42 days to go Friday Night


42 days to go until the election and I think week 2 was a clear winner for the ALP.


Shorten clearly won the debate last Friday Night 


And despite a few hiccups ( Feeny you idiot ) are clearly beating the libs on policy.

The polls though close are in labor’s favour


The coalition train seems to have come of the tracks.



They are running around putting out spot fires like changes to super,the medicare rebate freeze and Mr potato head Dutton. 


So I an pretty optomistic and happy this Friday. I know there is still a long way to go but i,m going to enjoy it while I can. 


Who wants to join me?


882 thoughts on “42 days to go Friday Night

  1. From Mark David – Barnaby Joyce stirs up renewed public enthusiasm for live exports. MUST SEE!

    • There’s one good thing – Barnaby and his big mouth have taken all the attention and no-one is mentioning Fitz’s woeful performance last night.

    • leone

      Why was it so wrong of Barnaby to say what he said? It seems to be quite plausible to me that the Indo govt, thoroughly aggravated, would just let boats full go. Whereas before, they might have stopped many as per some agreement with the Oz govt.

    • Wrong because it was a blatant lie. The history of the live export bans is complicated, but at no time did Indonesia retaliate by ‘sending’ boats.

      No-one has ever mentioned this before, Joyce made it up on the spot (or has heard some red-neck mutter about it before) and his big mouth has now made the Indonesians very angry.

      What might happen as a result? The Indonesians might decide to buy their beef elsewhere, while they keep working on building up their own beef industry.

  2. gigilene

    There are so many things wrong about what barnaby said. The export freeze was only for one month, with the full agreement of lnp, especially the nationals. The other main thing is it is a total insult to Indonesia to say they would allow more boats to come in retaliation. We in the country have a very juvenile government now, and at that time a juvenile opposition, that were just playing politics, without looking at the damage they did and are still trying to do, to our diplomatic relationship with Indonesia.

  3. Labor will not reverse the Abbott pension cuts and removal of the Schoolkids Bonus. The excuse – now they have PEFO they know the government has tripled the deficit (well, derrr – we knew that ages ago, we didn’t need PEFO to tell us) and there is no way they can afford to reverse these decisions, which they did not support in the senate. Shorten and Bowen have been very careful to mention it was PUP and the Greens who supported the changes, PUP for the Schoolkids Bonus, the Greens on the pension changes.

    Bowen has said Labor can’t reverse those changes in just one term, holding out a bit of hope, but they are gone for good. I think Labor is glad to be rid of those expenses. The pension thing was Howard-ear middle-class welfare, the Schoolkids Bonus was to be paid for with proceeds from the now abolished mining tax.

    Bowen says families will still be better off with Labor because they will not go ahead with the government’s plans to cut family benefits.


  4. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/federal-election-2016/federal-election-2016-greens-give-wayne-swan-an-easy-ride/news-story/89a2227ac3c26172d61a0ae63b782a57

    Federal election 2016: Greens give Wayne Swan an easy ride
    The Australian
    May 26, 2016 12:00AM|
    Jamie Walker Associate Editor Brisbane

    Labor’s most electorally exposed MP in Queensland, Wayne Swan, is a surprise winner from a tactical shift by the Greens to lay off the ALP in the battleground state and target Coalition seats.

    The former treasurer and deputy prime minister faces ­voters with a buffer of only 1.3 per cent, but his Brisbane mortgage-belt seat of Lilley is in the second tier of the Greens’ priorit­ies ­behind the Liberal ­National Party marginals of ­Brisbane and Ryan and the Labor seat of ­Griffith, once held by his old boss Kevin Rudd.

    This is in contrast to the Greens’ aggressive pursuit of Labor MPs in inner-city Sydney and Melbourne, especially Mr Swan’s short-lived successor as deputy PM, Anthony Albanese, who is in trouble despite a seemingly comfortable margin.

    Greens strategist Andrew Bartlett said the minor party was keen to lock in a preferences ­exchange with Labor to maxim­ise its chances in what it sees as a three-cornered contest for the seat of Brisbane, its strongest prospect, and also in the Senate, where he is second on the Greens’ Queensland ticket.

