Newspoll: 51-49 to Labor

A crash in Scott Morrison’s standing finds Labor edging ahead on voting intention, and Anthony Albanese taking the lead on preferred prime minister.

The first Newspoll for the year, and the third under the new YouGov online polling regime, finds Labor opening up a 51-49 lead, after they trailed 52-48 in the poll in early December. On the primary vote, the Coalition is down two to 40%, Labor up three to 36%, the Greens up one to 12% and One Nation down one to 4%. Perhaps more remarkably, Scott Morrison now trails Anthony Albanese as preferred prime minister by 43-39, after leading him 48-34 in the previous poll. The damage on Morrison’s personal ratings amounts to an eight point drop on approval to 37% and an eleven point rise on disapproval to 59%. Conversely, Albanese is up six on approval to 46% and down four on disapproval to 37%. The Australian’s report is here; the poll was conducted from Wednesday to Saturday from a sample of 1505.

UPDATE (Essential Research): The Guardian has numbers from the first Essential Research poll of the year, but they disappointingly offer nothing on voting intention. What they do provide is corroboration for Newspoll’s finding that Anthony Albanese has taken the lead over Scott Morrison as preferred prime minister, in this case at 39-36, which compares with a 44-28 lead to Morrison when Essential last asked the question in early November. We are told that Scott Morrison is up nine on disapproval to 52% and that Anthony Albanese is up four on approval to 43% – their respective approval and disapproval ratings will have to wait for the full Essential report, which will presumably be with us later today or tomorrow. UPDATE: Morrison is down five on approval to 40%, Albanese is up two on disapproval to 30%. Full report here.

Despite everything, the poll finds 32% approving of Morrison’s handling of the bushfire crisis, which may be related to the fact that his approval rating was down only three among Coalition voters. The Guardian tells us only that 36% strongly disapproved of Morrison’s performance, to which the less strong measure of disapproval will need to be added to produce an equivalent figure for the 32% approval. Fifty-two per cent disagreed that Australia had always had bushfires like those just experienced, and 78% believe the government had been unprepared for them. Efforts to shift blame to the states do not appear to have borne fruit: Gladys Berejiklian’s handling of the bushfires scored 55% approval among New South Wales respondents, while Daniel Andrews was on 58% (these numbers would have come from small sub-samples of around 300 to 400 respondents).

The poll also offers a timely addition to the pollster’s leaders attributes series. The findings for the various attributes in this serious invariably move en bloc with the leaders’ general standing, and Morrison is accordingly down across the board. However, a clear standout is his collapse from 51% to 32% for “good in a crisis”, on which he was up 10% the last time the question was posed in October. Other unfavourable movements related in The Guardian range from a six-point increase in “out of touch with ordinary Australians“ to 62% to a 12 point drop on “visionary” to 30%.

More on all this when the full report is published. The poll was conducted online from Tuesday to Sunday from a sample of 1081.

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.

2,417 comments on “Newspoll: 51-49 to Labor”

  1. The statement from Bucephalus placing nuclear fusion, thorium rectors and “hydrogen steel-making” into the same category at least had the advantage of being wrong

    What fascinates me here is the psychology of people like this. Just as psychopaths need not concern themselves with empathy, there are those who are completely untouched by the idea that there are verifiable facts and those facts actually have supremacy over “whatever made up shit makes me feel good and allows me to feel comfortable about the tribe I belong to”.

  2. Confessions @ #210 Monday, January 13th, 2020 – 6:38 am

    C@t:

    I’d bet London to a brick grimace doesn’t give a shit about nath.

    I’d also bet that nath’s insecurities are of no interest to the majority of PBers, hence why nobody bothers responding to his blathering.

    I can confirm that I’m not too worried about what Nath thinks. Had you & C@t not made a reference to whatever it was that Nath said about me, I would not have known.

    I’m continuing with my New Years resolution of 2019 to do my best to ignore those posters whom I feel do not add value.

    In 2020, I’ve expanded on my resolution of 2019 and am attempting to be less angry. A big part of being less angry is going into situations having realistic expectations of people & situations.

  3. Back after a few hours Photoshopping and printing the results. Very satisfying experience. Wish we had more wall space.

    I see from a cursory read that Mr Newbie, unable to think up any himself, asks me what possible rational positions there could be for criticising drag queens reading to kids.

    I said it before and I’ll say it again, Mr Newbie cannot read.

