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Federal Politics 2013-

Aug 21, 2014

BludgerTrack: 51.6-48.4 to Labor

Another placid week for the BludgerTrack poll aggregate, suggesting a new equilibrium has been struck between the government's budget disaster and MH17 recovery.

The only national poll this week was the regular weekly Essential Research, which is joined in the BludgerTrack poll aggregate by Galaxy’s result from Queensland. That adds up to no change whatsoever on two-party preferred, but the Greens are up on the primary vote at Labor’s expense. There’s some shifting of the deckchairs on the seat projection, with Labor down one in New South Wales and Victoria and up one in Queensland and Western Australia, but it cancels out on the total score. Nothing new this week for leadership ratings, which serves as a sad reminder that in the past we would have expected Nielsen to come due this week.

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ShowsOn
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PISS OFF FARQWITS!

sprocket_
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[ The appellant claimed (in the absence of the jury) that he had heard Mr Terracini have a verbal altercation with a person in the Courtroom shortly before the commencement of proceedings. He claimed that he heard Mr Terracini say ‘Don’t you stare at me like that you flea’. It would seem that this assertion was made by the appellant in the absence of counsel after Mr Terracini had informed the Court that all instructions had been terminated, although the transcript does not record the withdrawal of counsel.] Anyone who complains that the silks don’t earn their money has not… Read more »
Strong UnionsStrongCountry
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Strong UnionsStrongCountry

Under the Abbott Government changes to university degrees.

If you earn $40,000 a year you will end repaying $105,000. This is very likely for women who leave the workforce to raise a family.

If you earn $75,000 a year your degree will cost $87,000

ruawake
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ICAC revenge?

[The New South Wales Central Coast is set to become the first region in Australia to experience a roll-out of the Federal Government’s fast broadband network using fibre-to-the-node technology.

The Communications Minister, Malcolm Turnbull has announced the NBN’s existing pilot project at Umina will now be expanded to 54-thousand homes and businesses in surrounding suburbs, including Saratoga, Killcare and Kincumber over the next 12 months.]

Strong UnionsStrongCountry
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Strong UnionsStrongCountry

The threat from Islam will only be controlled when the Islamic nations of this world choose to end it. West cannot.

While Abbott carries on about the threat from the Middle East, more Brits are now fighting as Jihadists than there are Muslims in the British Army.

Perhaps we should fear Abbott’s birth place more than the Middle East

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CTar1
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Eastman:

Nobody forthcoming in any sensible way.

.ENDS.

ruawake
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Jack Waterford sums up my feelings. [Jack Waterford, editor at large for the Canberra Times, who has closely followed the case since the murder, told Guardian Australia there was a missed opportunity in the inquiry earlier this year for police to reopen the investigation as a cold case. “Police chose not to do it. What that means is that the police case and prosecution cases, such as it is, is 19 years old,” said Waterford. In the 19 years since Eastman was convicted, some of the evidence has been thoroughly discredited and witnesses from the trial have died. “I’ve never… Read more »
zoidlord
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Spy chief will continue to be allowed to spy on others, by being reappointed for another 5 years:
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/22/australias-overseas-spy-chief-reappointed-for-another-five-years

“The foreign minister, Julie Bishop, said Warner has served with distinction and professionalism in the role.”

Sickening.

zoidlord
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OECD ‏@OECD 2m

“What is the point of economic policy if not to build more inclusive, more harmonious societies” – Angel Gurría

ruawake
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Winchester was playing a dangerous game with Operation Seville. Allowing criminals to grow marijuana at Bungendore in an attempt to infiltrate the “mafia” was always going to end in strife.

zoidlord
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Tarah Welsh ‏@Tarahwelsh 6m

Filming #tubestrike outside station (public property) and @TfLOfficial staff have called the police on us!!

WeWantPaul
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[The obvious fact that Eastman is a is a “difficult” personality does not make him guilty of murder.]

Such stupidity is certainly worthy of jail but perhaps 10 years rather than 20 – leaving aside the question of the actual murder.

ltep
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[I wonder if perhaps we need to legislate some clear statutory provisions, such that a newspaper would be subject to damages if they published scuttlebut needlessly. For example publishing details about sexual liaisons (legal) of politicians (and other celebrities) would incur damages if found to be unrelated to the public interest.]

Why should the famous receive protections not available to the rest of us? Why not a general tort of privacy?

shellbell
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DDT

Of course. Erratic and disruptive behaviour in front of a jury to the extent of not being able to be present at your own trial is unhelpful

daretotread
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Shellbell

The obvious fact that Eastman is a is a “difficult” personality does not make him guilty of murder.

