Lateline reports tomorrow’s Newspoll shows no change on the previous fortnight. Brendan Nelson’s rating as preferred prime minister is back into double figures, at 12 per cent, while Kevin Rudd is down from 72 per cent to 70 per cent (hat tip to B.S. Fairman). More to follow.
UPDATE: The Australian reports Kevin Rudd’s satisfaction rating is down 5 per cent to 63 per cent, with dissatisfaction up 6 per cent to 23 per cent. Forty-nine per cent of respondents thought the budget was good for the economy, against 23 per cent bad.
UPDATE 2: Graphic here. It helpfully includes budget reaction figures going back 16 years, which if nothing else reminds us what an extraordinary political event was John Dawkins’ final budget in 1993 (wherein the Keating government reneged on its L-A-W law tax cuts).
A poll by Galaxy Research had only 23 per cent of voters saying the budget would leave them better off against 33 per cent worse off, but interestingly showed Wayne Swan was considered the better economic manager by 36 per cent against 25 per cent for Malcolm Turnbull.
A poll by Essential Research squares the circle between the Newspoll and Galaxy budget results, The Age reporting that most people did not think the poll (sic) would be good for them personally, but they thought it would be good for Australia’s long-term future.
Hat tip to Democratic Audit Update for everything below:
The case of the disputed election in the Division of McEwen is set down for hearing in the Federal Court of Australia, Melbourne, in courtroom 8D on 21 and 22 May at 10.15 am. UPDATE: A detailed report on the disputed ballots from The Age.
Disclosures of donations from last year’s election, such as they are, are available for viewing here.
In other donation news, 800 donors from the 2006 New South Wales election, including many of Australia’s biggest companies, are to be prosecuted for breach of disclosure laws. An inquiry into donation and disclosure by the Electoral Matters Committee of the Parliament of Victoria is receiving submissions until June 27.
The Australian reports: Talks have again broken down between the Bligh Government and the Queensland Opposition over a referendum on fixed four-year terms.