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Newspoll: 53-47 to Labor

The latest fortnightly Newspoll results, related through Twitter by Stephen Murray, have the Labor two-party lead down from 54-46 to 53-47, from primary votes of 37% for the Coalition (up one), 36% for Labor (down one), 10% for the Greens (down two) and 17% for others (up two). Bill Shorten maintains a lead as preferred prime minister but it has narrowed considerably after a post-budget blowout, down from 45-35 last time to 40-37. Personal ratings for both leaders are down, with Abbott off three points on approval to 30% and up two on disapproval to 61%, while Shorten is down four to 34% and up two to 45%. UPDATE: Full tables from The Australian.

Today also brought a new set of results from Morgan’s multi-mode series, with separate numbers provided for each of the last two weekends’ polling rather than the combined fortnightly result that has been the recent norm. This decision was evidently made to emphasise a disparity between the two, with the earlier result being considerably the worse for the Coalition. For the weekend of June 7/8, Labor’s primary vote lead blew out to 42% (up four on the previous fortnightly poll to 33% (down two points), with the Greens up one to 12% and Palmer United down three to 4.5%. This panned out to huge Labor leads of 60.5-39.5 on respondent-allocated preferences and 59-41 on 2013 election preference flows. For the weekend just past, Labor’s primary vote lead was down to 38% to 36.5%, with the Greens steady on 12% and Palmer United up a point to 5.5%. On two-party preferred, Labor’s leads were 55.5-44.5 on respondent-allocated preferences and 54.5-45.5 on previous election.

Morgan also conducted a phone poll of 637 respondents from Tuesday to Thursday last week which showed an effective disappearance for the net majority in support of repeal of the carbon tax, for which support was down two points since the previous such poll in February to 47%, and opposition up five to 46%. The poll also found 88% believing Australia should reduce carbon dioxide emissions versus only 10% opposed, while a question on global warming had 29% nominating that concerns were exaggerated, 49% selecting “if we don’t act now it will be too late”, and 16% opting for “it is already too late”.

UPDATE (Essential Research): The latest fortnightly rolling average from Essential Research has Labor’s two-party lead steady at 54-46, from primary votes of 41% for Labor (up one), 39% for the Coalition (up two), 9% for the Greens (steady) and 5% for Palmer United (down one). Also featured are semi-regular questions on international relations, climate change and same-sex marriage. The “very important” rating for a close relationship with New Zealand is for some reason up seven points since November to 61%, and that for China is for some reason down eight points to 46%; trust in the Abbott government to handle international relations is down six points to 35%, and distrust is up six to 59%; and 45% are confident that Tony Abbott will do a good job representing Australia overseas versus 50% not confident, which contrasts with the 74% and 18% recorded for Kevin Rudd in October 2009. Belief that climate change is related to human activity is at 53%, down three on the April result, while non-belief is at 35%, up one; and in a result closely reflecting Morgan’s, 38% agree with Tony Abbott’s assertion that Australia and Canada should “take the lead” in opposing carbon taxes and emissions trading schemes versus 39% who disagree. Support for same-sex marriage maintains an upward trajectory evident since the series began in late 2010, with 60% in favour (up three on October last year) and 28% opposed (down three).

Categories: Federal Politics 2013-

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  1. @AP: President Obama seeks to create world’s largest marine preserve in Pacific Ocean: http://t.co/ZmTSKvsbHh

    Mr Burke inspired the President?

    by guytaur on Jun 17, 2014 at 11:51 pm

  2. 545
    Sir sustainable future

    Such projects are fine…but workers should be paid the usual rate for working on them. If you’re only going to pay token wages, you’re really asking the unemployed to contribute part of their pay to public works. Why should this be so? What is it about the unemployed that somehow makes it acceptable to offer them only subsistence incomes?

    This is social policy lifted from the 1920′s. It is the very antithesis of enlightened policy. We all contribute our taxes so that we or members of our families will be supported in the event of unemployment, and will not be subject to the indignity of token “sustenance” for doing menial make-work.

