Essential Research: sports rorts, ICAC, Australia Day

The latest from Essential finds majority support for removing Bridget McKenzie, but with a third saying they haven’t been following the issue.

Essential Research has not allowed the long weekend to interrupt the fortnightly schedule of its polling, which continues to be limited to attitudinal questions. Conducted last Tuesday to this Monday from a sample of 1080, the most interesting question from the latest poll relates to Bridget McKenzie, whom 51% felt should have been stood down by the Prime Minister. Only 15% felt he was right not to do so, while a further 34% said they had not been following the issue. The question included an explanation of what the issue involved, which is always best avoided, but the wording was suitably neutral (“it is claimed she allocated $100million to sporting organisations in marginal seats to favour the Coalition”).

The poll also finds overwhelming support for the establishment of a federal ICAC – or to be precise, of “an independent federal corruption body to monitor the behaviour of our politicians and public servants”. Fully 80% of respondents were in favour, including 49% strongly in favour, which is five points higher than when Angus Taylor’s troubles prompted the same question to be asked in December. Also featured are yet more findings on Australia Day, for which Essential accentuates the positive by framing the question around “a separate national day to recognise indigenous Australians”. Fifty per cent were in favour of such a thing, down two on last year, but only 18% of these believed it should be in place of, rather than supplementary to, Australia Day. Forty per cent did not support such a day at all, unchanged on last year.

Note that there are two threads below this one of hopefully ongoing interest: the latest guest post from Adrian Beaumont on Monday’s Democratic caucuses in Iowa, and other international concerns; and my review of looming elections in Queensland, where the Liberal National Party has now chosen its candidate for the looming Currumbin by-election, who has not proved to the liking of retiring member Jann Stuckey.

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. C@tmomma @ #1488 Sunday, February 2nd, 2020 – 5:56 am

    Danama Papers @ #1477 Sunday, February 2nd, 2020 – 8:51 am

    C@tmomma @ #1460 Sunday, February 2nd, 2020 – 5:28 am

    However, at least Biden has a fighting chance of beating Trump. And, at the end of the day that’s all that really counts.

    If Trump isn’t doped up to the eyeballs he’ll make mince out of Biden in the debates.

    You appear to have forgotten Joe Biden’s winning debate performance against Republican darling, Sarah Palin.

    I remember it well. He didn’t win it at all. She even got off a few zingers against him. He held back all his punches because he didn’t want to be seen as “beating up on a girl”. Besides which Biden should’ve made mince of a pea-brain like Palin, even without getting nasty.


    In the past five years we’ve seen Einstein’s theory of general relativity play out in the detection of gravitational waves, the imaging of a black hole, and the orbit of stars around the supermassive black hole at the centre of our

    Plus anecdotal evidence that attempts to demonstrate that Einstein’s theories account for a super 15 year olds ability to be in multiple places simultaneously lighting fires (and chewing gum). This is now being referred to as quid pro quantum entanglement.

    Where was I – the ABC article.

    Dragging the fabric of spacetime

    In 1918, two Austrian scientists proposed that if Einstein was right then spinning objects, including Earth, should twist and drag the fabric of spacetime.

    The phenomenon, known as the Lense-Thirring* effect or frame-dragging, is usually too small to detect.

    A tiny effect was first demonstrated in an experiment that measured the subtle movements of gyroscopes placed into space above Earth.

    In an announcement from the Director General of the Gummints new “Science and That” department Mr. D. Opey explained that the new Space Departments first project will be to place large gyroscopes in orbit in the hope that the precession effect will begin the long awaited planet Earth’s physical move back in time to 1955.

    *In general relativity, Lense–Thirring precession or the Lense–Thirring effect ( named after Josef Lense and Hans Thirring) is a relativistic correction to the precession of a gyroscope near a large rotating mass such as the Earth. It is a gravitomagnetic frame-dragging effect.
    ‎The Lense–Thirring metric · ‎Gravitomagnetic analysis · ‎Example: Foucault’s …

    “This effect is usually expected to be measured only for a select class of heavenly bodies like some neutron stars and black holes.”

    This last refers to the

    No Gentle Sir and Madam not the China stuff – the sidebars – heavenly and other bodies.

    Quality items such as these will soon be available to the plebs using the compulsory “Leaners’ Card” . No booze for youse – so straighten up and fly right.

    Getting bloody hot – over. 🌞

  3. Speers has just tied Frydenberg completely in knots on charging nCoV19 evacuees the $1000 dollars.
    It wasn’t difficult!

  4. Corey was caught by the NSW South Coast fires. Explains a lot of his present epiphany (he’s gone from “Climate Change as a chess piece” to “something that’s actually important in it’s own right”).

    Let’s us not become too hopeful, though. He’s a Tory to his bootstraps.

  5. I’d forgotten what a good interviewer Speers is, not having had Fox News for years.

    Not even 5 mins into the interview and Josh is stumbling and blathering. It’s as if he was completely unprepared for this.

  6. sprocket_
    What wasn’t talked about was the previous advice that once finished with the quarantine they would be delivered to Perth to find their own way home and as we know the cost of air fares to anywhere in Australia at short notice is EXTREMELY high.

  7. Josh really doesn’t want to say “Climate Emergency’

    Now onto SportsRorts, Josh has his obfuscation talking points – let’s see how it goes

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