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Federal Politics 2013-

Jul 28, 2014

Newspoll: 54-46 to Labor

The latest fortnightly Newspoll records a post-MH17 improvement in Tony Abbott's personal ratings, but no dividend on voting intention.

Stephen Murray tweets that the fortnightly Newspoll in tomorrow’s Australian shows no change on two-party preferred, with Labor maintaining its lead of 54-46, and next to no change on the primary vote, with the Coalition steady on 36%, Labor down one to 36%, the Greens up one to 12% and others steady on 16%. However, Tony Abbott is up five on approval to 36% and down seven on disapproval to 53%, and has drawn level on preferred prime minister at 38-38 after Bill Shorten led 41-36 a fortnight ago. Bill Shorten’s personal ratings are also improved, his approval up four to 38% and disapproval down two to 41%.

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caf
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psyclaw@1266

[A suspicious person might think that right from the get-go when the $250K came onto the table, KJ thought “Hmmmmm! Now her’s a bit of cash floating around that no-one really owns!”]

A really suspicious person might think that right from the get-go the $250k was always understood as a personal bribe to agree to a deal not in the best interests of members, at least on the HSU side if not on the Peter Mac side too.

A really suspicious person might think that. I, of course, could not possibly comment.

Dee
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Bemused
[The UN doesn’t have the troops, that’s the first problem.

I caught a part of a story on radio this morning in which it was claimed that Israel has more military aircraft and tanks than France and Germany combined! It is a Middle East military superpower.

I just anguish over what is happening there and nothing can excuse it. Nothing!]

Heard that too!

Don’t know if this is true or not but heard Israels Defense force is one of the most technologically advanced in the world.

Dee
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[He had no time for RSL types.]

My OH’s grandfather refused to attend the RSL.

Reckons old men reliving atrocities was not of interest to him.

BH
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I’ve been putting some family history together for our kids and came across a letter written by my great grandfather to the War Office in 1920 asking for the War Medals, etc., for his son (my great uncle).

The letter is sad detailing how he fought at Gallipoli and then was lost at Pozzieres but expresses the pride my g/gfather felt for his 18 yr old son’s ‘valiant contribution to King and Country’. Aaaghh

I’m with others who don’t like the razzamatazz. All I see is a wastage of strong, young blokes who were needed in this country. I

It would be nice to think we could reflect on it the way we did before the hype – acknowledgment on Anzac Day then quiet respect thereafter

bemused
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Dee@1352

All this talk and condemnation helps no-one. Is it possible for the UN to just send in the troops.

It is the second time in a week that a UN school housing refugees has been hit.

Ban accused the Israeli military of ignoring repeated communications on the location of the school.

‘I want to make it clear that the exact location of this elementary school has been communicated to the Israeli military authorities 17 times, as recently as last night, just a few hours before this attack,’ he said.

‘They are aware of the coordinates and exact location of where these people are.’

Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis, meanwhile, joined international calls for an end to the bloodshed.

‘We want the immediate establishment of a UN-monitored ceasefire to enable an escape from this bloody vortex, which is an offence to humanity,’ he said.


– See more at: http://www.skynews.com.au/news/top-stories/2014/07/31/un-says-gaza-school-attack–unjustifiable-.html?cid=BP_RSS_SN-TOPSTORIES_3_UNsaysGazaschoolattackunjustifiable_310714#sthash.hw75NNY0.dpuf

The UN doesn’t have the troops, that’s the first problem.

I caught a part of a story on radio this morning in which it was claimed that Israel has more military aircraft and tanks than France and Germany combined! It is a Middle East military superpower.

I just anguish over what is happening there and nothing can excuse it. Nothing!

Steve777
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Paul Keating is an alumus of De La Salle Brothers Bankstown. He finished school there at 15 to join the Sydney County Council (a government-owned electricity retailer) and manage a rock band.

kakuru
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bemused:

[When in Singapore I did make a point of going to the Kranji war cemetery and found myself shedding a quiet tear.]

I had the same reaction when visiting a former concentration camp in central Europe. Quiet contemplation, and sense of despair. I didn’t need any grand speeches or a flag-waving crowd to tell me what to think.

Rossmcg
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Bemused

My former father in law had two brothers killed in WWII, one shot down over France and one in PNG. He enlisted but never left Australia.

Each year he attended the dawn service in the country town he lived in. That was all. He had no time for RSL types.

Gallipoli is just a footnote to the rest of the world but as usual for Australians, it was all about us.

I think Australians Made up just 6 percent of the total troops involved, including Turks.

Dee
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All this talk and condemnation helps no-one. Is it possible for the UN to just send in the troops.

[It is the second time in a week that a UN school housing refugees has been hit.

Ban accused the Israeli military of ignoring repeated communications on the location of the school.

‘I want to make it clear that the exact location of this elementary school has been communicated to the Israeli military authorities 17 times, as recently as last night, just a few hours before this attack,’ he said.

‘They are aware of the coordinates and exact location of where these people are.’

Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis, meanwhile, joined international calls for an end to the bloodshed.

‘We want the immediate establishment of a UN-monitored ceasefire to enable an escape from this bloody vortex, which is an offence to humanity,’ he said.]

– See more at: http://www.skynews.com.au/news/top-stories/2014/07/31/un-says-gaza-school-attack–unjustifiable-.html?cid=BP_RSS_SN-TOPSTORIES_3_UNsaysGazaschoolattackunjustifiable_310714#sthash.hw75NNY0.dpuf

Libertarian Unionist
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BB, I understand what you are saying, but how does George Brandis’ education at Villanova, Cooparoo (surely is a Brisbane equivalent to St Pats), fit into that narrative?