    This metes out further punishment to workers who are already in trouble and belongs in the archive. The great lights of Labor’s past – Curtin and Chifley the foremost among them – fought long and hard to eradicate this attitude, which is really nothing more than a veiled Tory wish to punish workers for the effrontery represented by their poverty.

    Rather than

    by briefly on Jun 17, 2014 at 11:54 pm

  3. @guytaur/549

    Nice.

    by zoidlord on Jun 17, 2014 at 11:57 pm

  4. Goodnight.

    by guytaur on Jun 17, 2014 at 11:58 pm

  5. fredex @ 181
    Much earlier today, just catching up…

    Some time ago Possum analysed the relationship between the netsats of the PM and the LOTO and the 2PP.

    http://blogs.crikey.com.au/pollytics/2012/09/29/the-primary-dynamic/

    This part of his article:

    So the vote of the government is intrinsically linked to satisfaction levels of the Prime Minister in the general case, and the public’s satisfaction or otherwise with the opposition leader of the day is really neither here nor there.
    It’s all about the government/PM dynamic as far as this goes, and how the opposition strategies and tactics operate within that constraint.
    So if you tear down the PM, the government’s vote will go with it – hardly rocket science – but it explains a lot.

    Thanks much for that reminder of the possum’s article

    Just did that chart for Abbott PM based on Newspoll data. Earlyish days, but a magnificent relationship, even closer than Gillard and Rudd

    by Laocoon on Jun 18, 2014 at 12:05 am

  6. briefly

    - I think a case can be made for minimum wage work for such civic service projects, but also perhaps even slightly below – above Newstart – a living wage but with a training component and maybe mentoring for entry to work thrown in. It would be the hand up/leg up some people need, and not punishment People would opt to do it, and would not be able to be stuck in this work forever. it is more about decent employment creation by government. I had a grandfather who was happy to have done a bit of susso labour in the 1930s.

    The fuckers we have facing each other in parliament now would both sell off any civic infrastructure build as soon as they could – in which case full award wages should be paid. these schemes should not be used to depress wages, but if they couldn’t happen at award rates, then I think as case can be made to go below if the scheme was to skill and help people get into employment.

    by Sir sustainable future on Jun 18, 2014 at 12:22 am

  7. As repeatedly threatened I have finally finished and released:

    http://kevinbonham.blogspot.com.au/2014/06/turnbull-pm-not-likely-any-time-soon.html
    Turnbull PM: Not Likely Any Time Soon

    This will also be my running poll roundup article for a few weeks. Aggregate is currently 53.9 to Labor, down 1 on a back-revised reading for last week that was spiked upwards by a probably rogue Morgan sample.

    by Kevin Bonham on Jun 18, 2014 at 12:28 am

  8. Laocoon@554


    Just did that chart for Abbott PM based on Newspoll data. Earlyish days, but a magnificent relationship, even closer than Gillard and Rudd

    On my figures it explains 82% of variation so far, but that percentage has been going down as more data are added. (My own 2PP figures for the first three Newspolls post-election use 2013 preferences whereas Newspoll’s published figures at the time used 2010.)

    The Coalition’s break-even point for 2PP in terms of winning chances next election is probably about 49%. The expected Abbott netsat for a 2PP of 49% is -10. He can be mildly unpopular and still win, but very probably not as unpopular as now.

    Something else I did was look at the data for Keating in the leadup to the 1993 election specifically. In that time the relationship completely broke down and 2PP correlated with Hewson’s netsat but not Keating’s. So PK was able to win an election handsomely with a netsat of -25, because it wasn’t about him but rather was a referendum on the Opposition’s readiness to govern.

    I don’t think we’ll be seeing that again.

