Tasmanian Times

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Economy

NATION: Round 1 to Skink and Snake …

It is the title fight of the century. Skink and Snake, two obscure creatures were thrust suddenly under a national spotlight at Queensland’s Galilee Basin last week when the little Aussie battlers squared off against a pair of slick out-of-towners who had cut up ugly and were about to destroy the joint. What’s this? The referee is stopping the bout? The crowd goes wild; it is on for young and old.

Backers and seconds pitch into the fray. Punches are thrown. In the ensuing melee which rages up and down the country it is impossible to predict the final result. Most punters, however, back the coal to stay in the hole.

One of the many men that are Tony Abbott on the political scene bucks the trend and wagers coal will clean up. Everyone in the world wants our coal. Because our coal is like no other coal; such clean, green coal, he winks.

Only Blinky Bill Shorten, who seems to have coal dust in his eyes, takes an each-way bet. Maybe he’s saving himself for his next appearance before the Royal Commission into Bill Shorten where he will once again be found guilty of being a unionist.

…such quality show trials

Counsel assisting the commission Mr Jeremy Stoljar QC has new documents; new evidence he says quietly and slowly, softening Shorten up, softening us all up, playing on the dramatic irony that no evidence is needed for the commission to do its dirty work. Only the coalition puts on such quality show trials. But Adani is a class act also. Money to burn. And all other peoples.

After four years of digging in, Adani had looked unbackable. The miner bought the port; it owns Abbot Point in Bowen, a port it puffs which has been going for thirty years. Transport is in the bag. It has MOUs from other miners pledging funds. Even Gina and Clive have said they will chip in to pay for Adani’s railway. But there has been the odd setback along the way.

Adani failed comprehensively to make its financial case in response to a Queensland Land Court challenge earlier this year. It was hammered. While it may be a year before judgement is found, it does have the PM and his sock puppet Environment Minister Hunt in its pocket. Surely they’ll come up with something. But no-one expected a skink and snake to do them down.

In a hiding to nothing, dinkum-Aussie-backs-to-the-wall stoush, the quiet yakka skink and his flash looking bushie mate, the ornamental snake outfox not only the wily Adani giants but also one entire Queensland government and a Federal government. Snake and skink backers, the MacKay Conservation Group backers, take a bow.

…abandoned any pretence at governing…

Not that Abbott’s team has its eye on the ball. Last week, MPs abandoned any pretence at governing in favour of bagging Labor over travel and quietly paying back their own misspent entitlements. It was not until late in the week that a story was got up about a greenie, socialist conspiracy abusing the courts to wilfully sabotage progress. Most Australians saw it differently.

Halting the Carmichael mine is a victory for grassroots democracy, a win for the little people everywhere, according to social media, but the Adani mob and their political backers beg to differ.

Sailing close to contempt for the judiciary, Tony Abbott, the number one Adani fan club ticket-holder confects outrage: ‘the courts are being used to sabotage projects.’ He may see himself as Bronwyn Bishop and John Howard’s ideological love child but he ought to have a paternity test done.

Abbott is, or his latest avatar is, sounding more and more like a son of Joh Bjelke Peterson’s with his secrecy, his craven crony capitalism, his over legislation and his bashing of the bench. Not to mention the sensational rorting of his political intimates. President of the NSW Bar Association, Jane Needham SC, spots a link with Joh in Abbot’s weak grasp of the separation of powers.

“The comments demonstrate a lack of understanding of the independent role of the courts in our democracy,” …”the courts are not the servant of the Executive.”

Anyone else would realise he’s way out of line. Behind all Abbott’s blather, however, he is all for changing the rules, over legislating again, to make it impossible to challenge mining on environmental grounds. There’s more than a touch of megalomania.

Shrewdly sidelining Christopher Pyne, whom even Howard wisely refused to give a portfolio, Abbott has dipped into Bronnie’s pin money and outsourced Pyne’s day job, engaging Robert Griew, a $155,000 professional negotiator.

