Australia Votes 2019: Part 5 – Tasmania and the Territories

Gippsland Laborite’s final summation for Federal Election 2019 – the smallest (but, of course, most important) regions. You have the admiration of many (I hope all) Pubsters for your extraordinary efforts, GL. Again, many many thanks!


145 thoughts on “Australia Votes 2019: Part 5 – Tasmania and the Territories

  1. Q&A
    Monday 13th May at 9:35 pm (66 minutes)
    Election Countdown: In the final week of the campaign, Liberal frontbencher Simon Birmingham, Deputy Labor Leader Tanya Plibersek, Greens Leader Richard Di Natale and Independent candidate Helen Haines face questions from a Melbourne audience.

  2. Since I don’t watch TV anymore, I wonder if the Liberals have been running ads by the fake tradie again like in the last election? The one that said that it was okay to have one or two investment homes and that people should give the Coalition another chance?

    If not, I wonder if it’s because this time in the auditions he was whining that it was okay for his self-retiree parents to spend government funded franking credits on a million dollar yacht or something even though they paid no tax and that the Coalition deserves yet another three years?

  3. I’m posting this because city people do not realise just how vicious National Party election campaigns can be. No policies, just mud-slinging and lies. Typical Nats campaign. Rob knew it was coming, last Friday he spoke about this week being “mud bucket week” and urged his supporters to stay positive.

    Funny though, when the Nats have no competition, like this year’s NSW election, we never hear anything from them. They only roll out the filth when they face stiff competition.

    I don’t watch free-to-air TV, so I miss all this rubbish.

  4. Blimey, anyone who had any doubts that the ABC has gone to the dogs would doubt no longer after hearing who Q & A have got lined up for next weeks panel.

    Dog, spare me. that would have to be the poorest lineup just after a potentially far reaching Federal Election that i could ever imagine.

    • You are joking, tell me you are joking. I cannot stand Alan Jones for longer than ten seconds. He has no business being on our National Broadcaster. Jones is a Sydney and surrounds toxic sludge and we do not want it forced onto those Australians who do not live in NSW.

      Why give that man who denigrated and vilified PM Julia Gillard so shamefully, a national presence?

      Looking at you Ita Buttrose!

  5. The other 3 channels wouldn’t have to put up much of a program to compete against Q & A next week I would reckon.

    What a missed opportunity to give the program some respectability & regain some viewers which they have lost due to turning it into an election propaganda platform for the LNP.

    This household will definitely be having an early night next Monday straight after Media Watch.

  6. I do like that new Labor ad. They seem to mostly hit the mark with ads that are timely & on the mark compared to the Libs who continue to rely on dirt & negative ads to get them over the line.

  7. I voted pre-poll at Portland last Saturday 11rg May, the first day for Wannon in Portland, although Warrnambool had been opened since 28th April, I went just after 8am and the queue-up was almost as bad as election day.

    Labs Libs and a Green were in force. At first I saw a red Poster with Bill Shorten featuring. It was only when I got close that I realised this was a Liberal negative stunt about the Tax agenda. I had a closer look at it. There was no authorisation on it, as required under the AEC act. I told the Lib people they couldn’t display rgat without an authorisation on it. I also told them, as they tried to give me a brochure that I couldn’t vote for a party that was corrupt. (Rather outspoken by my standards). I told the ALP people and they must’ve told the Returning Officer. He was out there soon after.

    The rest of the experience, even speaking with the Greens lady was a lot more pleasant. Was nice to put Alex Dyson as my 2nd preference. I followed Leone’s advice to vote in the Senate below the line. I went beyond the 12 required, stopping at about 18.