    by Kevin Bonham on Jun 18, 2014 at 12:40 am

  9. Civilian Conscription._________There have been several constitutional cases which rejected the notion of any form of civilian conscription
    Except for WW2,,,when under its wartime powers the C’Wealth set our a Civilian Construction Corps which employed workers to build a host of things needed for defence,new airstrips,hospitals,army bases ,etc…and workers could and were conscripoted for this program after 1942
    It end in 1945
    An attempt by Chiflkey to force doctors intop a klind of National Health Scheme failed in 1946 after a cxonstitutional challenge
    Debate on this item ios a waste pof PB Time
    It’s never going to be on

    by deblonay on Jun 18, 2014 at 12:47 am

  10. Civilian Conscription._________There have been several constitutional cases which rejected the notion of any form of civilian conscription
    Except for WW2,,,when under its wartime powers the C’Wealth set our a Civilian Construction Corps which employed workers to build a host of things needed for defence,new airstrips,hospitals,army bases ,etc…and workers could and were conscripted for this program after 1942
    It ended in 1945
    An attempt by Chifley to force doctors in to a kind of National Health Scheme failed in 1946 after a constitutional challenge
    Debate on this item is a waste pof PB Time
    It’s never going to be on

    Move on ….

    by deblonay on Jun 18, 2014 at 12:49 am

  11. Something else I did was look at the data for Keating in the leadup to the 1993 election specifically. In that time the relationship completely broke down and 2PP correlated with Hewson’s netsat but not Keating’s. So PK was able to win an election handsomely with a netsat of -25, because it wasn’t about him but rather was a referendum on the Opposition’s readiness to govern.

    I don’t think we’ll be seeing that again.

    hopefully labor can keep their act together and inevitable abbott’s santa clause tricks in 2016 doesn’t work. the thing is – anything he promises to happen post the 2016 election will be ignored by the public – his lies have been too blatant and his actions too ideological for anyone to accept any generosity he proffers.

    do you think the libs will stick with him even if he’s terminal? I suspect they will becuase they’ve got no other hope but to bust through or bust and he can drag australia as far to the right as he can and bring in the corporate $$ and murdoch love in a way turnbull never could. he’ll deliberately booby trap the economy as he goes down if he gets the chance.

    by Sir sustainable future on Jun 18, 2014 at 12:49 am

  12. Sir sustainable future@560


    do you think the libs will stick with him even if he’s terminal?

    They stuck with Howard when he was clearly going to lose, but one reason for that was that changing to Costello wouldn’t have made any difference.

    If it’s something really extreme like 62-38 with a netsat of -65 four months from the election they just might throw Abbott under the bus. The problem with “terminal” is it is so hard to recognise beyond doubt until you are quite close to the day, because of all the big recoveries in the past. Many of them would rather risk losing with Abbott than take even a certain win with Turnbull.

    by Kevin Bonham on Jun 18, 2014 at 1:11 am

  13. 555
    Sir sustainable future

    briefly

    - I think a case can be made for minimum wage work for such civic service projects, but also perhaps even slightly below – above Newstart – a living wage but with a training component and maybe mentoring for entry to work thrown in. ......
    these schemes should not be used to depress wages...

    ..but they inevitably will. The Tories are clearly planning to starve the unemployed into taking subsistence wages. This is a way of chopping the floor out of the labour market. It is a workchoices style device. It amounts to using the unemployed to undercut wages at the low end of the market. It is an abomination.

    by briefly on Jun 18, 2014 at 1:47 am

  14. Nett_News++™ by @Otiose94 http://bit.ly/1nAtjp1 #Politics, #abbott & #Shorten, Paddling Pointlessly, by @rowe_david © http://bit.ly/1l0vj9F oㄥO

    by Otiose on Jun 18, 2014 at 2:31 am

  15. @kevin bonham

    on your blog you say 54-46 isn’t too bad for an incumbent government

    however, it seems rare for a government to be in losing territory at all in their first twelve months, or outside of an election year.

    Governments tend to lose 2-3 points through natural attrition over the first couple of years of their government.

    Challengers tend to get a 3-6 point poll surge about 12 months out from an election
    This is all based on the small sample provided on the right

    I’m predicting 2pp to hit 60-40 on aggregate at some stage about 9 months from the next election

    by graham white on Jun 18, 2014 at 4:47 am

  16. test

    by poroti on Jun 18, 2014 at 7:19 am

  17. Morning all. Stephen Keim SC explains in detail why Qld lawyers are up in arms over the Newman government’s new appointment as Chief Justice.
    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jun/17/why-tim-carmodys-appointment-matters

    This bit partly explains why:

    To make things worse, Bleijie’s first chief of staff after his appointment as attorney-general, Ryan Haddrick (now a barrister) contacted Mark Plunkett, a member of the committee of the Bar Association. In texts and over the phone he made what some may interpret as threats, including to revoke the power of the Bar Association to issue practising certificates. When these communications were raised with Bleijie’s office, he denied both that Haddrick had the authority to make those statements and the content of the messages and calls.