It is an interesting form of perk for Pyne. Doubtless many workers would be happy for the boss to pay someone else to do their job. It begs the question, however, what are we paying Pyne for?

Griew is making inroads with the likes of Ricky Muir, wind energy saboteur David Leyonhjelm and other nut cases of the senate cross bench. Leyonhjelm has been heard in interview boasting that wind farms are done for thanks to the combined power of the cross bench. The mouse has roared. Expect a change of heart on the cost of tertiary education. The environment could be next.

Minerals Council of Australia blowhards accuse opponents of the Carmichael Mine of being ‘politically motivated.’ A Royal Commission into environmentalists won’t, however, be needed this time thanks. With a professional negotiator on the job, the government may sugar coat and sweet-talk an ‘obstructionist’ senate into agreeing with its proposed Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 2013 Amendment. With deadpan irony, The Department of the Environment promises the Senate that the new law will have only a ‘minor impacts.’

Hunt … given complete legal immunity

Greg Hunt would be given complete legal immunity from all future legal challenges to his mining approvals. The law, moreover, would be retrospective even if Hunt’s approval was not compliant with the EPBC law. The Environment Minister would be above the law, a situation which he sees as offering certainty to mining companies which are faced with environmental challenges. Sure will.

Despite his own rule changing, the PM can still keep a straight face as he tells others to play by the rules in his pose as the arbiter of a fair go. He knows what to say. Playing by the rules is virtuous.

“If a vital national project can be endlessly delayed, if the courts can be turned into a means of sabotaging projects which are striving to meet the highest environmental standards, then we have a real problem as a nation,” he said. “We can’t become a nation of naysayers; we have to remain a nation that gives people a fair go if they play by the rules.”

Hypocrisy to one side, every premise in the PM’s case is false. Far from being ‘a vital national project,’ for example, the mine is shunned by financial backers and mothballed by Adani because on current coal prices in an increasingly green market for energy it is a dud. With other markets contracting it will never make money. India is pledged to become self-sufficient in coal in a few years. China, also, will import less. Both, unlike Australia are investing heavily in renewable energy. How could anyone say Adani is playing by the rules?

Adani has grossly exaggerated the benefits of the Carmichael mine even according to its own experts. It promises 10,000 jobs and 22 billion in tax but the facts attest otherwise. Jerome Fahrer, Adani’s economics consultant concedes only 1494 jobs will be created, and there is no guarantee that 457 visas will not be used to help Adani import workers.

…hand-crafted, organic thermal coal…

The outlook for coal is bleak, even for the superior Galilee Basin, artisanal, hand-crafted, organic thermal coal which Abbott spruiks constantly; assuring us is better than any available elsewhere in the world. Adani needs a price of $80 to 100 US dollars a tonne to be profitable. Currently the price is around $60 per tonne in what is a deflating bubble. It may well be that coal reverts to its average of around $30 to $40. A mine that runs at a loss will not pay taxes. Should it make a profit there is every reason to expect Adani to follow its current practice and ‘offshore’ its profits.

Yet our government in Canberra has no stomach for facts. Blind faith and obedience to vested interests and an IPA agenda eclipse any empirical research. The federal government is a sheltered workshop for Howard-era throwbacks, rejects and other, sundry, flat-earthers who seek to take Australia back to a glorious past when all you needed to succeed was a long handled shovel and a miner’s licence. Lang Hancock, recently canonised in a July Australian story hagiography is their patron saint. Strangely it chose to steer around his attitude towards Aboriginal Australians and their land; their mother.

Less circumspect in her own cause is Dame in waiting Gina Rinehart, a partner in another licence to mine in the Galilee Basin. A mate of Tony Abbott, Gina tells the PM what she would like done with mining and minerals policy. Someone has to. With no real energy or environment policy and a reverse Midas-touch in business and finance, the government is desperate to have any mine go ahead, especially Carmichael which carries bragging rights of being the biggest coal mine in the known universe. Abbott can’t wait to blow his bags.

