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Jun 26, 2014

BludgerTrack: 52.6-47.4 to Labor

The latest weekly poll aggregate points to a continuing deflation of the post-budget Labor poll blowout, and reallocates a chunk of the Labor swing from New South Wales to Victoria.

Two new poll results this week from Nielsen and Essential Research have contributed to a continuation of the moderating trend of Labor’s post-budget poll lead, which sees the two-party preferred result in BludgerTrack come in at 52.6-47.4, down from 53.5-46.5 last week. The peak reading of 55.0-45.0 was recorded four weeks ago, a fortnight after the May 13 budget. The Coalition also has the lead on the primary vote for the first time in six weeks. Labor retains a reasonably comfortable majority on the seat projection, although the numbers once again illustrate how difficult the model considers the electoral terrain to be for Labor, as the present projection of 79 seats is four fewer than Labor managed with an almost identical two-party preferred vote when Kevin Rudd led it to victory in 2007.

There were some striking results in the state breakdowns in Nielsen this week, and BludgerTrack reflects this in having the swing in New South Wales moderate considerably, cutting their projected seat gain from 11 to seven, while in Victoria the gain is up from four to seven. Further shifts beneath the surface find Labor up a seat in Queensland, but down one in both Western Australia and South Australia. The Nielsen poll also furnishes us with a new set of leadership ratings, which after accounting for the model’s standardisation procedure are almost identical to last week’s results from Newspoll. The movements on last week are accordingly very minor.

Last week I offered a closer look at Palmer United’s polling trend, so this week I thought we’d home in on the Greens. After watching their vote fall from 11.8% at the 2010 election to 8.6% in 2013, polling has shown the party on a steady upward trend, with a short-lived spike occurring in April. While this was partly driven by one outlier result from Nielsen, all of the other polling conducted at that time has them clustered around the high level of 12%. All of these results were conducted in the immediate aftermath of the Western Australian Senate election, at which the party’s vote was up from 9.5% to 15.6%. The party’s polling in Western Australia has remained strong, the present BludgerTrack reading of its primary vote being 15.8%. Coincidentally or otherwise, the downward trend that followed the WA election spike coincided exactly with the federal budget.

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crikey whitey


Whether or not you have noticed my posts on my own Mod Lib friend.

Following the ill designed budget.

I have challenged this friend. Suggesting that the party of her choice is not whatever they formerly represented.

I fear that a schism in our friendship may have emerged.

Too divisive, by anyone’s figuring. Especially mine.

Thanks so much, Abbott.


Why are Libs (mod or otherwise) always so reticent to affirm their party affiliation? I understand there might be a sense of shame in confessing such a thing but come on. Have some pride.

Mod Lib, you’re fooling absolutely no one.

crikey whitey

Tonight, I was discussing refrigerant gasses and the future.

Air Con Commercial.

No question that the industry is totally aware of and will be expending its efforts in the way of the future.

No new or revamped building will be commissioned unless it is green face.

No matter what the profit takers of olden days think.


[ I said last year that it wouldn’t matter to me whether the boats stopped or didn’t stop, I would still not support torturing women and children just because you thought it might help your primary vote.]
Wrong again Farqtard! You support it when people drown.

That’s a form of torture.


Mad Lib@1020

I have voted for the Liberal party in the past yes.

A shameful admission. 😐


I have voted for the Liberal party in the past yes.

I have also NOT voted for the Liberal party in the past (like the last election for example!).

So when Psephos argues that I “try to run and hide from my party’s record”, its a little silly given I have criticised BOTH major parties on this, consistently, when there were boats, and when there were no boats. I said last year that it wouldn’t matter to me whether the boats stopped or didn’t stop, I would still not support torturing women and children just because you thought it might help your primary vote.

I don’t think Psephos likes it when I point this out!


Einstein skedaddled in the early 30s.

And begged Britain to make sure German Jewish scientists were saved, but they couldn’t even offer him citizenship, so he then skedaddled to the US.

He was just an economic refugee back then. Even though Einstein could see the Nazi writing on the wall, the rest of world couldn’t.

If that Morrison and Psephos today, Einstein would be sent back to Germany. Fucking economic reffo.

Piss off.


Everythibg, Mod Lib. Fess up old chap.

You are a Lib, in the ozzie sense. Always have been always will be..

No shame in that from my perspective


I think Psephos has already said that the Jewish asylum seekers of the 50s were different as they had papers.

All that matters is whether or not you have papers apparently.

If you live in a country in which you can’t get them (like those who live in the swamp areas between Iraq and Iran), tough tithes!

Those fleeing Iranian or Iraqi persecution should be dissuaded from coming to Australia because we are trying to stop them dying at sea. Whereas, those fleeing Nazi persecution are welcome wherever they flee.


It’s very disheartening, isn’t it, when the bloke who claims to be closest to the game can only applaud the politics rather than the policy.

And then pretends he has absolutely no idea of the detail of the consequences of his right-wing bullshit.

I bet you anything you like, if it was a boatload of Jewish refugees, we’d see Psephos changing his pig-headed mind in a heartbeat, and would know every facet of the journey.

And how he, personally, had sacrificed everything to bring the plight of that boatload before the UNHCR, if not the Hague.

Different strokes, for different folks.


[Labor has a dental plan similar to Denticare leading up to the 2007 election. The Greens consistently voted with the Liberals to block it.]
[Completely untrue. The Greens never voted against a Denticare plan because such a plan was never presented to the Senate. The ALP government refused to introduce the plan before the abolition of the CDM Dental scheme; it is that scheme that the Senate refused to abolish. That is a completely different thing to voting against the ALP policy – in fact Greens Senators indicated they would support such a program]

Shortly before the 2007 federal election the previous Liberal Government initiated a Medical Dental Scheme, for chronically ill patients (see Health Monitor report Access to dental care in Australia: a bit more (10) 2007). The current government has unsuccessfully attempted to stop this scheme in federal parliament. The current government considers that before a national dental care system is introduced the current medical dental scheme has to disappear. But political parties such as the Greens do no support the initiative because “it would leave Australia with only the promise of a full national dental plan at some time in the future and with no publicly funded dental care at all in the meantime”. (Cresswell and Ryan 2009)


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lefty e:

[Beyond that, GRNs policies feature in proportional jurisdictons in TAS, ACT when they are in govt wth the ALP. In thhe former they had Ministers until the last election.]

In the latter the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services (Bins, Buses and Books) is currently a Green.


[I least I don’t try to run and hide from my party’s record, as you do.]

Which party is my party?

How do I try to run and hide from its record?

Kevin Bonham

Nil-All On Anti-Protesting

An article I’ve just written criticising the new Tasmanian government’s anti-protest laws as being way too broad and clumsy. However the article also castigates the Tasmanian ALP and Greens for their extreme hypocrisy in describing the measures as draconian and fascist when some of their own “anti-discrimination amendments” from late 2012 were at least as bad and arguably worse. (Thankfully, the amendments were killed off by the Upper House.)


[I don’t think Psephos has any interest in the “debate”.

He is only interested in how many votes there are for the ALP.]

I least I don’t try to run and hide from my party’s record, as you do.


[Give how closely Psephos follows the immigration/boatism debate, I am surprise he was not aware of the Salvation Army’s ‘work’ at the offshore processing islands.]

I’ve never claimed to have detailed knowledge of the administration of detention centres.