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Federal Politics 2013-

Feb 16, 2014

GhostWhoVotes reports that the first Nielsen poll of the year for the Fairfax papers shows the Coalition leading 52-48 on two-party preferred, its first lead in a telephone poll since November and a reversal of the result in the previous Nielsen poll of November 21-23. The primary votes are 44% for the Coalition (up three), 33% for Labor (down four) and 12% for the Greens (up one). More to follow.

UPDATE: Personal ratings corroborate Newspoll in finding Bill Shorten’s strong early figures vanishing – he’s down eleven points on approval to 40%, and up ten on disapproval to 40% – while Tony Abbott is little changed at 45% (down two) and 47% (up one). Also reflecting Newspoll, this has made little difference to the preferred prime minister result, with Abbott’s lead up only slightly from 49-41 to 49-39.

UPDATE 2: Full details including state and gender breakdowns.

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Socrates
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Hello all on this great day for justice, with the final conviction of Craig Thomson for his crimes. May all who have done similarly be similarly convicted. Better late than never. Let us hope for an appropriate length stay in a correctional facility, though I doubt his attitude is correctible.

Those who can recall this man’s tearful denial a few years back, and claims he was set up, will share my sentiments. I recall a few on this blog saying he deserved the benefit of the “doubt”.

leone
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I hope everyone realises the Victorian police quietly dropped their investigation into Kathy Jackson last Friday – nothing wrong, nothing to see, move along folks…. [VICTORIA Police has dropped an investigation into Health Services Union whistleblower Kathy Jackson over more than $100,000 paid to her and her former husband, and wages paid to the children of her new partner. Detective Gary Jenkins confirmed to The Australian yesterday that Victoria’s fraud squad had conducted a “thorough investigation” into allegations raised by the HSU’s national office that the payments had not been properly accounted for. “There were no criminal offences detected,” he… Read more »
shellbell
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Thomson can of course appeal. Maybe he can do another fundraiser where he can explain why he did not contest the facts asserted against him.

His appeal cannot traverse, realistically, those facts which he did not contest.

WeWantPaul
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[Well we do have strong legislation and common law in relation to corporate governance probably as good as found anywhere in the world]

If we are the best you wouldn’t want to see the worst.

Player One
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[ Madoff got 150 years for corporate crime

Legal experts says he is unlikely to serve the full sentence. ]

What a coincidence – Medical experts say the same!

Oakeshott Country
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A great blooper from the SMH web site:

Nor was he entitled to use union funds in any capacity once he had left the union and was working as a feral MP.

Mar’in Ferguson always said he was a member of a feral government.

Psephos
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[Clive Palmer ‏@CliveFPalmer 39s

Head of @AusElectoralCom & others responsible for WA Senate election debacle should resign with voters now forced back to the polls #auspol]

I think Palmer is right about that.

don
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Mick77@1378


What, no parole after 2/3 served as in Indonesia?

Onya Mick! You do the maths and think “hey wait a minute….”

:devil:

poroti
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They keep saying many of the AS were attacked by “locals”. Making it sound as if people from the local village wandered along to beat the crap out of the AS. From this report they were local employees not just wandering “locals”. As for the shooting a local journo reports that a GS4 guard said the notorious PNG police unit hired by us opened fire.

[a local reporter asserted that it was local staff working for security contractor G4S who weighed in on asylum-seekers, reportedly with iron bars and machetes, causing mass injuries.]

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/national/reports-of-violence-and-serious-injuries-amid-conflicting-accounts-of-manus-island-detention-facility-uprising/story-fnihslxi-1226830048273

Simon Katich
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If BK is around, do you have any views on the “Powerful Communities Party” in the SA election?

davidwh
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[@davidwh/1374

That maybe true, but, since when is Corporate Australia or Corporate USA good examples?
]

Well we do have strong legislation and common law in relation to corporate governance probably as good as found anywhere in the world. We run the risk of making errors when we generalise about painting all within a group with the same brush of the few people who flout the rules. It doesn’t matter whether it’s corporations, unions, politicians or ordinary groups of people.

victoria
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[Greg Barns
#auspol Abbott government directly liable for Manus Island harm done to asylum seekers. It is a hell hole and Australia’s hell hole.]

antonbruckner11
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VICTORIA – Shhh. Don’t tell Michael Stutchbury.

antonbruckner11
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MICK – I considered that. But I think it was legit, funnily enough. Whenever I got to the bank they look at my account and start asking if I want to do something with the money

victoria
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Mick77
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7-1-7
[Just got a call from someone at my bank who had obviously seen that I had a decent sum sitting in a bank account …]

What’s your email address? I may have some investment opportunities to offer you after I receive your account details and password.
Mick77@lagosinvestments.com.ng

don
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Psephos@1371

Madoff got 150 years for corporate crime


Legal experts says he is unlikely to serve the full sentence.

Medical specialists and the bloke over the back fence would say the same thing.

😀

don
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William Bowe@1369

Essential Research: 51-49 to Labor.

William, I am not a psephologist, as you and others here know, but to me that means that either Nielsen or Essential is wrong. No doubt you will be commenting with the next thread, I will be interested to see what you think.

Would MOE explain it?

davidwh
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[Madoff got 150 years for corporate crime

Legal experts says he is unlikely to serve the full sentence.
]

Don’t they have an obligation to keep him alive long enough to serve out his sentence?

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