Tony Abbott, named for St Anthony, the patron saint of lost things, clings precariously to his leadership and all week has been manically seeking to deflect damage by rashly committing to root and branch reform of entitlements. It will come back to bite him in the bum.

…six million dollars…

In 2012, his day trip to a Country Music Festival in Tamworth saw him claiming $9347 in work expenses despite not even staying in the city overnight. From 2010 to 2014, as Opposition Leader, Abbott claimed a total of six million dollars, outspending the then Prime Minister, Julia Gillard.

Seriously wounded by his loyal support of Bronwyn Bishop, Abbott, the six million dollar man, is bad-mouthing anyone who dares raise an eyebrow over his equally mad plan to back Adani, one of the most unattractive partners you could choose with its record of bonded labour, child labour, illegal work practices, environmental vandalism and financial shenanigans.

Three Adani-owned companies are alleged by Indian government authorities to have siphoned a billion dollars from Indian shareholders and transferred them into a Mauritius Island account, an allegation the company dismisses as ‘politically motivated.’

Tony Abbott is spruiking the benefits of Adani prosperity but none of the wealth appears to trickle down. One 12-year-old boy from the state of Bihar, is paid 150 rupees a day, about $2.60, to carry drinking water to the workers. He said he worked 12 hours a day, and had only Sundays off. But he does get to work on Shantigram a luxury apartment Adani is building on the outskirts of Gujurat. Bet he can’t wait to pay for Adani coal-fired electricity Abbott says will lift him out of poverty.

According to the Prayas Centre for Labor Research and Action in Ahmedabad, Adani gets around paying fair wages by outsourcing labour to many contractors. It is not unknown here.

…less than 230 rupees per day…

“Almost one fourth workers are getting less than 230 rupees per day [$4], the minimum wage for unskilled construction workers in Gujarat,” the report said. “Another 29 per cent of workers are getting between 231 and 300 rupees per day [$5.30] … the lowest wage rate reported was 130 rupees per day [$2.30].”

Notorious in India for their exploitative work practices and disdain for local ecology and environment, Adani is the darling of the deluded right wing rump which calls the shots in the coal-fired Abbott government, a government with a cargo cult attitude to prosperity. We will all be rich when multinational companies can freely dig up our minerals, destroy the environment, and rip off our taxation system by transferring their profits offshore. Coal is good for civilisation.

Australians with other ideas are stooges of conspiracies, saboteurs, wreckers, as prime paranoiac and craven panic merchant, Abbott rants:
“Let’s be under no illusions the carbon tax was socialism masquerading as environmentalism”.

‘Not my stuff up,’ work experience boy Greg Hunt huffs from the brig, ‘and Captain Abbott makes all the decisions. And it is really only a tiny, weenie, hitch. Adani will be back in the saddle as soon as Hunt can change the rules and obtain 16 billion dollars of new financial backing. The pokies industry takes 15 billion a year. It owes them a favour.

Hunt had failed …

Skink and snake had been left out of environmental minister Greg Hunt’s plan, causing the Federal Court to decree progress on the Carmichael dam must cease forthwith, a verdict which also cut off its money supply. Hunt had failed his obligation to properly consider all endangered species.

A mere technical detail, said Minister Hunt, downplaying the project’s mortal wounds, in a trademark Monty Python Black Knight dismissal which he also applied to news the Commonwealth Bank would no longer sponsor Adani Mining, leaving the firm Buckley’s chance of stumping up the 16 billion required to fund not only the mine but the rail and everything else to make it all work, or to use another government- buggered buzz word, its ‘infrastructure.’

Adani has responded by sacking or redeploying most of its 50 Brisbane staff. Of course, the firm is big enough, wealthy enough to redeploy these employees any time they need. At present, however, regardless of skink and snake’s last stand, the Carmichael Mine will not go ahead until it can convince sceptical financiers that it can make a profit. Nor will any other mine in the area get the green light.

