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Mar 28, 2016

Newspoll quarterly breakdowns: January-March 2016

Newspoll breakdowns find the Turnbull government sinking in Victoria and South Australia; another poll suggests the government will have a hard time selling its budget; internal polling reportedly shows Bronwyn Bishop's goose to be cooked in Mackellar; and a Liberal-versus-Nationals stoush looms with the retirement of Sharman Stone in Murray.

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Probably not much doing in the land of polling over Easter, but The Australian as always takes advantage of the situation to unload Newspoll’s quarterly aggregates, providing breakdowns of the combined polling so far this year by state, gender and metro/regional. The results strongly suggest the Coalition’s recent downward movement has been driven by Victoria.

Also of note:

• The Australian has results from a privately commissioned poll by MediaReach which suggests Bronwyn Bishop would suffer a heavy defeat if Dick Smith ran against her as an independent in Mackellar, as he says he will do if she again wins Liberal preselection. The poll of 877 respondents showed Smith on 54% of the primary vote, compared with just 21% for Bishop. Sixty-nine per cent of respondents said Bishop should retire, and she recorded a net favourability of minus 30% compared with plus 59% for Smith. A report in the Daily Telegraph this week said support for Bishop was rapidly waning ahead of the preselection vote on April 16.

• A poll conducted for Sky News by Omnipoll, a new venture involving former Newspoll director Martin O’Shannessy, suggests the federal government will have a difficult sell with its mooted company tax cut. Out of four budgetary options offered, this one was most favoured by 3% of respondents, compared with 46% for fixing the bottom line, 27% for spending more on education, and 25% for personal income tax cuts. Respondents also faced a forced choice question on whether Malcolm Turnbull had lived up to expectations and Prime Minister, which broke 62-38 against. A table at the Sydney Morning Herald features breakdowns by age and, interestingly and unusually, income. The results suggest the most indulgent view of Turnbull’s performance is taken by the young and the wealthy.

• An intra-Coalition stoush looms in the rural Victorian seat of Murray, following Sharman Stone’s retirement announcement on Saturday. Stone gained the seat for the Liberals upon the retirement of Nationals member Bruce Lloyd in 1996. Rebecca Urban of The Australian reports candidates for Liberal preselection will include Duncan McGauchie, “a Melbourne-based communications specialist and former policy adviser to previous Victorian premier Ted Baillieu”.

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1,804 thoughts on “Newspoll quarterly breakdowns: January-March 2016

  1. BK

    I was waiting for you this time William!

    Good morning Dawn Patrollers. rather a small collection for you today – but it IS Easter.

    Shorten says Abbott is at the heart of the government’s division and chaos. And the CPG get a bit of a serve.
    http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/mar/27/tony-abbott-at-heart-of-government-division-and-chaos-says-bill-shorten
    Turnbull declares war on Abbott with his captain’s call for an early election.
    http://urbanwronski.com/2016/03/27/turnbull-declares-war-on-abbott-with-his-captains-call-for-an-early-election/
    Up to 90000 vacant homes in NSW. And most of them are investment properties supported by negative gearing and CGT treatment.
    http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/thousands-of-empty-homes-adding-to-sydneys-housing-crisis-experts-say-20160323-gnpc52.html
    Protest as he might, Arfur’s getting deeper and deeper into the poo.
    http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/liberallinked-free-enterprise-foundation-failed-to-declare-1m-in-donations-20160327-gnrs1m.html
    Reopening the Parramatta gaol will ruffle a few feathers.
    http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/nsw-government-set-to-decide-on-reopening-parramatta-correctional-centre-20160323-gnpah0.html
    Tim Dick has a justified dig at the selection of the date for the Easter.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/we-need-to-agree-on-a-fixed-date-for-easter-20160326-gnrqo3.html
    These Tory messages show is why faith has no place in politics.
    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/mar/27/tory-messages-christian-values-faith-politics-vote-with-tribes-not-minds
    Amanda Vanstone says a July 2 DD is not a foregone conclusion. Rather a poisonous contribution.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/selfinterest-is-the-horse-running-hardest-20160326-gnrj2z.html
    Could the flawed Boris Johnson become the next UK Prime Minister?
    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/mar/26/boris-johnson-mendacious-eu-referendum-next-prime-minister
    The Coalition is bringing out the big guns for the New England contest.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/smh-editorial/in-challenge-for-new-england-coalition-brings-out-the-big-guns-20160316-gnkql8.html

  2. ifonly

    I think there is a problem with the Queensland calculation for 2PP. At the last election, the coalition got 11.3% of votes out of 6.2% Green and 18.3% other. This was probably 20% of Greens 6.2% and 55% of Others 18.3%. The polsters supposedly use the same distribution as last election. They polled this time 10% Green and 13% Other but the coalition only got 7% …….I can’t see any mathematical way of getting this result. If it were say 20% and 55% you would expect the coalition to get 9% not 7%.

