Essential Research coronavirus latest

Support rising for an easing of coronavirus restrictions, and strong backing for Kristina Keneally’s contentious call for migration cuts.

The usual weekly Essential Research coronavirus poll finds “only a quarter” of respondents now consider it too soon to be easing coronavirus restrictions, down from a peak of 49% in mid-April. There was also strong support for a range of fresh restrictions being imposed if there is a new surge of cases, but not for making the coronavirus app compulsory, which only 38% supported. Only 45% were confident the government would be able to adequately protect data from the app, and 44% were confident the government itself would not misuse it. Kristina Keneally’s call for a reduction in temporary migration after the pandemic had the support of 67% of respondents. All this detail is derived from The Guardian, which also tells us that the number of respondents who are “quite concerned” about the virus is up three points since last week to 49%, but without the “very concerned” figure it’s hard to know what if anything to make of that. The full report from the pollster should be published later today.

UPDATE: Full report here. The government reaches new heights on the eighth weekly iteration of the question as to how well it is handling the crisis, with good up five points to 71% and poor down one to 13%. The goodwill extends to state governments, who are collectively up three on good to 73% and steady on poor at 12%. The poll was conducted Thursday to Sunday from a sample of 1067.

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.

1,996 comments on “Essential Research coronavirus latest”

  1. Is this fellow an imbecile or wht?

    Outspoken Victorian Liberal frontbencher Tim Smith says he will not back down from his colourful attacks on Premier Daniel Andrews, but denies he wants the Opposition leadership.

    The Kew MP has continued to attack the Government’s leader with sledges including “schmuck, loser, dictator”, raising eyebrows.

    On Sunday, State Opposition Leader Michael O’Brien counselled Mr Smith after he called Premier Daniel Andrews a “loony” during an interview on breakfast TV.

    His often-late night tweets are grabbing attention and sucking oxygen from Mr O’Brien, who has spent the last two days pitching economic policies to tackle the state’s jobs crisis.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-14/tim-smith-defends-tweets-attacking-daniel-andrews-coronavirus/12248286

  2. Tricot

    Weren’t the Liberals planning on selling off the land along the line if they won the election which saw Brian Burke elected ?

  3. ‘Bert says:
    Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 5:10 pm

    Mavis if you’re around. Being ex navy do you have any thoughts on the pollies making a decision to over rule the independent panel that recommended Teddy Sheehan for a VC? Personally I think it’s a travesty.’

    We should get rid of the Victoria Cross altogether. Less than half of Australia’s population is christian. A substantial part of the population belongs to religions other than christian. Other than that around half the population wants to get rid of the monarchy.

    If we want the ADF to reflect all Australians, to award a medal that insults many a person’s core beliefs does not make sense.

    It should be replaced with the Australian Medal of Valor or some such.

    As for Sheehan, people who stuck to their posts and were killed while being overrun during WW2 were plentiful. IMO, there does not seem to be any particular reason to single Sheehan out from the thousands who stuck to their guns and paid the ultimate sacrifice.

  4. citizen @ #1751 Thursday, May 14th, 2020 – 5:24 pm

    Is this fellow an imbecile or wht?

    Outspoken Victorian Liberal frontbencher Tim Smith says he will not back down from his colourful attacks on Premier Daniel Andrews, but denies he wants the Opposition leadership.

    The Kew MP has continued to attack the Government’s leader with sledges including “schmuck, loser, dictator”, raising eyebrows.

    On Sunday, State Opposition Leader Michael O’Brien counselled Mr Smith after he called Premier Daniel Andrews a “loony” during an interview on breakfast TV.

    His often-late night tweets are grabbing attention and sucking oxygen from Mr O’Brien, who has spent the last two days pitching economic policies to tackle the state’s jobs crisis.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-14/tim-smith-defends-tweets-attacking-daniel-andrews-coronavirus/12248286

    Dan will be enjoying having a pet troll.

  5. Poroti…think you are right. Getting too long ago to remember the details without checking. However, given that Old Charlie was seen as some kind of all-knowing, all seeing Father Figure by his adoring supporters, that he followed the model of the US (and Canadian) railroad companies to “open up” the West/Prairies, it would be no surprise he saw $$$$ signs in selling the land ……………………….

  6. C@tmomma says:
    Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 5:18 pm

    You need to improve your comprehension skills. I didn’t say Aly was leaving politics.

  7. Is Cat singing Aly’s praise today. Flipping on a dime. Only a few days ago iirc she was devil incarnate for penning an opinion piece critical of the rhetoric used by KK in her op piece.

    Coronavirus: Aussies-first rhetoric must stop in immigration debate, says Anne Aly

    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/tones-of-dog-whistling-in-kristina-keneallys-migration-pitch-bob-carr/news-story/4ad7213a7884ff120b32cb6855824acc

    Labor MP Anne Aly has called for a change of language in the immigration debate as Kristina Keneally comes under criticism for using “Australians first” rhetoric when pushing for an overhaul of the ­migration system.