    Labor is prepared to deal with the Greens in Queensland in the realistic assumption that the minor party has no chance of pulling a high enough primary vote to run second for any of the state’s 30 House of Representatives seats, putting it in the hunt to win on preferences.

    The CBD-anchored electorate of Brisbane is held by the LNP by 4.3 per cent but was thrust even deeper into play when MP Teresa Gambaro quit unexpect­edly in March and the Greens’ vote surged in council elections.

    Mr Bartlett said the Greens would not be “distracted by getting into a squabble with Labor”, ­acknowledging the tensions that the Greens’ approach “down south” had created with the ALP.

    “I think it harms the Greens brand to be name-calling,” said the former Australian Democrats leader and senator.

    “It pulls us down to where we see the others as being. But I am conscious that people sometimes see the Greens as too holier than thou, and I don’t like us to be like that either. I think we can be a little more respectful and do a little less mud-pie throwing.


    “I am also very conscious that there is a perception among some Labor people that the Greens are coming for them, which I can understand. But I think there is a real misreading down south that inner-city Brisbane is a Liberal ­version of inner-city Melbourne or inner-city Sydney.’’

    Greens preferences saved Mr Swan in 2013 after his primary vote fell in Lilley for the second election running. During the preferences allocation, with only the Greens’ votes to be distributed, he was trailing his LNP opponent by 1815 votes. After Greens preferences were added to his ledger, he came out 2373 votes in front. He finished with a swing of 1.86 per cent against him compared with his 2010 result, which was 4.77 per cent down on his vote in 2007.

    Mr Rudd, back as prime minister for the 2013 election, also ­received an early fright in Griffith but rallied to hold the seat on Greens preferences, though he later resigned from parliament.

    Other Labor MPs who got over the line only with Greens preferences at the last election included former deputy leader and veteran cabinet minister Jenny Macklin in her Melbourne seat of Jagajaga; the retiring Anna Burke in Chisholm, also in Melbourne; and ­Graham Perrett in his Brisbane seat of Moreton, the next-most marginal Labor seat in Queensland behind Mr Swan’s.

    Mr Swan said he would not comment on preference arrangements.

    The warmer relations are likely to result in a tighter deal between the parties than in NSW or Vic­toria, enhancing Mr Bartlett’s prospects of re-entering parliament as the second Greens senator from Queensland behind ­co-deputy leader Larissa Waters while buttressing Mr Swan and Labor’s hopes of picking up ­additional seats in the state. The LNP holds six seats in Queensland with margins of under 6 per cent, making it key to the election calculations on all sides.

    ALP state secretary Evan Moorhead said a preference swap between Labor and Bob Katter’s Australian Party had backfired at the last election because it cut across ideological lines.

    Labor had targeted speculation of a preference deal between the Liberal Party and the Greens in Victoria in attack ads in the north Queensland seat of Dawson, based on Mackay. “Given the Greens aren’t seriously challenging Labor in lower-house seats in Queensland, there is less room for some of the Liberal-Green preference deals under discussion in Victoria,” Mr Moorhead said.

    The needle between the Greens and Labor in the big southeast states has been sharpened by a redistribution that intensified the pressure on Mr Albanese and the suggestion that the Liberals in Victoria might direct preferences to the Greens if they ran open tickets in some marginal suburban seats, rather than preference Labor.

    The Greens in NSW have been buoyed by a strong showing at last year’s NSW general election, where they bagged two state seats contained by inner-west Grayndler and have poured resources into taking on Mr Albanese. His defeat would be a disaster for the ALP, denying it a leadership alternative to Bill Shorten if the Opposition Leader stumbles at the election. Another potential leader, Tanya Plibersek, is also being stalked by the Greens in her seat of Sydney.

    In inner Melbourne, the Greens are pushing Labor in the seats of Batman, where David Feeney is facing a row over undeclared property interests, and in Wills, in addition to defending MP Adam Bandt in Melbourne.

    • Thanks for that link, Leroy, not available to us non-subscribers.

      Two important things. Andrew Bartlett is a far more rational politician than Di Natale and some of the pushier Greens. He offers a lot more common sense, which is why they’ve hammered out a rational approach in Queensland. He is also right that inner Brisbane is not comparable to inner Sydney or Melbourne. So there is less scope for Greens muscle.

