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. Compared to what is going down federally the NSW crooks are small time bandits. The attempts to focus on the small time crooks; many of whom are now facing the courts, thanks in a large a part to KK is interesting to say the least.

    And no Pegasus the solution is not another cut and paste form a Green press release.

  2. nath

    I assume that Carr didn’t want to know what was going on.

    Leader of the party ,senior member for yonks and still blissfully unaware. If only he knew ? Not that the Libs are any less bent.

  3. Only in NSW is the forward planing so poor you know down a 1/2 completed freeway, mono rails and a finished stadium and expect the rest of the country to pay for the stupidity.

    NSW the state so corrupt it can no longer build shit.

  4. “They’re not there to maintain lifestyles or keep your cellars stocked with $35 Barossa chardonnay. ”

    ________________________________________

    Anyone who buys a $35 Barossa chardonnay needs their head read urgently. I didn’t know they existed!

  5. frednk
    says:
    Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 9:15 pm
    Only in NSW is the forward planing so poor you know down a 1/2 completed freeway, mono rails and a finished stadium and expect the rest of the country to pay for the stupidity.
    NSW the state so corrupt it can no longer build shit.
    ______________________________
    Would they be interested in buying a $6 billion dollar Desal plant? Never been used.

  6. nath says:
    Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 9:21 pm


    frednk
    says:
    Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 9:15 pm
    Only in NSW is the forward planing so poor you know down a 1/2 completed freeway, mono rails and a finished stadium and expect the rest of the country to pay for the stupidity.
    NSW the state so corrupt it can no longer build shit.
    ______________________________
    Would they be interested in buying a $6 billion dollar Desal plant? Never been used.

    Actually it has been recommissioned and used. That aside. Brumby said civilized states do not let their towns run out of water. Brumby did not know it was not going to rain. Only a twit like you would pretend otherwise.

    He did make sure the towns did not run out of water.

    The same cannot be said for NSW

  7. Greensborough Growler says:
    Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 9:22 pm
    TPOF @ #1907 Thursday, May 14th, 2020 – 9:20 pm

    “They’re not there to maintain lifestyles or keep your cellars stocked with $35 Barossa chardonnay. ”

    ________________________________________

    Anyone who buys a $35 Barossa chardonnay needs their head read urgently. I didn’t know they existed!

    And, your point?

    ____________________________________________

    With all the crap that goes down on this site these days I think it’s nice not to have a point!

  8. Oakeshott Country @ #1882 Thursday, May 14th, 2020 – 8:35 pm

    Yes I do see some hope for NSW Labor but not in its current form.
    The ethos of “whatever it takes” has been too deeply embedded over the last 50 years for the party to regain its moral compass without revolutionary reform.
    Lars suggestion of a truth and justice commission followed by a disconnection with the unions would be a good start

    And it’s his little sidekick, OC.

    Neither of them have a clue but they continue to peddle their wares anyway. Sad.

    Let me give you a tip, OC. If you are saying that Labor should disconnect itself from the unions, you are better off in the Liberal Party. The Liberal Party is full of bourgeoisie who have no appreciation for the role of unions in society.

  9. This:

    The capital cost for the project was initially estimated to be $2.9 billion in the initial feasibility study; this was later revised to $3.1 billion[26] and then to $3.5 billion. After the winning bidder was announced it was revised to $4 billion.
    Operating costs are to be charged by a private firm over a 25–30 year period and are estimated to be around $1.5 billion.

    Or this:

    By comparison, the Kwinana Desalination Plant in Perth, Western Australia, was completed in 2006 with approximately 30–50 per cent of the output of the Wonthaggi plant. It cost $387 million to build and did not include an 85 km (55 mi) pipeline and windfarm.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victorian_Desalination_Plant

  10. Thinking about water, when I was a kid they talked about the serious water loss from the Mallee channel system, the one used to feed water to the towns and fill numerous farm dams, and the need to move to pipes. Brumby did it. His reward, the Mallee is still represented by the country party.

    What can be said, what I left behind was people as stupid as Nath.

  11. TPOF @ #1913 Thursday, May 14th, 2020 – 9:28 pm

    Greensborough Growler says:
    Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 9:22 pm
    TPOF @ #1907 Thursday, May 14th, 2020 – 9:20 pm

    “They’re not there to maintain lifestyles or keep your cellars stocked with $35 Barossa chardonnay. ”

    ________________________________________

    Anyone who buys a $35 Barossa chardonnay needs their head read urgently. I didn’t know they existed!