    Dr Aly, a migrant from Egypt, said Senator Keneally had some “extremely valid points” in calling for a review of the migration program but conceded that the opposition home affairs spokes­woman’s ­argument “could have been expressed better”.

    “We have got a history in Australia of talking about immigration in relation to ‘the wogs have got all the houses, they are going to take our jobs, we are going to be invaded, there is overcrowding’. And to blame all of that on immigration.

    “We need to stop that,” Dr Aly told The Australian.

    “We need to have a separate discussion around population growth and a separate discussion about immigration. I don’t like the conflation of those issues.”

    Along with her stance on asylum seekers and refugees, I can’t see her progressing far up the Labor slippery pole.

  8. boerwar

    It is an unhealthy obsession to try to start society again at year zero, like Pol Pot Or the Chairman Mao at the cultural revolution. A society and culture has memories and histories, both good and bad. Change and improvements should be made and lessons must be learnt and wrongs acknowledged but cultural memories have an ongoing role.

    Maybe You have never got over the fact that the New Holland was settled by the British and not the Dutch! 🙂

  9. Cud Chewer says:
    Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    The Pan Pacific is in the CBD of Perth.

    Rottnest Island is some nautical miles off the coast.

    The security guard had nothing to do with those on Rottnest.

  10. The headline

    US turning on its top expert, Dr Anthony Fauci

    Oh noes, what has he done or said ? OMG what a monster !

    Fauci ……He said America should be “focused on the proven public health practices of containment and mitigation”.

    “I’m a scientist, a physician and a public health official. I give advice according to the best scientific evidence.

    “I don’t give advice about economic things, I don’t give advice about anything other than public health.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=12332008

  11. Pegasus @ #1760 Thursday, May 14th, 2020 – 5:39 pm

    Is Cat singing Aly’s praise today. Flipping on a dime. Only a few days ago iirc she was devil incarnate for penning an opinion piece critical of the rhetoric used by KK in her op piece.

    Coronavirus: Aussies-first rhetoric must stop in immigration debate, says Anne Aly

    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/tones-of-dog-whistling-in-kristina-keneallys-migration-pitch-bob-carr/news-story/4ad7213a7884ff120b32cb6855824acc

    Labor MP Anne Aly has called for a change of language in the immigration debate as Kristina Keneally comes under criticism for using “Australians first” rhetoric when pushing for an overhaul of the ­migration system.

    Dr Aly, a migrant from Egypt, said Senator Keneally had some “extremely valid points” in calling for a review of the migration program but conceded that the opposition home affairs spokes­woman’s ­argument “could have been expressed better”.

    “We have got a history in Australia of talking about immigration in relation to ‘the wogs have got all the houses, they are going to take our jobs, we are going to be invaded, there is overcrowding’. And to blame all of that on immigration.

    “We need to stop that,” Dr Aly told The Australian.

    “We need to have a separate discussion around population growth and a separate discussion about immigration. I don’t like the conflation of those issues.”

    Along with her stance on asylum seekers and refugees, I can’t see her progressing far up the Labor slippery pole.

    No comment on the pathetic response to modernise the democracy of the Greens?

    Greens, as always, talk a good fight but can’t deliver when it counts.

  12. Bucephalus @ #1744 Thursday, May 14th, 2020 – 5:11 pm

    I’ve met Aly. She’s nice. We got a good friend who was studying politics at ANU some work in Aly’s office and with her in Canberra when Parliament was sitting. Having seen the sausages being made she no longer wants to go into politics and has changed her courses at University to Economics.

    Bucephalus @ #1758 Thursday, May 14th, 2020 – 5:37 pm

    C@tmomma says:
    Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 5:18 pm

    You need to improve your comprehension skills. I didn’t say Aly was leaving politics.

    I don’t need to improve anything. You need to compose clearly. Your garbled post, ‘she no longer wants to go into politics’ could have been construed a number of ways but I tried to take it sort of literally. If that’s a crime, I’m guilty as charged. 🙂

  13. Australians’ personal freedoms could be under serious threat with the new Asio bill

    Questioning children as young as 14 and the use of tracking and surveillance devices can hardly be described as ‘nonintrusive’

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/may/14/australians-personal-freedoms-could-be-under-serious-threat-with-the-new-asio-bill

    But the conferral of coercive questioning powers on an intelligence agency is a highly extraordinary and unusual measure, which has no equivalent under the laws of Australia’s counterparts in the Five Eyes alliance.

