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May 17, 2014

Seats of the week: Fadden and Moncrieff

This week's Seat of the Week double-up accounts for the northern two-third of the Gold Coast, served by Liberal National Party members Stuart Robert and Steven Ciobo.

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Fadden

Teal and red numbers respectively indicate booths with two-party majorities for the LNP and Labor. Click for larger image. Map boundaries courtesy of Ben Raue at The Tally Room.

Fadden covers the northern part of the Gold Coast municipality, from Gaven and Labrador in the south through Coomera, Pimpama and Ormeau to Logan River in the north, with the Pacific Motorway forming most of its western boundary. This area’s intensive population growth has caused the electorate to be progressively drawn into the Gold Coast since its creation in 1977, at which time it contained none of its present territory, instead covering outer southern Brisbane and the Gold Coast’s rural hinterland. The redistribution caused by the expansion of parliament in 1984 drew it into Brisbane, extending as far northwards as Salisbury and Rochedale, with the Logan River as its southern boundary. It first infringed upon the Gold Coast when it acquired Coomera at the 1996 election, the migration being completed with the exchange of Redland Bay in the north for Southport in the south at the 2004 election. The ongoing population explosion caused it to shed nearly 14,000 voters inland of its current boundary at the most recent Queensland redistribution before the 2010 election.

With the exception of 1983, Fadden in its various guises has been won at every election by the conservatives, meaning the the Liberal Party prior to the 2010 merger and the Liberal National Party thereafter. The inaugural member was Don Cameron, who had held Griffith for the Liberals since 1966. The 1975-engorged margin was whittled away at the 1977 and 1980 elections, then overturned with David Beddall’s victory for Labor with the election of the Hawke government. Cameron returned to parliament a year later at a by-election caused by Jim Killen’s retirement in Moreton, which became the third seat he represented. The 1984 redistribution made Fadden notionally Liberal, causing David Beddall to jump ship for Rankin. The seat was then won for the Liberals by David Jull, who had held the seat of Bowman from 1975 until his defeat in 1983. Jull’s margins were less than 5% until 1996, but generally well into double digits thereafter.

Jull was succeeded on his retirement at the 2007 election by Stuart Robert, a former army intelligence officer. Robert was said to have played a role in “rounding up support” for Tony Abbott ahead of his challenge to Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership in December 2009, and was elevated afterwards to shadow parliamentary secretary in the defence portfolio. He was further promoted after the 2010 election to the outer shadow ministry portfolio of defence science, technology and personnel, which was rebadged as Assistant Defence Minister following the 2013 election victory.

Moncrieff

Teal numbers indicate two-party majority for the LNP. Click for larger image. Map boundaries courtesy of Ben Raue at The Tally Room.

Moncrieff covers the central Gold Coast from Miami north through Surfers Paradise to Nerang Head, and inland to Nerang and Highland Park. The seat was created with the expansion of parliament in 1984, previous to which the entirety of the Gold Coast had been accommodated by McPherson since 1949, and by Moreton beforehand. Moncrieff originally extended deep into rural territory at Beaudesert, before assuming its current coastal orientation with Beaudesert’s transfer to Forde in 1996. Prior to Moncrieff’s creation the entirety of the Gold Coast had been accommodated by McPherson, which had itself been created with the previous expansion of parliament in 1949. The Gold Coast had originally been contained within the electorate of Moreton, which has since migrated into Brisbane’s southern suburbs. The area has had conservative representation without interruption since 1906, with McPherson passing from Country Party to Liberal Party control in 1972, and Moncrieff being in Liberal and more recently Liberal National Party hands since its creation.

Steven Ciobo assumed the seat at the 2001 election after the retirement of its inaugural member, Kathy Sullivan, who had previously been a Senator since 1974, establishing what remains a record as the longest serving female member of federal parliament. Ciobo emerged through Liberal ranks as a member of the Right faction, associated with former ministers Santo Santoro and Warwick Parer and state party powerbroker Michael Caltabiano. He rose to the shadow ministry in the small business portfolio after the defeat of the Howard government, which was elevated to a shadow cabinet position when Malcolm Turnbull ascended to the leadership in September 2008. However, he was demoted to the outer shadow ministry portfolios of tourism, arts, youth and sport when Tony Abbott became leader in December 2009 and relegated to the back bench after the August 2010 election, which was generally reckoned to be a consequence of his support for Turnbull. Following the 2013 election victory he won promotion to parliamentary secretary to the Treasurer.