  8. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Shane Wright tells us that a $500 million plan to help first-home buyers into the market did not go through cabinet and has not been modelled for its impact on property prices, as experts warn the policy will struggle to meet its objectives. Now who would have thought?
    And Elizabeth Knight explains why the big banks don’t care about this first-home buyer stunt.
    The AFR says Morrison’s first home buyer plan is flawed.
    Greg Jericho is scornful of the scheme.
    The brutal truth on housing is that someone has to lose in order for first homebuyers to win.
    David Crowe reports that in a new campaign on wages, Bill Shorten intends to scrap the federal government’s submission on the minimum wage and lodge a new proposal to boost pay packets as soon as July 1 under a Labor government.
    Jacqui Maley writes about John Howard’s zingers while in Warringah.
    Ross Gittins trumpets that a new federal government needs to release its econocrats from the ever-more dubious proposition that nothing in the economy has changed and we’ll soon be back to the old normal. The Treasury has become highly politicised, he says And the RBA is going along with it.
    Shane Wright sort of agrees.
    Andrew Leigh expounds on Labor’s plan for office.
    Richard Denniss iso of the opinion that reducing the disposable income of high income earners, who save a lot, and spending more on nurses and child care workers, who spend the most, will boost GDP.
    Here’s a comprehensive guide to the policies of the major parties.
    Neil McMahon reviews last night’s Q and A. I think I mage the right decision to give it a miss.
    Former Victorian A-G writes that after this election there will be a brief window for a constructive national dialogue aimed at redesigning our federal system to improve delivery of services and better align responsibilities and powers across that system.
    David Crowe tells us that Julia Banks is preparing legal action against conservative group Advance Australia after it branded her a “bully” in an advertising campaign across the crucial Victorian seat of Flinders.
    Labor’s $1.5 billion plan to “unlock” Northern Territory and Queensland gas would create far more emissions in Australia than Adani’s coal mine, making it much tougher for a Shorten government to meet the nation’s Paris climate goals.
    And Nicole Hasham reports that Labor will not commit to topping up the Green Climate Fund, suggesting it may ditch the foreign aid measure despite the urging of Pacific leaders.
    Dana McCauley writes that Labor’s promise to fix the aged care system would cost billions of dollars, the peak body for the sector says as Bill Shorten approaches the May 18 election with questions hanging over the price tag for the party’s reforms.
    The AFR reckons we have an election with a South Australian sting in the tail.
    Modelling by BAEconomics that has been used to attack Labor’s climate policies is a “complete outlier” according to an analysis of more than 20 other recent modelling exercises on the effect of higher climate targets on the economy and electricity sector.
    Scott Morrison has credited his government with having “saved” the Great Barrier Reef, a claim rejected as “ridiculous” by scientists, environmental groups and the Queensland government.
    According to Sam Maiden Labor believes it has finally found the “killer ad” to prosecute the Liberal Party’s inaction on climate change and connect with younger voters in the final days of the campaign.
    The buck apparently doesn’t stop with Pauline Hanson, as the fallout from her party’s latest scandal rolls on, led by the misogyny of the men she picks to represent her. Chloe Koffman explains.
    The Labor and Liberal candidates in Chisholm, a crucial Victorian seat both have connections with organisations supported by the Chinese Communist Party.
    A great dummy spit from Peter FitzSimons on Clive Palmer.
    Yesterday more horror stories emerged during the aged care royal commission.
    Cara Waters with yet another franchising rip-off.
    Fury over water allocations has led irrigators in south-eastern Australia to file a class action in the New South Wales supreme court, seeking $750m in damages from the federal government’s Murray-Darling Basin Authority.
    Swedish prosecutors will reopen their rape investigation into Julian Assange.
    Sam maiden tells us that welfare groups have slammed a “scare campaign” by real estate agents across Australia, who are warning tenants that Labor’s negative gearing policy will send rents soaring and lift the unemployment rate.
    The imminent publication of a definitive catalogue of celebrated artist Brett Whiteley’s work has cast doubts over the provenance of another of his paintings, in a fresh scandal that could wipe millions from the value of some art investments. Some investors will get their fingers burnt!
    The US/China trade war is looking ominous.
    Peter Hartcher writes that Trump has China on the defensive.
    But Stephen Bartholomeusz says markets are confused, unable to decipher whether last week’s trade negotiations between the US and China have broken down irretrievably or whether it’s just another hiccup in the process.
    This reporter had not been barred from attending a public meeting in two decades of journalism but it finally happened. Michael West reports on the sneaky push to exempt a Chinese-owned tax avoider from the National Gas Rules and foist a $2.7 billion cost onto Australian gas customers while opening up vast new tracts of land for fracking.
    Today’s nomination for “Arsehole of the Week” goes to a heavy from The Finks.