    I pretty clearly said I did NOT have a position on the subject of drag queens vis a vis children myself. But, having failed to comprehend my pretty clear statement, Mr Newbie drones on, regardless, making helpful suggestions as to the possibilities for a rational position: all of them designed to paint anyone who might agree with any of them as a kind of troglodytic fossil, steeped in homophobia, superstition, bigotry and generally not at all a Luvvie.

    As to myself, I’ll say it again: I DON’T HAVE A POINT OF VIEW! In Luvvie World this is almost blasphemous, I know, but there you go. The most I’d venture is: it would probably depend on the circumstances.

    I’d suggest Mr Newbie asks the person in question himself, except he threw himself in front of a train yesterday, hounded into it by either those on the right who disowned him, or those on the Luvvie left who couldn’t comprehend his position because it differed from theirs, and so they twitter-bombed him.

    I guess Mr Newbie is going to have to work out the answer for himself. He already knows the answer to everything, so that shouldn’t be too hard.

  4. Spray @ #243 Monday, January 13th, 2020 – 8:09 am

    I rarely comment, but surely anyone that doesn’t think Grimace’s comment was disgraceful should take a step back from politics for a while.

    Good Evening Spray.

    No step back from politics is required. I have a realistic view of the situation, meaning that many L/NP voters have cheered on and reelected their local L/NP member without regard for the consequences faced by those Australians further down the food chain than them. Such examples include:
    – Centrelink, including but not limited to Robodebt, Jobactive and more generally demonisation of those unfortunate enough to require Government assistance;
    – Refugees, including but not limited to indefinite incarceration, deliberate withholding of medical care
    – The destruction of industries such as car manufacturing & coastal shipping (among others)
    – The continued failure to crack down on the bad behaviour of banks
    – The continued crackdown on unions

    All of the above have many, many victims: lives destroyed, people committing suicide, among other catastrophic consequences. The difference between the current situation those (and others) outlined above is that the images and video rarely make the news. These situations are reduced to statistics collected by the ABS and other bodies, few of which are published.

    The people in L/NP seats rationalise that they aern’t “those type of people”, people they perceive as deserving of being on the business end of L/NP policies, people who deserve to be punched down on. They are the type of people, who when faced with misfortune and have no choice but to turn to Centrelink, are sent to a Job Network Provider, and when told by their case worker that they have to apply for 20 jobs a week, work for the dole, or something equally demeaning respond with WTTE “but I’m not the type of person who has to …….”*.

    L/NP voters have for generations punched down, never thinking that one day that they’d be on the business end of L/NP policies, and that it is them who’d be suffering at the hands of the L/NP.

    Poroti is right:
    “Consistently voting for the Kelly’s and the Barnyards etc etc has consequences”. The views and actions of the Honorable Members are well known, and they have both been elected many times. The consequences of the views and actions of the Honorable members have caught up with their constituents. Hopefully they will learn.

    * My wife used to be case worker at a Job Network Provider. If she was given $1 for every time she heard that or something like it, we’d both be retired.

  5. Grimace
    The problem is most people don’t know how job active works, they assume it helps the unemployed to find work which it doesn’t but they don’t know that and its not like the ALP has an actual policy to reform it or if they did then i have not heard of it. The same lack of awareness applies to centrelink because people assume things and its only when there is widespread exposure like the poor handling of fires that government impotency is exposed.

    Its not right to say the regulators are not cracking down on the banks, these things take time and just because there isn’t show trials doesn’t mean nothing is happening.

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  7. BB:

    I pretty clearly said I did NOT have a position on the subject of drag queens vis a vis children myself. But, having failed to comprehend my pretty clear statement, Mr Newbie drones on, regardless, making helpful suggestions as to the possibilities for a rational position: all of them designed to paint anyone who might agree with any of them as a kind of troglodytic fossil, steeped in homophobia, superstition, bigotry and generally not at all a Luvvie.

    As to myself, I’ll say it again: I DON’T HAVE A POINT OF VIEW! In Luvvie World this is almost blasphemous, I know, but there you go. The most I’d venture is: it would probably depend on the circumstances.

    But you are expressing a point of view by stating that people who oppose drag queens reading to children or SSM do not hold irrational beliefs about these things. For that to be the case, you must agree that there *are* some rational reasons for being against these things. I’m asking you to state what they are. It’s not asking about whether you personally agree with the beliefs. You are implying that people who oppose these things are not irrational… which must then mean you believe such people have at least one rational argument to oppose drag queens reading to children or SSM. I’m asking what you think it is.