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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621 thoughts on “Seats of the week: Fadden and Moncrieff

  1. Boerwar

    c

    Shoving Bishop has been to gift a unicorn to Pyne. That unicorn will be flogged for all it is worth.

    If I were Pyne I would do exactly the same thing.

  2. Greensborough Growler

    dave,

    NZers do the Hakka.

    Tasmanians do a nice line in Wakkas.

  3. confessions

    [I don’t recall Pyne criticising Alan Jones for saying JGillard should be put in a sack and dumped at sea, or Abbott standing beside a ‘ditch the witch’ sign.]

    I don’t recall Pyne ever apologising for his frat-house style cat calling and chasing after PM Gillard down the hallways of Parliament House either.

    Liberal MPs have zero credibility when it comes to demanding appropriate standards of behaviour from others, esp after their conduct during the last Parliament.

  4. Greensborough Growler

    If Pyne is worried about the Bishop fracas, how is he going to react when some aged pensioners with well stocked handbags and exceedingly pointy knitting needles vent their fury?

  5. Boerwar

    mh

    A month ago he tried the unicorn of opening up country to the west of the Bidgee to suburban development.

    Apparently there is a line in the budget that a new public service building will be constructed in Tuggers, which is Zed’s ‘stronghold’. His championing of far south Canberra had a lot to do with his popularity, apparently.

    The irony of Seselja championing new suburban development as well as of a new public service building will probably not be lost on even the very thickest of his supporters.

    And they would have had to be very, very thick if they thought that the Coalition was going to be good for the ACT.

    Our budget was bad. It was in debt. The notion that we could buy our way out of trouble by ACT Government stimulus spending was lunatic. We have lost outright $150 million. We will have negative job growth and probably negative population growth. Around a third of our budget is generated by land sales. I imagine this will grind to a halt over the next couple of years.

    And, the price for the Greens vote to enable Labor to become government was a costly, ruinous, light rail project that will never pay for itself.

    It is all pretty crook.

  6. Boerwar

    There was a meeting involving John Daly of the NLC and various and sundry the other day.

    Guess who didn’t turn up? Mundine.

    They reckoned he was gutless and they opined that it was alright for him because he lives in a posh house and they live thirty to a house.

    IMHO, it would be literally dangerous for Mundine to turn up in certain quarters ATM.

    He has connived at robbing the poorest of the poor in our society.

  7. mikehilliard

    [Pyne likes to be liked. Old women stop him in the street to thank him for things, and he mostly remembers their names. His office is staffed almost exclusively by adoring women who keep pictures of a young Pyne pinned to boards above their desks, alongside pug dogs in ties and religious paraphernalia. On a filing cabinet is a picture of Julia Gillard beside the phrase “Flying Start”. The first letter of each word has been crossed out.]

    http://www.themonthly.com.au/issue/2013/june/1370181600/erik-jensen/how-christopher-pyne-puts-himself

  8. Boerwar

    So has Wyatt. So has Pearson.

    Deadly?

    Literally, IMHO. The Abbott Government’s budget will kill some Indigenous people.

  9. Diogenes

    sceptic

    [How mush does this idiot get paid/ bribed to come up with this, he’s full qualified to be Premier of NSW]

    The World Cup decision was an absolute disgrace. Qatar is not a soccer country and is way too hot.

  10. poroti

    Boerwar

    New ones are done all the time so no probs there. Back in the 1970’s my high school’s haka was frankly embarrassing.These days a bit of an upgrade. Here they are in competition. Most European and Asian by the way.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1noxU2ZPbg

  11. mikehilliard

    bw

    [It is all pretty crook.]

    Sorry to hear that. I’ll march a bit for the ACT tomorrow.

  12. J341983

    Zed is UTTERLY useless. If it was up to me, the ALP and Greens would be starting #whereszed and showing him up as the waste of space he is.

  13. Steve777

    One thing Australia and NZ have in common is that most of our land masses comprise a North Island and a South Island. But unlike ours, their South Island is bigger than their North Island.

  14. mexicanbeemer

    Having seen the footage the students were not that aggressive, I suspect the security guys were doing most of the pushing and Bishop may have been better off if she didn’t have put her head down but rather looked the students in the eye and engaged.

  15. Tricot

    Poor petals Julie-Chrisie.

    If she/he had been around on one auspicious day when LBJ turned up in Melbourne, which more or less coincided with the last day of term at Melbourne University, she would have a true understanding of rough and tumble.

    I gather PMTA was no shrinking violet in his student days.