    Cartoon Corner

    Cathy Wilcox sees through Morrison’s housing scheme.

    As does David Rowe.

    And David Pope!

    Pope has a good crack at Palmer.

    From matt Golding.

    Two contributions from John Shakespeare.

    More apt poetry from Mark David.

    Zanetti couldn’t go for long before pulling out the CFMEU thug.

    But this one’s reasonable.

    Nice work from Alan Moir on News Corp.

    Jon Kudelka and the housing policy.

    From the US.

  9. Jon Faine ABC Melbourne 774 on Mornings has just interviewed Paul Keating who was clear

  10. I picked up a how to vote card at Lisa Chesters office in Bendigo yesterday, the Reps section is easy and self explanatory, the Senate is clear as mud and I reckon will result in lots of Labor voters voting informal in the senate.
    All the correct information is there but it’s just so jumbled up it’s confusing to me and I know how to do it properly.
    Your eye is drawn to a big box right in the centre to put a one in the X column, there’s also a red arrow on the top left telling you to put a one in the group X box and pointing down to the big box, nothing pointing back up to the top right telling you in a smaller font to number five more boxes. There is a red box below that telling you to number at least 6 boxes above the line but I would say it is just lost in the jumble.
    Peoples eye will be drawn to that big centre box, they will do that and stop.

    My wife is in and out of hospital at the moment with chemo side effects, too late now to do a postal vote, thought she was going to be fit enough to do the vote on the day, if she gets well enough we will try to get her to prepoll.
    I was hoping for both of us to be able to do a decent below the line, I certainly will but I might just leave her to follow the how to vote card, easier in her present state.
    I am hoping that electoral officials will do the hospital if we can’t get out but gee it’s difficult to find out for sure.

  11. We are in desperate need of a federal ICAC. This is blatant corruption, following on from the ATM government’s politicising of the CSIRO.

  12. From Burnie – “Vote for change, end the chaos and properly fund Hospitals – vote Labor.”

    Bill is very skillful at handling the media. he’s clearly not taking any crap from them, but does it politely. He will make a brilliant PM.

  13. FauxMo’s church teaches women must always be submissive and obey their husbands because “the Bible says” and they take everything written in the Bible as the real, actual word of their god.

    The requirement for women to be submissive does not extend to political allies, it never should. Someone should tell FauxMo.

    FauxMo illustrated both the Liberal Party’s women problem and the extent of his religious indoctrination yesterday with this incident.

    The video is here – it’s even worse than the photos.

  14. I handed out HTVs in Makin yesterday afternoon. People came in ones and twos a few times there were about a dozen lined up. There was one AEC staffer to cross names off and give out the voting cards but the staffing was quite adequate.

    About half took HTVS. Most of those took both. There was a nice lady handing out for the Libs but none for any other candidates.

    There was only one who expressed a negative reaction, saying he would not vote for Shorten. The ones that took only Labor or Liberal were about even in numbers. Voters were across the range of ages.

    Myself and the Lib volunteer had a good two hours chatting about things other than politics, looking at photos of grandkids and dogs.

  15. Against my better judgement, I’ve been having a look at poll bludger and the level of defeatism from some commenters there is just ridiculous. It’s like before the 2018 midterms where some people felt so burnt by 2016 that they couldn’t permit themselves to believe that the Democrats could win.

    Anyway I spent a few hours at pre-poll in Traralgon had a fair few people who only took Nat HTVs, to be expected for a safe Nat seat, also Chester showed up and did his everybody’s mate schtick to everyone who passed.

  16. Need a schadenfreude fix ? Well here ya go.
    ……….with allegations the save Jim Molan camp is taking volunteers from the save Tony Abbott camp.

