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Essential Research: 54-46 to Labor

As Labor picks up a point, Essential Research finds Nick Xenophon, Derryn Hinch and Jacqui Lambie to be more popular than Pauline Hanson, David Leyonhjelm and Cory Bernardi.

Labor picks up a point in this week’s reading of Essential Research’s fortnight rolling average, which did not allow the Easter long weekend to interrupt its schedule. The major parties exchange a point on the primary vote, with Labor up to 37% and the Coalition down to 36%, while the Greens and One Nation hold steady at 10% and 8% respectively.

Also included are approving ratings for cross-benchers Senators, which I like to think they asked because I suggested it to them a few weeks ago, and it’s turned up the finding I was fishing for when I did: namely, that Jacqui Lambie, at 32% approval and 30% disapproval, is more popular than the overrated Pauline Hanson, at 32% and 48%. Still less popular are David Leyonhjelm, with 9% approval, 28% disapproval and a forbiddingly high “don’t know about them”, and Cory Bernardi, whose respective numbers are 10%, 34% and 41% (“not sure” accounts for the balance). At the top of the charts is Nick Xenophon, at 35% approval and 25% disapproval, followed by Derryn Hinch at 35% and 27%.

The poll also records 38% support for allowing superannuation to be accessible when buying a home, with 50% opposed, and has a suite of questions on the American intervention in Syria: 41% approve of last week’s bombing with 36% opposed; 37% say they would support US ground troops being sent, with 39% opposed; and 31% saying they would approve of an Australian contribution, with 50% opposed.

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There is a new thread.

zoomster
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OK, what gives? The last comment I can see is from 7.11 pm last night. I’ll post this to see if that reboots the thing.

adrian
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Just got home to see Mal the super Magnificent playing statesmen with another fraud.

This will be lapped up by all media outlets and surely be worth a couple of points in Newspoll in conjunction with the Aussie first crap.

C@tmomma
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Surely not? My comment at 4.51pm can’t have been the last one!?!

C@tmomma
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If Malcolm Turnbull had an original idea his head would explode:

‘The PM Has Ripped The “Australian Values” Play Straight From John Howard’

https://www.buzzfeed.com/markdistefano/nationalism-is-back?utm_source=bbf_enau&utm_term=.dm76AM3PX#.owl0YoB3N

grimace
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bemused @ #1012 Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 1:48 pm grimace @ #982 Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 11:58 am bemused @ #944 Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 9:54 am zoidlord @ #899 Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 7:27 am @bemused, Which pretty much the same for a lot of public transport in NSW… Redfern is one, usually up to 5 minutes lates, no Disabled access, no elevator, lots of people in peak hour traffic. Yes, it seems all Australian cities have under-invested in public transport over many decades. But I would argue Melbourne in worse than Sydney in that respect. I am not familiar with other capitals so can’t offer any opinion. I’ve lived in 4 states. At least in areas where there are trams and trains I found Melbourne’s public transport to be the best in Australia. I have no experience of buses in Melbourne. Melbourne could talk to Perth about their SmartRider with a view to substantially improving Myki though. I don’t have a personal grievance as I have the good fortune to live reasonably close to a station on probably the least congested line in the Melbourne system. It also has a bus hub so there are busses a plenty! I try to view it as a system and that is where it fails. The railway system is entirely radial with all lines converging on the CBD so those journeys are OK except for peak hours overcrowding. But non-radial journeys are a different matter. Not so bad in the inner suburbs where there is a reasonable tram network, but further out the only option is busses. The State Govt / PTV have partially addressed the problem with the 901, 902 and 903 ‘orbital’ bus routes which stick to main roads and are fairly direct. Other bus routes are fine if you are not going very far or time does not matter to you. They just wander around back streets all over the place. My thought on this is that it arises from trying to serve two needs. Cross suburban travel and local short distance trips. I don’t think it works very well. I see the need for the suburban rail system to break out of its current radial straight jacket to facilitate reasonably swift cross-suburban travel in a network such as is seen in many overseas cities. This is a very long term project, but the… Read more »
Boerwar
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Meh.
A job snob is a job snob is a job snob.
We have around 760,000 job snobs snobbing around 10 job vacancies.
They are slackarses living high and mighty off the hard-working negative gearing property mogul Australian Coalition MP working families who are snow jobbing…
Oh, wait.

bemused
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lizzie @ #1047 Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 4:11 pm

Bemused
“Get over yourself.”
You sound just like MTBW. Chuckle.

