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Newspoll quarterly aggregates: July-September 2017

Newspoll's breakdowns find the government sagging in Queensland, and regional areas more generally.

The Australian has published the regular quarterly Newspoll breakdowns by state, gender and age cohort, in this case accumulating polling conducted from July through September. Its numbers will be added to BludgerTrack to this week, and the state relativities will become more like Newspoll’s direction as a result. Taking into account that BludgerTrack rates Labor a point higher overall, which the addition of the new numbers won’t change, the distinctions between the two are worth noting: Newspoll has Labor at 52% two-party in New South Wales, compared with BludgerTrack’s 53.0%; in Victoria, it’s 53% versus 54.3%; in Queensland, 54% versus 50.4%; in Western Australia, 53% versus 53.3%; in South Australia, 55% to 58.0%. The other interesting feature of Newspoll’s numbers is that the five capital cities are only recording a 1.1% swing to Labor, compared with 7.7% elsewhere. This has been exacerbated by the latest figures, which reduce Labor by a point in the cities while boosting them by two points elsewhere.

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Section 4 . . . Cartoon Corner

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Matt Golding and some CET rebranding.
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David Pope says it all with this effort.
Cathy Wilcox and THAT fence.
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Peter Broelman has Trump using the ultimate weapon.
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Paul Zanetti and Trump’s negotiation style.
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Nice work from Jon Kudelka on Xenophon’s citizenship and parliamentary footprint.
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Alan Moir and the plight of the ABC.
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Greg Jericho sums it up by saying all Morrison has to do is to sell a GST cut to every state bar one! As usual it’s full of good data.

The sad thing is the state being saved had a Liberal government that squandered the mining boom.

And the amazing thing is turnbull wants to follow.


Section 3 . . .

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Greg Jericho sums it up by saying all Morrison has to do is to sell a GST cut to every state bar one! As usual it’s full of good data.
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From Dangerous Dan Tehan (an absolute Coalition ‘brains trust’)

Cyber thieves hacked into the computer system of a national security contractor last year, the Federal Government will today reveal.

The intruders had access to the IT network for a long period of time and stole large amounts of the defence supplier’s data.

Assistant Minister for Cyber Security Dan Tehan said it was unclear who launched the incursion, but the Government was not ruling out a foreign government.

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So he wouldn’t consider it serious if it was an amateur ‘hacker’ who had then posted the stolen data/information on the internet for anyone to see?



An American academic whose research into behavioural economics showed people do not always make rational financial decisions has been awarded the 2017 Nobel Economics Prize.

It would seem to me that this phenomena might have been noticed before.


swamprat wants honest politicians so does he believe that Abbott is being untruthful about his opinion on SSM?

I think I’ll be scrolling past any further ‘swamprat’ dominated PB sessions.



Where did i say: “all Muslims support these horrifying laws as a monolithic entity; is a stupid idea.”??

I didn’t say you did.

What you said was:

“Oh Please. I was talking about repression of gays in muslim majority counties, given that those are the countries where muslims are likely to “massively control cultural practices”.

I replied to it with:

“It’s a silly idea nonetheless because it predisposes that ‘Muslims’ are a monolithic entity and that by simply being a majority in a country they can exert ‘cultural practices’.”

Then you replied with:

What you say is absolute rubbish. You are obviously a “liberal”.
13 countries have the death penalty for being gay. All happens to be muslim majority country.
Some countroies only publicly whip people for being gay. All happen to be muslim majority countries.

That last reply is implying that predisposing that ‘Muslims’ are a monolithic entity isn’t a silly idea, and this is proven because these majority Muslim countries have these terrifying laws. What I’m trying to say is saying is this implication isn’t true or logically sound.

If this implication does not represent your position, then I apologize.

and what does this horrifyimg justification mean?

“I mean, the LGBT people who live in majority Muslim countries that are subject to these terrible laws are most likely Muslims themselves.”?

It’s not a justification. I am pointing out the existing of (small-l) liberal and LGBT Muslims within these countries to make the following point:

Muslims are not a monolithic entity, and not all Muslims are virulently anti-gay; like how not all Catholics and Evangelical Protestants are virulently anti-gay.


Spanish Inquisition.

So mature.


Night all……..

So other than semantics regarding survey, vote, etc.

And the complaint that there will be ‘willing’ argument about SSM.

And the Labor and Liberal parties are crap …

I still have no idea what swamprat’s ‘revolution’ is about.

The only certain thing I understand about swamprat is that he believes everything in Scotland is better.

I give up!



Oh dear the Spanish Inquisition is here!!!

Fortunately the PB version is modelled on …….



It is designed to pretend the Tony Abbott and other inadequate Liberals have big heterosexiual breeding organs.

You are a nutter but a funny nutter.

But what is the point if people stop reading your comments you are obviously intelligent and well educated why not use your powers for good or do you just want to see it all burn.



The ALP opposed putting rights to a vote.

The government came up with this glorified opinion poll to get around that.

No way I see Labor supporting the Survey. I just see them supporting Yes.


Night all…….. This “troll” is off to dream about “the glorious revolution”, i.e. honest politicians.

Stupid, i know.