    On Sunday, 8 June, Haddrick spoke to Plunkett again and told him that Carmody would be the next chief justice – and that the Bar Association should support his appointment. He was appointed on the Thursday; Davis, the Bar Association president, resigned on Friday – and here we are.

    by Socrates on Jun 18, 2014 at 7:28 am

  18. We all have to make sacrifices these days, unless you work in the finance industry.

    The country's biggest financial institutions and bucket shops with financial services licences will be doing high-fives after a report tabled in Parliament by Coalition senator David Bushby recommends gutting financial advice reforms.

    http://www.smh.com.au/business/matter-of-trust-oh-and-18-trillion-20140617-3abjs.html#ixzz34vzuz7UY

    by Socrates on Jun 18, 2014 at 7:31 am

  19. Everything

    Posted Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 10:49 pm | Permalink

    Non military national service…..BRING IT ON!

    Unconstitutional. The Constitution is very clear and such a proposal would be in breach

    by AussieAchmed on Jun 18, 2014 at 7:42 am

  20. Menzies would be to left wing for this current crop of tea party Liberals

    by AussieAchmed on Jun 18, 2014 at 7:47 am

  21. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Surely these bonuses must stop. In my view bonuses usually lead to sub-optimised performance for the whole.
    http://www.smh.com.au/national/public-service/australias-luckiest-public-servant-mystery-bureaucrat-gets-633000-performance-bonus-20140617-zsalv.html
    MUST READ! Bill McKibben on Abbott’s cringe worthy policy on climate change.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/tony-abbotts-climate-change-policy-makes-me-cringe-20140617-zsa7t.html
    In the unlikely event that Cormann has any sense he will not proceed with this dastardly FoFA majority recommendation. It’s a disgrace!
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/matter-of-trust-oh-and-18-trillion-20140617-3abjs.html
    It’s not only me that thinks QT has been emasculated.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-opinion/clive-drives-them-crazy-as-inanity-rules-inside-20140617-3abn3.html
    The problems of the PPL. What a shocker of a policy!
    http://www.afr.com/p/national/budget_could_test_those_lacking_TrtUTJEpSOtybwHcPUwi0O
    Ian MacDonald thinks so too.
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/17/paid-parental-leave-prolongs-age-of-entitlement-says-ian-macdonald
    Nice try Mesma, but it didn’t work!
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/17/julie-bishop-avoids-referring-disputed-occupied
    The neocons’ Iraq dream turns into a nightmare. Jonathon Holmes.
    http://www.theage.com.au/comment/neoconss-naive-dream-to-liberate-iraq-explodes-into-nightmare-20140617-zsa7q.html
    Mesma’s “All the way with LBJ” moment.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/watch-this-space-julie-bishop-backs-us-20140617-3abn8.html
    More AFL clubs reported to Victorian WorkCover.
    http://www.theage.com.au/afl/afl-news/nine-afl-clubs-reported-to-workcover-20140617-zsb0k.html