It was an appropriate usage.

grimace
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c@tmomma @ #989 Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 12:19 pm Speaking about The Lolstralian’s topic du jour today, that being ‘job snobs’, can I just call bullshit on it? My son, who is long-term unemployed, through no want of trying, has been hoping his (Private) Job Provider could provide him with a job, any job, so he could start earning. He’s done his learning, he trained in an area of expansion in the job market. So what’s the problem you may ask? Where we live. On the Central Coast of NSW, now that the federal government and NSW Coalition State governments have defenestrated TAFE and Public job training opportunities, as mentioned above, a giant pool of unemployed and underemployed young people has been created. Do you think they care? Of course they don’t because it creates pressure on those who are employed to accept any wages and any conditions, or else they’ll be sacked and someone who does want to work for that pay, and those conditions, will willingly take their place, because up here a job, any job, is better than the stultifying boredom of joblessness. Also, if you don’t take a job, any job, which is offered to you then your Youth Allowance or Newstart Benefit is cut off immediately, for a minimum of 6 weeks. So there’s no ‘Job Snob’ about it. The Australian has gone into the Fake News business. But I guess you knew that already. I call bullshit on it too. Its the type of bullshit that is peddled by people like Turnbull and Porter who have never had a job in their lives which wasn’t in some way, shape or form facilitated by family, friends or the old boys network. They have zero experience of having to get a job via traditional means of responding to a job and then going through the interview process as a cold contact, so they have no idea what it is like to be on the receiving end of any combination of (WTTE): – No response to a job application – You are underqualified – You are overqualified – You lack sufficient experience – You have too much experience – Someone like you would not want this job – We’ve considered all the applicants and while your experience and qualifications are suitable, we don’t think you’d be a good fit for our organisation When you look at… Read more »
lizzie
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Bemused

“Get over yourself.”

You sound just like MTBW. Chuckle.

Puff, the Magic Dragon.
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Puff, the Magic Dragon.

The SA Chapter Knees Up has two new acceptances, and one is from a newbie to the Chapter. Tehehe, are we going to have fun with him or what? Oops he might be reading this.

bemused
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zoomster @ #1042 Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 3:54 pm

‘BTW, you can travel from Box Hill to Eltham but it takes either 2 bus routes or a bus and a train. Elapsed time between 47 and 55 minutes…’
Duh, yes, I know. Not the point.
I didn’t choose the example at random.

It is an excellent example of cross suburban travel.
It is something impossible by rail alone without very long diversions.
Ideally, this would be possible by rail with busses used only for short local routes – feeders to the rail system.

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briefly @ #981 Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 11:56 am

Grimace
Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 11:34 am
confessions @ #933 Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 9:28 am
WA Labor pre-selected women for marginal-yet-winnable seats all over WA at the recent election, with excellent results.
http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/wa-election-2017-new-female-mps-set-wa-parliament-record/news-story/2ca9999629f51f476ec54fc95fd47118

Thanks for posting that, I hadn’t seen it. Women being 15/41 in the LA and 7/14 in the LC shows good progress.

zoomster
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‘BTW, you can travel from Box Hill to Eltham but it takes either 2 bus routes or a bus and a train. Elapsed time between 47 and 55 minutes…’

Duh, yes, I know. Not the point.

I didn’t choose the example at random.

Al Pal
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Britains Labour Party is about to be reduced to a size where they could hold their caucus in a phone booth.
Tony Blairs New Britain is dead. Corbyn’s support at the far, far left of the rank and file stops exactly there. Middle Britain and a heap of ordinary labour voters will vote for May.
It will be a vote in a generation.

Confessions
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Ides:

Well you can count me as happy if the Conservatives are tipped out, not that it is looking anywhere near even possible at this point.

poroti
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What dill arse world do the journos live in ? Over the last couple of weeks they have told us Truffles has “increased pressure” on Russia and then China, as if either of them would even notice let alone care FFS . Now hey presto they roll it again. The mighty Truffles again reminding Johnny Foreigner just who is in charge 🙂

‘The eyes of the world’: Turnbull ups the pressure on Beijing

http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/prime-minister-malcolm-turnbull-ups-pressure-on-beijing-as-us-vicepresident-mike-pence-reaffirms-bond-20170422-gvq98s.html

bemused
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zoomster @ #1032 Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 3:23 pm

I don’t think the test of a public transport system is whether it takes people everywhere they might possibly want to go. It would almost be impossible to design such a system, and it would almost inevitably be unnecessarily expensive.
Most people living in the city want to go to the CBD, so it makes sense that that’s where most public transport should also be focussed.
The number of people, for example, who want to travel from Box Hill to Eltham by public transport would be minuscule. Of course, if you did improve transport between those points, it would increase – but the question would be whether it increased enough to be worth the cost.

Classic straw-man argument.
Have a look how Singapore’s rail network is laid out.
Sure, you can’t go everywhere directly point to point, but there are lots of intersections of tracks at stations where you can change from one line to another readily. With only one or two such changes, you really can go pretty much from anywhere to anywhere.
BTW, you can travel from Box Hill to Eltham but it takes either 2 bus routes or a bus and a train. Elapsed time between 47 and 55 minutes.
The outer limits of suburbia in a very sprawling city will always be problematic.
One really good thing PTV have done is make an app available on iPhone or Android. The Journey planning function is brilliant and has taught me ways of getting around I have never thought of. The Box Hill to Eltham information is from it.

Confessions
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Fantastic New Rules to coincide with Earth Day.
https://www.facebook.com/Maher/videos/10154632731092297/

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