My guess is he’s just an unmitigated prick.

bemused
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rossmcg@1345

The Anzac Day thing really bothers my mother. She lived through WWII and knew plenty of people who died in it, fortunately none close family.

She asks every year, why is it like this now? she remembers the era when it was a day for a March and remembering. Now it is a day for the media to try and make money.

I blame Bob Hawke. He took veterans back to Gallipoli, I think for the 70th anniversary and it turned into a media extravaganza.

Then Anzac Day became into an excuse for Aussie backpackers from all over Europe to gather at Gallipoli and honour the fallen by getting pissed.

Nobody knew better than Howard how to wrap yourself in the flag and so if has grown.

I like Keating’s approach, he has never been to Gallipoli and declares he never will.

My mother lost an uncle killed by an accidental rifle discharge during the Cowra breakout round-up. Other than that, my family was unscathed physically although I think my father carried some mental scars.

Yes, Gallipoli has been altered from a place I might have once gone to for quiet reflection to some kind of a bogan festival with booze and flag wearing.

When in Singapore I did make a point of going to the Kranji war cemetery and found myself shedding a quiet tear.

kakuru
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rossmcg:

[I like Keating’s approach, he has never been to Gallipoli and declares he never will.]

I remember Keating saying this. I also remember agreeing wholeheartedly.

These pilgrimages to old battle sites remind me too much of the way medieval Christian pilgrims used to head to holy sites to look at holy relics. A rather tawdry tourist industry grew up around that too.

Anzac Day could be better spent trying to establish peace in the present rather than commemorating wars of the past.

paaptsef
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yesterdays turc transcripts now produce 404 page not found http://www.tradeunionroyalcommission.gov.au/Transcripts/Pages/PublicHearing-30July2014.aspx
If they are in the process of uploading the corrected proof you’d think they would delete the links

Bushfire Bill
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[I am sure St Ignatius is weeping!]

Meanwhile, a goodly proportion of Labor front benchers came from St. Pat’s Strathfield. Sons of solid Catholic trades people.

Alas, a goodly proportion of those up before the beak and/or mentioned in despatches at ICAC came from St. Pat’s too. One small saving grace was that Counsel Assisting ICAC also called St. Pat’s his alma mater.

This only serves to prove that St. Pat’s has produced a healthy balance – in life as in virtue – between those making the laws and those breaking them.

Around the late 1980s the Christian Brothers disappeared from the St. Pat’s campus, to be entirely replaced by lay teachers. Now only sports pavilions and toilet blocks bear the names of those called to the brotherly vocation.

What I put it down to is the “pre-Brothers” and “post-Brothers” divide. While most “pre-Brothers” St. Pat’s old boys have abandoned the technical practice of Catholicism, they were well-schooled in its ethics and tenets. Some things stay with you forever. These are mostly Labor supporters, or MPs.

For those who received a non-religious education at St. Pat’s there seems to be only ICAC, Burwood Magistrates Court, or careers as spivs in the Liberal Party on offer.

Steve777
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Re Raaraa @1265: the PM’s daughter is given a ‘chairman’s scholarship’ to a private college. The scholarship is of a type that no one at the college had heard of, is not advertised, cannot be applied for and the award of which is kept secret. The PM doesn’t declare it on his register of interests. The head of the college is a major donor to the PM’s party. And shortly after winning government a change of education policy that greatly benefits private colleges.

Where are the screaming headlines? Imagine if something similar had happened with PM Rudd or PM Gillard.

And even assuming good faith on Abbott’s part and a genuine memory lapse when it came to his register of interests, what sort of drongo would think there wasn’t a problem with accepting this award?

I note in passing that the value of the scholarship is worth 20 times that of a certain bottle of wine. Certainly worth a few questions in Parliament. Or maybe hounding someone to the verge of a mental breakdown, as happened a couple of times in the last Federal Parliament.

Rossmcg
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The Anzac Day thing really bothers my mother. She lived through WWII and knew plenty of people who died in it, fortunately none close family.

She asks every year, why is it like this now? she remembers the era when it was a day for a March and remembering. Now it is a day for the media to try and make money.

I blame Bob Hawke. He took veterans back to Gallipoli, I think for the 70th anniversary and it turned into a media extravaganza.

Then Anzac Day became into an excuse for Aussie backpackers from all over Europe to gather at Gallipoli and honour the fallen by getting pissed.

Nobody knew better than Howard how to wrap yourself in the flag and so if has grown.

I like Keating’s approach, he has never been to Gallipoli and declares he never will.

slothy
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poroti @ 1330

[What Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel was working on before MH17 and may still be.]

No, that is not the way to deal with Russia. You have to stand up to Putin and abuse him at every turn, call him a murderer and other inflammatory things to get his attention and frightened him with your belligerence.

Mutti Merkel is obviously a raw beginner in international affairs, particularly when it comes to Russia. She should study the master, our Tony Abbott.

lizzie
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[Bill Shorten ‏@billshortenmp 3m
Saturday marks 1 year since @cpyne’s lie that @LiberalAus were on a ‘unity ticket’ with @AustralianLabor on #Gonski ]

zoidlord
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More Australians are borrowing, which is bad for us:

Stephen Koukoulas ‏@TheKouk 37m

My latest on today’s data: Credit growth zooms to a 6 year high as the terms of trade slump http://thekouk.com/blog.html#.U9mwS1b5nnc

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