    I’d suggest Mr Newbie asks the person in question himself, except he threw himself in front of a train yesterday, hounded into it by either those on the right who disowned him, or those on the Luvvie left who couldn’t comprehend his position because it differed from theirs, and so they twitter-bombed him.

    Who do you think, as a group, have committed more suicides after being vilified and ‘hounded’ online (as though that is the only factor that lead to their suicide) or in person? Drag queens/homosexuals, or conservative types (regardless of sexual ‘preference’) who oppose these things? I think most people would be inclined to agree that the balance is steeply stacked towards the former group.

    Every suicide is a tragedy. You can’t hold up one example of a group and say “look wot youse dun!1!!”/ “bof sides ah az bad as each ovvah!” without also acknowledging the far more significant numbers of people on the other side who have taken their own lives due to persecution.

    I guess Mr Newbie is going to have to work out the answer for himself. He already knows the answer to everything

    Except one rational belief as to why drag queens reading to children or SSM should be opposed. Come on, I’m still waiting to hear.

  8. Mexicanbeemer @ #1356 Tuesday, January 14th, 2020 – 9:47 pm

    Grimace
    The problem is most people don’t know how job active works, they assume it helps the unemployed to find work which it doesn’t but they don’t know that and its not like the ALP has an actual policy to reform it or if they did then i have not heard of it. The same lack of awareness applies to centrelink because people assume things and its only when there is widespread exposure like the poor handling of fires that government impotency is exposed.

    Its not right to say the regulators are not cracking down on the banks, these things take time and just because there isn’t show trials doesn’t mean nothing is happening.

    Plenty has been said about Centrelink and Job Active, these people either chose not to see it, or worse and more likely, cheered it on. Bashing welfare recipients is very politically popular among their base. The position of the ALP on Centrelink and Job Active is irrelevant, they are not the Government.

    The Banking RC report was handed down in February 19 and there were plenty of enquiries in the years before it laying out the problem. The L/NP have had plenty of time for legislation reducing the rights of refugees and unions, and have had time for a religious discrimination bill. They had to be dragged kicking and screaming into this RC and are dragging their feet on the required resolutions. They are happy with the status quo.

    L/NP voters wanted tax cuts. They got them.
    L/NP voters wanted smaller Government. They got it.
    L/NP voters voted for climate denial. They got it.

    L/NP voters are now living with the consequences. There are insufficient government funds to properly resource emergency services and the supporting infrastructure, due to widespread redundancies there are insufficient public servants to provide essential services during times of natural disaster. Climate denial meant that we didn’t take measures to reduce our own emissions, and actively obstructed international action, making bushfires both more likely to occur and much more damaging when they did occur.

    L/NP voters can cry me a river now that they are facing the consequences of their ingrained voting behaviour and beliefs over generations.

  9. We mentioned the different Murdoch sons a few days ago. James and his wife criticise News Ltd “ongoing denial”.

    “James Murdoch and his wife Kathryn issued a rare joint statement directly criticising his father’s businesses for their “ongoing denial” on the issue, which has manifested in the family’s newspapers repeatedly casting doubt on the link between the climate emergency and the bushfires.

    “Kathryn and James’s views on climate are well-established and their frustration with some of the News Corp and Fox coverage of the topic is also well-known,” a spokesperson for the couple told the Daily Beast. “They are particularly disappointed with the ongoing denial among the news outlets in Australia given obvious evidence to the contrary.” ”

    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2020/jan/14/james-murdoch-criticises-fathers-news-outlets-for-climate-crisis-denial

  10. Player One says:
    Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 10:19 pm
    frednk @ #1329 Tuesday, January 14th, 2020 – 10:15 pm

    Are you sure your not a Liberal provocateur.
    Please make up your mind. Am I a Green or a Liberal? or, as Briefly seems to believe, a Green Liberal?

    For the avoidance of trickery by P1…I think you’re a Lib in a green singlet.

    The gig is invariably to slur Labor; to set out to defile Labor; to hold Labor to a different standard from others – a standard of your own devising.

    This is pure Liberalism.

    Lib in a green singlet….reminds me of no-one so much as Mod Lib, another entirely disingenuous Labor-hater.

  11. God strike me, Newbie, you are so full of worthy, but predictable cliches!

    Have you done anything in life besides signal your virtues?