    And, your point?

    ____________________________________________

    With all the crap that goes down on this site these days I think it’s nice not to have a point!

    You stil haven’t found what your’re not looking for?

  12. Continually Insufferable @ #1839 Thursday, May 14th, 2020 – 7:09 pm

    Oakeshott Country says:
    Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 7:06 pm
    Emma had to go to get the talented Dianne Beamer into the Shorten cabinet

    This is entirely false.

    OC’s just a bitter old peddler of falsehoods. He thinks that by coming here and spreading shit around about Labor that he will undermine them successfully, as he believes his own bs to such an extent that he thinks everyone else will too. Sad.

    I mean, the above can be proven to be a load of old cobblers because, if Bill Shorten wanted Diane Beamer in his cabinet, he would have chosen her over Emma Husar in the first instance. Diane Beamer was well out of state politics by then.

  13. nath

    More absolute ignorance from the resident clown. The desalination plant was build in a brought, if the rain did not come it had to be built. It was built after the liberal party had pretty much decimated the public works department.

    There is no doubt the company that was given the contract stuffed it up in grand style. I know enough about that to get into trouble with NDA’s if I detailed what went on.

    There was however no option other than throw money at it.


  14. nath says:
    Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 9:39 pm

    And btw I never criticised the water saving measures in Northern Victoria.

    You there for the crap fight over the north/south pipeline?

  15. The unions have a very important role in society.
    It is there role in the Labor Party, other than providing a vehicle for soul less career politicians, that needs to be resolved

  16. frednk says:
    Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 9:41 pm
    nath

    More absolute ignorance from the resident clown. The desalination plant was build in a brought, if the rain did not come it had to be built. It was built after the liberal party had pretty much decimated the public works department.

    There is no doubt the company that was given the contract stuffed it up in grand style. I know enough about that to get into trouble with NDA’s if I detailed what went on.

    There was however no option other than throw money at it.
    ___________________________________
    So you were undercover?

  17. frednk
    There was however no option other than throw money at it.
    __________________
    LOL. The Desal plant has been a disaster. 6 billion and never used. It’s construction was a bludge for many involved. Lot’s of people earned nicely. And the Victorian people will pay for it for decades.

  18. Speaking of the Hungry Mile, prior to the Ros Packer donations of $500 large to the Barry O’Farrell Liberals to hand over the site to Jamie and Macau friends without a tender, there used to be wharves.

    I can recall doing some truck driving for a friend’s company, wharf delivery of goods going to place like Nukaloafa and Apia. The drill was you would get there, join the cue in Hickson road and wait, and wait, and wait. The Big House pub would empty about 2.30pm, and everyone filtered back. About 3.30pm, the overtime would kick in and everyone started to get busy, trucks going in, getting unloaded.

    The foreman was known as The Judge. When I foolishly asked why, I was told ‘He’s always sitting on a case’.

    Then came Chris Corrigan, balaclavas and dogs. And BarryO. To clear the way for the Packers and triads to bring in the whales. 6 star hotel and a casino with locals not allowed in.

    A tale of Sydney corruption which makes the Beagle Boys look like kids in short pants stealing your lunch box.

  19. Nath
    Or where you part of the crap fight over deepening port Melbourne.
    Have any of the nonsense predictions come to fruition?

  20. C@t
    What’s the similarity between Lindsay and Robertson.
    Answer: Both had to be won for Labor to have a reasonable chance to form government and both were lost at the pre-selection stage through internal right conflicts

  21. frednk
    says:
    Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 9:47 pm
    Nath
    Or where you part of the crap fight over deepening port Melbourne.
    Have any of the nonsense predictions come to fruition?
    __________
    What’s that got to do with anything? You are like a Galah with it’s head chopped off. North South Pipeline, Malle channels now the deepening of the port.

  22. Greensborough Growler @ #1926 Thursday, May 14th, 2020 – 9:46 pm

    Perhaps you need to find a political pary that might assist yo in a crisis.

    You mean Labor? Don’t make me laugh. We have been in touch with our local Labor member, who we foolishly supported at the last election – we were in fact the only electorate stupid enough to do so. She has been very interested in our case, but has acknowledged there is actually nothing she can do for us.

    Guess who we won’t be voting for next time!

  23. Sprocket
    I was at the conference when Carr made the announcement that Sydney Harbour was no longer a working port and the Hungry Mile would become a “landmark” development


  24. nath says:
    Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    frednk
    There was however no option other than throw money at it.
    __________________
    LOL. The Desal plant has been a disaster. 6 billion and never used. It’s construction was a bludge for many involved. Lot’s of people earned nicely. And the Victorian people will pay for it for decades.

