Australia Votes 2019: Part 4 – South Australia and Western Australia

South Australia

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Western Australia

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We are rapidly approaching the last of Gippsland Laborite’s incisive reviews of the nation’s HoR candidates. Thank you again and again!

One more analysis to go – then the final vote.

284 thoughts on “Australia Votes 2019: Part 4 – South Australia and Western Australia

  1. Thanks Leone for your Dirty Coal video

    I have handed out HTVs at pre-poll. The early voters tend to be over 65, actually many over 75 with mobility problems – they baulk at steps. Some old dears vote Labor and others literally have a blue rinse.
    The importer of a famous sports drink (personalised number plates) only collected ALP HTV – I guess he knows when his customers have higher disposable income

    In Malvern the Liberal voters are doubling down, hardening their resolve, showing extreme hostility to Labor & Union t-shirts

    Concern has been expressed about the 3 weeks of pre-poll in inner Melbourne electorates because as they are tight contests the result might not be known on election night and thus unavailable for 2 weeks

  2. Today’s video – from Cairns.

    Some very rude and aggressive journalists today.

    The MSM keep hammering away about the cost of Labor’s climate plans, despite about a zillion announcements about why there can be no costing.

    Why don’t these dopey journalists ever ask FauxMo about his total absence of policies and his total lack of any costings at all?

    Another question that keeps coming up -“Why won’t you tell us who will be your Home Affairs minister?’.

    Easy answer – Shorten will wait until after the election to see who he has.

    Why won’t they ever ask FauxMo where all his ministers are? The ones he has left, that is.

  3. Just listened to a Please Explain podcast from the SMH & The Age which touched upon the importance of Mrs Morrison & Mrs Shorten to the election campaigning. the analysts said that wives humanise the husbands because if they adore their husbands then that rubs off

    Now I am biased, but I look at Chloe have a speaking role at the Labor launch and she looks like the sort of woman I want my nieces to be
    I have heard that Morrison doesn’t want to be photographed with sportswomen because his church says that women must wear skirts below their knees and long sleeve blouses, I see Jenny smiling shyly at the edge of every photo op and her role in life is not what I want for my kith & kin

    • “wives humanise the husbands because if they adore their husbands then that rubs off”

      I’m not sure I appreciate this opinion. Why should a woman “adore” her husband in order for him to become “human”. Makes no sense. And it’s diminishing either of them.

    • they were lady commentators and I thought their analysis was facile & wrong

    • The story about Morrison believing women should wear long sleeves and skirts below the knee is a myth. I think it started when someone tweeted a link to an alleged dress code for one particular version of the Pentecostal church, it said something about women dressing that way and, of course, everyone just accepted it without question.

      Jenny Morrison is often photographed wearing plunging V necklines, sleeveless tops and off-the-shoulder dresses. Just do an image search and see what you find.

      Here’s the now infamous white sneakers shot –

      I believe she dresses the way she wants to dress. Her style seems to be soft, floaty, very feminine clothes in pastel colours.
      As for the sports thing – FauxMo didn’t seem to have any problem with all the bare legs and uncovered knees in this photo –

      Maybe he’s just not interested in female sports persons or women’s sport. I’m not either, and I’m not a member of his cult. Maybe he’s scared of being photographed beside super-fit women because it will highlight how pudgy and unfit he is.

      Let’s just say it like it is, he’s a genuine,certified Male Chauvinist Pig. His religion might have a bit to do with that, his church does like women to devote themselves to their families, a continuation of the old 19th century “Kinder, Kirche, Kuche” idea, and does expect women to be subservient to their husbands because “the Bible says”.

      I’m wondering if Jenny Morrison will have to say a few words at the Liberal launch or will just be a silent but decorative background accessory. I don’t think we have ever heard her speak.

    • The most disturbing thing about that photo – Tony has been lurking around outside primary schools in his electorate high-fiving kids and accosting their parents.

