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Essential Research: 53-47 to Labor

A move in Labor's favour in Essential Research this week, but further questions find support for a tougher regime on disability support and the government's handling of boat arrivals.

The only new federal polling result we look to be getting this week, the regularly fortnightly rolling average from Essential Research, has Labor up a point on two-party preferred to lead 53-47, as the bad result which saw them drop two points a fortnight ago washes out of the system. On the primary vote, Labor is up two to 40% and the Coalition down one to 39%, with the Greens and Palmer United steady on 9% and 6%. We also have Essential’s monthly leader approval ratings, which have Tony Abbott down one on approval to 34% and steady on disapproval at 58%, Bill Shorten down two to 36% and down one to 39%, and Shorten’s lead as preferred prime minister shifting from 40-36 to 37-34. Other questions find approval of the government’s handling of boat arrivals up two since March to 41% and disapproval down three to 35%, with 27% thinking the government too tough, 18% too soft, and 36% “taking the right approach”. Another result suggests paring back the disability support pension to be a relatively popular cost-cutting measure, with 46% supporting recent recommendations to that effect and 37% opposed.

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cud chewer
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[People notice a routine and insincere flatterer. They notice a liar. They notice a sociopath who does not seem to care what damage he causes in pursuit of his own self-edification.] A couple of years ago I started referring to Abbott as a borderline sociopath. Lots of people thought that was over the top, but the evidence is there. Especially when you see the liar that seems to have no sense of the moral dimension of lying, only the personal ramifications. I wonder how long its going to take people to overcome their shyness and reluctance on this issue and… Read more »
crikey whitey
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Much as I think well of Tanya Plibersek, she failed to convince me about anything to do with Labor’s other than it is and maybe a yet to be developed policy on asylum seekers or suicidal mothers.

Labor is absolutely cleft and nowhere to go on this.

Norwester
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George Christensen wins my vote for today’s most moronic MP award.

Unbelievable.

zoidlord
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Otiose
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Nett_NEWS++™ by @Otiose94 http://bit.ly/1nAtjp1 #Senate, #Palmer. #abetz, ♫♪ Ricky don’t lose that number, by @rowe_david © http://bit.ly/1je2Aiw

zoidlord
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Tony Windsor ‏@TonyHWindsor 2m

Mantra of the “right”once was all new Australians should respect the history of land they have chosen . TA is a relatively new Australian

lol.

deblonay
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Malcolm Fraser …abd China condemn Abbott’s speech sucking up to the Japs re WW2…”honour and skills” indeed

http://www.theage.com.au/national/speeches-to-parliament-castigated-20140709-3bncr.html

zoidlord
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Apparently growing an army of spin doctors is more important than growing an army of jobs:

http://www.smh.com.au/national/thats-a-bit-rich-pms-growing-army-of-spin-doctors-20140705-3bf50.html

Rossmcg
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Froome crashes and out of the tour

When is wiggins?

Great team selection.

teh_drewski
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I have little doubt Abbott will be just as shameless in toadying up to the next Chinese dignitary he comes across, so I wouldn’t be overbothered about his obsequious attitude to Mr. Abe. The Chinese will get over whatever diplomatic irritation they’re feigning right now.

zoidlord
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@Steve777/929

Non in stock at the wine brewery?

Steve777
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Abbott must have forgotten to administer his suppository of wisdom today.

briefly
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[874 Greensborough Growler Boerwar, You are the one with the fixation on this train (it’s at least three or four mentions today). So how about you stick your strawman where the House of the Rising Sun does not shine. At least have the honesty to own your pathetic obsession instead of passing it off to me who has never seen it, has never visited it and basically doesn’t care about it. The Japanese are a great friend to Australia these days and most Australians recognise this. You should learn to deal with reality.] Both Japan and China have been friends… Read more »
guytaur
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Goodnight

guytaur
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@abcnews: Household solar shift sees electricity demand drop and taxpayers stuck with ‘stranded assets’ http://t.co/XcrLVZnXgB

guytaur
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Plibersek acquitting herself well again

guytaur
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“@JulianBurnside: Big question: is it acceptable for Scott Morrison to keep us in the dark as he toys with Australia’s international reputation?”

briefly
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[812
confessions

“We admired the skill and the sense of honour that they brought to their task although we disagreed with what they did.”]

This almost defies belief. These remarks are profoundly misplaced and betray either an alarming ignorance or an even more troubling willingness to deceive himself and his audience.

guytaur
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Plibersek on Lateline now

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