    by BK on Jun 18, 2014 at 7:47 am

  22. Section 2 . . .

    Watch this space! 15 hours per week of pre-school education under threat.
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/17/national-partnership-agreement-delay-puts-pre-school-funding-at-risk
    Peter Wicks’ report on the first day of RC hearings into the HSU.
    http://www.independentaustralia.net/life/life-display/turc-on-the-hsu-day-1-home-is-where-the-hart-is,6582
    Surely Abbott and Robb won’t get sucked into this! But then again . . .
    http://www.theglobalmail.org/feature/abbott-open-for-business-and-multinational-lawsuits/700/index.html
    More from Bob Ellis on Newspoll and its analysis by The Australian.
    http://www.ellistabletalk.com/2014/06/17/todays-newspoll-7/
    Another Abbott broken promise – indigenous legal services.
    https://newmatilda.com/2014/06/17/abbott-govt-breaks-promise-black-legal-services
    The “lifters and leaners” crap from Hockey is exposed here.
    http://www.theage.com.au/comment/lifters-and-leaners-why-the-idea-of-equality-of-opportunity-is-a-big-con-20140617-zsa6d.html
    Can-Do blurs the independence of the judiciary and kicks the legal fraternity ants’ nest.
    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jun/17/why-tim-carmodys-appointment-matters
    Oh dear! Has Prissy Pyne’s curriculum review blown up in his little face?
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/17/school-curriculum-review-fails-to-offer-suggestions-for-change
    This may not go down well internationally.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/foreign-aid-overhaul-to-squeeze-more-value-for-money-20140617-3abn5.html
    Sue Boyce gives the Coalition an “F” when it comes to the promotion of women.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/foreign-aid-overhaul-to-squeeze-more-value-for-money-20140617-3abn5.html

    by BK on Jun 18, 2014 at 7:47 am

  23. poroti

    Posted Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 7:19 am | Permalink

    test

    ——————————————-

    PASSED A+

    by badcat on Jun 18, 2014 at 7:48 am

  24. Section 3 . . .

    Pat Campbell with a beauty where Abbott calls “foul!”
    http://www.smh.com.au/photogallery/federal-politics/cartoons/pat-campbell-20120213-1t21q.html
    Ron Tandberg on Essendon’s woes.
    http://www.smh.com.au/photogallery/federal-politics/cartoons/ron-tandberg-20090910-fixc.html
    David Rowe and Abbott’s polling problem.
    http://www.afr.com/p/national/cartoon_gallery_david_rowe_1g8WHy9urgOIQrWQ0IrkdO

    by BK on Jun 18, 2014 at 7:48 am

  25. Indeed, unemployment is lower under LNP governments, inflation is lower, interest rates are lower and average non-farm wage rises are higher..

    This is so sad from ModLib.

    These statements have been shown to be based on out of date data, ModLib admitted that they were based on out of date data, and yet ModLib keeps trotting them out.

    Apparently ModLib is unable to support her side without fudging the facts.

    by zoomster on Jun 18, 2014 at 7:53 am

  26. A critical commentary on Senator Brandeis’s latest blundering:

    http://www.canberratimes.com.au/comment/diving-into-quicksand-george-brandis-and-the-jerusalem-question-20140617-zs93e.html

    by pedant on Jun 18, 2014 at 7:55 am

  27. BK

    MUST READ! Bill McKibben on Abbott’s cringe worthy policy on climate change.

    Good article. Saw some Liberal drone on Sky having a hissy fit over a Green pollie referring to Canada as a “rogue state” . From your link it turns out it was not the wild eyed Greenies who gave them that label.

    ....the staid and venerable journal Foreign Policy began its cover story on Canada noting that it was now a "reckless, rogue petrostate".

    by poroti on Jun 18, 2014 at 7:57 am

  28. And from the Land of the Free -

    Bill Kristol loses his warmongering mind.
    http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/2014/06/17/bill-kristol-loses-war-mongering-morning-joebillkristol/
    The weekly upchucks.
    http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/2014/06/16/your-weekly-upchucks-shocking-religion-news/
    The idiot might even get up!
    http://crooksandliars.com/2014/06/amateur-bundy-ranch-cop-running-nh-sheriff
    Jon Stewart revisits Iraq. A ripper.
    http://www.democraticunderground.com/1017197707
    Why religion sucks!
    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/06/17/ca-pastor-orders-christians-to-isolate-lgbt-kids-and-then-turn-them-over-to-satan/

    by BK on Jun 18, 2014 at 8:04 am

  29. This article sounds like it was written by someone who’s suffering from a severe case of rejection – he wanted to hang around with the cool kids…

    http://m.afr.com/p/opinion/tweeting_progressive_politics_into_3xJxBXJ4mzyjwAB0HhhBAO

    by zoomster on Jun 18, 2014 at 8:28 am

  30. "Equality of opportunity" is a well-tried cover. It is the version of equality you claim to believe in when you do not believe in equality at all.