  16. Atticus

    Cheers to MTBW, Dave, Victoria and Bemused for your good wishes. 🙂

    Regarding Americans attitudes to their terrible income inequality, coincidentally, Hillary Clinton gave a speech about this yesterday. She specifically cites one of Pres. Clinton’s most significant rectification acts was to get a minimum wage hike through Congress. Since then, only one more increase (to $7.25) was passed in 2007 when Congressional Democrats attached it to Pres. Bush’s Iraq appropriations bill. Today Wayne Swann warned of Tony Abbott’s threat to drastically reduce our minimum wage as revealed by his Commission of Audit.

    Here’s the relevant sections:
    [Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged business leaders to “come off the sidelines” and do more to help combat income inequality in an economic address Friday.

    “As secretary of State I saw the way that extreme inequality corrupted other societies, hobbled growth and left entire generations alienated,” she said.

    She highlighted her husband’s doubling of the earned-income tax credit and minimum wage hike as two policies that grew the economy and helped working Americans.]

    Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/finance/206341-clinton-presses-business-on-income-inequality#ixzz31xG54FWK

    Swann:
    [“This budget should be viewed alongside the recommendations of the National Commission of Audit. It is a war on the middle class, a combination of both Fightback! and WorkChoices. The budget is really a part payment on the findings of the Commission of Audit, which seeks to cut the minimum wage by $140 a week.”]

    http://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/topic/politics/2014/05/17/the-ideology-driving-the-abbott-governments-first-budget/1400248800#.U3b8vFiSzj1

  17. Bushfire Bill

    I didn’t see any of the media or the Coalition protesting when threats against the life of Julia Gillard were being made and joked about.

    Indeed, when an angry mob invaded an awards ceremony in Canberra where both she and Abbott were present, the Libs and the media blamed HER for it. It was put about that “her office” set it up to embarrass Abbott.

    I didn’t see any of the media saying how ridiculous that idea really was, seeing as they were the inaugural awards for civilian bravery instigated by none other than… TA-DA!… Julia Gillard herself. Of course, she crashed her own party, or so it was said, or certainly not unsaid. What a wrecker Gillard truly was. I’m glad we got rid of her.

    I seem to remember also that the mob was protesting about Abbott’s attitude towards indigenous people.

    Boy, must THEY feel silly now? Seeing as how he has delivered on all his promises regarding Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders: better education, more funds, a beefed-up public service department, and so on.

    No matter that he’s closed more indigenous education facilities and programs than I’ve had hot dinners, ripped money out of the portfolio, and just announced mass sackings in the indigenous area of the public service. His heart must have been in the right place, I guess.

    Than again, a Budget emergency carries all before it.

    Add “Indigenous People” to the list of those who have been betrayed. Seems, although they were just simple Abos, tribesmen really, the protestors read Abbott’s intention very accurately.

  18. Boerwar

    p
    Thanks.

  19. Boerwar

    Hmmmm…..

    I have just eaten a whole lot of funny tasting choccies. Then the person who gave them to me rang. I asked why they tasted funny. Oh, because they are choccy-coated coffee beans.

    I am wired.

  20. Boerwar

    gnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

  21. poroti

    Bushfire Bill

    In the year or so after The Rodent was elected there was much talk about what a brave and tough guy he was because of the changes he had made. I was in full barf mode because at that proposition .The people he had put the boot in to were Uni students , the unemployed , “single mothers” , Aborigines etc. Pretty much anyone who was powerless. Gutless cowards both.

  22. poroti

    Boerwar

    One of the reasons I am proud of NZ is that whilst my establishment school is so in to Kapa Haka a school from ‘Once Were Warriors’ territory are doing this. Beautiful singing.Check out the size of the organ pipes.

    [Aorere College Frontrow Choir – Big Sing 2011 (Ave Maria) ]
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvoaxNhjvls

    Our lot in the same competition.

    [King’s College The Big Sing 2011 The Heavens Are Telling (from The Creation) by Haydn ]
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvXQpeV-rJI

  23. WarrenPeace

    Prissy is just carrying on the attack,of those who seek higher education. In 1966 Askin the then Liberal Premier of N.S.W, while swaning around with LBJ cane across some Uni students protesting against the war in Vietnam, Askin told his driver to run over the bastards.

  24. Boerwar

    poroti
    Beautiful.

  25. dave

    Apropos of nothing but amazing photos.

    Also Sheerness near the Medway has a famous RN history –

    [ Where the World’s Unsold Cars Go To Die ]

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-05-16/where-worlds-unsold-cars-go-die

  26. J341983

    Oh God I want Galaxy…

  27. poroti

    Boerwar

    I liked the psychology of their choice of name and tops. Being a choir boy sounds a bit wimpy but the “Front Row” in rugby union ain’t no place for wimps. Hard arsk territory .

