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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.

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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

guytaur
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Wow. A delayed reaction to last night’s speech. As a whole for Abbott it was not too bad.
I do understand the outrage and agree to a large extent.

I much preferred Bill Shorten’s speech. He showed how you do it.

Bushfire Bill
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The Japanese ruling circles think they’ve gotten away with it. They’re promoting their war efforts and even celebrating them. Idiot sycophants like Abbott are at the end of a very long line of crawlers and bum lickers who think “the oriental” is a fool for flattery and can be best handled by kow-towing to them obsequiously. Abbott’s family studiously avoided participation in any of the nasty bits of WW-2, and so may have little direct family involvement in the horrors of that time. But real soldiers, airmen, sailors and ancillary services, as well as civilians copped the notion of Japanese… Read more »
taylormade
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Boerwar @ 832

Agree. Can see now why labor did not even come close to a surplus whilst in Govt. Poor old Swannie never had a chance. The proposed fuel excise increase is one example.

Not sure how they counter the perception of “poor economic managers” if they keep going the way they are. Abbott will have a field day closer to the next election.

bemused
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deblonay@913

Abe and his old militaristic mates
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Odd in the 100th anniversary of WW11 that we are involved in such dangerous treaties

Must be in a ‘correcting mood’ tonight.

That would be WWI.

bemused
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Bushfire Bill@916

Bemused, I stand corrected on my mistake about Tom Uren.

When you think about it, it’s a miracle he survived past 1942.

Yes indeed, but it seems many who survived privations and worse during the war went on to live long and productive lives.

I have wondered if it has anything to do with experiments about reduced calorie diets leading to longer life.

Bushfire Bill
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Bemused, I stand corrected on my mistake about Tom Uren.

When you think about it, it’s a miracle he survived past 1942.

bemused
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Bushfire Bill@914 I am certainly glad that Tom Uren wasn’t around anymore to hear that speech. Or Weary Dunlop, or any of the thousands of Australian service men and women – soldiers, nurses, civilians – who died for Japanese “honour”. I had not heard Tom Uren had died and could find no reference to it with a quick google. It seems your comment inferring his death my be a trifle exaggerated. He is 93 now and it is a while since I recall hearing anything from him. But if he is up to it, I sure would like to see… Read more »
Bushfire Bill
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I am certainly glad that Tom Uren wasn’t around anymore to hear that speech. Or Weary Dunlop, or any of the thousands of Australian service men and women – soldiers, nurses, civilians – who died for Japanese “honour”.

deblonay
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Abe and his old militaristic mates ________________ In a long line of fairly detestable Japanese leaders Abe is closer to the old militaristic crew than anyone else His infamous visits to the Yasukuni shrine where the ashes of the war criminals executed after 1945 are kept, says a great deal about his views Lately there are moves to revoke the the apology to the comfort women passed some time ago in the Jap Parliament Let’s sees how he responds to that ? Like them all he cannot be trusted behind that screen they always operate behind,and in a way little… Read more »
Bushfire Bill
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First we had Pig Iron Bob, and now we have Haematite Tony.

The sting in that Xinhua article about Abbott’s speech was the last two sentences:

[The attack by Xinhua is unprecedented from a nation that rarely ventures publicly into the internal affairs of another country.

Such is the level of feeling in Beijing against Japan that it approved a ferocious written attack that would never be tolerated inside China itself. ]

And even more telling is that it was on the News.com web site.

swamprat
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http://wingsoverscotland.com/a-different-parallel/

A Canadian’s view of USA “democracy” and Scottish referendum ……

sprocket_
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Tony Abbott reveals his new approach to the poor

https://twitter.com/ReidParker_/status/486838008755150848/photo/1

Kevin Bonham
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http://kevinbonham.blogspot.com.au/2014/07/queensland-polling-careful-with-that.html

Queensland Polling: Careful With That Pendulum, Eugene

Article disposes of recent mass media claims that a 51-49 ReachTEL implies a loss of c. 40 LNP seats to Labor.

Darn
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William

Perhaps while we are admiring the skills of the submariners we might also reflect on what carnage might have happened if the people who sent them had managed to complete their attempted invasion. Whichever way you look at it Abbott has made a complete idiot of himself – again.

Strong UnionsStrongCountry
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Strong UnionsStrongCountry

I heard that the next Direct Action Plan is targeting crime. Paying criminals not to commit crimes, the more you don’t commit the more Abbott will pay you

Darn
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Thanks poroti

I find it truly astonishing that Abbott would come out with such sycophantic crap to the leader of a nation which has never truly acknowledged or apologised for its horrendous war crimes. The Chinese have every right to be appalled at such insensitive behaviour.

Fulvio Sammut
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BW, well at least they’re not prolific breeders, going by that map.

Boerwar
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おやすみ

Fulvio Sammut
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Many. With lots of tar.

Boerwar
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Just Me
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[So it seems Tony has now lost himself the returned servicemen cohort as well.]

Time to send him a white feather?

confessions
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[Unit 731. Comfort women. Nanking. Pearl Harbor. A fucking alliance with Nazi Germany?! Yeah. Skill and honour in spades.]

And don’t forget all of it something to be admired.

Fulvio Sammut
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So it seems Tony has now lost himself the returned servicemen cohort as well.

confessions
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[I sense a meme in the making.]

Oh yeah. That’s why I said whoever ordered that pose should be shot.

😆

bemused
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Fulvio Sammut@881

I always thought Brandis,from his appearance and name,was of Greek descent.

Clearly I am wrong again, if he’s of German heritage.

You could still be right.
For example, WWII German Admiral Canaris was of Greek heritage.

Work To Rule
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@citizen 851 – thanks for that insight

absolutetwaddle
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Normally I take the predictable outrage at Abbott’s ridiculous attempts at profundity here with a grain of salt, but that Japanese ‘skill and honour’ quote is a level or three up from his usual mind-numbing asshattery.

Unit 731. Comfort women. Nanking. Pearl Harbor. A fucking alliance with Nazi Germany?! Yeah. Skill and honour in spades.

poroti
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sprocket_

I sense a meme in the making.

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