      In Sydney the Greens have been able to cash in on the gigantic sellout to developers in projects such as Connex. Labor has been hampered by a long history of the NSW Right doing deals with rent-seekers. Some efforts have been made to purge the worst of those links but the problem will not go away while Eddie Obeid and friends are around. It has become a battle to preserve the inner areas from the bulldozers. Thus it puts at risk both Albo and Tanya, who would be hoping that their profiles can carry them through.

      There are similarities in Melbourne, not perhaps as strongly defined on development issues but with a rapid growth in what was once described s the “doctors wives” demographic. It’s a perfect match to Greens’ proclaimed aspirations, which puts some of inner Melbourne at risk to Greens’ ambitions, which Kroger has cagily manipulated. The Liberals have a lot of power with their preferences here. When Ted Ballieu banned Greens preference deals, it was the end of Greens ambitions in inner Melbourne city area, the same one that had supported Bandt. If the Liberals wanted to be sneaky, they could do the same for Bandt, but won’t because they’d like to get a share of preferences in the outer suburban marginals.

      A deal in Batman seems almost certain, and provided the Liberals gather less votes than the Greens, should unseat Feeney. Given his spectacular own goals so far, that may not be a bad thing.

      The whole issue, however, makes it harder for any truce in the south-east states.

    • Is there really any point basing speculation of what will happen in this election on what happened last time? Labor was in deep trouble last election, thanks to Krudd and his ambitions. Too many people who usually voted Labor voted instead for anyone but Labor. Usually when a Labor voter is a bit pissed off they will vote Green, or maybe, as I did, choose an independent. PUP’s voting figures showed strong support from voters who gave their second preference to Labor. This election those Labor voters are likely to return to the fold.

      This time things are different. The Abbott/Turnbull government is in deep trouble and Labor is almost in an election-winning position, with the campaign barely under way.

  5. Just a small question or four about this Telstra Health being given control of cancer screening records business –

    Aren’t we supposed to be in caretaker mode now? How can this caretaker government award any big contract like that now? Shouldn’t such an important decision wait until after the election? Or have deals been done that make pushing it through now crucial?

    There’s something fishy about this. And who even knew there was a ‘Telstra Health’?.
    Oh, there they are –

    Telstra can’t even keep the phone lines and the internet running up here, so I’m wondering how they will manage this new workload.

    • I hate to be lacking in modesty but I have worked for both Health Insurance Commission and Telstra
      One is agile, the other is lumbering and ammoral in its employment practices and likely to outsource the health records to India

  6. if any of you are wondering just how is it that we end up with anachronistic / imperialistic / simplistic LNP. “colonialist throw-backs” seeking to govern this country, I will attempt to work on a post (of interest) later that I think will explain it…watch this space!

  7. When I expressed the view that the current batch of Greens were unfamiliar with the machinery of government i was reminded that that sort of logic said after 23 years in opposition Whitlam would have been unfit to govern.

    Yes some Whitlam minister’s like Jim Cairns were wet behind the ears
    But Whitlam had access to a frank, fearless and unpoliticised public service, which has gorn!

  8. Liberal warfare in Lindsay.

    Ms Sex Appeal, or as Malcolm calls her, Ms ‘She has an MBA’ has competition. A former Liberal is going to run as an independent in Lindsay because he says Ms SA has done bugger all. He resigned from the Liberal Party the day the election was called.

    Election 2016: Former Liberal nominates against Fiona Scott in Lindsay

  9. Sorry to keep banging on about this topic, but I’m more than furious about the whole thing.

    Thom Mitchell for New Matilda on Baird’s council takeovers.

    Communities Are Right To Be Furious About Mike Baird’s Council Coup

    In the case of the Mid-Coast Council, it appears nepotism was also a key selection criteria. John Turner, a former Deputy Leader of the Nationals, was appointed by fellow National, Minister for Local Government Paul Toole.

    Labor and the Greens have both called for Turner to be sacked. He’s closely linked to the mining industry, yet has been appointed to represent a community famous for resisting coal seam gas. He’s replaced a council that had been battling to stop a coal mine, while receiving pay from at least five coal companies.

    As the beneficiary of the Inner West coup d’état, Richard Pearson is under pressure over his previous place at the top echelons of the Department of Planning and Environment.