Dee
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[It’s an offer you can’t refuse: rustic abodes in a picturesque hilltop village on the island of Sicily, once home to Italian peasants and their donkeys, are up for sale for just one euro.

Hewn into the Madonie mountains and dotted throughout the town of Gangi, the houses were left empty after their owners emigrated in the 1920s.]

https://au.pfinance.yahoo.com/money-manager/real-estate/article/-/24784847/hilltop-houses-on-sale-for-one-euro-great-view-included/

shellbell
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Very long one. How Eastman was legally (un)represented at his murder trial: [Before proceeding to a consideration of the grounds of appeal it is necessary to say something about the appellant’s legal representation during the course of the trial. It would not be an exaggeration to describe it as chaotic. On the first day of the trial, 2 May 1995, Mr Williams QC appeared but only to announce that his instructions and those of his junior and his instructing solicitors had been withdrawn. The appellant sought an adjournment of the trial because he was unrepresented, saying that if the adjournment… Read more »
Steve777
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If a trucking company found that drivers were picking up young hitchikers and abusing them, it probably wouldn’t protect them, transfer them to another depot or give them a job at head office.

zoomster
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And this is a huge surprise to no one — [TIM McCurdy (MLA, Murray Valley) concedes Big Buffalo dam is unlikely to come to fruition…] http://wangarattachronicle.com.au/2014/08/22/idea-dead-in-the-water/ This was one of the hundred dams Abbott committed to. For years, sensible conversations about water resources in this area were stymied because the local Coalition MPs (including our own dear Sophie) would not rule out the expansion of the dam – even though they knew it could never happen. In the meantime, investment opportunities have gone missing, and the Myrtleford community have clung to the false hope that the dam would be expanded… Read more »
zoidlord
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licenses*

zoidlord
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Coalition/LNP Party gives more licences to casinos:
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/aug/22/crown-casino-coalition-defends-back-door-deal-to-extend-licence

Just means more crime and more addiction.

MTBW
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zoid

Can’t stand bloody Morrison but just love Gillian Triggs – what a class act she is.

Raaraa
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350 Darren Laver Posted Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 4:31 pm @J0HNMcTERNAN 7m Sexual assult claims about Bill Shorten were made on Kevin Rudd’s FaceBook page. #AusPol pic -> pic.twitter.com/X4LsuDqdXp I don’t understand. If Rudd was privy to these allegations, he should pass them to the relevant authorities and not publish them in his Facebook page. I saw this posted more than 24 hours ago, and I apologise if someone has already addressed this, but I couldn’t find any conclusive response. I believe from the link, it was someone else posting a comment on a post that had nothing whatsoever… Read more »
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Zoomster

[If someone is smeared unfairly, their only recourse is to sue. It doesn’t make the smear go away, or undo the damage – though if Shorten could prove that the allegation stopped him becoming PM he might really be able to clean up!]

You’d have to be confident the defendant had the pockets to match the judgement. If you could show malice you might get punitive damages, but that’s all moot unless the defendant has assets against which to recover the award.

daretotread
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Rua

I have had the “pleasure” of an extended phone conversation with Eastman – about 2 hrs from memory. Although he was a bit of a nutter he did not seem to me like a gun toting murderer.

Organised crime, especially the drug trade was big time in the area at the time and it always seemed to me that Eastman was just a convenient patsy, serial nuisance used to cover a much more serious crime. I always suspected police corruption and still do.

Centre
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Like Franny, I too strive to be my best. But unlike Franny I hardly ever fall short 😀

So here we go. I’m backing Parramatta. I think Manly are close to a necessary loss to spark them back to their best 😎

Unless someone can talk me out of it – I’m on 😛

zoomster
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dtt

if nothing else, this may stiffen Labor’s spine next time they’re in a position to bring in media reforms!

zoidlord
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David Manne ‏@david_manne 1m

The liberty & health of children seeking #asylum should never depend on fate of Gov deals to pass punitive visa laws http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/scott-morrison-says-asylum-seeker-children-cant-be-released-from-detention-without-temporary-visas-20140822-1076pj.html

daretotread
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Zoomster When I was young, many moons ago, Australian media NEVER published sexual gossip. in part this was due to the sexist nature of society and damages for “damaging a lady’s reputation” which were considerable. I wonder if perhaps we need to legislate some clear statutory provisions, such that a newspaper would be subject to damages if they published scuttlebut needlessly. For example publishing details about sexual liaisons (legal) of politicians (and other celebrities) would incur damages if found to be unrelated to the public interest. For example a politician having an affair with a celebrity would not be relevant… Read more »
ruawake
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[The manipulation of evidence by the DPP, the missing transcripts, and the totality of the gun and residue evidence available but not adduced makes the whole sorry saga smell to high heaven.