    In messages seen by The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, an Abbott supporter labelled Senator Molan’s campaign “sAbbottage”. Another member of the party’s state executive said Senator Molan “may very well cost us a marginal seat”.

    “There is white hot anger at the ringleaders – Walter Villatora, [Mr] Burke, John Crawford, Jeff Hudson – who are helping lead the campaign,” the source said.

    “They’re all based in Warringah and their unauthorised campaign is confusing voters. These are people who claimed to support Tony but who may now cost him the seat.”

    Senator Molan said claims his campaign would undercut Mr Abbott were “absolute rubbish” because his volunteers were also allowed – and encouraged – to hand out how-to-vote cards for Mr Abbott and other lower house candidates.

    Meanwhile, Mr Abbott’s volunteers have been asked not to hand out for Senator Molan.

  17. From my inbox –

    Labor made history when I was sworn in as Australia’s first female Prime Minister, and this election there is the chance to make history again.

    If Labor is elected on Saturday, we will be the first national government in the history of Australia with 50 per cent women.

    What an incredible achievement.

    For too long, decisions which affect women have not been made by women. We need to make sure that changes, but we can’t do it if our female candidates aren’t elected.

    Can you donate today to help get our wonderful candidates elected?

    Imagine how proud you will be to be able to say you had a hand in Australia’s first ever Government with 50 per cent women.

    But first we need to get out there with our message to make sure voters make the right choice.

    There is so much at stake this election, from cheaper child care to action on climate change. Only Bill Shorten and Labor can deliver this, and that will only happen if we all dig deep.

    That’s why today, I’m asking if you’ll be part of history by being part of the campaign for a truly representative Federal Government, one that will deliver a fairer Australia.

    Make History

    Thank you,

    Julia Gillard

    • Hi Julia! Great to hear from you and always happy to help Labor! Look forward to seeing more of you soon in whatever capacity! Meanwhile just a memory from back then……….and of course we can be proud again with all those lovely Labor women in the team. Mind you, the blokes don’t do a bad job, either!


      J is for Julia and the Joy she gave.
      U is for Us, so Useless to save
      Labor while staying Loyal to her,
      In spite of our Instinct that never
      Again could we Australians be so proud of our name.

  18. FWIW. I don’t take Roy Morgan’s face to face polling too seriously, still, its data.

    May 14 2019 Finding No. 7975

    The last face-to-face Roy Morgan Poll before the election shows the ALP regaining the initiative and pulling away from the L-NP with an election winning two-party preferred lead: ALP 52% cf. L-NP 48%.

    The increase for the ALP came through an increased primary vote at the expense of the Greens according to the final face-to-face Roy Morgan Poll of the Federal Election and indicates the chances of Australia electing a hung Parliament this weekend have diminished.

    Primary Voting Intention

    Primary support for the L-NP was unchanged at 38.5% this week but support for the ALP increased by 1.5% to 35.5%. The ALP gained support from the Greens, down 1% to 10%.

    Support for One Nation was unchanged at 4% and support for Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party (UAP) was unchanged at 3.5%. Support for Independents/Others is down marginally by 0.5% to 8.5%.

    In a worrying sign for the L-NP Government the Roy Morgan Government Confidence Rating has dropped 6pts to 93 this week with 44.5% of electors (up 3.5%) saying Australia is heading in the ‘wrong direction’ and only 37.5% (down 2.5%) saying Australia is heading in the ‘right direction’.

  19. Just did our quarterly 800klm round trip to Geelong. Saw the phon ‘I know what you’re thinking sign’ approaching Melbourne. It is real. I just thought it was a twitter meme. Exhausted. Rest day tomorrow.

  20. Hmmmm –

    Yesterday Barnaby showed up in Cowper and “helped” the Nats campaign at Nambucca.

    A few hours later the Nats candidate for Cowper, Patrick Conaghan, came out with a daft idea to dam the rivers in the electorate and pump the water west over the mountains. It is a bizarre reworking of the old and discredited Bradfield Scheme which proposed doing the same thing to rivers in far north Queensland to replenish Lake Eyre. (It had nothing to do with the Murray-Darling system.)