  3. Bushfire Bill

    A more than usually impenetrable column from Mandy Vanstone, full of “union thuggery, Labor hopelessly caught up in their patronage, venal Senate cross-benchers, cunning Malcolm, lazy Press Gallery (who will cheer Abbott, then turn on him, then turn on Malcolm and then round it off by attacking just about everybody else)… youse get the drift?

    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/selfinterest-is-the-horse-running-hardest-20160326-gnrj2z.html

    About the only one who doesn’t get a guernsey is Uncle Arfur.

  4. lizzie

    Bushfire

    Thank you for writing that summary of Amanda’s contribution, which absolves me from even opening it.

  5. TPOF

    Mandy’s problem is that she believes that everyone has the same self-serving morality that she does.

  6. BK

    I did make a warning comment about Vanstone’s article!

  7. lizzie

    The old roundabout: save money by reducing services so fewer people use it, so there’s less profit, so reduce services…

    [The spokeswoman also confirmed ordinary letters posted anywhere in Victoria go to Dandenong for sorting, including letters posted in regional towns to someone in the same town. This means something posted in Shepparton takes a 500-kilometre round trip.]

    http://www.theage.com.au/national/snail-mail-gets-even-slower-20160317-gnldtg.html

  8. ltep

    Usually Ms Vanstone has a little more to offer than that. Not one of her strongest articles.

  9. Bushfire Bill

    The Liberals are being poorly served by the Gallery, who insist that Turnbull’s “plan” is a masterstroke.

    When you spring a bold, decisive surprise on your enemies, you do NOT give them three weeks to game their response, and then a FURTHER three weeks to carry it out.

    The Gallery are only saying it was a surprise because it fooled THEM. But one needs to consider WHY it fooled them.

    Right up there in the “plausible reasons for fooling the CPG” is that it was and remains a stupid idea. Prorogue the Parliament for three days? Then bring it back with a clean notice paper so that the Senate can discuss anything it likes to discuss? Sure, they’re going to discuss only the ABCC bill, because they LOVE Malcolm Turnbull so much, right?

    It’s just the kind of expensive trickery you’d expect from someone who’s made a lifetime’s habit of doing complicated deals, cheque swaps in smoke-filled rooms, and intricate tax minimization schemes as a garnish… someone who then launders it all through the Cayman Islands to keep the stench away for long enough to pick up the “profits” on the other side. It’s a copybook merchant banker scam.

    The problem is that merchant bankers can hire lawyers to obfuscate and run the courts ragged trying to trace the money trail.

    In the case of the Senate, though, it’s all in the hands of his enemies who can do pretty-well whatever they like, and ultimately of the voters who can vote pretty-well however they like. Not a smartarsed lawyer in sight.

    Turnbull also gambled on the Press Gallery remaining interested enough in his plot to keep spruiking it as “brilliant”. They have a very short attention span. Todays chicken is tomorrow’s rooster, is the next day’s feather duster.

    With Abbott polly-bombing just about everything Turnbull does there will HAVE to be a confrontation. At least to a back-alley bovver boy like Turnbull there will have to be. And when that happens – sometime in the next, oh, 13 weeks – expect hell to be unleashed from the commentariat.

    In the middle of this somewhere will be the Budget, delivered bya guy who, until a few days ago, was not “”in the loop”, while the PM’s wife was about the actual, y’know, date of the damn thing (or its contents). He has his notebook open ready for the dictation of economic policy to commence from his boss, or is it Lucy?

    The Gallery will also be in a fine pickle. Either take sides against Abbott (their erstwhile hero of six years tenure) or take sides with Turnbull. Just what the doctor ordered: a disunited Coalition under the gun from a bored Gallery.

    There has never been a more exciting time to be a Coalition politician, or a Malcolm Turnbull, or an Australian voter, or a Press Gallery hack hesitating about whose side to barrack for.

    It’s all depends on how you define “exciting”.

