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Electoral reform

Jan 7, 2013

Welcome back. While we were away:

• Newspoll published state results for every mainland state except Western Australia, where an election will be held on March 9, the result for which can presumably be expected shortly. There was also Newspoll’s quarterly geographical and demographic aggregate for federal voting intention. Essential Research provided state voting intention results for the three largest states, exclusive to the Poll Bludger. Posts on each of these releases can be found below this one.

• Newspoll also published results from its mid-December poll finding improving confidence for standard of living, with 13% expecting an improvement over the next six months (up one), 58% expecting it to stay the same (up eight) and 27% expecting it to worsen (down nine). GhostWhoVotes also provided Newspoll findings from a mid-year survey into appreciation of the ABC, which was found to be immensely and deservedly greater than anything the organisation’s critics at News Limited could ever dream of.

• A generally commendable discussion paper on electoral reform by the Queensland government caught the attention of the media and the federal government by floating, among many other things, the possibility that compulsory voting might be abolished. In this it was no different from the green paper composed for the Rudd government in 2009 by then Special Minister of State John Faulkner, but such has been the Newman government’s penchant for radicalism that its thought bubbles are being treated with greater than usual seriousness.

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Dingbat
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Surely before we talk about the poor mum and dad investors that lost money in The Greatest Hoax of the 21st Century If Not The Entire Millenium we actually need evidence of who it was that sold shares and how much money people actually lost.

If you jump at the first whiff of grapeshot perhaps you shouldn’t be in the sharemarket game.

Dorrie Evans
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test

ShowsOn
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BULLSHIT 52 NEXT MONDAY IN PARTS OF S.A.!

confessions
Guest

And on that note I’ going to bed as well.

Night all.

confessions
Guest

Deblonay:

Instead of whingeing at me, make the arguments against Psephos’ views.

If you can.

crikey whitey
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Shut up the wingeing, while your behind.

It is hot as hell pretty well on much of the vast continent.

Save your money and your decent stuff to donate.

It will be needed.

confessions
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deblonay:

Read my 630.

Meanwhile Maatsuyker Isl is in for a terrible next couple of days wind-wise.

http://wind.willyweather.com.au/tas/southern/maatsuyker-island.html

deblonay
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Confessions
Both I and Bemused had thought that Peaches Hutchison equating the responses of the Left to Israel with the collapse of the Soviet Union were too silly be the subject of debate
most people would think as I and Bemused did… quite seperately
on this occassion

as to my Sydney query re highest Temp. it was just that…
a question

How can you see a question as a statement then deny it…
be honest you were wrong

deblonay
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Confessions 628.. not an opinion of yours at all
_________
You misquoted me and then derided me knowing that your own statement was untrue
\Tolling by any standards

ShowsOn
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[William, that is why I did not name it.
So even allusions are out. OK.]
Are you referring to Bullshit Bill’s Blog of Batshit Insanity?

briefly
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[632
bemused

Goodnight all. Things are now cool enough to sleep in reasonable comfort.]

If only. It’s still a sauna here.

bemused
Guest

Goodnight all. Things are now cool enough to sleep in reasonable comfort.

bemused
Guest

confessions @ 630

Quit while you are behind.

You were merely accused of verbaling and misquoting.

Such blatant mis-representation of what deblonay ASKED about the Sydney forecast temperature would be characterised by some less charitable as a lie.

confessions
Guest

[Trolling is the right word for Confessions comment]

Actually calling a commenter ‘stupid’ and guffawing with your monkey idiot support squad cheering on is itself trolling.

You can’t define why Peaches’ comment is ‘stupid’, so instead choose to have a go at me for rating your response to him/her in similar fashion to yours.

Despite disagreeing with Psephos on the whole Israel-Palestine thing, I’m starting to have distinct sympathies for his views simply because there is apparently nobody on the so-called ‘left’ who is capable of refuting his arguments (and those of his supporters) in logical, rational, meaningful manner.

If you see yourself as holding superior views to Psephos and his supporters, then make those arguments. If you just want to come here to sneer and slap the backs of your idiot monkey cheer squad the be prepared to face ridicule.

bemused
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Good post by Malcolm Farnsworth at AustralianPolitics.com
Who Will Win The 2013 Federal Election? – Part 1

Farnsworth is very sober and realistic in his appraisal of the situation of the Federal Government.

confessions
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deblonay:

Not verballing at all, just an opinion.

As per your smarmy, pat-on-the-back put down of another commenter.

Live it, learn it.

bemused
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William, that is why I did not name it.
So even allusions are out. OK.

deblonay
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Thasnks Bemused for your post 622
Trolling is the right word for Confessions comment

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