    I remind you that I am the only person here DEFENDING the rights of a gay man, persecuted for his homisexuality to the point of apparent suicide, and you are STILL dishing out grief for it..

    This seems to be because, in your view, he is not the correct kind of gay person. He does not hold views and opinions that you deem to be acceptable for a modern gay man.

    He has to justify his positions on SSM and drag queens, while you unabashedly state that yours are so rational as to be self evident. You literally can’t conceive of the possibility that someone who disagrees with you could hold their opinions validly.

    You need to grow up pretty quickly. Others you find yourself arguing with may not be as patient with you as I have been.

    I never thought this was possible but you might be even more sanctimonious and self-righteous than Guytaur.

    And THAT’S saying something!

  12. The entire “role of drag queens in educating our children” thing is a complete furphy in this particular instance.

    The drag queens weren’t there as part of a school function. None of the children were required to attend by the public curriculum. It was an independent event hosted by Rainbow Families Queensland. Attendance is open, and voluntary.

    A relevant question might be:

    Is it okay for a man to read stories to children in a library if they have permission from the library and all of the children are attending voluntarily* with the consent of their parents/guardians?

    The answer to that is such an obvious ‘Yes’ it’s absurd to even ask.

    What difference then if “man” is replaced with “man in a dress”? Is there some law that says a man who wants to read a story to a child must not wear a dress? Will anyone seriously suggest there should be such a law?

    Point is, nothing about believing drag queens shouldn’t have a role educating your children says that harassing random, non-educational-system-affiliated drag queens in a library is therefore a sensible action.

    * As in, no state entity has decreed they must attend.

  13. BB:

    Have you done anything in life besides signal your virtues?

    Obviously not.

    I remind you that I am the only person here DEFENDING the rights of a gay man

    Good for you. The rights of ONE gay man – who was vilified primarily for his actions as part of a brave group of conservative souls protesting the right of Working With Children Check-vetted non gender-conforming men to read stories to a group of young children in a public library – trumps those of all other LGBTIQ and non gender-conforming individuals. Bravo! Now who’s being a SJW?

    persecuted for his homisexuality

    No doubt, but not primarily because of this incident.

    This seems to be because, in your view, he is not the correct kind of gay person. He does not hold views and opinions that you deem to be acceptable for a modern gay man.

    It’s. not. so. much. that. he. holds. these. particular. views. as. his. actions. in. publicly. protesting. the. right. of. drag. queens. to. read. stories. to. children.

    Which word did you not comprehend?

    He has to justify his positions on SSM and drag queens, while you unabashedly state that yours are so rational as to be self evident. You literally can’t conceive of the possibility that someone who disagrees with you could hold their opinions validly.

    I understand that some people hold anti-SSM/drag queen views – including some LGBTIQ people themselves. But it is almost always due to some combination of religious belief or cultural pratice – neither of which makes such beliefs rational or ‘valid’.

    Or because of self-loathing, in the case of LGBTIQ folk who hold these views… of which the young man in question was gay. Gee, I wonder what could have led to him hating himself? You don’t seem to show any interest in exploring that idea.

    You need to grow up pretty quickly. Others you find yourself arguing with may not be as patient with you as I have been.

    I think I can handle it.

  14. Grimace
    The Liberals are reaping what they sowed and watching them try to sound like they get climate change when we all know that the Craig Kelly worldview is closer to what they really believe.

  15. Gods, if only this was true. From The Shovel:

    A contingent of emergency politicians from Canada, New Zealand and elsewhere will fly to Australia next week to help fill the enormous void of leadership in dealing with the nation’s bushfire crisis.

    With many Australian politicians still away on holiday, and the remainder totally fucking inept, it is hoped that an injection of international expertise will help Australia formulate some kind of plan for dealing with current and future fires.

    http://www.theshovel.com.au/2020/01/12/australia-asks-other-nations-to-send-backup-politicians-to-help-deal-with-bushfire-crisis-%EF%BB%BF/

  16. Thanks a r. Some like Bushfire Bill beg to differ that it’s perfectly valid to protest the rights of men in dresses to read stories to children who are not obligated to be there and whose parents have consented for them to participate in these sessions.

    Us older generations were never exposed any such “radical gender theory” as children.


  17. Cud Chewer says:
    Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    frednk..

    “Australia will do very well out of a zero carbon economy. Fu*k the rest of the world, it is in Australia’s interest to make it happen.”

    That’s also a message that should be taken directly to voters in shopping centres.