      There’s a name for old men who lurk around school gates. Usually the police are called when one of them is spotted. .

    • And isn’t he looking old? He has shrivelled up like some old orange peel.

      Julia has done so much better. She has gone onto great things, with an international presence, and she looks and sounds fabulous.

    • I couldn’t get beyond the rictus grin. All this time in politics and he still hasn’t learnt how to present a natural smile. He looks like someone has just shoved a dagger in his buttocks.

  4. I will be handing out HTVs at the prepolls next week, in the Makin electorate. I am doing a bit of armchair warrior stuff, counteracting misinformation on social media, and linking the ALP policy web-page. I cannot doorknock but I can stand to do HTVs.

  5. And again …

    The Liberal candidate for the Northern Territory seat of Lingiari, Jacinta Price, is again under fire for using social media to post anti-Islamic content, and for dismissing an Aboriginal man for being “white”.

    Price’s remarks surfaced following similarly offensive comments directed at her by a Greens candidate, during increasingly bitter campaigning in the federal election.

    This week, Price called for the Greens’ George Hanna, who is also Indigenous, to stand down after he shared a post on social media describing her as a “coconut” – a highly offensive term implying an Aboriginal person is “white on the inside”.

    • “Coconut” is a highly offensive term when used in reference to an indigenous person. It implies they are brown on the outside but white inside.

      Keating called Howard a ” little desiccated coconut”, which has a very different meaning.

  6. It might be highly offensive but the term ‘coconut’ seemed to be bandied about pretty freely in politics when i was in Darwin some time back.

    • In NZ using the term “coconut” risks a good smacking in the head. Derogatory term for Pacific Islanders.

  7. Well, did 4 hours letter boxing here in Bean for Katy Gallagher before the rain set in for the day.

    A nice walk really, my biggest complaint is the size of the leaflets, why can’t they make them a size that fits into letter boxes easily. The are too wide for the slots and each one has to be folded before posting. Glad I wasn’t letter boxing for Mr Smith, his are almost A3 size. Next election I am going to suggest that all the leaflets should be postcard sized.

    Another area to do tomorrow morning, then some pre-polling next week, then rest calls I think 🙂

  8. Plenty of talk around regarding a purported late swing to the ALP. I’m naturally suspicious of this sort of talk. I suspect what’s happened is that the rabid pro-Liberal reportage hasn’t done the trick for Morrison, and now the media narrative is being forced to swing back in line with the reality. The mood all campaign has been that of a desperate Coalition fighting vainly against a composed and confident ALP. And just based on where and how Morrison is campaigning (stacks of ‘safe’ seats, shy of media scrutiny whilst freely available for photo ops, and generally on his lonesome) as opposed to how Shorten is campaigning (plenty of interviews, and supported publicly by his team), the inference is that things are dire for Team Liberal.

    We’re not hearing it that way ‘officially’, but it’s certainly being implied. I’ll be very interested to see what the late polls do. If they move back to the ALP, I’d regard it as a correction rather than an actual movement. Because nobody I’ve been in touch with is talking about the campaign persuading them either way. Minds seem to be made up out there.

  9. The journalists are still doing their very best to trash talk Shorten.

    Like this, from Andrew Probyn –

    As you can see from that thread he copped a few truckloads of criticism.

    Two hours later he came up with this – possibly implying that Hewson lost in 1993 because he didn’t do a speech at the NPC.

