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UPDATE: We’re all good again. Thank you for your forbearance, where applicable.

Essential Research is now back in line with Newspoll, with the latest reading of its fortnight rolling average recording Labor with a lead of 53-47 after a one point gain for the Coalition. On the primary vote, the Coalition is up two to 37%, Labor is down one to 36%, the Greens are steady on 10% and One Nation is steady on 8%. Also featured:

• Questions on political donations, including from whom political parties should be allowed to accept them, which records a net positive only from “individual Australian voters”, and heavily negative results for unions, companies (especially foreign), property developers and casinos. Forty-one per cent support a ban on foreign donations to activist groups, with only 31% opposed.

• On the government’s proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act, there is an all but perfect split between strongly support, strongly oppose and no strong opinion either way, following a question that explains the finer detail of the change.

• Fifty-one per cent support and 20% oppose “a carbon emissions trading scheme in the electricity sector to provide more incentive for investing in renewable energy and low-carbon electricity”, demonstrating how much difference including the rationale in the question makes when gauging such issues.

• A question on who should have tax deductibility for donations has churches and religious groups ranking second after “groups that campaign on social issues” at the bottom of the list.

• Respondents were asked which interests were represented by Labor, Liberal and the Greens, and received the responses you would expect, with little change recorded since the question was previously posed in September 2015.

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Greensborough Growler
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Greensborough Growler

The people opposing the use of superannuation to fund the purchase of property.
https://www.buzzfeed.com/markdistefano/everybody-gets-a-house?utm_term=.tqKKvvJzE#.irwBVVRG2

Tom
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A Russian hacker arrested in Spain for hacking US Election.
Spanish police have arrested a Russian programmer for alleged involvement in “hacking” the US election, Spanish press reports have said.
Pyotr Levashov, arrested on 7 April in Barcelona, has now been remanded in custody.
A “legal source” also told the AFP news agency that Mr Levashov was the subject of an extradition request by the US.
The request is due to be examined by Spain’s national criminal court, the agency added.
El Confidencial, a Spanish news website, has said that Mr Levashov’s arrest warrant was issued by US authorities over suspected “hacking” that helped Donald Trump’s campaign.
Mr Levashov’s wife Maria also told Russian broadcaster RT that the arrest was made in connection with such allegations.

Several cybersecurity experts, including Brian Krebs, have also linked Mr Levashov to a Russian spam kingpin, who uses the alias Peter Severa.

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-39553250

Tom

zoidlord
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5. It does not teach young people to save money.

zoidlord
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@Confessions

I disagree with using Super to access to buy our first house is because:

1. that it’s a cheap way for the Government to not spend a cent to resolve the issue.

2. They will act like they done something…

3. It’s lazy policy-act to seem to do something but do not.

4. In my new families case we don’t have much Super in the first place.

don
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bushfire bill @ #2400 Monday, April 10, 2017 at 8:29 pm

It IS laughable. So many here refusing to speak to each other, banning each other’s posts

You are a fine one to talk about banning. What about the club over the road, in which you play more than a token role? There are some here who you have banned.

Confessions
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rossmcg:

My cousin is in his early 30s and also laments his inability to use his super as a house deposit. I can see his point, but I just think using super in such a way is incredibly short sighted.

Blanket Criticism
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I’ve dodged the paternity bullet fortunately Grimace. I was hoping it wasn’t the case as my age still has a two in front of it, but I fear your theory may be correct.

grimace
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blanket criticism @ #2478 Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 1:02 am

Ugh, cricket is the worst!
Pretty annoyed right now that Midnight Oil played a secret show about 10 minutes from my house last night and I didn’t hear about it. I used to think I was pretty hip, having worked in the entertainment industry for a few years. Apparently not anymore.

Now you’re just old Blanket Criticism. You are probably in bed before 9 on Saturday nights too. If you have teenage children just ask them, they’ll tell you all about how uncool you are.

grimace
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cud chewer @ #2475 Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 12:30 am

The best laugh of my day was P1 telling me to shut up because she can’t read my posts!

Blanket Criticism
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Ugh, cricket is the worst!

Pretty annoyed right now that Midnight Oil played a secret show about 10 minutes from my house last night and I didn’t hear about it. I used to think I was pretty hip, having worked in the entertainment industry for a few years. Apparently not anymore.

cud chewer
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Blanket, I find the cricket discussion here utterly mind explodingly boring (and it really does give me scroll wheel finger fatigue). But that’s life..

Blanket Criticism
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To be honest I find the meta debate about how people discuss things here duller and more annoying than the electricity debate.

cud chewer
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The best laugh of my day was P1 telling me to shut up because she can’t read my posts! 🙂

cud chewer
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Including me, of course … : )

I loved being put on your STFU list P1, because it means I can talk to other more sensible people without having to deal with your snark, rudeness and intellectual dishonesty as I used to deal with 🙂 Btw, nyeah nyeah you can’t read this! :-p

Steve777
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Home buyers’ grants are actually home vendors’ grants. Increasing home buyers’ spending power in an inflated and inflating market does more harm than good. Ditto allowing super to be accessed to pay deposits, or reductions or concessions in stamp duty. Tackling the supply side might help, but the basic problem is that the market is plagued by investors seeking tax-preferred capital gains, many from overseas, outbidding people looking for somewhere to live.

Boosting buyers’ nominal spending power will make the coming crash even worse, for buyers, owners and “investors”. The Australian real estate market, at least in our biggest cities, is corrupt, a glorified ponzi scheme.

The state of the housing market practically guarantees a deep recession in the next year or two. When no who doesn’t already live in Sydney can afford to live there, it will collapse in a heap. What can’t continue will stop, one way or another.

Steve777
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“Sporting Nation” is now showing on the ABC, in memory of John Clarke.

He will be sadly missed, a great loss.

On a selfish note, it’s always a bit disturbing when I hear of people about my age slightly older suddenly dropping dead while going about their life. Each day is precious.

Rossmcg
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There is any amount of evidence that concessions for first home buyers in the form of grants and stamp duty concessions are not a good idea.

It just gives them more money to spend and the price of entry level homes rises accordingly.

My son and his partner and both in their early 30s and have already accumulated a reasonable superannuation balance between them that would make a handy house deposit.

He thinks being able to access the money would be a good idea, I am trying to convince him it would not.

Many smarter people than me also think it is a bad idea.

Confessions
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a r:

Except we’re seeing these breaches among micro parties not mainstream parties.

Steve777
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According to Mark Latham in today’s Telecrap, Turnbull is struggling because he’s a radical leftie. Indeed, judging by the tone of the first half dozen paragraph’s (I didn’t bother reading further), he would probably think that Andrew Bolt and Alan Jones are a bit too far left. He has gone sadly off the rails.

Here’s the link http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/opinion/mark-latham-saving-australia-from-the-disease-of-political-correctness/news-story/91e99b33e28c402be434d4139e2589d1

Probably paywalled but the Google trick that jumps “The Australian” paywall apparently works here.

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