inner west than the western part of the City of Liverpool…

  58. Centre

    MTBW @ 981

    Don’t worry about the propaganda that Mascot is unsustainable – what a load of rubbish. It’s a bit like the Libs telling us everything is unsustainable.

    This is a CLEAR case of the East dumping their pollution on the West.

    Of course it wouldn’t happen immediately if a Badgerys Creek airport is operational – but it will happen eventually. More and more activity will be shifted to the West in time.

    They should riot and they will, good luck to them!

    Oh not to mention property prices will plummet in the west and rise in the east as a result.

  59. Centre

    [They should expand Mascot, lift all curfews and fly directly above paths of the eastern coastline]

    If the people of the east don’t like it – MOVE!

    Easy 😎

  60. zoidlord

    More bad news for FTTN and liberal supporters, spending $40 billion or so for dropping non ‘guarantee’ speeds:
    http://www.itnews.com.au/News/382817,nbn-co-drops-speed-guarantees-for-fttn-service.aspx

    “However, users of the FTTN network will not receive speed guarantees beyond 25 Mbps down and 1 Mbps up, the report states – similar to the maximum performance under ideal line conditions of today’s ADSL2+ service”

    So like currently, the 1.5Mbps guarantee, if a fault occurs higher than the guarantee speed, then companies won’t fix.

  61. zoidlord

    Michael Janda ‏@mikejanda 8m

    CommBank is giving scant details of what exactly is wrong with their IT and what services are affected: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-04-15/commonwealth-bank-customers-hit-by-electronic-banking-outage/5391366 … @CommBank

  62. guytaur

    @KarenMMiddleton: Merging the ABC & SBS would cause “conniption” among commercial broadcasters, fearing ads to come on ABC: Joe Skrzynski @SBSNews

  63. victoria

    Acerbic Conehead

    Love it!

  64. DisplayName

    Labor should have had that 2nd airport built ages ago.

  65. guytaur

    @craigjack36: Same time as BOF goes to #Icac
    Funny that

    Tony Abbott will hold press conference shortlyhe will announce #badgeryscreek airport #auspol

  66. victoria

    guytaur

    Yep seems that the annoucement coincides with BOF appearing at ICAC. How unsurprisement

  67. zoidlord

    By continuing to rely on Telstra, they are getting bigger pay day:
    http://www.zdnet.com/au/nbn-payments-to-telstra-could-hit-au98-billion-report-7000028380/

  68. Centre

    DN

    NO

  69. guytaur

    “@ABCNews24: Watch LIVE: Prime Minister @TonyAbbottMHR & @warrentrussmp are speaking in Canberra http://t.co/FlRWJArtyW #badgeryscreek #auspol”

    “@latikambourke: PM Abbott says Cabinet has approved construction of a second Sydney airport beginning 2016 at Badgerys Creek. @abcnews”

  70. Acerbic Conehead

    POM,

    LOL.

    I presume the Royal Commission will be interviewing the little girl to get some evidence on how nasty unionists corrupt the young.

  71. Centre

    Excellent

    Watch the riots!

  72. Boerwar

    Do you still have to declare a bottle of wine if you drank it?

  73. zoidlord

    @guytaur/995

    Beginning of 2016?

    In time for the next election!

  74. victoria

    Centre

    Do you really think the decision to build 2nd airport will be unpopular?

  75. guytaur

    “@bencjenkins: How are we going to #protectourborders with TWICE the airports in Sydney? Pack of gallahs in charge I’ll tell you what.”

  76. dave

    Diogenes@967

    Doesn’t BOF have to pay tax on the $3000 bottle of wine?

    ABC TV News at Noon in Sydney reported it as worth $6,000 – said to be 1959 Grange – the same year as BOF was born – according to the report. Maybe two bottles @ $3k a pop ?

    BOF on the stand this arvo – was it declared on the Parliamentary register as well?

    Either way it is a very bad look and drags BOF down as well.

    What else has he taken and from whom – are his declartions accurate and up to date?