    Presumably this brainfart was suggested by Barnaby who has been campaigning for such a system for yonks. He is, of course, desperate for more water to sell to his cotton-growing mates out west. He also has an obsession with demanding more dams be built. You don’t need to try too hard to work out where Conaghan got his daft idea.

    The Nats candidate lives in Port Macquarie. We have just been placed on Level 1 water restrictions here, the drought has meant our local council has not been able to pump water from the Hastings river for months. Normally that water is pumped into the shire’s big Cowarra Dan and from there into the Port Macquarie town dam, but levels in both have dropped rapidly since Christmas hence the restrictions.

    I presume other councils in this electorate will soon be looking at water restrictions too.

    The rivers in Cowper are fine as they are, damming them will destroy livelihoods and communities along the rivers, but what would Conaghan and Barnaby care about that when they can make a quick dollar by flogging off vital water supplies to inland, overseas-owned mega-farms and award dam-building contracts to their mates.

    How corrupt, how stupid do you have to be to become a Nats candidate?

  21. Thanks everyone for all the info for the last two days. Watching tv, very boring usually I read twitter and stuff, couldn’t believe the political ads, very nasty from the lnp, couple of good ones from Labor. It’s great living in a non winnable seat, hardly see any, except palmer ones.

  22. Leone

    Yep, agree, as I said I just thought it was a twitter meme, can’t believe it is real and that someone would actually put such a huge sign up like that, and it was HUGE.

  23. From Amy. PLEASE let it be so.
    . At this stage. From what I am hearing from Queensland, the Clive Palmer preference deal isn’t playing over well (much like the One Nation preference deals in some of the state elections recently)

  24. From what I can tell, the number of pre-pollers is getting bigger every day. 4000 yesterday alone. I think I also saw the 20% of Victoria have already voted.

    There’s been discussion about the place as to why so many are pre-polling this time around. I personally don’t think there’s any mystery. Can’t exactly recall how long ago it changed, but I know for a long while pre-polling was frowned upon, and the general assumption (don’t know how true it was) was that you’d need a very good reason to request a pre-poll. It felt like a no-no, or possibly more of a hassle than voting on the day. People are catching on slowly that pre-polling is a viable option nowadays, and now word’s getting around more and more people are doing it.

    It’s not a message or an omen or an indication of the electorate’s mindset or anything like that. It’s just people discovering that voting early is a convenience they can opt for.

    It does change things, though. How’s a campaign meant to be organised when your deadline for changing people’s minds is ‘any time within three weeks of election day’? The return for your campaigning efforts diminishes each day, and a potential game-changer in the last week would have half the impact it would have had in the past. No matter how explosive it is.

  25. GL:

    Against my better judgement, I’ve been having a look at poll bludger and the level of defeatism from some commenters there is just ridiculous. It’s like before the 2018 midterms where some people felt so burnt by 2016 that they couldn’t permit themselves to believe that the Democrats could win.

    Ah, that place is a madhouse. I’m lurking there more often than I used to. So many voices all at once, and they tend to run like sheep every time some dog turns up. It’s the same as it’s always been – 20% real quality stuff, 30% faffing about, 50% internecine warfare. It suffers the same problem I’ve often said AFL media suffers – discussion outweighs material to discuss by at least 3:1. They often run out of material to discuss but they just keep talking. It does serve a purpose, and the political world would be considerably poorer for its loss, but it’s just not for me.

    • I don’t know what we are, Fiona. But I do very much like that we’re not at each other’s throats all the time. And that every post has something in it that’s worth my time.

  26. The electoral watchdog has formally warned the Liberal party about the lack of sourcing on party ads appearing on major news websites.

    Ads trumpeting the Liberal party’s tax plan have appeared across major news websites this week, as the party makes a last-ditch attempt to woo voters.

    But in ads appearing on the Sydney Morning Herald, the New Daily and specialist health news site Medical Daily, the party has failed to properly authorise the content, a basic breach of electoral laws.

