Essential Research: 53-47 to Labor

Essential Research yet again records a solid lead for Labor on two-party preferred, but finds Malcolm Turnbull moving clear as preferred Liberal leader.

The Guardian, which joins the fun by spruiking the result as the “eightieth straight loss” for the Turnbull government, reports that Labor holds a lead of 53-47 in the latest Essential Research poll, out from 52-48 a fortnight ago. The poll also features Essential’s monthly leadership ratings, which find Malcolm Turnbull’s lead over Bill Shorten as preferred prime minister unchanged at 41-26 (a growing contrast with the narrow results from Newspoll); a 39% approval rating for Turnbull, down two, and a disapproval rating of 42%, down one; and a 35% approval rating for Bill Shorten, down two, and a disapproval rating of 43%, down one.

A question on preferred Liberal leader finds Turnbull moving clear of Julie Bishop since the last such result in December – he’s up three to 24%, with Bishop down two to 17%. Both are well clear of the more conservative alternatives of Tony Abbott, on 11% (up one) and 3% (down one). Scott Morrison scores only 2%, unchanged on last time. When asked who they would prefer in the absence of Turnbull, 26% opted for Bishop and 16% for Abbott, with Dutton and Morrison both on 5%. Also featured is an occasional question on leaders’ attributes, but I would want to see the raw numbers before drawing any conclusions from them. Those should be with us, along with primary votes, when Essential Research publishes its full report later today.

UPDATE: Full report here. The primary votes are Coalition 38%, Labor 37% (up one), Greens 10% (up one), One Nation 7% (down one).

Also today, courtesy of The Australian, are results from the weekend’s Newspoll which find support for a republic at 50%, down one since last August, with opposition up three to 41%. With the qualification of Prince Charles ascending the throne, support rises to 55%, unchanged since August, while opposition is at 35%, up one.

Author: William Bowe

William Bowe is a Perth-based election analyst and occasional teacher of political science. His blog, The Poll Bludger, has existed in one form or another since 2004, and is one of the most heavily trafficked websites on Australian politics.

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  1. #peachesnectarineswaronPB:

    Peaches and nectarines are the same species. Both can have white or yellow flesh.

    The only difference is that peaches have fuzzy skin, nectarines have smooth skin. That’s it. There is a recessive allele’s difference between them. Diddley squat.

    A bit like having straight or curly hair for a human, or blue or green eyes.

    From Wikipedia:

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    Peach and nectarines are the same species, even though they are regarded commercially as different fruits. In contrast to peaches, whose fruits present the characteristic fuzz on the skin, nectarines are characterized by the absence of fruit-skin trichomes (fuzz-less fruit); genetic studies suggest nectarines are produced due to a recessive allele, whereas peaches are produced from a dominant allele for fuzzy skin.

    ______________________

    (Which quote I now see that Bemused has already posted on the previous thread.)

  2. Rudd should definitely have left any reference to the carbon tax out, cheap foolish. The rest seems to simply be history, obviously not accepted PB history where every comma will be contested.