    Its the opposite of this message. The lie that frankly even a lot of pro climate people have swallowed, that taking action means taking a hit to our standard of living. That’s at the absolute core of this problem.

    You could even say more:

    Sticking with fossil fuel constrains our living standard as there is only so much oil and gas to go around. Moving to renewables removes that constraint.

    Australia will do very well out of a zero carbon economy. Fu*k the rest of the world, it is in Australia’s interest to make it happen.

    What are you doing to make it happen.

  18. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Eryk Bagshaw reports that Australia’s former productivity boss says the Morrison government is failing to stimulate the economy, and warns it seems more concerned about public perception than actual policies.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/former-productivity-commissioner-attacks-coalition-s-economic-plan-20200114-p53rby.html
    It looks like our Minister for Science has been nobbled.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/science-minister-says-climate-denial-a-waste-of-time-in-wake-of-fires-20200114-p53rev.html
    In conformation of a terrible decision to give the submarine contract to the French the design of Australia’s $80 billion future submarine fleet has been hit with a nine-month delay with Defence forced to extend two major contract milestones.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/design-on-future-submarines-hits-nine-month-delay-20200114-p53rd2.html
    Robert Pritchard explains how innovation is the key to reducing carbon emissions.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/innovation-is-the-key-to-reducing-carbon-emissions-20200114-p53rar.html
    The SMH editorial says that native fauna must not be forgotten in the bushfire recovery.
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/conservation/native-fauna-must-not-be-forgotten-in-bushfire-recovery-20200114-p53rfz.html
    Jenna Price fears that Morrison still has his beloved lump of coal and it sits in his top drawer, next to his copy of the Hillsong version of the Bible. Perhaps he might have time, on his next long plane trip to Hawaii, to embroider a sampler, this quote from Brian Houston: “Salvation comes with responsibility.”
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/it-takes-a-nation-to-save-the-land-we-love-20200113-p53r6k.html
    Chris Wallace reckons there is a way Morrison can shift the Coalition on climate change without losing face.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6577523/bushfires-wont-change-climate-policy-overnight-but-morrison-can-shift-the-coalition-without-losing-face/?cs=14350
    Climate activist Michael Bones says that the left needs to change the way it thinks about protest.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6575960/protests-arent-working-the-left-needs-to-learn-from-churchgoers/?cs=14329
    From Washington Matthew Knott reports that James Murdoch has accused his family’s global media empire of promoting climate denialism in a stunning attack on News Corporation’s climate coverage.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/james-murdoch-breaks-ranks-over-climate-change-denial-20200115-p53rie.html
    “The Australian says it accepts climate science, so why does it give a platform to ‘outright falsehoods’?”, asks Graham Readfearn.
    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2020/jan/15/the-australian-says-it-accepts-climate-science-so-why-does-it-give-a-platform-to-outright-falsehoods
    Rupert Murdoch, Dick Cheney, former CIA director James Woolsey, former US Treasury head Larry Summers, former US Energy Secretary Bill Richardson, hedge fund boss Michael Steinhardt and Jacob Rothschild have something in common. They are all on the board of oil and gas explorer, Genie Energy. Gas industry whistleblower Simone Marsh explores Rupert Murdoch’s fossil fuel interests.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/compromised-genie-energy-and-the-murdoch-medias-climate-denial/
    In their empire-building, Dutton and Pezzullo took on responsibility for the prevention of, preparation for and recovery of Australia from this bushfire crisis — so where are they? Abul Rizvi reports.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/dutton-and-pezzullos-culpability-for-the-bushfire-crisis,13488
    Professor Colleen Lewis is perplexed over why people dismiss expertise.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6573361/why-do-people-dismiss-expertise/?cs=14329
    Emma Herd tells us that companies and super funds are feeling pressure from their customers and members, who increasingly want their money invested in climate-positive ways.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/institutional-investors-increasingly-taking-their-own-climate-action-20200114-p53raz.html
    NSW State Member Emma Hurst has penned the following plea to her peers for greater leadership on the climate emergency.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/emma-hurst-time-to-take-a-lead-on-the-climate-emergency,13486
    Consumers will be forced to pay more for essential foods as a result of bushfires and drought, the government has warned, while imploring supermarkets to “stump up” and help struggling farmers.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/consumer/2020/01/14/fresh-food-price-rises-bushfires/
    Dominic Powell writes about Amazon showing signs of entering the pharmacy market but says the attempt would face a tough time due to stringent rules and regulations.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/amazon-australia-signals-pharmacy-foray-with-new-trademark-application-20200114-p53rc2.html
    The New South Wales Rural Fire Service trustee may be unable to distribute donated funds, including more than $50m raised by the comedian Celeste Barber, to other states or to bushfire victims, legal experts have warned.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jan/14/legal-questions-complicate-how-rural-fire-service-can-spend-donated-millions
    In a worrying report Mellissa Cunningham explains how Australian GPs are being put on high alert to look for signs of elder abuse and enact safety plans for older patients they suspect are in danger.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/onus-on-gps-to-report-elder-abuse-as-ageing-population-soars-20200114-p53rbn.html
    Christopher Knaus reveals that the Attorney-General’s Department has formally warned Christopher Pyne that he was banned from lobbying for a defence contractor that won millions of dollars in government work, including during his time as minister. Anyone surprised?
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jan/15/christopher-pyne-formally-warned-he-is-banned-from-lobbying-for-defence-contractor
    This should provide some entertainment. Victoria’s federal Liberal MPs will be forced to contest their own seats in preselections opening on Wednesday, despite a last ditch effort to overturn the plan by members who say it will damage the party’s electoral chances.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/federal-liberal-mps-forced-to-fight-for-their-seats-20200113-p53r54.html