    On the other hand, there was this (good on her) from Katharine Murphy –

  10. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    It’s worth using the Google trick on the following string to see Paul Kelly’s article in which he says Shorten is ready to govern. He concludes that the budget plan released yesterday closes the circle on Labor’s strategy to achieve three goals — a better budget surplus, huge social spending properly financed and a tax redistribution with a limit on the overall increase in taxation.
    Michael Koziol reports that Murdoch’s former chief lieutenant in Australia, Chris Mitchell, says criticism of News Corp’s political reporting from current and former journalists is “worth thinking about”, amid outrage over the media empire’s election coverage.
    Ross Gittins says we shouldn’t trust pollies to tell us the truth about tax.
    More from Gittins as he writes that the gains in Australia’s economic performance have been hit by setbacks in health and education.
    David Crowe writes that Labor is asking Australian voters to endorse a hugely ambitious tax agenda that could be cut to shreds in the next Parliament even if Bill Shorten becomes prime minister.
    Paul Bongiorno explains how the tide turned for Shorten last week. He says the odds are Morrison soon will be consigned to the museum along with Australia’s other political dinosaurs.
    Labor has challenged the Coalition to back its competing plan for tax cuts should Bill Shorten become prime minister, amid a dramatic shift by the Reserve Bank of Australia that throws doubt over the key economic and wage forecasts underpinning the budget.
    Eryk Bagshaw explains how Labor’s $32 billion plan to tax the ‘top end of town’ will hit 10 per cent of taxpayers.
    Michael Pascoe tells us how the RBA has just tprpedoed Frydenberg’s budget.
    The SMH editorial says that Bowen’s promise of surplus will be hard to fudge.
    Laura Tingle reckons there was a tectonic shift in the campaign debate last week.
    Colin Kruger tells us how Labor’s Cayman Islands adventure is igniting the base, but business is worried.
    Mike Seccombe doubts that the Nationals are still the party pf the bush.
    Elizabeth Knight says that that the big question for the Liberal Party is how it would spend the three years of another term in government. The Coalition has promised the status quo, with tax cuts. The tax cuts are, in effect, merely the “handing back” of taxes collected through the stealth process of “bracket creep”. When it published its list of legislative priorities last week, it revealed a work program that could be concluded in a few weeks of parliamentary sittings. Labor, on the other hand . . .
    According to the AFR Chris Bowen has put his colleagues on notice by warning them not to ask for more big spending measures should Labor win the election.
    Reaction to a savage attack on Labor leader Bill Shorten suggests something may be changing in News Corp’s Australian newspapers. Gay Alcorn asks if News Corp has gone too far this time.
    And Amanda Meade has her say on it by writing on hoe News Corp’s army of apologists are defending the ‘Mother of Invention’ attack on Bill Shorten.
    In a wide ranging one-on-one interview with Karen Middleton ahead of next week’s election, Bill Shorten has proposed he would, if necessary, set up a new regional processing facility in Papua New Guinea.
    The Saturday Paper’s Danielle Wood writes that if there is one economic theme that has emerged during this campaign, it is that Labor is throwing out the rule book. The Coalition, though, is sticking to the usual script.
    Adele Ferguson goes into detail in explain what wages theft is.
    Katharine Murphy writes that Morrison has done better than Turnbull or Abbott in the left-right balancing act but one area poses big problems – climate change.
    Peter Hannam tells us that the restart of Sydney’s desalination plant is proceeding faster than expected, helping to slow the drawdown of the city’s reservoirs amid the ongoing drought. The $2.3 billion plant, which resumed operations in January, has been supplying water to Sydney’s network for about six weeks. Production is now between 300 and 400 million litres per week.
    According to Karen Middleton the funding for many promises in this election campaign appears to be coming out of government grants with vague criteria. She concludes by saying “Ethics, like much of the funding criteria, can be subject to a broad interpretation.”
    The “strong economy” promised by Scott Morrison is far from anything the nation actually needs or grounded in reality, writes Peter Henning.,12659
    Angus Taylor’s promise of a 25% cut in power prices has been absolutely torn apart,
    Labor’s target of having half of all new car sales electric by 2030 is ambitious but not impossible as cheaper vehicles hit the Australian market.
    Peter Hartcher writes thanks to the ACCC Telstra and Optus will now get to sit back and watch the chaos surrounding the future of Vodafone and TPG. And capitalise on it.
    Michelle Grattan writes that focus groups are suggesting Wentworth is embracing Phelps, but Sharma is being helped by a fear of Labor.
    This summary of the testimony from an 84 year old resident to the Aged Care Royal Commission really puts some perspective into the industry,
    In a superb and heartfelt contribution Elizabeth Farrelly explains why news of a Christian-Muslim alliance sent a chill up her spine.
    Doug Dingwall reports that Labor has flagged a move towards public service-wide bargaining and a reversal of the Coalition government’s combative treatment of bureaucrats on pay and conditions.
    When Clive Palmer bought Queensland’s Coolum Resort in 2011, it was one of the country’s top luxury resorts. Today, it stands eerie and abandoned, with its residents and shareholders urging voters not to put their faith in the United Australia Party leader.
    Paula Matthewson examines some of the claims put out in the election campaigns.
    The discretion of the big banks to shape their own lending decisions is being tested in court, with ramifications for investors, home buyers and the economy.
    Tim Ferguson on how the Coalition has become a party of one.
    The CEO of LJ Hooker writes that i n the eyes of commercial property stakeholders, the leadership of whoever takes The Lodge after Saturday, May 18, will be levelled at one issue – the credit squeeze curtailing national investment and business growth.
    And for your morning purgative Christine Forster has written a piece imploring Warringah to re-elect her brother Tony, “the greatest political campaigner of his generation”.
    Burger giant McDonald’s will soon start paying out tens of millions of dollars in higher wages to its employees after it finally agreed to pay weekend penalty rates to its young workforce. Maccas, one of Australia’s biggest employers, also faces a claim for back pay that, if successful, could be worth more than $200 million to its predominantly young and low-paid employees.
    The chances of the UK staying in the EU are as high as 30% as the country would be likely to reject Brexit in a second referendum, the president of the European council, Donald Tusk, has said.
    Trump is digging in for protracted fight with China, saying the tariffs will make the US stronger.
    Rarely, or perhaps never, has one 148-word statement said so little and yet conveyed so much, not to mention highlighted so many hypocrisies for right to lifers and those on the ‘Trump’ side of the political spectrum. This is a cracker.
    Will America EVER wake up to itself?
    These days some of the decisions on the Archibald Prize leave me bewildered. 2019 is one of those occasions.
    These two brothers have earned nomination for “Arseholes of the Week”.