    I remember playing against Aorere in the early 1970’s and being very intimidated by having lots of Black Power and or Mongrel Mob members cheering on from the sideline. Well at least until noticing that all their threats were aimed at their players if they did not lift their game 🙂

  28. sprocket_

    Oh dear, the respected global journal The Economist is now bagging the Abbott/Hockey cuts to science

    [Joe Hockey, Australia’s treasurer, delivered his first budget on May 13 (allegedly dancing in his office before doing so). CSIRO will see its funding slashed by a total of A$111m ($105m) over four years, an amount that has horrified both scientists and pundits. Exactly which programmes will be lost from the CSIRO is not yet clear, but a tenth of the workforce will see their jobs disappear in line with government plans to shrink the public sector.

    Admittedly conditions at the CSIRO were less than rosy even before the new budget blasted into being. Just under a quarter of its staff were on non-ongoing contracts last year, with 9% not to be renewed. More damningly, the organisation was also subject to a hiring freeze.

    Perhaps the new cabinet of Tony Abbott, elected prime minister last year, should have set alarm bells ringing before now. Alongside a dearth of women (save the foreign minister Julie Bishop), the grouping also lacks a science minister for the first time since 1931—the year the post was created. Instead the Industry and Education portfolios now share the scientific burden between them. Academics fear that Australian innovation, which has led to the development of the bionic ear, eye and solar cell, will become a thing of the past.]

    http://www.economist.com/blogs/babbage/2014/05/australias-scientific-spending?fsrc=scn/tw/te/bl/itsgoingdownunder

  29. Boerwar

    dave
    Interesting stuff, but do you credit the commentary?

  30. Darn

    [J341983
    Posted Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 8:47 pm | PERMALINK
    Oh God I want Galaxy…
    ]

    Is there definitely a Galaxy coming?

  31. Boerwar

    p

    Yeah. I had picked up on the choir name and the jersey design stuff.

    It is definitely one choir with which you would not want to get into biffo.

  32. Boerwar

    D
    There are only three certainties in the world: death, taxes and that Abbott is a scheming liar.

  33. J341983

    I was certainly under the impression there would be a Galaxy …

  34. poroti

    Boerwar

    [definitely one choir with which you would not want to get into biffo]
    😆 …… Oh and very true.

  35. dave

    Boerwar@550

    dave
    Interesting stuff, but do you credit the commentary?

    The extent of the truth in this article – who knows?

    I take a far bit of Zerohedge stuff with a lump of salt – they really overdue doom and gloom.

    But there can be some good articles as well.

    The pics in this instance got me in – seem huge numbers.

    There is a fair bit ‘on the record’ of car dealers “channel stuffing” to dodgy up the number of actual car sales – particularly in the US.

    I’d watch in a few days and see if its picked up in broader media – often the case.

  36. dave

    I’m going well tonight. Not.

    overdue = over do the.

  37. Dee

    Perhaps this has already been posted!

    A letter to Joe Hockey after his disgusting comments about $7 per week. Kaye’s letter is in the link.

    [Kaye Stirland says her belief that the “emotional, physical and mental health of our country is under threat,” lead her to make the post on her Facebook page, where it has been shared over 2,000 times]

    https://au.news.yahoo.com/vic/a/23597926/when-seven-dollars-means-more-than-beer/

  38. J341983

    It’s the human element that’s the most devastating for the Budget narrative

  39. Dee

    I wasn’t aware that Hockey also stated that a pack of cigs is $22, that gives you three doctors visits.

  40. sprocket_

    the front page of tomorrows Daily ToiletPaper

    Ray Hadley’s ex wife pushes any Galaxy news well into the fold

    https://twitter.com/sundayteleed/status/467629031890751488/photo/1

  41. William Bowe

    Nothing about a poll on the front page of the Sunday Telegraph.

  42. confessions

    I have to admit that I’ve not followed anything even remotely Hadley for the past few weeks. But that said, WTF with that DT front page story when this week we saw a federal budget handed down?

    Are they trying to bury the shit Abbott budget or something?

  43. Leroy Lynch

    Maybe there is a Galaxy Poll coming, but there was one a couple of weeks ago, and they’re not that frequent. Feels like people have talked up the idea one is due without any evidence, to the level where if one isn’t produced they will feel robbed.