    Brilliant article!

    by WeWantPaul on Jun 18, 2014 at 8:42 am

  31. Good Morning.

    Interesting day in the Senate today.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/15/greens-move-to-block-clean-energy-cuts-setting-up-double-dissolution-trigger

    Some entertainment until the era of leopard print lamborghini starts

    by guytaur on Jun 18, 2014 at 8:51 am

  32. So what is this “FrightBat” stuff going on Twitter?

    On closer investigation, it is a Daily ToiletPaper story/campaign to get their readers to hate women

    http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/timblair/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/crown_our_crazy_queen/#pd_a_8127762

    by sprocket_ on Jun 18, 2014 at 8:51 am

  33. Morning all

    Just been listening to Jon Faine, He talked about the RC into unions and mentioned the fact that Nowicki had been found guilty a couple of years ago for making a false affidavit. Faine questions the way in which this RC is being conducted. Apparently there was a direction made back in March that cross examination of witnesses cannot take place at the time they give their evidence. From what I understood, cross examination of witnesses who apoear this week can take place until August! This is not the normal oractice of any Inquiry

    by victoria on Jun 18, 2014 at 8:56 am

  34. Oops cannot take place

    by victoria on Jun 18, 2014 at 8:57 am

  35. The Canberra Press Gallery has only itself to blame for governments running their QT sideshow.

    Under the QT PMJG ran they had real issues to report. Instead they reported the vaudeville. So it’s no wonder government (especially this one) have gone back to QT being theatre instead of a time for the gaining of information.

    by guytaur on Jun 18, 2014 at 8:58 am

  36. sprocket

    That is absolutely disgraceful on so many levels

    by victoria on Jun 18, 2014 at 8:58 am

  37. So which Murdoch organ has the grubbiest story today?

    The Daily ToiletPaper with FrightBat woman hatred?

    Or the disease heart of the nation, with a full page defending their lies about plain paper packaging increasing the incidence of smoking?

    “@John_Hanna: The “Heartless Nation”, proudly sponsored by Big Tobacco.
    via: @michaelkoziol http://twitter.com/John_Hanna/status/479032050914041858/photo/1

    by sprocket_ on Jun 18, 2014 at 8:59 am

  38. Guytaut

    QT under Gillard, always took the opporunity to answer questions that spruiked their policy direction.

    QT under Abbott is basically a bullshit fest with Labor bashing as a feature

    by victoria on Jun 18, 2014 at 9:00 am

  39. Deferring the cross examination makes the RC very piecemeal although it gives the cross-examiner plenty of time to prepare.

    by shellbell on Jun 18, 2014 at 9:01 am

  40. Well, well, well…

    Looks like Hird will get his day in court after all… but perhaps not quite in the way he envisioned it:

    http://www.theage.com.au/afl/afl-news/dean-robinson-set-to-subpoena-bombers-in-fight-for-pay-20140617-zsavg.html

    by Boerwar on Jun 18, 2014 at 9:02 am

  41. I just saw Abbott’s lips moving. I guess he was terminologically clarifying something or other.

    by Boerwar on Jun 18, 2014 at 9:03 am

  42. Well the Herald Sun today have got their hands on an email re the Essendon saga, which has set a cat amongst the pigeons

    AN explosive email from the AFL to the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority reveals why Essendon players believed they would escape doping bans.

    The email, also sent to then prime minister Julia Gillard’s office, sheds light on a major split between the AFL and ASADA over a behind-the-scenes agreement struck in February last year.

    The agreement stated that “to provide an immediate level of comfort ... it will be explained to players that under a no fault or negligence defence a player can receive a complete elimination of sanction”.

    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/afl/email-reveals-split-between-afl-asada-over-essendon-doping-saga/story-fni5f22o-1226957980700

    by victoria on Jun 18, 2014 at 9:03 am

  43. “@political_alert: Greens Leader Christine Milne will comment on changes to Australia’s foreign aid policy at 10.30am this morning here at Parliament #auspol”

    by guytaur on Jun 18, 2014 at 9:05 am

  44. This Is Not Going As Planned: Iraq Prime Minister Defies US, Accuses Saudi Arabia Of "Genocide"

    Washington made quite clear it wants Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to embrace Sunni politicians as a condition of U.S. support to fight a lightning advance by forces from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Then something unexpected happened: Iraq's Shi'ite rulers defied Western calls on Tuesday to reach out to Sunnis to defuse the uprising in the north of the country, declaring a boycott of Iraq's main Sunni political bloc and accusing Sunni power Saudi Arabia of promoting "genocide."