    Pearson was at the Department as it rubber stamped the first stages of the controversial Westconnex tollway. That this project was staunchly opposed by all three of the local councils he’s supplanted seems not to have occurred to Mike Baird. Yeah, right.


    How corrupt is that? John Turner is the independent chairman of six (yes, six) mining companies including Glencore, Whitehaven and Yancoal. And Baird puts him in as administrator of an area dead against CSG and coal mining, and an area where Whitehaven has a lot of interest and where Yancoal hopes to extend their open cut mine.

    More on Mr Turner –
    New Super-Council Administrator Accused Of ‘Conflict Of Interest’ Over Coal And National Party Roles

    More –

    What is planned for Gloucester –

    There’s not a damn thing anyone can do to stop this, or any of the abominations Baird’s chosen wolf pack will inflict across NSW. We can’t vote him out until 2019 and the bastard has changed laws that make sure protestors can be arrested and bunged into gaol

    Meetings shut down, people talking about refusing to pay rates, and it’s going to get much worse. The corruption behind the appointments of the new administrators will need a whole new ICAC investigation.

    • I wonder if Baird is doing these things in anticipation of a Federal LNP. victory, which will precipitate a whole raft of forced policies?

    • I don’t know.

      He has been working hard for the past year, since being re-elected, and obviously before then, to set everything up and change all the relevant legislation legislation. It would all have been planned well before the last NSW election, ready for him to pull it all together over the last year. It’s a carefully thought-out plan, but the flaw in his plan is the people of NSW. He was so sure everyone would fall into line, but they are kicking up quite a stink. Never mind though, Baird will just have them arrested and locked up in his new privately-run super-gaol.

    • Sad that I have been put into Eden-Monaro instead of Hume so that I can’t vote for Anus Taylor. Best thing I can say about him is that he looks like he just stepped out of an R.M Williams catalogue.

  10. Beat-up alert.

    The AEC has charged a Labor official. It was referred to them by Labor.

  11. John Clark 2 life times ago as Fred Dagg in 1970s UnZud. speaking about education. When warmed up does some great mangling of literature,poetry,biology,Latin etc much of which will bring back memories of school for Pubsters.

  12. The goose doesn’t know his arse from his elbow

    The Liberal Member for Canning Andrew Hastie has refused to remove photos of himself in uniform from election campaign material, defying a request from the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

    The former SAS officer won the West Australian seat in a by-election in September, however he did not seek ADF endorsement for advertising material.

    But Mr Hastie told 720 ABC Perth he did not believe he had to, even though he remains a standby reserve member.

    “Under section 44 of the Constitution, no Member of Parliament can be a serving member of the Defence Force, and I resigned in August from the Australian Defence Force,” he said.

    “I’m no longer a member of the Defence Force, which means I’m no longer under their authority, I’m the Member for Canning and my ultimate boss is the people of Canning.”


    But your are subject to electoral laws.

  13. 2GB (Steve Price & Andrew Bolt) hosted their Shorten Bus political reporter (whom I am now informed is called Michael Pacci) tonight, to ask him how the campaign’s going.

    The reporter enthusiastically and unreservedly gave the plaudits to Shorten’s campaign.

    He said it was professionally run, considerate of work/life balance (of pollies, staffers AND reporters) and offered more interesting interviews. Interesting because Shorten was asked a lot of curly questions, which he answered with ease.

    He said the Press gaggle is generally very impressed with Shorten and his campaign, and expects much more favourable personal poll results in the weeks to come for Shorten.

    By contrast the reporter suggested that Turnbull’s campaign is stilted and insincere. Turnbull does not seem to have his heart in it.

    This tied in with a focus group company also mentioned on the show. This company published a survey that found Turnbull’s traits to be “arrogant”, “tricky” and “insincere”. There were no real negatives for Shorten, except that it was clear people didn’t really know him. Both Bolt and Price opined that a very long campaign could only work in Shorten’s favour, as punters got to know him better.

    They both seemed to be saying it was Shorten’s campaign to lose.

    Now, of course, both Bolt and Price are Turnbull haters, but the qualitative evidence from the focus group company and the on-the-ground observations from 2GB’s own reporter were very encouraging.