    Cartoon Corner

    Another cracker from David Rowe.

    And he has a nice portrait of the shadow cabinet for us.

    Alan Moir excoriates four of our favourites.

    From Matt Golding

    Michael Leunig on social inclusion.

    John Shakespeare.

    Jim Pavlidis thinks Shorten is playing Morrison.

    A couple from Sean Leahy

    Jon Kudelka and the RBA raining on the parade.

    From the US

  11. If you ever needed proof Australian political journalists all operate through some sort of hive mind then today (and yesterday) is your proof.

    Shorten responds to Murdoch lies about his mother and suddenly journalists (even some of the Murdoch ones) are falling over themselves in the rush to tell us the campaign has changed, just since Thursday.

    They have ignored or trashed every Labor announcement, everything Labor has done, have spent months telling us Shorten is unpopular and boring, praising FauxMo and treating him like some sort of jolly uncle, then suddenly, within minutes of one presser on Thursday they tell us,things have changed.

    Where the bloody hell have they been?

    the explanation for this sudden about-face is simple – they finally realised they have been backing the wrong horse and are desperate to swap almost at the end of the race.

    How much more of their drivel do we have to tolerate?

    Totally overlooked during the horse-change kerfuffle was this, from the ABC Fact Check people. They ran their Fact Checker over Shorten’s claim $77 billion in tax cuts will go to the top end of town under Morrison’s plan.

    They found the claim is not only justified but Shorten and Bowen have underestimated that cost to the budget.

    Fact Check: Will $77 billion worth of Coalition tax cuts go to people earning more than $180,000?

    The $77 billion figure he cites is an underestimate according to two leading tax and economic modellers consulted by Fact Check.

