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BludgerTrack: 50.8-49.2 to Labor

With the only new poll being a status quo result from Essential Research, it's a dull old week for the BludgerTrack poll aggregate.

The only new poll this week was the regular weekly finding from Essential Research, which produced an essentially status quo result. With earlier polling that was stronger for Labor washing out of the system, the latest reading on the BludgerTrack poll aggregate records a minor continuation of the trend to the Coalition, who are up 0.2% on two-party preferred. There is also a one-seat shift on the seat projection to the Coalition, who make a gain in New South Wales. For what it’s worth, this leaves the numbers looking very much as they did at the 2010 election. Nothing new this week on leadership ratings.

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BK
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Section 2 . . .

The great Public Service redundancy ripoff.
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/the-great-public-service-redundancy-ripoff-20140907-109ubn.html
This is a good article on the phantom menace of atheism.
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/sep/07/militant-atheism-religious-apologists-intellectuals
The Libs can fix this – less regulation.
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/nursing-homes-too-slow-to-install-sprinklers-20140907-10djea.html
Morrison is making us much unloved by UN Human Rights Commissioners.
http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/new-un-human-rights-chief-attacks-australia-over-asylum-seeker-rights-violations-20140907-10dlkx.html
Aussies feel “tasered” by Abbott’s first year says Xenophon.
http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/aussies-feel-tasered-by-abbotts-year-xenophon-20140907-3f0vq.html
Child care support accessibility is suffering.
http://www.smh.com.au/comment/childcare-support-needs-to-be-more-accessible-20140907-10dixb.html
Essendon now has to deal with some big decisions.
http://www.theage.com.au/afl/afl-news/essendon-has-to-deal-with-some-big-decisions-20140907-10dmfa.html
Andrew Dyson with Abbott’s first birthday cake.
http://www.smh.com.au/photogallery/federal-politics/andrew-dyson-20090819-epqv.html
Ron Tandberg mourns the demise of the RET.
http://www.smh.com.au/photogallery/federal-politics/cartoons/ron-tandberg-20090910-fixc.html
David Rowe gives us plenty to see at Abbott’s debauched first birthday party.
http://www.afr.com/p/national/cartoon_gallery_david_rowe_1g8WHy9urgOIQrWQ0IrkdO

BK
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Good “morning” Dawn Patrollers.

Like an adolescent schoolgirl Abbott has several “best friends”.
http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/china-takes-dig-over-closest-friend-remark-20140907-10dngp.html
Jodi McKay has a simple ICAC “bucket list” – get rid of Eric!
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/jodi-mckay-calls-for-eric-roozendaal-to-be-expelled-from-the-labor-party-20140907-10dl5j.html
The New Matilda on Abbott’s first year.
https://newmatilda.com/2014/09/07/year-tony-credit-where-credit-due-and-theyre-running-lot-credit
Abbott “absolutely clear” that federal Libs won’t get dragged into the ICAC donations scandal. I thought it already had been!
http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/abbott-absolutely-confident-federal-libs-wont-be-dragged-into-donations-scandal-20140907-10dnib.html
Calls grow for an inquiry into tax avoidance by international companies.
http://www.smh.com.au/business/calls-grow-for-inquiry-into-tax-avoidance-tactics-of-multinationals-20140907-10bt88.html
Lenore Taylor on Abbott protecting his vulnerable claim that he hasn’t broken any promises. What a dill!
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/07/tony-abbott-protects-a-vulnerable-claim-that-he-hasnt-broken-promises
One would tend to believe Ashby’s story rather than Pyne’s.
http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/christopher-pyne-allegedly-offered-to-help-find-james-ashby-a-lawyer-and-a-job-20140907-10dor0.html
And The New Matilda will not be inclined to let go of this.
https://newmatilda.com/2014/09/07/christopher-pyne-faces-explosive-allegations-he-lied-over-peter-slipper-affair
The Independent Australia looks at the 60 Minutes story.
http://www.independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/60-minutes-of-james-ashby,6873
Steve Lewis – can Abbott stop his team from stumbling?
http://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2014/09/07/abbotts-first-year-a-peculiar-two-faced-enterprise/

BK
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Good morning Dawn Patrollers.
I’m afraid I have slept in this morning and am just getting to start the patrol. With what’s been going on here the last thee weeks it’s unsurprising that I spent 10 hours asleep last night.
Back later!