All depends on Adani. And unless the Indian miner can make a convincing financial case, all other blandishments and exhortations from Prime Ministers and governments state and federal will be to no avail. And if Blinky Bill Shorten could get off the fence; shake the coal dust out of his eyes. Even Bill would agree, it is not about the environment or the ecology, in the end it is whether the other mob can make a quid out of us.

But that won’t stop the finger-pointing, the name-calling and the witch-hunting. It’s one of the laws of political survival: ‘When something goes wrong find someone to blame.’ Makes a wonderful diversion, too. Expect a lot of it in the next few weeks.

Nicholas Reece*, Fairfax: How Australia’s cartel-like political parties drag down democracy Labor, Liberal and the Greens – they have all contributed to the deplorable state of our politics. *Nicholas Reece is a principal fellow at Melbourne University and a former Victorian secretary of the ALP and policy adviser to Julia Gillard, Steve Bracks and John Brumby.

Andrew Wilkie: A statement regarding political donations I welcome media scrutiny of my parliamentary business. Politicians should be prepared to face the community and explain themselves. But the inference in The Australian newspaper today that I’m somehow corrupted by donations from maritime freight and labour interests is false and defamatory. My interest in maritime matters is entirely unsurprising considering Tasmania is an island reliant on the sea. I’ve been equally active on Tasmanian aviation and airport safety …

• Basil Fitch in Comments: And the latest Morgan Poll reflects the last few weeks in Canberra:- ALP:- 57% (up 3%)..L-NP:- 43% (down 3%) …

• Des in Comments: A new low in government depravity – A 70 year old disabled Vietnam war vet (had been) sitting in villawood Detention Centre waiting to be kicked out of Australia because he committed some minor criminal offences, related to his PTSD sustained as a result of his war experiences. It should be Abbott sitting there in his place. If you want to sign the petition you can find it here …

THURSDAY August 13 …

Guardian: Trade union royal commissioner Dyson Heydon billed to speak at Liberal party fundraiser Former high court justice Dyson Heydon, the man overseeing the royal commission into trade union corruption, has been listed as the keynote speaker at a Liberal party fundraiser, casting doubts on his impartiality. The revelations sparked uproar in federal parliament, with Labor seeking to suspend normal business to move a motion declaring Heydon could no longer conduct the royal commission. “He is conflicted, he is biased, the royal commission is a farce,” the manager of opposition business, Tony Burke, told parliament. Heydon was slated to deliver the Sir Garfield Barwick address on 26 August, an $80-a-head fundraiser for the the lawyers and legal policy branches of the Liberal party of New South Wales. But on Thursday morning, the royal commission released a statement saying that Heydon had pulled out …

FRIDAY August 14 …

SMH: George Brandis slaps down Scott Morrison over proposal to hold same-sex marriage referendum

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11 Comments

  1. mike seabrook

    August 14, 2015 at 12:14 am

    how can anyone criticise mr wilkie

    this man has done more for tassie than mr harradine achieved or anyone has achieved apart from eric reece and alan knight in the hydro development years

    the wilkie memorial hobart hospital was promised by gillard in return for renting his votes in the past parliament, and for kicking the libs.

    unfortunately he was not successful in his other main interest of sticking it to the pokies promotors and operstors who are deliberately and malliciously blighting the lives of his constituents.

    what i cannaot understand is why the abbott government is paying up on gillard’s promise to wilkie, rather than spending the est. $500 million on buying votes for the libs elsewhere

  2. Robin Charles Halton

    August 13, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    I say Scott Morrison for PM.
    Scott is only one of a few straight shooters in the Parliament often speaks with an air of his own independent thought within the constraints of the Liberal Party policies.

    Abbott cannot be trusted he is not sincere about anything the Australian people care about anymore. Abbott has religious hang ups, nothing unusual for Catholics but he should leave it behind while acting as our PM.

    The Liberals are divided and face a uphill battle within, mainly over the style of Abbott’s leadership which is undermining trust and worth by our elected government.