  44. Dee

    What is so newsworthy about Hadley’s ex wife that earns her front page??

  45. rossmcg

    Fess

    It’s a Sydney thing. Hadley is the biggest radio name in town and rugby league is the biggest game in town.

    I guess you gotta be there to understand.

  46. dave

    sprocket_@561

    the front page of tomorrows Daily ToiletPaper

    Ray Hadley’s ex wife pushes any Galaxy news well into the fold

    https://twitter.com/sundayteleed/status/467629031890751488/photo/1

    So DT – giving hadley the finger ?

    Isn’t he suppose to be ‘one of their own’?

  47. Dan Gulberry

    [Ray Hadley’s ex wife pushes any Galaxy news well into the fold]

    It’s probably buried on page 37 in a small box that no-one will ever see.

  48. J341983

    Eh… that’s annoying.

  49. deblonay

    525…Re Pensioners and the Libs troubles
    _________________________________
    Actually a major pensioners rally is planned for Wednesday 11.00 in front of Melb Public Library…at the top of Swanston St..then a march to Fed Square

    The Rally is being organised by a coalition of pensioner groups and unions and I think it will draw a great crowd and will close down the central city as they march to Fed Square

  50. WarrenPeace

    I’ll put on my tin foil hat and say it must be bad for the Libs

  51. KEVIN-ONE-SEVEN

    Had a chat with a guy I know who was a cambodian refugee. Came to Australia 30 years ago. Now works as a tradie. Nice guy, but listens to Alan Jones. Was worried Australia had a debt problem. I reassured him it didn’t (successfully, I think). But what really worried him was any threat to medicare. That really terrified him, partly because of his background, I assumed. He knew that the $7 co-payment would be just the start.
    That made me ponder that medicare is probably the thing that, more than anything, binds this country together because it reinforces the notion that we help each other in need.
    Once medicare is gone, what’s left? Bugger-all, as far as I can see.
    Anyway, how dopey is Abbott, introducing the co-payment in the budget when he should have known Labor/Greens would have to oppose and Clive had already oppose the idea (if I recall). Just caused himself a world of pain for no result.

  52. confessions

    rossmcg:

    The Sydney obsession with obnoxious radio shockjocks is almost unparalleled. I can totally see Hadley’s latest escapades bumping the budget off teh front page, even though I don’t agree with it.

  53. Dee

    Are you sure there is a poll due tonight?

  54. poroti

    WarrenPeace

    A most excellent nom de guerre.

  55. Bushfire Bill

    The oy in Hadley’s pain continues…

    [Ray Hadley bites back on air over media’s ‘meddling’ in split
    On his 2GB morning show on Friday, Ray Hadley told listeners he was struggling with having his private life played out in public. But, on Saturday, he appeared intent on prolonging that pain.

    The broadcaster spent large chunks of his show publicly crucifying journalists who had covered the breakdown of his marriage.

    The Hadley-generated follow-up to Friday’s media storm also featured a bizarre, on-air telephone exchange with his boss and the station’s owner, John Singleton.

    ”Hey girls, bloke available, how good’s that?” said Singleton, in describing the media coverage.
    And on life’s setbacks, Singo had the following tongue-in-cheek advice for Hadley: ”They always say glass half full, glass half empty … call me old-fashioned, but I’d rather see a glass thrown at some bastard’s face.”
    He later added, ”Remember Ray, mate, you got a long way to go … you got three [marriages] to go to get me … so get used to it buddy”. He then remarked that Hadley had ”got out of it scot-free the way I read it”.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/ray-hadley-bites-back-on-air-over-medias-meddling-in-split-20140517-38goh.html#ixzz31yR6Ef9K ]

    Cringeworthy, but worth still the same.

  56. Bushfire Bill

    [”Now you keep meddling in people’s lives, maybe one day I’ll start to meddle in your private life,” he said.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/ray-hadley-bites-back-on-air-over-medias-meddling-in-split-20140517-38goh.html#ixzz31yRxanQ5 ]

    Too late for Hadley to threaten that. Invading other people’s private lives is his modus vivendi.

  57. Leroy Lynch

    WarrenPeace – a poll that was never done was hidden because it was bad for the Libs? Yeah?

  58. Bushfire Bill

    So many typos originally, I’ll re-post.

    —————-

    The joy in Hadley’s pain continues…

    [Ray Hadley bites back on air over media’s ‘meddling’ in split
    On his 2GB morning show on Friday, Ray Hadley told listeners he was struggling with having his private life played out in public. But, on Saturday, he appeared intent on prolonging that pain.