    So while some are all worried about Feeney, Greens v.Labor, and all the rest, “Out There” the people are gradually turning towards Labor (or at least Shorten) , as are the media people who are getting to know and admire him.

    The turn towards Shorten can’t be far ahead of a more general turn towards the party.

  14. People “don’t know” Shorten?

    Perhaps a whole lot of “news” outlets could explain why they haven’t bothered to find out or to give him air space.

  15. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-26/clive-palmer-turns-liberal-wrecking-ball/7449858 article about interview

    http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2015/s4470196.htm video & transcript




  16. tlbd

    The msm, especially the abc, are working very very hard at stopping people ‘getting to know’ Bill Shorten. lnp have had people leaving, resigning, throwing in the towel, and nary a word said, but every day in every way on every broadcast, some bloke called feeney has been treated like he is the worst ever offender of every offense that has ever existed.

  17. It seems we have all missed an exciting event, somehow or other the greens are going win, and spend billions of dollars on this, and a billion dollars on that. And here I was, under the delusion that you had to win 76 plus seats in the HOR, to win an election. All of a sudden everyone is going to vote green.

  18. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    One step closer for Trump – and still no top Republicans will endorse him.
    Jacqui Lambie nicely describes Cory Bernardi!
    Waleed Aly comments on the new age of political dissent.
    Another study shows that house prices will grow at a slightly higher rate given Labor’s NG policy. No wrecking ball.
    Mark Kenny on how minor mistakes can mean a lot, even in a very long campaign.
    Jess Irvine on debt and deficit denial.
    Turnbull had no alternative other than to step in and disagree with Barnaby’s stupid live exports/boats remarks.
    “View from the Street” with Barnaby Joyce and his boats and bovine stupidity.
    And the list of unhappy health groups grows as the news of the contract with Telstra to manage health records comes out.
    Even more on health policy.

  19. Section 2 . . .

    George Negus has had enough of personality politics.
    The NBN elephant in the room rained on Malcolm’s parade. From Urban Wronski.
    Customers rage as Woolworths cut milk prices again.
    Greg Hunt continues to be an embarrassment.
    Oh dear Connie! You’ve upset your party.
    The Turnbull government acts to hid the mess it has made of the NBN. Surely Labor must have something big up its sleeve for the election campaign on this matter.
    Ms Sex Appeal has some competition in Lindsay.
    And Nick Xenophon is planning to oust Abbott from Warringah.
    Stephen Koukoulas gives us an art lover’s guide to the election campaign.
    Greg Jericho puts the sword to “Jobs and Growth”.

  20. Section 3 . . .

    Royal Commission now! Oh, wait . . . .
    This is a worry. A new superbug found in the US.
    Israel moves further towards open racism with the appointment of a new Defence Minister.
    Jennifer Hewett on the increasing use of corporate jargon in politics. Google.
    Edward Snowden explains why metadata is so important to intelligence and other analysts. Very interesting.
    Laura Tingle on the discrediting of Andrew Wilkie all those years ago. Google.
    Our local CFS brigade and many other emergency services were out for hours looking for this bloke. Google.

  21. Section 4 . . . Cartoon Corner

    Alan Moir and the transmogrification of the PUP.

    MUST SEE! David Pope and Malcolm’s trouble with Barnaby.

    Mark Knight and Shorten’s spendometer. (Labor needs to kill this meme off very quickly IMHO).
    Bill Leak with Feeney.
    Mark David and a different sort of live export program.

    A ripper from David Rowe on a political event horizon.

  22. BK

    Israel moves further towards open racism with the appointment of a new Defence Minister.

    It is getting serious when people as senior as these start using the “N” word.

    We can all agree that this is the chain of events in Israel over the last eight momentous weeks: ……………. The army brass is angered by the politicians’ apologia for the killing. This culminates in deputy chief of staff Yair Golan giving a speech on Holocaust remembrance day likening Israel to Nazi Germany and Netanyahu summoning Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, who stands up for Golan. Yaalon is fired/quits, and warns of fascistic strains in Israeli society.

    …………………… And even non-hyperbolic observers– Chemi Shalev of Haaretz — are getting very specific indeed about 1930’s analogies.