I’ll be surprised if Eastman gets reconvicted.]

Agreed, but Winchester was shot. Was it organised crime as suspected at the time? Maybe we will never know. But some people should be outed for incompetence bordering on criminality.

MTBW
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zoid

Just signed! Thanks for that link!

Strong UnionsStrongCountry
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Strong UnionsStrongCountry

20 years for the crap about Gillard and the AWU, 30 years for this about Shorten.

Yet the Libs/right wing got all twisted out of shape when someone raised Abbott’s charges.

victoria
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deblonay

I am not so sure Napthine will lose

zoidlord
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Ben Saul ‏@profbensaul 3h

Australia fails to act on 150+ #humanrights violations found by UN 1 year ago today. Sign petition http://us8.campaign-archive2.com/?u=706e8cfc11c3c6f86f46e792d&id=3411165b3d … @Right_to_Remedy

Dee
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DN

[Maybe Slipper has had enough. Not everyone has the grudge-holding stamina of PBers ]

Perhaps!

If a good and close friend used me as a pawn to further their career. Orchestrated circumstances that had me fighting for oxygen on all fronts, sending me bankrupt and halting IVF treatment because of the stress & funds I wouldn’t be so forgiving.

deblonay
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Bailleau anounces his retirement _______________________ The coming state elections will see the former Premier depart from politics He holds a safe Liberal seat…Hawthorn When he had a victory in 2010…rather a fluke 4 years ago…he was seen in the Liberal tradition here as a “small l” Libs in the style of Hamer There is a strong tradition in Melb of such leaders(not of course Kennett or Bolte) from recent disclusures we know he hates the far right grouped around Bernie Finn…a mad anti-abortionist …real Tea Party stuff He won by the smallest possible majority 45-43…and was in conflict with the… Read more »
antonbruckner11
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I can’t see any of this hurting Shorten. Someone waits 30 years and makes allegations when he suddenly becomes Opposition Leader? Really?

BlindFreddy
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Rua #956

Thanks for the link.

Anyone commenting on the Eastman case who has not read the inquiry Terms of Reference would be arguing from well behind the eight ball.

Had the original trial been presented with all the evidence the notion of a strong circumstantial case would not have arisen.

The manipulation of evidence by the DPP, the missing transcripts, and the totality of the gun and residue evidence available but not adduced makes the whole sorry saga smell to high heaven.

I’ll be surprised if Eastman gets reconvicted.

zoidlord
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RBA ‏@RBAInfo 1h

RBA Research Discussion Paper: The Effect of the Mining Boom on the Australian Economy – http://goo.gl/FMcP67

daretotread
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Zoomster

Yes I agree the personal attacks are hard to deal with. It may be difficult but I think Labor should hire private detectives to follow every journalist and senior boffin at news limited/ABC and Lib. Get the dirt on them and publish, every time they dump on a labor leader. Return like for like.
if News Ltd dumps of Shorten a big media spread on Wendy Deng or Lachlan Murdoch Not pretty but i see no other option.

Of course legislating to make publishing of unsubstantiated personal gossip illegal or at least subject to damages 9without litigation) might be another option.

DisplayName
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Maybe Slipper has had enough. Not everyone has the grudge-holding stamina of PBers ;).

victoria
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Zoomster

I am not sure either. But based on what has occurred in the most recent past, i dont think the nefarious forces will go away quietly

victoria
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Dee

I suspect cos Slipper has other skeletons in his own cupboard

Dee
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Victoria

It perplexes me as to why Slipper doesn’t dump the crap on Rabbott. Remember, Rabbott use to confide in Slipper.

mikehilliard
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[I’m not sure what anyone thinks can be done about it]

Ignore it.

Strong UnionsStrongCountry
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Strong UnionsStrongCountry

When Abbott was elected he was gung ho about a DD, now worries mate fair dinkum, we will be off to the polls quicker than you can say man date.

What happened.

POLLS

CTar1
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AA

[Letter from Abbott to restaurateurs and café owners ]

Excellent.

zoomster
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I’m not sure what Labor can do about these attacks on Shorten, just as it’s hard to work out what they were meant to do about the attacks on Gillard.

If someone is smeared unfairly, their only recourse is to sue. It doesn’t make the smear go away, or undo the damage – though if Shorten could prove that the allegation stopped him becoming PM he might really be able to clean up!

I can understand the angst about the situation expressed here, but I’m not sure what anyone thinks can be done about it.

zoidlord
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newmatilda ‏@newmatilda 5m

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