    Our anti-terrorism laws must strike the appropriate balance between community safety and protecting individual freedoms. They must be a necessary and proportionate response to potential threats and not unduly impinge on those very values and freedoms that we seek to protect from such threats, on which our democracy is founded – and which Australians rightly expect parliament to protect.
    :::
    But there is a proposed power to apprehend for questioning that may effectively amount to detention and there is an increased scope of matters for which people can be questioned, beyond terrorism alone.
    :::
    Expanding the powers of search and seizure available to, or for the benefit of, Asio in connection with questioning warrants is also a concern. These include powers of personal search and seizure in relation to people subject to questioning warrants, and the power to search premises. Combine those with the expansion of Asio’s powers to use surveillance and tracking devices, including without external authority or a warrant in some circumstances, and it should come as no surprise that there is concern that Australians’ personal freedoms are seriously under threat. The use of tracking and surveillance devices represents a very high degree of intrusion on a person’s privacy and can hardly be described as “nonintrusive”.
    :::
    Now there is a sense of urgency given that Asio’s current questioning powers are due to sunset on 7 September, and the amendments are set to commence by or before that date.

    This is not a bill to be rushed and hurried through the parliament. To do so would be detrimental to all Australians.

    The end goal – crush dissent; crush civil disobedience.

  14. beguiledagain

    “Has the testing gotten to the point where someone wanting to fly overseas would get to the airport in time for a Covid19 test, and they would not get a boarding pass unless it was a negative result.”

    Yes there are fast PCR tests available

    https://www.health.gov.au/ministers/the-hon-greg-hunt-mp/media/world-first-rapid-covid-19-testing-to-protect-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-communities

    This is the sort of test that would make it feasible to enable domestic travel as well. However, if its inbound from overseas then you really need a test, a week’s wait and then another test. That wait could be done in part at the airport hotel on the other side.

    I also want to see testing being a prerequisite for being able to travel any distance outside of Sydney. So get tested at any time and if your test is current, just have the document proving your status in case you’re pulled over. Just like your driver’s license. Having fast PCR tests allow you to get tested on the day of travel.

    The fact that Gladys (and her bureaucracy) haven’t apparently considered this move is a worry.

  15. Is Cat singing Aly’s praise today. Flipping on a dime. Only a few days ago iirc she was devil incarnate for penning an opinion piece critical of the rhetoric used by KK in her op piece.

    Pegasus, you little catty pony, I’m capable of nuance. Maybe you should try it some time. 🙂

  16. Cud Chewer @ #1768 Thursday, May 14th, 2020 – 5:47 pm

    beguiledagain

    “Has the testing gotten to the point where someone wanting to fly overseas would get to the airport in time for a Covid19 test, and they would not get a boarding pass unless it was a negative result.”

    Yes there are fast PCR tests available

    https://www.health.gov.au/ministers/the-hon-greg-hunt-mp/media/world-first-rapid-covid-19-testing-to-protect-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-communities

    This is the sort of test that would make it feasible to enable domestic travel as well. However, if its inbound from overseas then you really need a test, a week’s wait and then another test. That wait could be done in part at the airport hotel on the other side.

    I also want to see testing being a prerequisite for being able to travel any distance outside of Sydney. So get tested at any time and if your test is current, just have the document proving you’re status in case you’re pulled over. Just like your driver’s license. Having fast PCR tests allow you to get tested on the day of travel.

    The fact that Gladys (and her bureaucracy) haven’t apparently considered this move is a worry.

    I hope you’re not referring to the Abbott Pharmaceuticals COVID-19 test:

    The Abbott coronavirus test hailed by President Trump and used by the White House failed to detect infected samples in a large number of cases that were caught by a rival firm, a preliminary study says.

    The speedy Abbott test, which is supposed to determine in five to 13 minutes whether a person has the virus, missed a third of the positive samples found by the diagnostic company Cepheid when both tests used nasopharyngeal swabs, said the study done by a group from New York University. It missed more than 48 percent when both firms’ tests used dry nasal swabs. The former penetrates deeply into the nasal passages, while the latter is less invasive.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2020/05/13/abbott-coronavirus-test-missed-large-number-positive-results-caught-by-rival-firm-preliminary-study-says/

  17. Pegasus says:
    Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 5:46 pm

    “ The end goal – crush dissent; crush civil disobedience.”

    Yeah – fist punch!

    Nothing to do with stopping Australians getting killed by terrorists. Nothing at all – completely irrelevant.

  18. Pegasus

    I don’t agree with it being made compulsory just yet. Families should have discretion because some have older people in them. WA is probably headed to elimination of the virus, but lets see if the current case is the last gasp.

    My experience with school was that I had gaps (moving address, working on farm) and that actually did me some good. I also didn’t attend school for years 11 and 12 and did exceptionally well (I had teachers in the family and also teachers as family friends).