    In Peter Dutton’s electorate of Dickson, voters complained of being sent an envelope marked “Final notice: rent increase”. Inside, Liberal campaign material warned that Labor’s taxes would increase rents.

    The Liberal party was contacted for comment.

  27. Just a comment on pre-polling –

    Last week there was a bit of a Twitter kerfuffle because someone said those voting early were uninformed.

    That really got a lot of hackles up.

    I have already voted. I knew how I’d vote before the election was called. I think I’m reasonably well -informed on what all sides of politics are offering (or not offering, in the case of the Coalition). I saw no reason to wait when I knew nothing would change my mind.

    Why put up with constant media yammering, most of it biased and aiming at pushing me into voting for the conservatives when I could just vote early and be done with it.

    I think the last time I voted on an actual election day was the 2004 federal election, apart from an election for the local mayor a year or two ago, when I did turn up on the day.

  28. Hard to decide which one is the bigger nong – Mundine or Anus.

  29. L2

    Last week there was a bit of a Twitter kerfuffle because someone said those voting early were uninformed.

    😆 If you don’t know what a bunch of pirates the government are by now and you feel the need for 2 weeks of propaganda to ‘inform’ you then you are, if not an outright idiot, a dozy bugger.

  30. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Here we go! Linked by Paul Zanetti of all people.
    Paul Bongiorno writes that the Liberal Party has been all but invisible. He says Scott Morrison has just a few days to shrug off the baggage that is the party he leads.
    According to Alexandra Smith it looks like Kerryn Phelps’ run in parliament is over.
    Peter Hartcher tells us how Abbott is now giving out his phone number in a last ditch effort to keep his seat.
    And Jim Molan isn’t helping Abbott much.
    The New Daily has obtained audio of John Alexander – the Member for Bennelong – at a pre-poll booth openly urging a voter to support Senator Molan, in a clear contravention of the Coalition’s official Senate ticket.
    David Crowe on the breakout of religious war in the election campaign.
    And Crowe writes that Bob Hawke will urge Australians to consider Bill Shorten’s union background as proof he can unite the country under a Labor government, fending off attacks on the Opposition Leader in the frantic final days of the election campaign.
    Ross Gittins looks at the stark differences between the major parties this time around.
    The AFR reports that Labor will ramp up its pay push today and at the same time exploit the Liberal Party’s preference deal with Clive Palmer and his refusal to pay his workers.
    As does Katharine Murphy who adds that Shorten says that Palmer will turn up in Canberra with “a political IOU almost as big as his ego” if voters lodge a protest vote with the United Australia party on 18 May.
    Tony Wright says there’s a reason why the major parties are looking to the past.
    An analysis of the political content in one of media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s major outlets has demonstrated anti-Labor commentary is seven times more likely on the news service than negative rhetoric about the Coalition. Surprise surprrise!
    Anna Patty explains how Christian Schools Australia has taken the unprecedented step of urging parents with children at its schools around the country to vote according to their religious values. Grrrr!
    The Guardian has a detailed look at the fight going on in Dutton’s seat of Dickson.
    Shane Wright says that borrowing the difference between a 5 and 20 per cent deposit will bite new home owners and result in a major windfall for Australia’s banks.
    The Coalition is still pretending you can help people become owner-occupiers without hurting anyone. Labor isn’t. The Grattan Institute explains why the best way to help first-home buyers is to let prices fall.
    Sam Maiden says Scott Morrison’s claim that renters face huge increases as a result of Labor’s negative gearing policy changes has been undermined by the author of the contentious report the Prime Minister cited as proof for his claim.
    Mungo MacCallum writes that Newspoll’s 49% may be the epitaph for the Coalition.,12673
    The saga of #Watergate – the $80 million water buyback fiasco – has now been widely canvassed. However, questions surrounding further mysterious parts of the issue still remain, especially concerning the long and very close relationship between two of the key figures in the story — Angus Taylor and Dr Tony Reid. Jommy Tee and Ronni Salt investigate.
    Public school funding grew by just $155 a student over the decade after accounting for student numbers and teacher wage growth, while private school students each received $1429, an analysis of Productivity Commission data by the Grattan Institute has found. How can this be?