    Their analyses, using tax and welfare models similar to Treasury’s, found that, over a decade, taxpayers earning more than $180,000 a year would receive between $88 billion and $89 billion under the Coalition’s tax plan.

    Both experts confirmed that the Coalition’s tax measures would reduce the progressivity of the tax system

  12. it’s the same old story, Leone. The press gallery mostly run propaganda for the Right – ranging from gung-ho cheerleading to discreetly looking the other way when something damaging to the Lib/Nats turns up (hi Katharine Murphy – and others). They know they do, they do it for self-preservation mostly, but they’ve been dressing it up in noble rags for so long it’s become instinct rather than deliberate behaviour.

    Either it works for the Libs or it doesn’t. If it does (2010, 2013), the press gallery just carry on as if they had nothing to do with it, it just happened by itself. But when it doesn’t (2007, this year) they know they have to do an inelegant 180 degree turn at some point. I suspect they’ve known for a while the way this election has been trending, but while the possibility of a shift in public sentiment was still feasible, they carried on. Some have taken the events around Shorten this week as their cue to jump ship. I don’t think all of them have yet. It should be complete by the middle of next week.

    Those bracing themselves for an all-out Murdoch attack on Shorten in the last week can forget it, it won’t happen. News Corp has conceded. What will more likely happen is that shortly after the election is settled and Parliament has resumed, the attacks on Shorten will re-start, and will be relentless. They have more scope when the ALP are in government, because they can actually point to policy and government activity and call them failures. The bar will be set extremely high for Shorten, and they’ll be telling us he’s fallen short every single day. So be prepared for that.

  13. Well goodness!

    A journalists has finally woken up to the bleeding obvious – FauxMo is keeping his minister for the environment in a cupboard, or a dungeon, somewhere she cannot be seen or contacted.

    Her absence and silence has been a major social media topic for weeks now.

  14. Restoring funding for the ABC is today’s topic.

    The ABC is going to take a lot more than funding to fix. The place needs a clean-out somewhere on the scale of the Augean Stables. It is riddled with right-wing shills and balance, as far as their TV and radio services go, was abandoned years ago.

  15. I can’t keep up with the videos today –

    From the Espy, with Tony Burke, launching Labor’s National Cultural Policy – Creative Australia.

    Sound is crappy for the first few minutes.

    • I have Facebook running all day, I use it as a news feed and follow a few political sites and politicians as well as other stuff I’m interested in.

      I have not seen any of these ads, not one.

      Maybe the hand-wringers and bed-wetters need to learn how to manage their Facebook page, or maybe someone is making up crap. .

    • There are smaller versions of this on corflutes along at least one major road in Canberra (Belconnen Way). Can’t see any “authorised by” on them but I only drive past.

    • the thing about Facebook is that it directs News into your feed that reinforce your prejudices/world view

      the complaint is the Facebook say they have no history of what news items are directed at each individual user.

      The most reliable metric of whether someone was homosexual was whether they like a particular song

  16. I have my feet up recovering from a 4 hour stint handing out HTVs in Malvern

    Kelly O’Dwyer was there as were corflutes quoting her analysis of the Liberals, “Misogynist, Homophobe, Climate change deniers”. Got a photo

    Chatted to a Price Waterhouse Lib who had worked in Canberra who expressed disgust at the COALition bringing coal into Parliament. The booth was swamped with Libs, some lasses were so old and doddery that the organiser should have quietly suggested they go home. Forgot to ask the Liberal organiser when he thinks they will start counting pre-poll, well actually he will know because he has to supply scrutineers.

    The result in Higgins, Kooyong, MacNamara will not be known on election night because the seats are close and everyone likes to attend pre-poll. After the shock of the state election many Liberal voters have doubled down and attitudes have hardened

  17. The election coverage on SBS and ABC TV news is absolute rubbish. Their favourite thing is to talk to voters. I have not the slightest interest in any particular voter’s opinion.

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