  3. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    In breaking news the FBI has raided the offices of Trump’s long time lawyer who paid off Stormy. This will get Trump’s tweets and Fox News all fired up!
    https://www.theage.com.au/world/north-america/fbi-raids-offices-of-trump-s-longtime-lawyer-michael-cohen-20180410-p4z8ne.html
    Barnaby Joyce has opened the batting by saying Turnbull should resign if the polls don’t improve by Christmas. That will help Lib/Nat relationships no end!
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/barnaby-joyce-suggests-malcolm-turnbull-should-resign-if-polling-doesn-t-improve-by-christmas-20180409-p4z8ml.html
    Katharine Murphy opines that the government’s habit of self-destruction seems so ingrained it’s hard to see it shifting
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/apr/08/hard-times-have-come-for-coalition-and-nothing-will-change
    Paul Bongiorno concludes that Malcolm Turnbull is a goner unless he can emulate John Howard’s Houdini-like skills by a mixture of shrewd backdowns, shameless vote-buying, ruthless opportunism and luck.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2018/04/09/malcolm-turnbull-newspoll-john-howard/
    Phil Coorey says Newspoll 30 was an anticlimax but Abbott blew his remaining credibility.
    https://outline.com/35pAKy
    Michelle Grattan says an ugly set of numbers and Barnaby Joyce trigger havoc in the Turnbull government.
    https://theconversation.com/view-from-the-hill-an-ugly-set-of-numbers-triggers-havoc-in-the-turnbull-government-94688
    Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership is safe for now. However, as Independent Australia’s political editor Dr Martin Hirst reports, he will be forever stained by his 30th Newspoll loss in a row.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/malcolm-turnbulls-30-days-on-newspoll-death-row,11380
    Is this where Dutton gets his inspiration from?
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/the-man-behind-the-far-right-hipsters-20180406-p4z84v.html
    Turnbull has coldly dismissed a call from Tony Abbott to consider compulsorily acquiring AGL’s ageing Liddell power station, saying the Liberal Party had been formed to stop such interventions, which were essentially the policy solutions of the political left. Abbott’s gone off the reservation!
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/turnbull-slaps-down-abbott-for-un-liberal-push-to-nationalise-liddell-20180409-p4z8mh.html
    Peter Hartcher tells us that on the global chessboard of power politics, the advent of a Chinese military base in the South Pacific would be the equivalent of Australia being placed in check.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/canberra-needs-to-get-very-serious-very-quickly-to-counter-this-move-by-a-master-strategist-20180409-p4z8mj.html
    Simon Benson reports that Turnbull is understood to have signed off on all the key budget measures, including personal income tax cuts.
    https://outline.com/VdMKPz
    More from Adele Ferguson on the behaviour of the ATO.
    https://www.smh.com.au/money/tax/blowing-the-whistle-on-the-tax-office-s-cash-grab-20180404-p4z7rj.html
    On the above matter the SHM editorialises that the good that proper protection of whistleblowers will do far outweighs any temporary discomfort it might cause the powerful.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/safeguards-for-whistleblowers-20180409-p4z8mr.html
    Greg Jericho shows how the jobs boom continues – but not for everyone.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2018/apr/10/the-jobs-boom-continues-but-not-for-everyone
    Elizabeth Knight explores the possibilities of the banking royal commission might affecting house prices.
    https://www.smh.com.au/money/borrowing/will-the-bank-royal-commission-damage-house-prices-20180409-p4z8l5.html
    ¬Dutton proposed cutting the annual immigration intake by 20,000 to cabinet colleagues last year but was knocked back.
    https://outline.com/rgPyf8
    Dennis Shanahan says Turnbull’s opposition to Peter Dutton’s plan to reduce immigration by about 20,000 a year highlights Coalition tensions.
    https://outline.com/VdMKPz
    Two business academics write that the current heated debate over immigration has largely ignored the marginalisation of migrant workers in low-skill jobs and the failure of our workplace regulations to protect them from mistreatment and wage theft by disreputable employers. This is well worth reading.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/the-real-immigration-issue-needing-attention-20180408-p4z8et.html
    Jenna Price bemoans the burgeoning gap payments for medical services vi private health insurance.
    https://www.smh.com.au/opinion/the-doctor-who-wont-reveal-fees–and-other-health-cover-hell-tales-20180409-h0yj2d.html
    Simon Holmes a Court writes that it’s best not to get distracted by dead cats thrown on the table and just let AGL get on with its plans to close Liddell.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/apr/09/why-liddell-is-likely-to-close-in-2022-and-why-you-shouldnt-care
    The coal-worshipping Monash Forum is a rearguard guerrilla action against the incumbent Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, is putting the coal back into “Coal-ition”.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/the-monash-forum-and-energy-policy-making-the-most-of-the-30th-newspoll,11378
    How Facebook turns your data into billions of dollars of profit.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/money/finance-news/2018/04/09/how-facebook-makes-money/
    Anglicare’s Kasy Chambers says that Australia takes from the poor to give to the rich.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/australia-takes-from-the-poor-to-give-to-the-rich-20180404-p4z7sn.html
    Bloomberg has a look at how Trump’s trade war negotiations might pan out.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/investments/trump-s-art-of-the-deal-bluster-faces-its-ultimate-test-20180409-p4z8kb.html
    Peter Hartcher writes about the problems the Uighur people are having with China.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/the-woman-china-wants-you-to-ignore-20180406-p4z84k.html
    A Trump-style tax write-off would deliver up to three times the bang-for-buck than company tax cuts, Victoria University research suggests.
    https://outline.com/35pAKy
    Actor Geoffrey Rush has been “virtually housebound” since news stories were published detailing “inappropriate behaviour” by him, according to his lawyer.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/geoffrey-rush-virtually-housebound-amid-defamation-case-says-lawyer-20180409-p4z8is.html
    Some of the world’s biggest pension funds are planning to launch a class action against the Commonwealth Bank.
    https://outline.com/CwS9aW
    And just to add to its woes the regulator has stolen the spotlight from CBA boss Matt Comyn with allegations the bank broke the law by opening bank accounts for known money launderers.
    https://outline.com/EYAWcg
    Surging iron ore prices have boosted Rio Tinto’s tax payments to Australian governments, but its Singapore marketing hub remains a sore point with the ATO.
    https://outline.com/4JVJPB
    The DJ who headbutted former prime minister Tony Abbott on the Hobart waterfront last year will spend at least two months in prison.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/state/tas/2018/04/09/man-headbutted-tony-abbott-hobart-sentenced-six-months-jail/
    Could a new centrist party plug the gap in British politics?
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/apr/09/new-centrist-party-british-politics
    Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson wants the case against him involving claims he covered up child sex abuse by a priest thrown out of a NSW court. It’s his third such attempt.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/archbishop-accused-of-child-sex-abuse-cover-up-wants-case-thrown-out-of-court-20180409-p4z8l2.html
    At least half of Myer’s shareholders are trapped with parcels of stock too small to sell, compounding the pain felt by thousands of retail investors who have been hammered by the department store’s faltering fortunes.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/half-of-myer-investors-stuck-with-shares-they-can-t-sell-20180409-p4z8ki.html
    South Australia’s trial of England’s year one phonics check shows why we need it.
    https://theconversation.com/south-australias-trial-of-englands-year-one-phonics-check-shows-why-we-need-it-94411
    This is a good “demolition gone wrong” example.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/world/2018/04/09/silo-demolition-goes-wrong/