    Cartoon Corner

    Mark David cuts deep.

    As does Glen Le Lievre.
    https://miro.medium.com/max/1875/1*gsd5Jp5J0PvhQaK684lUgg.jpeg
    Michael Leunig

    Fiona Katauskas

    Andrew Dyson

    Matt Golding



    What sort of a creature is Johannes Leak?
    https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/05867637141828cd3b39392815963ee5?width=1024

    From the US








  19. Air quality is pretty awful in Melbourne again today. We’re expecting storms this afternoon which may clear the atmosphere. Sun is the colour of your favourite Rose and visibility is very limited.

  20. The question of whether men in drag should be allowed to read to children in libraries is not a question to which I have given a great deal of thought. It’s also not one on which I am intending to spend much time in future.

    EDIT: Grimace @12:38. Good post. There are a few items that you can add to L/NP depredations, including:

    – wage stagnation (a feature, not a bug)
    – wage and super theft going mostly unchecked (ditto)
    – soaring education fees and debt
    – unaffordable housing
    – underfunded health services…

  21. Professor Colleen Lewis is perplexed over why people dismiss expertise.

    Because ‘experts’ like the Divine Miranda, Ray Hadley and BoltA etc etc etc have already ‘educated’ people so they already ‘know’ all they need . Why just today they were getting further ‘education’ from this Murdoch slug. With 98% of Murdoch Scientists agreeing it must be true eh ?

    We know the cause of these fires — and it’s not the climate

    MIRANDA DEVINE The last thing Scott Morrison should do to recover his popularity is waste millions of dollars on another bushfire royal commission.

  22. “ We know the cause of these fires — and it’s not the climate

    MIRANDA DEVINE The last thing Scott Morrison should do to recover his popularity is waste millions of dollars on another bushfire royal commission.”

    We know the cause of these lies – and its not the evidence. Its the money people get paid to tell them.

  23. poroti @ #1381 Wednesday, January 15th, 2020 – 7:20 am

    Professor Colleen Lewis is perplexed over why people dismiss expertise.

    Because ‘experts’ like the Divine Miranda, Ray Hadley and BoltA etc etc etc have already ‘educated’ people so they already ‘know’ all they need . Why just today they were getting further ‘education’ from this Murdoch slug. With 98% of Murdoch Scientists agreeing it must be true eh ?

    We know the cause of these fires — and it’s not the climate

    MIRANDA DEVINE The last thing Scott Morrison should do to recover his popularity is waste millions of dollars on another bushfire royal commission.

    What will an RC find that we haven’t already examined and studied and ignored?
    What will enriching lawyers do to mitigate Climate Change?
    Why give this Government the poitical cover to delay and obfuscate any action on Climate Change?

    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/daniel-andrews-downplays-royal-commission-into-bushfire-crisis-20200113-p53r3x.html

  24. Putin and Assad caught on video laughing as they mock Trump during Damascus meeting

    Video has emerged of Russian president Vladimir Putin and Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad having a laugh at President Trump’s expense during Putin’s visit to Damascus last week.