    In fact, as Reuters reported moments ago, the Shi'ite prime minister has moved in the opposite direction of Obama's demands, announcing a crackdown on politicians and officers he considers "traitors" and lashing out at neighbouring Sunni countries for stoking militancy.

    Not only did Iraq defy the US, but it also called out America's BFF (or at least formerly so until the arrival of Iran, which the US is aggressively, and inexplicably, rushing to make its new key partner in the region) for being the real aggressor behind the scenes?

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-06-17/not-going-planned-iraq-prime-minister-defies-us-accuses-saudi-arabia-genocide

    by dave on Jun 18, 2014 at 9:05 am

  45. Boerwar

    As has been a feature thriughout this saga, journos have been getting drip fed information re the Essendon saga. The latest email to find its way to the Herald Sun is interesting. The suggestion is that this email was sent by the top brass of the AFL

    by victoria on Jun 18, 2014 at 9:05 am

  46. Ukraine-Russia Near "Serious Conflict" Following Explosion In Largest European Gas Transit Pipeline

    *EXPLOSION ON UKRAINE GAS TRANSIT PIPELINE REPORTED: IFX
    *INTERFAX CITES UKRAINE INTERIOR MINISTRY ON GAS PIPELINE BLAST

    Witnesses say flames are reaching 200 metres high. Gazprom shares are tumbling on the news (as should European stocks) and Russia's Foreign Affairs Committee Chief Aleksei Pushkov warned relations between Ukraine and Russia have entered a new stage and are "moving closer towards a serious conflict."

    Operating since 1967, the “Brotherhood” is the largest consumer gas pipeline in Europe, clocking in at 4,451 km. It cuts through Ukraine and runs into Slovakia, where it diverges in two directions; with one part supplying gas to the Czech Republic, Germany, France and Switzerland, and the other to Austria, Italy, Hungary and several countries in the Balkans.

    Pipeline faucets are being tuned off as fire fighters still can’t put out the flame.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-06-17/ukraine-russia-near-serious-conflict-following-gas-transit-pipeline-explosion

    by dave on Jun 18, 2014 at 9:08 am

  47. High Court decision on Manus Island due in about an hour 24 informs

    by guytaur on Jun 18, 2014 at 9:09 am

  48. dave

    Some Iraqi politicians are voting with their feet.

    42 members of the Iraqi parliament and seven ministers have moved to Amman, the Jordanian capital, with their families.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/iraq-crisis-fears-grow-that-baghdad-could-be-engulfed-in-sectarian-violence-9544442.html

    by poroti on Jun 18, 2014 at 9:09 am

  49. Someone has discovered that the “whistleblower” may not be all sweetness and light:

    Union boss Kathy Jackson put worker pay in own fund

    Damned: Kathy Jackson diverted $250,000 of workers' money into a slush fund, the royal commission on trade unions has been told. Photo: Louise Kennerley

    A $250,000 settlement for workers who were underpaid at the Peter MacCallum cancer hospital was used by the Health Services Union under Kathy Jackson to kick-start a ''slush fund'' that allowed her to use the money for her political and personal purposes, an inquiry has been told.

    Evidence to the royal commission on trade unions from the former HSU No. 3 branch book-keeper, Jane Holt, detailed how $284,500 was transferred from the HSU into Ms Jackson's fund, the National Health Development Account (NHDA).

    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/union-boss-kathy-jackson-put-worker-pay-in-own-fund-20140617-3abmq.html#ixzz34wOiu4m4

    by citizen on Jun 18, 2014 at 9:11 am

  50. Sir sustainable future@545

    Congratulations on writing the longest single paragraph post I can recall in recent times.

    Please enrol for Fran’s course on ‘Appropriate Use of Paragraphs’.

    by bemused on Jun 18, 2014 at 9:12 am

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