  10. ruawake

    Vanstone ignores the fact that many cross bench senators believe, rightly or wrongly, that they will be reelected so they don’t care about a DD.

  11. C@tmomma

    Bushfire Bill @ 10,

    [ The Liberals are being poorly served by the Gallery, who insist that Turnbull’s “plan” is a masterstroke.]

    That would be a ‘No’.

    Well, I guess it depends if you count Marius Benson of ABC Newsradio as part of the CPG. I just got through listening to him pull apart Malcolm’s election ‘masterstroke’ going down roads traveled here on PB since the announcement was made that so impressed Hartcher & Kenny,M.

    Marius Benson ended his discussion with the morning announcer by saying this:

    ‘Either Malcolm Turnbull has signed up for a 103 day federal election campaign, where Bill Shorten receives equal prominence, that leads to a Double Dissolution election; or a 150 day federal election campaign if the Senate decide to pass the ABCC legislation and we get an August/September election in the normal way…over which time Bill Shorten will receive equal prominence.

    Plus there’s a Budget in the middle of all that and the possibility that something could go very wrong, and probably will.’

    Benson didn’t think it was a very smart move by Turnbull. At. All.

  12. daretotread

    Hey people

    I am not sure why ANYBODY thinks the DD is a foregone outcome.

    To pass the ACCC bill the Libs need 6 cross benchers.

    1. Well we know they have Day – he supports the bill and will not be a turkey voting for Xmas
    2. Leyholm ditto – he may want to extract some promises etc but in the end he will go for it
    3. Wang has indicated he supports it
    4. Xenophon also supports it and has no reason to encourage a DD

    So if we count these 4 the votes are 35 against and 37 for with 4 more independents.

    I think Madigan will oppose that leaves Muir, Lambie and Lazarus. Now I cannot see these three being happy to lose their next 4 years in parliament. The easiest thing for these three to do would be to abstain. The ABCC bill passes. No DD.

  13. C@tmomma

    • An intra-Coalition stoush looms in the rural Victorian seat of Murray, following Sharman Stone’s retirement announcement on Saturday. Stone gained the seat for the Liberals upon the retirement of Nationals member Bruce Lloyd in 1996. Rebecca Urban of The Australian reports candidates for Liberal preselection will include Duncan McGauchie, “a Melbourne-based communications specialist and former policy adviser to previous Victorian premier Ted Baillieu”.

    I’m guessing that would be Donald McGauchie’s son.

    That would be THIS person:

    Donald McGauchie (born 29 January 1959) in Sydney, Australia, is a member of the board of the Reserve Bank of Australia since 30 March 2001 and has recently been appointed chairman of the Nufarm board,[1] and was the former chairman of Telstra Corporation. McGauchie began his duties as chairman on 20 July 2004,[2] taking over for Bob Mansfield who vacated the position in April 2004. He resigned from the position on 8 May 2009, after failing to meet expectations of large Telstra shareholders,[3] and since replaced by Catherine B. Livingstone.[4]

    Very, very close mate of John Howard and Peter Costello.

    So, more nepotism on show in the Liberal Party.

    Plus, I would hardly class being a former advisor to Ted Baillieu as a positive on your resume.

    Jeez, it looks like the Tory party in Australia is being loaded up with the scions of the Landed Gentry (Christian Porter, WA, Duncan McGauchie, Victoria, and Angus Taylor in NSW-whose father was heavily involved in agricultural politics, as a President of the NSW Farmers and Vice President of the National Farmers Federation).

    And with the ultramontane zealots from the Church of the IPA. Not to mention the ‘real’ ultramontane Catholics!

    All with Malcolm and his ‘Moderates’ in the middle in a muddle!

    No wonder it looks like, and is, a nest of vipers! 😀

  14. ltep

    DTT I don’t think anyone is saying is a foregone conclusion but Wang and Xenophon certainly haven’t said they support it without amendment. The Government have indicated they’re unlikely to support amendments.

    We won’t really know for sure until a few weeks from now.

  15. C@tmomma

    dtt @ 13,

    Muir, Lambie & Lazarus have stated on the public record that they will be voting against the ABCC Bill when it is brought before the Senate again. No ifs or buts.