    “If Trump arrives along this road [to Damascus], everything will become normal with him too,” Assad said, according to a translation of the conversation. Putin then quipped that Trump would jump at the offer and if not, he’ll convince him to visit the country’s capital. “It will be repaired… invite him. He will come.” Assad replied that he’s ready to invite Trump. Putin then smiles and says, “I will tell him.”

    https://www.rawstory.com/2020/01/watch-putin-and-assad-caught-on-video-laughing-as-they-mock-trump-during-damascus-meeting/

  25. “Morning all. Why does the Australian Open get away with putting player health at risk? Surely it has some duty of care? Why do regulators give it so much slack?”

    M. O. N. E. Y.

  26. The Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump will begin in one week: Mitch McConnell

    It’s official. The Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump will begin one week from today – three years and one day from the date Trump was sworn in: Tuesday, January 21, 2020. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell just made the announcement, adding Senators will be sworn in by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court this week.

    That’s assuming that Wednesday’s vote in the House on sending the Articles of Impeachment passes, which it is expected to.

    https://www.rawstory.com/2020/01/the-senate-impeachment-trial-of-president-donald-trump-will-begin-in-one-week-mitch-mcconnell/

  27. There are now enough Senators to force a vote on whether or not to call witnesses in Trump’s impeachment trial: Report

    The House of Representatives tried to get several Trump administration officials to testify during the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, but the White House blocked them from appearing. In response, Speaker Nancy Pelosi held the Articles of Impeachment from the Senate in an attempt to bring the issue to light, and hopefully convince Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to agree to have these top officials testify.

    McConnell refused, but according to Bloomberg News’ Laura Litvan, there are now enough Republican Senators joining with Democrats to force a vote on whether or not to call witnesses and allow additional documents.

    https://www.rawstory.com/2020/01/there-are-now-enough-senators-to-force-a-vote-on-whether-or-not-to-call-witnesses-in-trumps-impeachment-trial-report/

  28. @BlakandBlack tweets

    The #Carmichael mine is expected to operate for 60 yrs, it’s estimated it will generate 4.73 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide. When burnt, coal from the Carmichael mine will produce 128.4Mt of carbon emission per year at peak production, or 4x the total carbon emissions of NZ

    #Adani

    @AndrewPStreet tweets

    It amazes me that whenever the Coalition talk of protecting mining jobs against economic reality they’re not marched upon by former SA auto workers, regional bank staff, Tasmanian cannery workers and especially ex-public servants whose job losses were apparently totes rad.

  29. BK

    thanks for the morning update.

    The Liberal preselection will be fascinating. I’m wondering if a certain member for Chisholm would be feeling worried.

    Meanwhile Tennis Australia will no doubt continue on their artogsmt ways today with the appalling smoke conditions here in Melbourne

  30. @thedailybeast tweets

    “Kathryn and James’ views on climate are well established and their frustration with some of the News Corp and Fox coverage of the topic is also well known,” a spokesperson for the couple exclusively told The Daily Beast
    https://trib.al/YxnzN3p

  31. Re the AO and Tennis Australia

    We need someone like a Federer or other high profile player to refuse to play …

    Or a player to collapse and be taken to hospital during a high profile match.

  32. Morning bludgers

    Much thanks to BK, Phoenix and ors for todays offerings.

    The smoke haze is still hanging around.
    Hopefully will ease up by this afternoon.

  33. For Victorian bludgers

    EPA Victoria
    @EPA_Victoria
    ·
    1h
    Victoria’s air quality continues to suffer with bushfire smoke. Melbourne improved overnight but is still VERY POOR. The forecast is for improving conditions with a chance of a storm later. Continue to monitor EPA AirWatch and follow smoke health advice. http://ow.ly/iwwX50xVpT7

  34. What could the Morrison government do? Go on a fact-finding trip to Europe?

    By ASSOCIATED PRESS
    JAN. 14, 2020 7:56 AM
    BRUSSELS — The European Union plans to dedicate a quarter of its budget to tackling climate change and to help shift $1.1 trillion in investment toward making the economy more environmentally friendly over the next 10 years.

    The Europe Investment Plan unveiled Tuesday will be funded by the EU budget and the private sector. It aims to deliver on European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s Green Deal to make Europe the world’s first carbon-neutral continent by 2050.

    The plan includes a mechanism designed to help the regions that would be most disrupted economically by the transition to cleaner industries.

    Von der Leyen, who took office in December, has made the fight against climate change her priority.

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