    Richard Dennis laments that regardless of who wins on Saturday the Liberal party’s rank opportunism spells danger for Australian energy policy.
    And Bill McKibben says, “We’ve run out of elections to waste – this is the last chance to make a difference on climate change”.
    With 12 coal power stations in Australia closed since 2013, a full transition out of coal is coming. Around the world, governments and stakeholders are considering how to implement a “just transition” from coal to clean energy – a transition that’s fair for local workers and communities in coal regions.
    Glyn Wittwer writes that South Australia’s experience contradicts Coalition emissions scare campaign.
    The Government’s attitude to climate change can be gathered by the cloak of invisibility that hangs heavily over Federal Environment Minister Melissa Price. Has Price has become the retainer for mining interests?,12671
    Infrastructure expert Phillip Davies writes that Labor’s election promise to use $1 billion to protect a corridor between Melbourne and Brisbane for a future bullet train has put high-speed rail firmly back on the political agenda. He says the new Western Sydney International airport could become the key interchange in NSW between air and high-speed rail travel.
    Elizabeth Knight reports that in just two weeks Foxtel needs to repay additional borrowings of $200 million. Whether Murdoch will come to the rescue again remains to be seen.
    in a related article Roy Masters says Australian sport’s TV gravy train is heading to the end of the tracks.
    Investors have been given a few reasons to think more carefully about “set and forget” investments in the big four banks’ shares, writes Clancy Yeates.
    Jacinda Ardern is attempting to build a multilateral coalition to pressure the big social media companies to act on violent content at a meeting of digital ministers from G7 countries in Paris today.
    In echoes of the Iraq war the White House is reviewing plan to send 120,000 troops to Iran. Bolton’s right in the middle of it of course.
    Stephen Bartholomeusz writes that Trump’s in love with the US-China trade war, but the markets feel differently.
    The SMH editorial says that with so many other problems around the world, including a trade war in China and a nuclear stand-off with North Korea, it is hard to understand why the US has chosen this moment to talk up the prospects of a war with its old enemy Iran.
    Anna Isaac looks ahead to see what the world could be like if these trade talks fall apart. It’s not a pretty picture!
    Three unions representing aviation safety inspectors said in a sharply worded report months before the Boeing’s 737 Max was approved for use that the planemaker was given too much authority to oversee itself and that the new jet had safety flaws.
    Woolworths is offering up to 50 per cent off the price of more than 1000 food and grocery products, but there’s a catch: you can only buy them online.
    This awful woman has earned nomination for “Arsehole of the Week”.

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe and the effect of the trade stand-off.

    John Shakespeare and a desperate PM.

    A short story from Michael Leunig.

    From Matt Golding.

    Sean Leahy has three for us today.

    Cathy Wilcox and the entry of religion into the campaigns.


    Jon Kudelka on the dropout candidates.

    From the US

    • Would have had more zing if disposable income and wealth figures were included in the article

  31. “Anna Patty explains how Christian Schools Australia has taken the unprecedented step of urging parents with children at its schools around the country to vote according to their religious values. Grrrr!”

    This is one of those “Well, derr!” stories, a bit of unnecessary pre-election fluff.

    CSA is an organisation made up of the more rabid “Christian” schools across Australia. If you send your kids to those schools then you already vote for a conservative party, probably an extreme right-wing one which panders to religious nutters, like the Christian Democrats or Rise Up Australia, or maybe you refuse to vote on religious grounds.

    Never assume that this organisation represents all schools with an affiliation to a Christian faith, because it most definitely does not.

    If you want to have a look at a genuine independent organisation that works for all non-government schools regardless of faith or beliefs then you need something like the Independent Schools Council of Australia.

    The Independent Education Union looks after staff working in independent schools , including preschools. That’s how I first became aware of this union – through a preschool two of my kids attended, and then through working in non-government schools.