    The broadcaster spent large chunks of his show publicly crucifying journalists who had covered the breakdown of his marriage.

    The Hadley-generated follow-up to Friday’s media storm also featured a bizarre, on-air telephone exchange with his boss and the station’s owner, John Singleton.

    ”Hey girls, bloke available, how good’s that?” said Singleton, in describing the media coverage.
    And on life’s setbacks, Singo had the following tongue-in-cheek advice for Hadley: ”They always say glass half full, glass half empty … call me old-fashioned, but I’d rather see a glass thrown at some bastard’s face.”

    He later added, ”Remember Ray, mate, you got a long way to go … you got three [marriages] to go to get me … so get used to it buddy”. He then remarked that Hadley had ”got out of it scot-free the way I read it”.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/ray-hadley-bites-back-on-air-over-medias-meddling-in-split-20140517-38goh.html#ixzz31yR6Ef9K ]

    Cringeworthy, but worth it still the same.

    ———

    Blame the cheap red (hint: not Grange)

  59. WarrenPeace

    Leroy Lynch
    Can’t take a joke

  60. sprocket_

    just looking through the Daily ToiletPaper stories. Budget? What Budget.

    We have

    – Hadley’s wife
    – Hadley making up with Laurie Daley
    – cyclists clowning on the roads
    – Sam Maiden’s EXCLUSIVE of a Federal MP who likes to know who’s gay
    – 5SOS
    – ASADA being challenged by NRL players
    – security guards watching NRL State of Origin training camp
    – groping in Sydney nightclubs
    – not sure about this

    [Mick Carroll ‏@sundayteleed 27m
    Power wedding: @JuliaGillard congratulated howes for an “eclectic” guest list – Lib Michael Kroger and Labor factional opponents #auspol

    Mick Carroll ‏@sundayteleed 30m
    Power wedding: @JuliaGillard speaks at Paul Howes wedding. “His main attribute was loyalty” She was sitting next to @billshortenmp #auspol]

    Looks like the fix is in……….

  61. dave

    confessions@574

    rossmcg:

    The Sydney obsession with obnoxious radio shockjocks is almost unparalleled.

    Hardly just Sydney or NSW. The follow places take 2GB with them both on – mainly NSW, QLD, WA with some Vic SA & NT.

    Check it out –

    http://webstore.2gb.com/downloads/20130725/network_summary_for_website.pdf

  62. Oakeshott Country

    There is more to the Hadley story that makes it great soap opera and just the thing for DT front page.

    Hadley has been spending an enormous amount of energy attacking Matt Parish the deputy coach of the Blues and calling for his sacking: so much so that Laurie Daley accused him of treachery and trying to destabilise the team in the lead up to Origin One. Remember that as well as being a rabid shock jock Hadley is also the most prominent NRL. Commentator.
    No one was quite sure why as Parrish is a fairly innocuous guy until rumours spread during the week that Mrs Hadley was having an affair with him.
    Today’s DT confirms this and both Parrish and Mrs Hadley are obviously either very brave or mad.
    So it is indeed a story of the same rank as when the Victorian fumble ball captain screwed the vice captain’s wife. Much bigger than any politics.

  63. Leroy Lynch

    WarrenPeace – you can never be sure around here

  64. sprocket_

    Good o.

    The EXCLUSIVE Sam maiden is a smear of new libertarian Senator David Leijdonholm. Maybe Murdoch organs are going to go the squirrel on him?

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bn1h-jmCMAEVlfe.jpg:large

  65. Dan Gulberry

    A Galaxy poll was done:

    http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/its-true-we-hate-the-budget-and-paying-for-hockeys-50000-lunch/story-fni0cx4q-1226921367229

    [The Federal Government’s tough fiscal medicine has prompted a ­majority of Australians — 75 per cent — to declare they are worse off after the budget and boosted support for billionaire MP Clive Palmer.

    An exclusive Galaxy poll commissioned by The Sunday Telegraph suggests the Abbott Government needs to improve the sales pitch surrounding the budget that hits families, pensioners, high-income earners and single parents.]

    So, Palmer up, every other party…?

  66. Puff, the Magic Dragon.

    My son is still laughing at the Abbott and the Queen joke.

  67. Dee

    Not only wants to know if you are gay but if you’ve ever voted for the Greens.

  68. Dan Gulberry

    Oops. further down:

    [While support for the major parties is largely unchanged with two party preferred vote of 53:47 in favour of the Labor Party, Mr Palmer’s ­United Australia Party has improved. Primary vote support for the major parties is unchanged at 38 per cent for both Labor and the Coalition.]