    Saw a quote recently which went –

    “The only person to enter Parliament with the right intent was Guy Fawkes”

  77. guytaur

    “@GhostWhoVotes: #Essential Poll 2 Party Preferred: L/NP 50 (+1) ALP 50 (-1) #auspol”

  78. guytaur

    “@GhostWhoVotes: #Essential Poll Primary Votes: L/NP 42 (0) ALP 37 (-1) GRN 10 (+1) PUP 4 (+1) #auspol”

  79. guytaur

    Trains not passing Abbott lips on 2nd airport

  80. zoidlord

    GhostWhoVotes ‏@GhostWhoVotes 6m

    #Essential Poll 2 Party Preferred: L/NP 50 (+1) ALP 50 (-1) #auspol

    GhostWhoVotes ‏@GhostWhoVotes 5m

    #Essential Poll Primary Votes: L/NP 42 (0) ALP 37 (-1) GRN 10 (+1) PUP 4 (+1) #auspol

  81. guytaur

    Finally. Abbott gets a question on rail

    “@latikambourke: PM Abbott ‘yes’ there is an opportunity to complete a rail loop through Western Syd via airport. Primarily State issue but more to say.”

  82. zoidlord

    GhostWhoVotes ‏@GhostWhoVotes 4m

    #Essential Poll Free Trade Agreement with Japan: Approve 52 Disapprove 13 #auspol

    GhostWhoVotes ‏@GhostWhoVotes 2m

    #Essential Poll Are Free Trade Agreements good for Australia: Yes 49 No 11 #auspol

  83. guytaur

    “@latikambourke: PM Abbott says he wants to keep his commitments, says Govt’s most fundamental commitment was to fix the budget when asked about pensions.”

  84. Jackol

    Ah yes, “most fundamental commitment” – that would be, how would you say?, a “core promise”?

  85. sohar

    No-one could accuse Essential of volatility in it polling, unlike the other pollsters recently. Whether or not Essential is good a picking up recent movement is another question.

  86. guytaur

    “@farrm51: “We will keep our commitments,” says PMAbbott. But says major commitment is to a surplus. Pensioners to keep carbon compo. Sounds ominous.”

  87. Acerbic Conehead

    Victoria,

    [Acerbic Conehead

    Love it!]

    Glad you liked it. If it was good enough for Noah…

    Anyway, enjoy the rest of the day.

  88. Peter of Marino

    Acerbic Conehead @ 996
    Posted Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 1:03 pm | PERMALINK
    POM,

    [LOL.

    I presume the Royal Commission will be interviewing the little girl to get some evidence on how nasty unionists corrupt the young.]

    F*ck Yeah 😀

  89. victoria

    Acerbic conehead

    You too. 🙂

  90. mikehilliard

    Yesiree Bob

    I still have the 64 EH wagon I bought 25 years ago. Not for daily use but I take it to the country now & then. She likes an open road, not city traffic. Always attracts the odd train spotter.

  91. bemused

    [954
    Diogenes
    Posted Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 11:42 am | PERMALINK
    briefly

    Perhaps it might spur a few small branches to amalgamate do they reach 300 members.]
    I think he probably means the number of members in an electorate.

    There are typically a number of local branches in an electorate and few would, on their own, have more than 100 members, with most well under this.

  92. sceptic

    Bazza & ICAC

    O’Farrell says he did not have a “partisan” interest in Australian Water but was interested in “land release”. The company had positioned itself as being able to unlock the supply of new housing developments by providing access to water and sewerage infrastructure.

    So all that’s needed for land release is pipes in the ground, for land not owned by AW… The BOF has lame excuse for meeting with AW spives

  93. hairy nose

    The total amount Craig Thomson was convicted for was $24,000 over two years – that’s only 8 bottles of wine

  94. Otiose

    #Auspol Nett_NEWS++™ @ http://bit.ly/1aQcqOy #abbott’s Jumbo Jest – Come Fly w’ me … ♯♫♪ by @rowe_david © http://bit.ly/Qnwa7Z

  95. Mark Davis

    Hi William.

    You mentioned that you do not track ReachTEL due to its unusual methodology.

    Just wondering what are the methodolgical issues you see with RTEL?