  16. guytaur

    Good Morning

    abcnews: #ICYMI: Fijians told to work for contractor accused of exploitation or go home https://t.co/Hw9ZjQz4cO https://t.co/3zQeKF5O0z

  17. citizen

    Poetic justice as Foxtel loses customers to Netflix. Rupert tried to nobble the NBN to keep his monopoly and now other content providers have him under attack. No wonder Telstra wants to sell its share of Foxtel.

    [Netflix’s halo effect takes shine off Foxtel]

    http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/netflixs-halo-effect-takes-shine-off-foxtel-20160322-gnp0jx.html

  18. frednk

    I think it is becoming obvious the Turnbull thought the cross bench would fold.

    Michelle Grattan telling us the should:

    https://theconversation.com/grattan-on-friday-whats-bad-for-bill-shorten-too-much-election-focus-on-the-unions-56818

    Because unions are so bad; you know the people we turn to when we get shafted by the well meaning boss.

    Vanstone telling us the cross benches will fold because Turnbull has shafted them; smell the desperation.

    By my count; three cross benches (Glenn Lazarus; Jacqui Lambie and Ricky Muir) have come out with a single finger salute.

    https://www.pinterest.com/katiedklein/the-one-finger-salute/

    All now have a good chance of being re-elected; 1/2 quota; double the chance; good deal.

    8 – 3 < 6. Well that is was what I taught in primary school.

    Vanstone is delusional.

    Turnbull only has two choices; back down with "I thought i was being clever" and look a bigger fool; or pull the trigger; falling polls; long election. Oh yes CPG; it was a brilliant move!

  19. bug1

    Link is dead, but gogole the filename (788150-160328newspoll.pdf) and you can see it in google cache (click on the little triangle)

  20. frednk

    daretotread
    I don’t think the DD will happen and I don’t think the ACCC will pass.

  21. guytaur

    abcnewsCanberra: ACT police issue warning over child exploitation video posted to Facebook community pages https://t.co/mOCkrPpLDT #Canberra

  22. John Reidy

    Benson is not bad he has done some perceptive posts on the Drum.
    Shorter rebuttal of Vanstone, Labor and the cross benches have options Turnbull has none.

  23. bug1

    WOAH, look at the Capital vs Non Capital;

    Coalition is doing worse in the regions than the city
    ALP is doing better in the regions than the city.

    I cant remember that happening before, but ive only been following it for 3 or 4 years.

  24. citizen

    [guytaur
    Posted Monday, March 28, 2016 at 9:05 am | PERMALINK
    Good Morning

    abcnews: #ICYMI: Fijians told to work for contractor accused of exploitation or go home https://t.co/Hw9ZjQz4cO https://t.co/3zQeKF5O0z ]

    The worst part is that Immigration apparently told the workers they would have to work for this company or return to Fiji. The Fiji government is not happy.

  25. guytaur

    citizen

    I am normally against the government of Fiji because of its past of discrimination as reason for its coup.

    However in this I fully support the government of Fiji and think this is a real stain on Australia’s reputation up there with the detention centres.

  26. confessions

    Morning all.

    [Like a dead fish, a paralysed government soon flips upside down in the water. What is important becomes trivial and what is trivial takes centre stage. Lenore Taylor nicely points out how issues that the public cares about have been side-lined in favour of an issue about which the public does not, the timing of the election.

    While a double dissolution was supposed to be the means to get blocked bills passed, we now have Parliament being called back so it can block bills as a means of getting a double dissolution. The move has been hailed as a masterstroke. But it is risky because everything is being managed for internal reasons and so appears to everyone else upside down and makes no sense. It might be true that any equivocation from Turnbull on calling the date might threaten his leadership but what does it say about his leadership and the government he leads?

    This is a government, and leadership, in paralysis and more fixated on managing internal pressures rather than external ones. No wonder some are comparing Turnbull’s “Continuity and Change” to Gillard’s “Moving Forward”. Both might be ways of justifying internal messes to themselves, but mean nothing to anyone else.]
    http://www.pipingshrike.com/2016/03/book-review-niki-savvas-road-to-ruin.html

  27. Tom

    bug1 – in NSW forced council amalgamations are going to bit the LNP big time in the bush. In South Oz and Calare Electorate (Central West NSW) the uranium dump is also biting the LMP big time – right in the Nats homeland.

    Tom.