    53:47 to ALP on TPP.

  69. sprocket_

    [An exclusive Galaxy poll commissioned by The Sunday Telegraph suggests the Abbott Government needs to improve the sales pitch surrounding the budget that hits families, pensioners, high-income earners and single parents.]

    Good ferreting there Dan, I reckon a small box on p37 in the dead tree version.

    Need to improve the sales pitch, eh?

  70. WarrenPeace

    poroti
    thanks my name is taken from a very funny family type movie with Kurt Russel as a super hero. The movie is “Sky High”.
    Warren Peace is the son of a super hero and a super villian.
    this allows my to play good, cop bad cop if I want to.

  71. sprocket_

    [Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s threats to call an early election are ­believed to be “serious”, according to senior government sources, if Mr Palmer turns the Senate into a circus.

    After falling asleep in parliament last week, Mr Palmer said the results proved he was the sleeping giant of Australian politics. “Joe Hockey telling everyone we’ve got a debt crisis put me to sleep. They do seem to be a ­kamikaze government,” he said.]

    Bring it on……..

  72. WarrenPeace

    I ment to add that WarrenPeace ment War and Peace

  73. Leroy Lynch

    Blimey, there was one. Not a big drop, which suggests either people already factored in the worst with all the Commission of Audit talk, or it will take a couple of weeks to sink in.

    Interesting that the Primary vote for the ALP is higher than the that of the Newspoll. Pretty sure that’s the case with most other recent polls too.

  74. Dee

    Re:Poll
    Low key and scant on details.

  75. Rossmore

    Each day brings out a new story of JoHos excess, first cigars, now a $50,000 dinner on the taxpayer.

  76. Rossmore

    The extraordinary cost of the April G20 dinner has been revealed just days after Mr Hockey handed down a brutal Budget that could cost some families up to $5000 a year as a result of cuts to family payments and increased medical costs.

    On the menu at Mr Hockey’s dinner was barramundi, Victorian wagyu beef, WA truffles and a “eucalyptus ice” dressed up with Tasmanian leatherwood honey. Despite declaring “the age of entitlement is over’’ in the Budget, Mr Hockey’s own Treasury department paid the TV chef to fly business class and airlift truffles from Australia to Washington DC last month.

  77. guytaur

    Those Galaxy figures Dan posted are good in showing solidity firm against Abbott.

    More than the 300, 000 I would say

  78. dave

    [ Each day brings out a new story of JoHos excess, first cigars, now a $50,000 dinner on the taxpayer. ]

    Imagine the fury if Swannie had spent $50,000 on a dinner and had danced a jig when about to screw millions of voters…..

    Let alone the cigars.

  79. Jackol

    The EXCLUSIVE Sam maiden is a smear of new libertarian Senator David Leijdonholm. Maybe Murdoch organs are going to go the squirrel on him?

    Leyonhjelm gives me the creeps, but it’s a strange move for Murdoch to go after one of the crossbench.

    Abbott is going to need as many votes in the Senate as he can get. I guess Murdoch attacking them isn’t the LNP, but pushing them into Palmer’s point of view isn’t going to make Abbott’s life easier.

    Maybe there’s some idea that by discrediting the Senate there’s some political upside for the government? Maybe they (Murdoch and the LNP) really are playing for a DD and want to scrub the Senate clean? Maybe there’s an idea to start making excuses for failing to pass legislation and shifting blame onto the crossbench as well as the ALP and the Greens…

  80. zoidlord

    Hockey’s excess, umm, bills to the tax payer, is another reason why I prefer that Labor/Greens/Pup should be spending the time blocking the entire budget.

    Because as Palmer said it’s based on lies, does Labor and Greens want to be part of that lie?

    (more rants incoming).

  81. guytaur

    jackol

    An alternative explanation is that Murdoch has started his next election campaign.

    Then no cares about votes

  82. J341983

    53-47 and steady primaries… still good – but hardly worth the wait 😛

  83. Dee

    [Galaxy pollster David Briggs said the proportion of voters who believe they are worse off was one of the worst he had encountered. Just 11 per cent of voters believe they are better off as a result of Mr Hockey’s budget.]

    [“It is a worse result than we have seen in any Howard and Costello budget or Rudd and Swan budget,’’ Mr Briggs said.]

    [Warning the financial sting in the budget is the prescription Australia needs to repair Labor’s debt and deficits, the Abbott Government has ­argued belt-tightening will pay dividends in the long term.]