    Gay marriage, coal, Bronwyn Bishop, Nauru and Dyson Heydon.

    Bill Shorten is no angel but I would suggest that it is no longer valid for Dyson Heydon to continue with the cruxifiction of the Labor leader.

    Fund raisers organised by the Liberal Party are now their greatest curse.

  3. Stan

    August 13, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    How long did it take for the Expenditure Fiasco involving hundreds of thousand of dollars of public money, to be swept under the rug? It’s off the front pages and relegated to insignificance now that the Airborne Articulator has been dethroned.

    Welcome onto the stage please ladies and gentlemen, The Rainbow Army.

    As it has been proven by the 6 hour marathon meeting of the party room, whereby the thoughts and feeling of the participants were freely and democratically aired without fear of having their political aspirations and,or, future promotions put in any kind of jeopardy whatsoever.

    A threat, that, has not been seen on these shores since Time Immemorial, and cannot be ignored because of it’s clear and present danger to this great nation.

    This issue has not been, in any which way, whatsover, confected to distract you, and it must be brought forward into the consciousness of the populace!

    The concern given to this Rainbow Army threat is of paramount concern and the national alert may well be moved to a much more distressing level and an extremely alarming colour code.

    In addition to the above possible catastrophe, there has also has been an egregious breach of “non classified documents” instigated by the Death Cult, known as Daesh, and it was thought, even though it was probably discovered weeks ago, that this dastardly peril should be brought to the public attention post haste.

    Furthermore, not in any way trying to waylay thoughts of any other briefly significant fiscal occurrence, the possibility of Team Australia sending the Australian Airforce into the Syrian Conflict arena is being mooted, the legality of which is being vigorously thrashed out with compassionate urgency, as the Syrian conflict is such a new and urgent situation.

    Reports of a white whale off the eastern seaboard has been brought to the attention of the Border Force and for reasons of National Security, it cannot be confirmed or denied that they are monitoring it’s progress, as to enter Australian waters without the proper documentation for any reason, is after all, as we have been instructed by our government, illegal immigration.

    So heartening to observe our Federal representatives keeping a weather eye
    on the critically important things and not being distracted by frivolities and witch hunts !

  4. Des

    August 12, 2015 at 10:31 am

    A new low in government depravity – A 70 year old disabled Vietnam war vet (had been) sitting in villawood Detention Centre waiting to be kicked out of Australia because he committed some minor criminal offences, related to his PTSD sustained as a result of his war experiences.

    It should be Abbott sitting there in his place.
    If you want to sign the petition you can find it here:

    https://www.change.org/p/tony-abbott-he-s-a-disabled-adf-veteran-with-ptsd-he-doesn-t-deserve-to-be-deported-after-serving-our-country?utm_source=action_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=3671

  5. Claire Gilmour

    August 11, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    How embarrassing for Greg Hunt re same sex marriage.
    As per … http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2015/s4291521.htm

    GREG HUNT said …
    … “But we have at our heart [the Liberals] the notion of a conscience vote that any member at any time can choose to cross the floor.”

    “… we have a right of conscience … And each member can use it on any occasion. That’s not lightly done, but it’s an opportunity that exists with us…”

    “… It was each member doing exactly as you would hope and voting individually …”

    “ … This parliament is exactly as it should be. …”

    And what would that parliament ‘exactly’ be?

    The Prime Minister being an apparently self elected style of President …. (in cahoots with his dictator Abetz)?

    What chance in hell, or even heaven on earth, has the average citizen got against a wing nut flying in the face of his own front bench men if they dare to cross him?

    Tony Abbott said … “If a frontbencher cannot support the party’s policy, that person has to leave the front bench”.

    Lotsa ‘conscience there, hey Liberal party.

    Just goes to prove, once again, party politics isn’t about being constituents representatives, it’s about toeing a party line.