  19. How can anyone support the LNP when they are governing in such a cruel, heartless way, pretending to spend money but making sure that it rarely reaches anyone who needs it? Spending millions to lock up and torture people? Making the lives of the poor and homeless as difficult as possible and then pretending to care? Allowing Murdoch and Gina’s IPA to dictate their policies?

    All of a piece with the character of their leader. What happened to the old Liberal Party?

  20. Cud Chewer

    Apart from geography lessons and comprehension reading skills do you want me to get you more details on the security guard? Because I know the CEO of the company pretty well and I speak to the Chairman almost daily.

  21. Anne Aly is very far from being an incompetent politician. She won Cowan against the odds in 2016, defeating a sitting Liberal after entering a race with no money and no name recognition. The Liberals made a lot of mistakes in 2016, including more or less campaigning for her in the closing 3 weeks leading up to polling day. The Liberals set out to smear her but she managed to turn the tables on them. She campaigned really very effectively and won by a narrow margin.

    She managed to defend her seat in 2019 even as the Liberals secured swings their way in neighbouring seats. She’s well known for her personal warmth, her local activism and advocacy on issues that make a difference in Cowan. She’s well-known, well-liked, visible, effective and outspoken. Cowan is a tough seat – a genuine marginal. Anne is a great fighter.

  22. https://www.pollbludger.net/2020/05/12/essential-research-coronavirus-latest-2/comment-page-34/#comment-3406207

    [I’ll preface this by saying Liebor to me are no more appealing than the LyingN(C)P …]
    But, 2007?
    AWU.
    Former leader of the opposition Shorten.
    Wasn’t there already a RC/ inquiry into this?
    The ROC has nothing more recent than this to worry about … cool?
    I guess the way America or the quaint island off the coast of Europe has gone i/c hyperpartisanship so will Australia, unlike perhaps across the ditch or Canada.

  23. I hope they don’t think they will automatically get into a public school. The parents chose a private school over a public school for a reason. The parents and Peninsula Grammar should renegotiate fees. Public education is not for the offcasts from private schools.

    Peninsula Grammar sheds staff as cash-strapped families quit school

    (Age breaking headline)

  24. CI

    Aly wanted Shorten to promote her to the front bench, but alas……

    Currently, she is not on the shadow front bench. How would you rate her chances in the future progressing up the Labor slippery pole?

    In 2018 she had this to say….

    One of Labor’s rising stars in WA, Anne Aly, has taken a swipe at the party’s system of factional control, calling the machinations “childish and unnecessary” while urging Labor to focus on merit when considering frontbench promotions.

    The member for Cowan, who left a career as a counterterrorism academic to run for Labor at the 2016 Federal election, has called for diversity targets beyond gender to take account of career background and socio-economic status.

    In a no-holds-barred memoir of her life launched this week, Dr Aly revealed her distaste at factional politics when she came to Canberra as a new MP in 2016, likening it to “cliques” at high school.

    “I didn’t understand why I had to talk to people just to be seen to be talking to people — it all seemed rather childish and unnecessary to me. Worst still, it represented everything that I hated about politics,” she said.

    Despite joining the party’s Left faction, Dr Aly says she “can’t be a political animal” and admits that not wanting to engage in traditional factional arrangements may hinder her ambitions.

    https://thewest.com.au/politics/federal-politics/was-mp-for-cowan-anne-aly-labels-faction-politics-like-kid-cliques-ng-b88777187z

  25. Cud Chewer says:
    Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 6:01 pm

    You don’t think that I should correct errors or argue a case?

    Is this only allowed to be an ALP/Greens/socialist alliance place?

    You wouldn’t believe the “small Perth” syndrome but the Chairman of the Security Company is also the person who got our friend into Aly’s office.

    Starting to reveal a bit too much, I think.

  26. Sam Maiden is saying that she doesn’t think that Morrison wants to drop back to the old rates (unsaid: because she thinks he’s a nice bloke underneath). Well, that’s not what he’s saying.

  27. citizen says:
    Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 6:04 pm
    “I hope they don’t think they will automatically get into a public school.”

    That’s how the system is set up.

  28. clem attlee says:
    Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 6:10 pm
    “Aly won Cowan for no other reason than the fact that Labor threw tens of thousands of dollars into defending it.”

    That and the Libs hardly brought their A game – both times.

  29. Experts raise concerns about security of coronavirus tracing app COVIDSafe

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-14/experts-concerned-about-coronavirus-tracing-covidsafe-security/12245122

    While the Government has released the code for the app, there has been an omission — it has not released the server code that accompanies it.

    This would allow further scrutiny of how stored data is encrypted. The approach is also a departure from the Singapore Government, which has released both the app and source code.

  30. Danama

    Correct but given the size of Australia and the geopolitics of the SW Pacific and SE Asia surely having a few subs based in the Pacific makes sense? No?

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