    [But in a worrying sign for the government, voters remain divided.]

    I’m surprised by these figures.
    [According to the poll 41 per cent believe the budget will be good for the economy, but 46 per cent believe it will not be good for the economy.]

  84. guytaur

    “@GhostWhoVotes: #Galaxy Poll 2 Party Preferred: L/NP 47 (-1) ALP 53 (+1) #auspol”

  85. sprocket_

    it’s now “official”

    [GhostWhoVotes ‏@GhostWhoVotes 47s
    #Galaxy Poll 2 Party Preferred: L/NP 47 (-1) ALP 53 (+1) #auspol]

  86. guytaur

    @abcnews: New Zealand forecasts ’14-15 surplus in #budget that bears striking difference to Australia’s, @DSchwartzNZ reports: http://t.co/CxGWr06Wen

  87. Dan Gulberry

    [ GhostWhoVotes @GhostWhoVotes
    #Essential Poll Preferred PM: Abbott 36 (-6) Shorten 37 (+5) #auspol]

    LIBSPILL!!!!!!!!!!!

  88. Dan Gulberry

    [#Essential Poll Abbott: Approve 35 (-6) Disapprove 55 (+8) #auspol]

    LIBSPILL!!!!!!!!

  89. guytaur

    “@GhostWhoVotes: #Galaxy Poll Does the Budget leave you better or worse off: Better off 11 Worse off 75 #auspol”

  90. Dan Gulberry

    Oopsies.

    Those preferred PM and Abbott’ disapprovals are from May 13.

    Nevertheless – LIBSPILL!!!!!!!!!!!!

  91. scorpio

    [ Galaxy pollster David Briggs said the proportion of voters who believe they are worse off was one of the worst he had encountered. Just 11 per cent of voters believe they are better off as a result of Mr Hockey’s budget. ]

    Some kind soul should do something about getting these poor deluded beggars committed. They are clearly extremely ill! 😉

  92. guytaur

    Well will be interesting to see if mentioned by the ABC tomorrow.

    On that good news its goodnight from me 🙂

  93. Bushfire Bill

    I’ve just been watching a film on NITV (National Indigenous TC, Channel 34) about Max Stuart, the Aboriginal man accused of rape and murder of a 9 year old white girl, in South Australia in the 1950s.

    Rupert Murdoch, then owner of the Adelaide News, in concert with his editor, journalist and Changi survivor Rohan Rivett, campaigned to have the guilty verdict overturned.

    The case went as far as the Privy Council, which confirmed the death sentence on Stuart, but execution was stopped when a Royal Commission into the circumsances surroundiong the arrest, interrogation and trial of Stuart was set up.

    Although the Royal Commission also declined to recommend reversal of the sentence, Sturat’s death sentence was commuted to life in prison. Stuart served 14 years before release.

    We all know what happened to Murdoch. He wenton the bigger and better things.

    Rohan Rivett was sacked by Murdoch as editor, when Murdoch was threatened with a charge of seditious libel against the government of South Australia. Many say Rivett’s dismissal was the price Murdoch agreed to pay to get out of trouble on the seditious libel charge.

    The film ended poignantly, with a piece to camera by an old man, Max Stuart himself, somewhere in the Outback.

    Then the ad break came on, with Stan Grant (who it now seems works for NITV, and not Sky anymore) doing a promo for an Indigenous curretn afdfairs program thatwas to discuss… the Abbott government’s withdrawl of $500 million in funding for indigenous affairs.

    If any one thinks that Abbott is ever going to get the black vote back again, they had better think again.

    He can brag all he likes about being the Aboriginal’sBest Friend, but he’s lost them.

    As for Murdoch, nearly 60 years later, he lost it a long time ago.

  94. WarrenPeace

    It apears that one of my posts disappeared into the ether.
    It was a post responding to
    poroti 576
    A most excellent nom de guerre.
    It was
    Thanks my name is from a movie in which Kurt Russell plays a super Hero. the movie is “Sky High” a very funny family type movie Warren Peace is the son of a Super hero and and a super villian, War and Peace< which allows me to be good cop bad cop if I wish.

  95. Bushfire Bill

    Oh dear,Ray Hadley’s not going to like this..

    http://resources0.news.com.au/images/2014/05/17/1226921/340020-1737fcec-dd8c-11e3-ada0-03258d7c0c20.jpg

    … and front page in the Daily Telegraph, too!

  96. Bushfire Bill

    Fran Kelly introduces the Budget as “Tony Abbott’s”.

    Where’s Joe when you need him?