    Instead of reining in the radical right, Netanyahu kowtows to it. He may not like analogies to Germany of the 1930s but he might find himself one day being compared to Franz Von Papen or Kurt Von Schleicher, the conservative German chancellors who thought they could rein in the Nazis by coopting them: they were ultimately devoured by the monster they helped create.


  23. Don’t talk about the reef!

    “Australia’s move was reminiscent of “the old Soviet Union”.”

    Australia scrubbed from UN climate change report after government intervention
    Exclusive: All mentions of Australia were removed from the final version of a Unesco report on climate change and world heritage sites after the Australian government objected on the grounds it could impact on tourism

    And Grunt knew nothing, or so they say.

    The Department of the Environment conveyed these concerns through Australia’s ambassador to UNESCO.

    The department did not brief the minister on this issue

  24. Chris Bowen and ScoMo will be debating at the NPC today.

    Shorten being very mischievous this morning, saying –
    “I think it is long overdue for Mr Turnbull to come out and make a brief, unambiguous statement of full confidence in Mr Morrison”

    The thought of ScoMo returning as Treasurer after the election should be reason enough for everyone to vote anything but Coalition.

  25. Rocco Fazzari, former Fairfax cartoonist –

    Is this the end of the political cartoonist?
    The artists and illustrators of Australian media have weathered the disruption of digital technology … until now. As dozens of journalists depart Fairfax, veteran cartoonist Rocco Fazzari reflects on what’s at stake.

    It seems cost-cutting in the modern newsroom has made the cartoonist an easy target, with Fairfax Media recently making redundant dozens of experienced journalists, myself included.

    More are sadly bound to follow, as clickbait fever runs amok and digital metrics fail to register the beauty of a quirky piece of line work or the cleverness of a metaphor.

    We are a slow-moving target in the crosshairs of management.

    Fairfax was the great stable of cartoonists and illustrators; it was the place to work if you aspired to greatness, which is perhaps why my redundancy feels particularly cruel


    We will be seeing a bit more of Fazzari’s work. Nick Xenophon has hired him to do some animated videos for use as campaign ads on social media.

  26. Nice taxpayer-funded scam you have there, Senator X.

    Independent Senator Nick Xenophon bets his house on $2million election payout – if his new party can get enough votes

    Xenophon owns four apartments which are listed as ‘investment properties’ plus business premises,owned by his trust.

    He has a mortgage for the investment properties and has not updated his register since January 2015.

    If his properties are negatively geared we will pay half the interest on his new borrowings. What a sneaky way to get campaign funds.

  27. I’m not so sure about the breast-beating going on about the Fairfax redundancies.

    Fairfax seem to be quite willing to dish out free advice on how other companies should run their businesses. This includes the cartoonists, and especially includes the journalists. There’s always a wagging Fairfax finger ready to tut-tut at the inefficiencies of others.

    Yet, look at the Fairfax business model:

    * A centralized but outdated means of production: print, ink, paper, large machines etc.,

    * News in printed form is by definition at least hours, sometimes many hours, out of date,

    * Poor logistics rely on crazily-driven 2 tonne trucks to deliver this outdated product, while customers must go to effort to access the product,

    * Articles and columns are necessarily short and abbreviated, this legacy requirement being still based on scarce column inches, even when there are increasingly no columns, inches or even paper to worry about,

    * Cult of the guru when those gurus are demonstrably wrong most of the time.

    So, I guess I don’t have too much sympathy for Fairfax. I may even go back and read some of the articles they wrote when GMH and Ford announced their closures. Along the lines of, “Hadda be done. Bludging industries, sucking off the public tit, and anway those workers can be retrained” etc. etc.

    Let’s see how the Fairfax redundees make a living out of being unemployed. That’ll be fun.

    • Fairfax is talking about cutting out the weekday print editions and just having them at weekends, at least for the SMH. Dunno about the rest.

      I won’t care. I haven’t bought a newspaper in over ten years, probably more. The only things they are useful for now are wrapping the green waste before it goes in the green bin, using as packing materials when moving or storing stuff, lining the budgie’s cage, nifty window cleaners and handy floor protectors when doing a bit of DYI.

  28. BB

    Like you I have little sympathy. If any so called ‘journalists’ had done their jobs, not obeyed their master voice, but spoke the truth to the ‘little’ people, many would still be buying their papers.

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