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe with a horrible moment for Turnbull.
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DaUvFdEVwAM8LZh.jpg
    Matt Golding’s back!!! He’s been missed.
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DaUq7OZUMAUNDr6.jpg
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DaUb3AZUMAEEDur.jpg
    Two from Mark David.
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DaU1OhyVwAEdOhR.jpg
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DaUhOGIUQAAU6Rg.jpg
    Peter Broelman reckons it’s on!
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DaSm0iyV4AIMzHG.jpg
    Glen Le Lievre gives us a new emoji.
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DaUo0RRV4AEVY4O.jpg
    Paul Zanetti on the Newspoll 30 celebrations.
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DaTf7mRVQAEXax1.jpg
    An ominous contribution from Sean Leahy.
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DaVVrLDUQAU6_Jq.jpg
    John Shakespeare and instant karma.
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DaT0TXiV4AQxCQk.jpg
    And he welcomes Turnbull to the 30 club.
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DaTJ1AwVQAAo_Ye.jpg
    Mark Knight urges the government to “Stop the Boats!”.
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DaUH6phU0AAEa4B.jpg
    And he reckons the Commonwealth Games are lacking something.
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DaUFtiVVQAY_bwd.jpg
    David Pope joins the Pollie Pedal.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/david-pope-20120214-1t3j0.html
    Pat Clement and an exhausted Coalition.
    https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/7cd887f0610c46531816a15f00c558d6
    Not many more new ones in here today.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/best-of-fairfax-cartoons-april-9-2018-20180408-h0yhu3.html

  4. It was the stupidity of saying there would not be one and then introducing it! That is Rudd’s point and it is indisputable.
    But the collapse was well underway in the lead up to the 2010 election.

    People just did not like what had happened.

  5. Socrates @ #3 Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 – 6:07 am

    The Liberals focus on the individual, and individual achievements, often sees them overlook the collective. This is an extraordinary group effort by Team Blue, especially their dominant neo-feudal faction.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/apr/10/turnbull-government-records-80th-straight-loss-in-guardian-essential-poll

    *The Liberals focus on the individual, and individual achievements, often sees them overlook the collective.*

    Their raison d’être. Personal gain at the expense of the common good.

  6. The Murdoch milieu is formenting a challenge to the wounded Turnbull. Rupert’s preferred shortlist has emerged:

    Dutton
    Frydenburg
    Morrison

  7. And in legal news today….

    “The Victorian Supreme Court has thrown out an almost $2 million negligence case against a construction company, rejecting claims a manager farting at a subordinate amounted to workplace bullying.