CTar1
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Zoid

[You are quiet pathetic, arguing with a Disabled person GG.]

That GG is an aggressive ars%hole is established.

But you claiming this is worse,

Otiose
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Nett_NEWS++™ by @Otiose94 http://bit.ly/1nAtjp1 8/9/14

CTar1
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shellbell

[The Supreme Court/Federal Court building is one of the more stark examples of the concrete lined with sprayed asbestos period of construction.]

That’s it’s a bit so is a bit down to me.

The place nearly next door –

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbican

On the dust stuff, that is regrettable.

deblonay
Guest

and Swamprat…only last week Shorten admonished a WA Labor Senator for cricising Abbott’s “imperialist military”policy “

swamprat
Guest

The UK Labour Party’s response to an independent Scottland is to build Hadrians Wall II.

Such a stupid thugish pseudo leftist party it has become since Blair/Brown.

The ALP is not far behind. Dependent as it is on outrageous crumbs falling from the LNP table.

swamprat
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lefty e

spme think proportional representation was imposed because it would preclude a SNP majority.

That backfired 🙂

swamprat
Guest

Raaraa

The current view of the SNP is to maintain the Queen like Canada and Australia.

But the SNP is not all Scottish independents by a long way.

The Unionsists make Alecsammon the evil splittist, but many Scots support independence who are not SNP.

lefty e
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[The Scottish Parliament is more democratically elected, it sits in semi circle with largest party in the centre, it secretely elects the Presiding Officer (speaker), it has powerful all-party committes to draft legislation and meet in various places around Scotland (all recorded, open to public), it has avenues for all citizens to comment on draft legislation and recommend changes to legislation).]

Interesting.

All of which stems, of course, from having a proportional electoral system,which is what Westminster imposed on Edinburgh and Cardiff.

Suspect the aim was keeping nationalists from getting easy majorities (as FPTP does in Westminster) but it had a range of positives as noted above.

It makes parties work together,like it or not. Its very interesting that electorates have been forcing the same on single member disctrict systems lately – UK, Australia.

Tom the first and best
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Tom the first and best

1832

Howard was trying to make changing the flag harder. Having legislation to require a plebiscite creates a political expectation of a plebiscite before the flag can be changed. This is particularly hard to overturn without a Senate majority because Senate minor parties that favour a new flag are more likely to insist on a plebiscite if there is legislation they can prevent from being removed that requires it.

A plebiscite always has the chance that it will produce a no change vote.

Raaraa
Guest

Not sure what Howard meant to achieve by legislating change by plebiscite.

If it was to stop future governments from drastically changing the flag, they’d need control of both houses or bipartisan support to bring about a change anyway. And one able to achieve that could easily have repealed that legislation.

On that note, good night.

deblonay
Guest

Scotland and Abbott
________________
Abbott’s mad statement that the Scot Nats aren’t the friends of freedom and liberty couldn’t have been further from the truth…but I quess it sprang from his anglocentric view of the world as well as his ignorance

Perhaps the anger in Scotland over his comments has helped the growing trend of voters for an independent Scotland

BTW …The British Labour Party Pensions Shadow Minister Rachel Reeves ,in a manner that you might expect from one of Tony Blair’s former mates,,says a Labour Govt in the UK will be even more strict on Pension Entitlements than the Tories…so much for the poor and unemployed to hope for from a UK Labour Govt…though if Scotland goes the 50 odd Labor seats lost in
P’Ment might insure the Tories will be in power for ever

Raaraa
Guest

Sorry WB, didn’t meant to come across as demanding. Just thought there was a change of pattern.

Raaraa
Guest

Do the Royal Family really care whether Scotland go independent or not?

I mean even if they do, they wouldn’t make it public. After all the Queen will probably remain head of state if Scotland goes on its own? I could be wrong though.

Raaraa
Guest

Oh, heavens, we must never let the MPs go into hardship by falling so far behind! 😛

zoidlord
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@swamprat/1826

Yeah I noticed that earlier, didn’t think of it much at the time though.

swamprat
Guest

I think bloody Murdoch is now supporting Scottish Independence…(though his one papaer in Scotland still hates the Jocks)

Look at the Pic of the Royal Family in the Times….

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