    It is a genuine, federally registered, industry union concerned about pay and conditions for their members.

    A quick glance at the website for the NSW/ACT branch shows just how much this union wants a change of government.

    The MSM are desperate to change topics, to get away from health funding, climate change, pensioner dental care and inequality because the government has no plans to deal with these issues. They want us talking about religious values, specifically alleged “Christian” ones. If you watched yesterday’s presser with Bill Shorten you would have seen how rabid the press mob were in trying to get Bill to condemn the “gays will go to hell” thing.

    Don’t fall for their rubbish. There are more important issues this election that whether or not a follower of one cult believes sinners will burn in hell.

    It’s a distraction, people, a way to get voters thinking about trivia instead of focusing on the big issues facing this nation and deciding which party is best equipped to govern.

  32. The Libs will release their election promises costings tomorrow, or so they say. How can we trust anything they say after the 2016 robo-debt debacle?

    We all know how well that worked out.

    Election 2016: Crackdown on welfare payments cornerstone of Coalition’s final budget costings

    The Coalition has announced a plan to claw back $2.3 billion in savings – largely by cracking down on welfare payments – as it unveils its final budget costings.

    The Government predicts it will save just over $2 billion by intensifying its efforts to identify welfare fraud, and using technology more effectively to ensure people receiving Centrelink payments and pensions are not overpaid.

    The Coalition said the savings would allow it to pay for its election promises, and lift its bottom line by just over $1 billion since the budget in May

    It didn’t happen.

    Robodebt scheme costs government almost as much as it recovers

    Under questioning by the Labor senator Murray Watt on Thursday night, department officials said the scheme had “raised” about $1.5bn in debts from welfare recipients since it was rolled out.

    But only about $5oom had actually been repaid. Another $500m was the subject of a payment arrangement while the remaining money was “unconfirmed” and could be subject to an appeal, the Department of Human Services (DHS) said

  33. From Sam Crosby, Labor candidate for Reid (Craig Laundy’s seat, now up for grabs).

    I’ve been pretty silent on the other campaign in this election, but I refuse to say silent over what I’ve seen recently – because I’m pretty furious.

    Over the last week, our Chinese volunteers have been told the following remarks by Liberal volunteers:

    1. One was called a “dickhead” for speaking in Mandarin – to another Chinese voter.
    2. One of our volunteers was asked “How long have you been in Australia?”
    3. Another was told “you’re not allowed to speak [their] language- English only”

    These childish taunts have not been said to any of our Caucasian volunteers. Not one.

    We should be campaigning on the issues that matter, and not the ethnicity of our volunteers. Polling booths should be calm, and democratic, and not a low-lying slugging match.

    Our campaign deserves better than this.

    Reid deserves better than this

    The Libs hope to retain Reid and to do that they need the votes of Chinese-Australian voters, they have been running a fear and loathing campaign aimed at securing those votes. The efforts of the Lib volunteers may undo all that. I can’t say I’d be sorry.

    Federal election 2019: Anti-Labor scare campaign targets Chinese-Australians

  34. Good evening folks,im a lurker who has the occasional rum and coke in the sportsman lounge out the back of this fine establishment.My prediction is 81-70 the good guys.

    Richard, nice to see you again. I’ve redated your recent comment, as you somehow landed in the “Pending” pen …

  35. Richard , make sure you drop in on Saturday night so we can all do the Time Warp again 🙂 Or even party like it’s 2007 ?

  36. I’m off to Darwin on Monday for a holiday, yaaaaaaaay . Good to see they still have the right order of importance on election day. 🙂 They had a very good booth right in town when I was up there at the Kevin 07 election . BBQs on one side of a very low fence and beer served on the other side of the fence. Quite a party.
    Where to eat sausages (and vote) on election day

    FEDERAL ELECTION IN a hit to democracy, only 30 per cent of polling booths in the NT will sell sausages. Will this affect voter turnout? It’s unknown. Either way, here’s a list of where to get your democracy sausage on Saturday (and where you can vote)

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