  28. Keyman

    @11 “… many cross bench senators believe, rightly or wrongly, that they will be reelected so they don’t care about a DD.”
    In NSW we have a “micro” from Newcastle in the upper house under similar a upper house voting regime. The shooters and fishers and Fred Nile are there too.
    If the fed micros don’t capitulate then they are highly likely to increase their vote IMHO. They have been getting heaps of publicity over the voting reforms etc and can rightly claim they have saved the country from some poor legislation. They have a much higher profile than in 2013, and then there’s the half quota’s. If they do capitulate then they prove they are no better than the plethora party hacks.

  29. Socrates

    Morning all. Why would Xenephon not vote for a DD? He has a lot to gain. If last time’s vote is replicated he could finish up with the balance of power in the Senate.

  30. Question

    [DTT

    4. Xenophon also supports it and has no reason to encourage a DD
    ]

    I would have thought a DD would be an excellent way to start his new party?

  31. Question

    Socrates beat me to it 🙂

  32. Socrates

    I know economics rightly bores many but this is a good article about an alternative view of government finance. It says domestic borrowing and deficits do not matter. If the economy is sluggish you are better off printing money to stimulate activity.
    http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/business/the-economy/radical-economic-ideas-grab-attention-amid-lowinflation-torpor-20160324-gnqhsr.html

    I am in two minds about the theory, but I agree with the conclusion. If Shorten wins and cannot get tax reforms passed, he should ignore a surplus and spend to get things moving. Labor trying to reign in the deficit as the mining boom ended did some economic damage. Do not make any deficit or surplus promises this time. Talk about reform and action to get employment generate instead.

  33. KEVIN-ONE-SEVEN

    CATMOMMA – Did Benson mention the supply issue?

  34. CTar1

    C@

    [ultramontane Catholics]

    They’re very mountainous ????

  35. Socrates

    Question, Snap!

    One more comment on weekend news. There has been some absurdly exaggerated comments on terrorism threats here in Australia. I do not suggest we should follow Belgium’s lead and ignore home grown extremists. Yet for all the millions spent on border security, would not some of the money be better spent on basic policing?

    Avoidable deaths of citizens seem far more likely when we send out lone nurses into isolated and violent communities without support, or allow remanded rapists to wander free because we do not resource the parole system adequately, than from terrorism. Terrorism is not a hollow threat, but our response is clearly disproportionate. Have a good day all.

  36. KEVIN-ONE-SEVEN

    FREDNK – I think you’re right. Malcolm thought the cross-benchers would fold. That’s why, on the morning of his announcement he called up Bob Day and lobbied for help getting the ABCC Bill passed. That doesn’t sound to me like someone determined to force a DD.
    But even that doesn’t make any sense. Surely he counted the numbers and saw that a lot of the cross-benchers would LOVE a DD: Lambie, Brick, Xenophon, Madigan …

    I guess this is what happens when you’ve got Michaela Cash and George Brandis in your “Inner Circle” and you rely on your wife who’s got bugger-all political experience in Canberra and you’re a dope anyway.

  37. Player One

    Socrates

    [ I am in two minds about the theory, but I agree with the conclusion. ]

    I wonder if MMT is getting a lot of press at the moment because Mal intends to use it as a justification for spending his way out of trouble? From a “debt and deficit disaster” to “free money for all, and bugger the consequences” in six months!

    But I agree spending is the right thing to do in the short term by either side, and according to whatever monetary theory you subscribe to. However, MMT seems to be a bit suspect to me – it has great potential for currency instability and hyperinflation in the longer term.

    I certainly wouldn’t want to be the first country to adopt it holus-bolus.

  38. ltep

    [Muir, Lambie & Lazarus have stated on the public record that they will be voting against the ABCC Bill when it is brought before the Senate again. No ifs or buts.]

    I wouldn’t go that far. Lambie has been the clearest. Muir and Lazarus have talked more generally about amendments but not started what they will ultimately do

  39. C@tmomma

    Takes some of your legitimacy away getting your new party up off the back of a Double Dissolution election. Still, whatever gets you through the night. 🙂

    Plus, if Xenophon/NXT do end up with the Balance of Power (and wouldn’t the schadenfreude taste delicious if The Greens ended up being the biggest losers of the new Senate Voting reforms with another party holding the BOP?), then the spotlight will fall on Xenophon and his mates like it never has before and he will have to put up or shut up about having all the answers, if only he had the power to implement them. 🙂

  40. bemused

    lizzie@8

    The old roundabout: save money by reducing services so fewer people use it, so there’s less profit, so reduce services…


    The spokeswoman also confirmed ordinary letters posted anywhere in Victoria go to Dandenong for sorting, including letters posted in regional towns to someone in the same town. This means something posted in Shepparton takes a 500-kilometre round trip.


    http://www.theage.com.au/national/snail-mail-gets-even-slower-20160317-gnldtg.html

    Nowhere near that simple lizzie.

    email is killing letters and I suspect you are probably as guilty as me.