    Justice Rita Zammit rejected allegations by retrenched contract administrator David Hingst from Melbourne firm Construction Engineering Australia that his supervisor repeatedly abused him, resulting in depression, anxiety and physical injuries equating to $1.8 million in damages.

    Among the series of claims, the administrator alleged his supervisor would regularly “lift his bum and fart” on him or at him and that the behaviour progressed to the point where he would do it every day.

    Mr Hingst said Mr Short’s behaviour was insulting and humiliating and that he had responded by buying a can of deodorant and spraying it over Mr Short.

    One one occasion, he refused to step into a lift with Mr Short and, when asked why, called him “Mr Stinky”.

    During the 18-day trial involving more than a dozen witnesses, the supervisor denied regularly passing wind in the communal office.

    Read more: http://www.afr.com/news/policy/industrial-relations/victoria-supreme-court-rules-farting-not-workplace-bullying-20180409-h0yit9#ixzz5CDAFZHGG
    Follow us: @FinancialReview on Twitter | financialreview on Facebook

  8. FBI Raid of Michael Cohen Suggests Mueller Has Found More Crimes

    The FBI is not playing with President Trump.

    On Monday, the FBI raided the office of Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen. They took with them records related to several topics, including payments to a porn actress, according to the New York Times.

    This search was not related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s work, but rather appears to have been something additional, possibly uncovered by Mueller’s Russia investigation and turned over to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

    But it’s not all Stormy.

    “The F.B.I. also seized emails, tax documents and business records, the person said,” the Times reported. Including “communications between Mr. Trump and Mr. Cohen…”

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/04/09/fbi-raid-of-michael-cohen-suggests-mueller-has-found-more-crimes.html

  9. MORE :

    Ex-federal prosecutor explains FBI’s ‘probable cause’ justification for raiding Cohen: ‘It’s not good news for the president’

    “Having a search warrant executed at your business on a Monday is never a good day,” former U.S. attorney Chuck Rosenberg told MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace Monday.

    To acquire their warrant to search Cohen’s business and home, the former prosecutor said, “the government must have concluded two things: probable cause that a crime had been committed, and probable cause that stuff or evidence that would prove that crime would be located in Mr. Cohen’s office.”

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/04/ex-federal-prosecutor-explains-fbis-probable-cause-justification-raiding-cohen-not-good-news-president/

  10. K.Rudd is a petulant child; time for him to grow up (yep realize this will not happen). It is not all about him but he always makes it all about him

  11. The ‘horror’ of President Trump’s dependence on ‘Fox & Friends’

    New York Times op-ed columnist Charles M. Blow writes, “In a way, America is being governed by the dimmest of wits on the most unscrupulous of networks. The very thought of it is horror-inducing.”

    The Erik Wemple Blog offers one key edit: Delete “in a way.” The folks at “Fox & Friends” are very much governing the thoughts and impulses of President Trump. And there’s no hyperbole in invoking “horror” as a means of describing this spectacle. As Matthew Gertz of Media Matters for America has argued in a Politico Magazine piece, the feedback loop between the president and Fox News is “crazier than you think.”

    Horror of Being Governed by ‘Fox & Friends’

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/08/opinion/fox-friends-trump.html?rref=collection%2Fcolumn%2Fcharles-m-blow&action=click&contentCollection=opinion&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=collection

  12. “It was the stupidity of saying there would not be one and then introducing it! That is Rudd’s point and it is indisputable.”

    Except it is entirely wrong. Gillard introduced exactly what she said she would in the election. It is extremely foolish to say otherwise and devalues anything else you’d say on the topic if you are gonna go for idiotic lies like that one.

  13. Re Rudd everyone goes through trauma at some point in their life, not everyone has the opportunity to keep debating the substance of that trauma in the financial review and changing the whole narrative (yep I’ve been sucked in)

    WeWantPaul is spot on Gillard introduced exactly what she said she would in the election he just sounds Rudd just sounds like Abbott laying the boot in and re interpreting everything for their own sake. Maybe we should just build more damn coal stations – the level of discourse and discussion on important topics is devalued by people like Rudd, Abbott, Abetz , Dutton etc etc

  14. William

    I hate to go there, because I know your maths abilities run rings around mine, but Dutton and Morrison can’t both be on 55.