    Buckle up … it’s going to be a wild ride … time to abort the Abbott and Abetz

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mc5V51_kpw4

  6. Stan Brusch

    August 11, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    Ah, isn’t it a true wonder that as soon as the parliament resumes they spiral off into a faux passionate debate about gay marriage. The subject having thrashed out before, public polls taken and the consensus being that the majority of Australians want the Parliament to get on and pass legislation to allow gay marriage.

    Whoopee do! The Liberals had a 6 hour party meeting to decide on how their members should be allowed to vote , en masse or as a personal conscience vote.

    That meeting drew the attention of the media, to the farce and had them waiting on tenterhooks for a result.
    Then the PM, comes out and has a press conference, says virtually nothing we didn’t know already, there were mumblings about a plebisite,and nothing would be done in this term of parliament, although he was wearing a dark blue spotted tie,and that WAS a revelation

    Meanwhile, back a the ranch; THE COUNTRY IS STILL BEING THE VICTIMS OF LARCENY !

    Suey Piggies, Suey Piggies, come hither and make sure that there is no detritius left too visible for the trough inspectors to find and beat us around the head with.

    Oh let’s have a root and branch enquiry, let’s not comment on anything to do with this FRAUD until the commitee comes back with their recommendations.
    Let”s treat the populace like the North end of South bound Camels.

    Would one be skeptical to presume that the committee findings will take a loooong time, and that when announced it will be done so at a time when it will get
    lost in some confected issue, to hide or suppress discussion.

    I now name every rasher of bacon I consume, 2 slices of Bronny and a couple of extra Burkes to pop in the fridge for later enjoyment, and if I buy in bulk I put it in the $500 thousand dollar Office Fit Out tupperware container. The double smoked rashers are dubbed Hockeys and the honey smoked are Pines. Makes

    brekky an interesting exercise for choice !

    Please don’t forget readers,,keep up the justified fight, they are, after all, your quids they are squandering !

  7. Basil Fitch

    August 10, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    And the latest Morgan Poll reflects the last few weeks in Canberra:-
    ALP:- 57% (up 3%)..L-NP:- 43% (down 3%)

    “In early August L-NP support has slumped to 43% (down 3%) cf. ALP 57% (up 3%) after controversial Speaker Bronwyn Bishop resigned following a series of extravagant travel expense claims. Liberal backbencher Tony Smith (Victoria) has today been elected as the new Speaker to replace Bishop. If a Federal Election were held now the ALP would win easily.

    Primary support for the ALP has increased to 37% (up 1.5%) while L-NP support is down 2.5% to 36.5%. Support for the Greens continues to rise – now at 15.5% (up 0.5%) – the highest Greens vote for five years since August 2010, Palmer United Party 1% (unchanged), Katter’s Australian Party 1.5% (unchanged), while Independents/ Others were 8.5% (up 0.5%).

    This week’s Morgan Poll on Federal voting intention was conducted over the last two weekends, August 1/2 & 8/9, 2015, with an Australia-wide cross-section of 2,930 Australian electors.

    Roy Morgan Government Confidence Rating

    The Roy Morgan Government Confidence Rating has dropped 5pts to a record low of 86pts this week with 48.5% (up 2%) of Australians saying Australia is ‘heading in the wrong direction’ and 34.5% (down 3%) saying Australia is ‘heading in the right direction’.

    Analysis by Gender

    Analysis by Gender shows a majority of both genders now supporting the ALP. Women: ALP 60.5% (up 4%) cf. L-NP 39.5% (down 4%); Men: ALP 53.5% (up 2%) cf. L-NP 46.5% (down 2%).

    Analysis by Age group

    Analysis by Age group shows the ALP still with its strongest advantage among younger Australians. 18-24yr olds heavily favour the ALP 67% cf. L-NP 33%; 25-34yr olds also heavily favour the ALP 63.5% cf. L-NP 36.5%; 35-49yr olds favour the ALP 59.5% cf. L-NP 40.5% while 50-64yr olds now favour the ALP 53.5% cf. L-NP 46.5% and those aged 65+ narrowly favour the L-NP 51% cf. ALP 49%.