    The latest is that banks, utilities etc now allow you to get bills and statements over the internet or by email, further reducing mail volumes.

    Mail volumes have simply plummeted and Australia Post has an existential crisis and is being forced to reinvent itself with Post Offices as transaction centres and parcel delivery driven by internet purchases becoming its major delivery business.

  41. Question

    Regarding the DD I think the ALP should play it absolutely straight. The angle should be to stamp out all corruption, and not just ideologically single out one particular group.

    No silly constitutional games unless they are sure it will make life worse for Turnbull. Everything should concentrate on the electorate and positioning for an election.

    Who knows, even if Turnbull gets the trigger he may not pull it the way the polls are going, and then Oakes will obliged to call him a W-I-M-P.

    The attitude the ALP should present is “we are up for it any time Mr. dithering silly-bugger’s.”

  42. don

    KEVIN-ONE-SEVEN@38

    FREDNK – I think you’re right. Malcolm thought the cross-benchers would fold. That’s why, on the morning of his announcement he called up Bob Day and lobbied for help getting the ABCC Bill passed. That doesn’t sound to me like someone determined to force a DD.
    But even that doesn’t make any sense. Surely he counted the numbers and saw that a lot of the cross-benchers would LOVE a DD: Lambie, Brick, Xenophon, Madigan …

    I guess this is what happens when you’ve got Michaela Cash and George Brandis in your “Inner Circle” and you rely on your wife who’s got bugger-all political experience in Canberra and you’re a dope anyway.

    So if Malcolm gets his DD trigger, must he pull it, or can he walk away from it?

    I am more and more confused about what MT actually wants to happen.

    If the ABCC is passed, and there is no DD, we get an even longer election campaign than at present promised.

    I’m just off down to the shops to get some more popcorn….

  43. C@tmomma

    Itep,
    I thought Muir was on the public record, in a TV interview with the ABC, saying wtte, ‘I will be voting against the ABCC when it comes back to the Senate in April’ after being specifically asked the question due to his previous prevarication? I think it was the day after Lambie declared her position on qanda.

  44. lizzie

    bemused

    I know all that. The theory till holds.

    [Schools have also decided to dump snail mail. Thornbury High School recently stopped posting its newsletter to hundreds of families because the news was old by the time parents read it. ]

    It’s a vicious circle.

  45. C@tmomma

    Itep,
    Glenn Lazarus has been pretty definitive too about not voting for the ABCC but, as you say, he wants to put up FICAC Amendments. But, either way, he’s not voting for the ABCC.

  46. confessions

    [So if Malcolm gets his DD trigger, must he pull it, or can he walk away from it?]

    Technically he can walk away, but having invoked the specter of it and making such a song and dance about a DD he’d look pretty flim flam in doing so now.

  47. don

    bemused@42

    lizzie@8

    The old roundabout: save money by reducing services so fewer people use it, so there’s less profit, so reduce services…


    The spokeswoman also confirmed ordinary letters posted anywhere in Victoria go to Dandenong for sorting, including letters posted in regional towns to someone in the same town. This means something posted in Shepparton takes a 500-kilometre round trip.



    http://www.theage.com.au/national/snail-mail-gets-even-slower-20160317-gnldtg.html

    Nowhere near that simple lizzie.

    email is killing letters and I suspect you are probably as guilty as me.

    The latest is that banks, utilities etc now allow you to get bills and statements over the internet or by email, further reducing mail volumes.

    Mail volumes have simply plummeted and Australia Post has an existential crisis and is being forced to reinvent itself with Post Offices as transaction centres and parcel delivery driven by internet purchases becoming its major delivery business.

    My wife runs an internet plant nursery business, and a container of plants in tubes has been missing, believed lost, for three weeks now. They’d all be dead by this time anyhow. Nobody knows nuffink. The tracking number which she was given at the PO, and has a printout of (one goes on the parcel, they give another to the customer) was determined to be ‘invalid’. The only thing on the tracking service is that the parcel is ‘in transit’.

    She’s just sent a replacement order by courier at her own expense.

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