  15. “It was the stupidity of saying there would not be one and then introducing it! That is Rudd’s point and it is indisputable.”

    And Rudd said, “Climate Change was the greatest moral challenge of our generation!”, then bottled it. I know what was worse.

  16. All very well to argue that it’s history etc etc but what is the point of Rudd writing the letter in the first place? How is it helpful/useful/relevant? Have there been a spate of attacks of him in the media? Have articles being out there claiming he was knifed because he was, you know, impossible to work with? Have there been a series of “Saint Julia: The Perfect Woman and The Little Self Entitled Arsehole Who Undermined Her”?

    If none of these things have happened, then why has Rudd bothered to put pen to paper?

  17. The problem with Leigh Sales and the Shorten Interview, is why did she even go there… its an old story which he has been question on hundreds of times, with no new information.

    It was an interview of no substance, and the ABC wasted an opportunity to ask the leader of the opposition a real question, if she was a better journalist she wouldnt have wasted both their time.

  18. “And Rudd said, “Climate Change was the greatest moral challenge of our generation!”, then bottled it. I know what was worse.”

    This take is almost as bad as bemused’s take in its honestly and lack of understanding of what really happened. Such a passionate debate, so few facts and braincells used.

  19. zoomster @ #18 Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 – 5:36 am

    William

    I hate to go there, because I know your maths abilities run rings around mine, but Dutton and Morrison can’t both be on 55.

    That’s what I initially thought, then I looked at the keyboard. Mr Bowe obviously forgot to hold down the shift key when he attempted to type %. Obviously it should read both Mutton and Dorrison are on 5%.

    And yes, my “typos” were deliberate.

  20. Morning all. Thanks BK and phoenixRed for today’s reading. No twitter response yet from Orange Felicia about the raid on his lawyer’s office, but I’m sure one will be forthcoming.

  21. Marshall CohenVerified account@MarshallCohen
    2h2 hours ago
    Big news…… And Cohen’s lawyer says the search warrant stemmed in part from the Mueller investigation. I wrote a few weeks ago about how Stormy Daniels could impact the Russia investigation. Is that happening now? Refresh your memory here: https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/10/politics/stormy-daniels-trump-cohen-russia-investigation/index.html

    Cohen played a lead role in the negotiations to build a Trump tower in Russia AND is mentioned in the Steele dossier re Russia collusion.

  22. Although I for one welcome our new Chinese overlords, these articles (among other things) points to one of the uses of foreign aid – establishing friendly relationships with smaller nations makes them more likely to support you!

    http://www.canberratimes.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/how-a-group-of-tiny-islands-near-australia-figure-in-beijing-s-redrawing-of-the-map-20180409-p4z8mb.html

    http://www.canberratimes.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/china-eyes-vanuatu-military-base-in-plan-with-global-ramifications-20180409-p4z8j9.html

  23. WeWantPaul @ #22 Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 – 7:48 am

    “And Rudd said, “Climate Change was the greatest moral challenge of our generation!”, then bottled it. I know what was worse.”

    This take is almost as bad as bemused’s take in its honestly and lack of understanding of what really happened. Such a passionate debate, so few facts and braincells used.

    Oh really. As if I don’t know what ‘really’ happened. Do you really want me to go over the deliberations in good faith between MacFarlane and Penny Wong, The Greens’ shenanigans and the backbiting and undermining back story between Abbott and Turnbull? Pfft!

    Well, you know what I also know? What people, in general, and not just penny ante pissants on a blog like me and you, think happened. Exactly what I said. And the journos keep repeating it as if holy writ from that era. So it will be what Rudd is forever tarnished with. That’s the reality. Call it ‘Fake News’ if you want, but that’s the shit that has stuck to Rudd, just as much as, “There will be no Carbon Tax under a government that I lead”, has stuck to Julia Gillard.

  24. The only fact that matters in the Rudd insurgency is that he lost the leadership and didn’t bother to contest that next morning.

    Instead he went and sulked for a few months, then started termiting.

    In doing so he destroyed the Labor government. Gillard not only had to fight Abbott and a heckling media, but also had to always look behind her for the knife in her back.

    The ins and outs of who said what and when are irrelevant. The nuances of “Carbon tax” versus “Carbon price” are also immaterial. Rudd white-anted his own party in order to satisfy his own personal agenda for redemption.