    Analysis by States

    The ALP now has a two-party preferred lead in all 6 Australian States. Victoria: ALP 60.5% cf. L-NP 39.5%, South Australia: ALP 59% cf. L-NP 41%, Western Australia: ALP 57.5% cf. L-NP 42.5%, Tasmania: ALP 57% cf. L-NP 43%, Queensland: ALP 54.5% cf. LNP 45.5% and New South Wales: ALP 54.5% cf. L-NP 45.5%.

    The Morgan Poll surveys a larger sample (including people who only use a mobile phone) than any other public opinion poll. The Morgan Poll asks Minor Party supporters which way they will vote their preferences. *News Corp’s poll does not measure or reference the PUP vote!

    The Morgan Poll allocated preferences based on how people say they will vote – allocating preferences by how electors voted at the last Federal Election, as used by News Corp’s poll* shows the ALP (54.5%) cf. L-NP (45.5%) – for trends see the Morgan Poll historic data table.

    Gary Morgan says:

    “
    “In early August L-NP support has plunged 3% to 43% cf. ALP 57% (up 3%) on a two-party preferred basis following the resignation of Speaker Bronwyn Bishop. This is the Abbott Government’s worst two-party preferred result since Tony Abbott survived an ‘almost challenge’ in early February as Parliament resumed sitting for the year. At that time the Morgan Poll showed the ALP 57.5% cf. L-NP 42.5%.

    “The travel expenses scandal surrounding several Federal MPs was not the only worry for the Abbott Government last week. A widely publicised ABS unemployment release last week showed Australian ABS unemployment rising 0.2% to 6.3% (closer to the Roy Morgan real unemployment rate of 8.7% for July) and substantial falls on the Australian All Ordinaries Index last week wiped billions of dollars off the markets – and in particular Australia’s ‘Big Four’ Banks. The Australian All Ordinaries Index closed at 5,681.90pts on Tuesday and fell by more than 200pts (-3.7%) to close last week at 5,472.30. There has since been a slight recovery in markets today.

    “The worrying trends of rising unemployment and falling share-markets have clearly impacted strongly on Australian electors with the Roy Morgan Government Confidence Rating plunging to a record low of 86 (down 5pts) in the past fortnight as an increasing number of Australians, 48.5% (up 2%) say Australia is ‘heading in the wrong direction’.”

    Electors were asked: “If an election for the House of Representatives were held today – which party will receive your first preference?”

    Visit the Roy Morgan Online Store to browse our range of Voter Profiles by electorate, detailed Voting Intention Demographics Reports and Most important Political Issue Reports (all 150 electorates ranked by an issue).

    Finding No. 6387 – This multi-mode Morgan Poll on Federal voting intention was conducted via face-to-face and SMS interviewing over the last two weekends August 1/2 & 8/9, 2015 with an Australia-wide cross-section of 2,930 Australian electors aged 18+, of all electors surveyed 3% (unchanged) did not name a party.” Basil

  8. john hayward

    August 9, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    The Carmichael mine saga has some wonderful interlocking ironies in being ostensibly blocked by the presence of two humble and innocent creature often used by humans as metaphors for the most despicable aspects of human behaviour, while being promoted by a politician who brilliantly epitomises those qualities.

    What the Gummint sadly lacks is a contrast with the sane normality that would their give brand of deadpan reality farce a greater comic punch.

    John Hayward

  9. TV Resident

    August 9, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    I heard this interview in AM on the ABC. Hunt just kept repeating himself and blaming the opposition for any faults. I honestly don’t know how Michael Brissenden kept his temper, I was getting angry with G.Hunt constantly talking over Michael Brissenden just to repeat the same rubbish he had already stated.

  10. Chris

    August 9, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    Just listen to C.Hunt and the ineffectual interviewer.
    http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2015/s4290041.htm

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