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Jun 16, 2014

Seat of the week: Murray

The northern Victorian seat of Murray is one of a number of seats in rural New South Wales and Victoria which have drifted from the Nationals to the Liberals after long-serving sitting members retired, Sharman Stone having secured the seat once held by Jack McEwen in 1996.

Blue numbers indicate size of two-party majority for the Liberal Party. Click for larger image. Map boundaries courtesy of Ben Raue at The Tally Room.

Murray covers central northern Victoria including a 200 kilometre stretch of the river that bears its name, from Gunbower east through Echuca to Yarrawonga and Bundalong. From there it extends southwards into the Goulburn Valley region as far as Inglewood in the west and Nagambie and Euroa in the east. Its largest population centre by a considerable margin is Shepparton, home to about a third of its population, followed by Echuca, which accounts for about 10%. The electorate was created with the expansion of parliament in 1949, but its boundaries resembled those of Echuca which existed from federation until its abolition in 1937, when its territory was divided between Bendigo in the west and Indi in the east. Its dimensions have not substantially changed at any time since 1949, apart from a slight reorientation westwards when the electorate of Wimmera was abolished in 1984.

The area in question was the domain of the Country Party from its formation in 1920 until 1996, when Sharman Stone won Murray for the Liberals upon the retirement of Nationals member Bruce Lloyd. John McEwen began his federal parliamentary career as the member for Echuca in 1934 before moving to Indi when it was abolished the following term, then transferred to Murray in 1949 and remained there until his retirement in 1971. McEwen served as leader of the Country Party after 1958 and, for three weeks following Harold Holt’s disappearance at the end of 1967, Prime Minister. McEwen was succeeded on his retirement in 1971 by Bruce Lloyd, who held the seat until 1996. In a sadly typical outcome for the Nationals, the seat fell to the Liberals when Lloyd retired in 1996, Sharman Stone outpolling the Nationals candidate 43.2% to 29.7% and prevailing by 3.7% after the distribution of preferences. The Liberals had intermittently fielded candidates against Lloyd throughout his career, but always finished third behind Labor.

Sharman Stone served as a parliamentary secretary from after the 1998 election until January 2006, when she was promoted to the junior ministry as Workforce Participation Minister. After the 2007 election defeat she assumed environment, heritage, the arts and indigenous affairs, the first named being shared with shadow cabinet member Greg Hunt, before being promoted to shadow cabinet in the immigration and citizenship portfolio when Malcolm Turnbull became leader in September 2008. However, she was demoted to the outer shadow ministry position of early childhood education and childcare when Turnbull was replaced by Tony Abbott in December 2009, having supported Turnbull during Abbott’s leadership challenge, and relegated to the back bench after the 2010 election. In February 2014, Stone accused Abbott of Joe Hockey of lying about union conditions for workers at the SPC Ardmona cannery in Shepparton after the government’s rejection of a bid for $25 million in assistance put the future of its 2700 jobs in doubt. When asked at the time if she intended to remain in the Liberal Party, Stone said only that it was “to be seen how things pan out”.

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Boerwar
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CTaR1

Have enjoyed your sergeant pilot posts. I particularly liked the bit about them getting the best planes cos they mess with their mates.

Twas ever thus with sergeants.

deblonay
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UNESCO in Qatar this weekend will begin the hearing on the Tasmanian nth west forests,and Abbott wish to remove the Heritage listing
The Wilderness Society and the Greens will be there to put the contrary case to that of the Aust Govt

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27857337#

deblonay
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Blair…the warmomnger gets a belting in the UK Press
__________
Clare Short a former Labor Minister calls Blair a”American neo-con warmonger”
and one newspaper quesions his sanity after calling for more UK troops for Iraq and Syria

chttp://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-the-papers-27862521#

CTar1
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shellbell

[Got 1c a can at the recyclers.]

Practicing lawyers will do anything for money!

CTar1
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Bk

[ Over to Foyle’s War.]

I’ve got the CD’s as well.

A decent back-up.

CTar1
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badcat

[These engines are worth “thousands” today with enthusiasts ]

As poroti suggests, the Ground Crew had no end of fun with Robert about the new Mustang.

The A/C were owned by them, so a pilot taking one out, getting hit by some ‘flack’ in Nth Italy and then indulging in two power dives chasing German M-110’s and then dipping the new Mustang in a lake after it developed some ‘wriggles’ (i.e. the wings were about to come off) was not a concept that appealed to the Air-frame guys.

The R-R bit was still working until he hit the water.

After that it was a swim job.

Diogenes
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Med school is about $200K for a degree in the US. That’s one reason their medical fees are so high as the doctors have a huge loan to pay back.

guytaur
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glitter and *hit are going to trend on twitter

Diogenes
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[but were not we at war yesterday with Oceania
for the love of Orwell tell me ?]

I was kind of hoping we are Oceania.

zoidlord
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@Mod Lib/585

And they still charge like a wounded bull?

WeWantPaul
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UK, Scotland, Wales already cheaper than us it looks like.

Diogenes
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Psephos

[

My political views are what they’ve been for the past 20 years or so: Labor.]

What’s so funny about that comment is that Labor opposed the Iraq War.

Utopia
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The other thing about American Universities is the amount they are left in gifts and endowments.

Check that Harvard page: about a quarter of their $600 million comes from donations.

guytaur
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“@sspencer_63: Gillard was Satisfaction 28, Dissatisfaction 62 when dumped RT @smurray38 #newspoll Abbott Satisfaction 30 (-3) Dissatisfaction 61 (+2)”

Leroy Lynch
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[Leroy ‏@Leroy_Lynch 3m
@smurray38 @sspencer_63 what’s the editorial angle on the Oz coverage? And is it Hudson or Shanners doing the write up?
10:41 PM – 16 Jun 2014

Stephen Murray ‏@smurray38 53s
@Leroy_Lynch @sspencer_63 Figures like that? Hudson! Line’s “pox on both their houses” with Shorten’s lead shrinking from 10 to 3 in a month
10:44 PM – 16 Jun 2014]

Utopia
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[http://hms.harvard.edu/about-hms/facts-figures]

Well Harvard students end with a debt about three times as high:
“Average loan debt at graduation $104,107”

WeWantPaul
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Wait my bad that is per year.

daretotread
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Deb

We have always been at war with the evil Oceanians

WeWantPaul
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Let me answer, it is probably already cheaper for a US medical degree:

[According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, the median tuition in 2012-2013 was $28,719 for resident students at public institutions, $49,000 for nonresident students at public institutions, and $47,673 for students at private institutions. With fees and insurance the cost of attendance is $32,197 and $54,625 for resident and nonresident students at public institutions and $50,078 at private institutions]

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