    Challenge after challenge took place until he’d wounded the party so badly, and destroyed it’s electoral prospects so comprehensively that he was needed to “save the furniture” in 2013.

    If he hadn’t white-anted so psychopathically, the furniture would not have needed saving.

    He fell victim to a braying press gallery chortling at the ready-made circus of disunity that he presented to them, to a silver-tongued Julie Bishop who offered him comfort (then abandoned him) and to a Reality TV-besotted electorate who then promptly voted against him at the first opportunity.

    As a result he handed government to – of all people – Tony Abbott, and then to Turnbull.

    Unforgiveable any way you look at it.

  25. The Lead CNNVerified account@TheLeadCNN
    2h2 hours ago

    “This is war.” @BillKristol thinks the FBI raiding Trump attorney Michael Cohen’s office “shows that we are very close to the end game” regarding special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation https://cnn.it/2qimAXO

  26. The only fact that matters in the Rudd insurgency is that he lost the leadership and didn’t bother to contest that next morning.

    A fact that is always overlooked by Ruddists in their pursuit to rewrite history.

  27. Confessions @ #32 Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 – 8:05 am

    The Lead CNNVerified account@TheLeadCNN
    2h2 hours ago

    “This is war.” @BillKristol thinks the FBI raiding Trump attorney Michael Cohen’s office “shows that we are very close to the end game” regarding special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation https://cnn.it/2qimAXO

    Do you think Trump’s former lawyer, John Dowd, might have co-operated with Mueller after he resigned, so as to avoid jail time, and so told him what to look for in Cohen’s files?

  28. Mid Western soybean farmers get the Trump treatment:

    US President Donald Trump has told American farmers, his support base, he’ll make it up to them and to be patriotic if China puts tariffs on their products.

    US President Donald Trump has acknowledged that farmers could be adversely affected by the escalating tariff dispute with China, but promised to make it up to them, saying they “will be better off than they ever were”.

    Speaking at a cabinet meeting on Monday, Trump addressed the Chinese threat to slap tariffs on soybeans and other agriculture staples grown in rural America, a move that could hit Midwestern farmers, many of whom are strong supporters of the president.

    “If during the course of the negotiation they want to hit the farmers because they think that hits me. I wouldn’t say that’s nice, but I tell you our farmers are great patriots,” Trump said. “They understand that they’re doing this for the country. We’ll make it up to them. In the end they’re going to be much stronger than they are right now.”

    http://www.news.com.au/world/breaking-news/trump-says-hell-make-it-up-to-farmers/news-story/5f914492116f591388929abb809c2c47

  29. c@t

    The thing that really irks me is that it is not Labor that are carrying on about Turnbull’s 30 Newspoll in a row. It is the media and his own party that are wanting to remind him of his reasoning for toppling Abbott.
    This has absolutely nothing to do with Rudd. As Katharine Murphy eloquently put “enough of you”.

    As I mentioned yesterday, Rudd has popped up on these 20 to 1 shows where he gives his input into popular culture. cringeworthy stuff. Even worse than Turnbull and Abbott.

  30. Very interesting stuff with Lawyer for Trump. Michael Cohen.

    Sadly as someone died in Trump tower fire, I still couldn’t help think that the fire was a metaphor for Trump’s presidency.

  31. Vic,
    They have a name for what people like Rudd, who go on those programmes for C List celebrities, are suffering from: Relevance Deprivation Syndrome.

  32. Trump said. “They understand that they’re doing this for the country. We’ll make it up to them. In the end they’re going to be much stronger than they are right now.”

    So, Subsidies now? How 20th Century.

  33. Steve Ryan, a lawyer for Mr. Cohen, in a statement Monday confirmed the search. “Today the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York executed a series of search warrants and seized the privileged communications between my client, Michael Cohen, and his clients,” Mr. Ryan said. “I have been advised by federal prosecutors that the New York action is, in part, a referral by the Office of Special Counsel, Robert Mueller.”

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/fbi-raids-trump-lawyers-office-1523306297?mod=searchresults&page=1&pos=1

    “In part” a referral by Mueller. That suggests the raid was part of other investigations.

  34. “They understand that they’re doing this for the country. We’ll make it up to them. In the end they’re going to be much stronger than they are right now.”

    I wonder if those who are “doing this for the country” understand that their Commander-in-Chief has in effect call an airstrike in on their position?

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