    It was not a disaster it was commissioned and it works, it may yet still be needed.

    The story would be a lot different if Melbourne had ran out of water.

    There are two premiers to be admired for their forward planning. Bolt and Brumby. I have no doubt Andrews will get added to the list when his projects are finished.

    I am also sure Nath will be a clown on poll pludger who will be remembered for as little as the current leader of the opposition. School yard taunts.

  25. boerwar

    “ We will be expecting muslim Australians and atheists to fight in the ADF. Their ‘reward’ for extreme heroism is a blasphemous insult.”
    ————
    But if an athiest found something a “blasphemous insult” wouldn’t that make them a theist?

    I did not know muslims found non-muslim symbols “blasphemous”. If they do, how does that work in this much lauded multi-cultural society? The last one in gets to decide?

    I believe “blasphemy” deserves as much respect as anti-vaccine-ism.

  26. Another fun historical anecdote was that whilst the trucks were queued up in Hickson Road, there would be guys walking from truck to truck selling The Tribune, and engaging us in conversation – red ragging style.

    Whatever happened to The Tribune?.

  27. Oakeshott Country @ #1931 Thursday, May 14th, 2020 – 9:49 pm

    C@t
    What’s the similarity between Lindsay and Robertson.
    Answer: Both had to be won for Labor to have a reasonable chance to form government and both were lost at the pre-selection stage through internal right conflicts

    However, your characterisation around Diane Beemer and Emma Husar is a false one.

    The Andersons created mischief in Lindsay. Emma Husar was going along quite well until then. I have no doubt she would have resisted the tide against Labor, she was a popular Local Member from all accounts who especially appealed to the part of the electorate that didn’t have tickets on themselves. I would hope that the ALP chooses wisely in Lindsay for the next election. The candidates they have chosen for the seats that overlay Lindsay in NSW State Parliament have been very good. Susan Templeman in Greenway has resisted the concerted Evangelical bloc vote because she is a class act. So I don’t think it is beyond their ken to choose another fine candidate to contest Lindsay in 2022.

    As for Robertson, it is well known what my views are. When it comes to choosing our next candidate we will defintely not be going down the same old road as before.

  28. Player One @ #1933 Thursday, May 14th, 2020 – 9:52 pm

    Greensborough Growler @ #1926 Thursday, May 14th, 2020 – 9:46 pm

    Perhaps you need to find a political pary that might assist yo in a crisis.

    You mean Labor? Don’t make me laugh. We have been in touch with our local Labor member, who we foolishly supported at the last election – we were in fact the only electorate stupid enough to do so. She has been very interested in our case, but has acknowledged there is actually nothing she can do for us.

    Guess who we won’t be voting for next time!

    Whatever happened to global warming and protection of the environment?

    You’re like all the others, Greens issuses are paramount till you have to make a political choice.

  29. GG

    Albanese was elected as leader unapposed. There were several contenders / aspirants who put their hands up or expressed interest in running, including Plibersek, Bowen, Burke and Chalmers.

    ‘The party deserves a contest’: Chris Bowen to run for ALP leadership:
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/the-party-deserves-a-contest-chris-bowen-to-run-for-alp-leadership-20190521-p51ph2

    All other aspirants withdrew before the close of nominations citing various reasons.

    A ballot of one. How democratic. Not

  30. Hundreds of thousands of low-paid workers could have wage rises delayed for up to six months after the Fair Work Commission revealed it was looking at deferring minimum wage increases for stressed companies operating under the JobKeeper scheme.

    As Industrial Relations Minister Christian Porter said the commission’s top priority must be keeping workers in jobs and employers warned that wage rises would add to unemployment queues, Fair Work president Ian Ross canvassed the “merits’’ of the commission deferring an increase.

    The FWC’s revelation will increase tensions between employers who want a wage freeze for 12 months and unions that want a $30-a-week rise for minimum wage earners from July 1.

  31. frednk
    says:
    There are two premiers to be admired for their forward planning. Bolt and Brumby. I have no doubt Andrews will get added to the list when his projects are finished.
    I am also sure Nath will be a clown on poll pludger who will be remembered for as little as the current leader of the opposition. School yard taunts.
    ______________________________
    The Bracks/Brumby government was a pretty good one in my opinion. The Desal plant unfortunately was a lazy and costly decision. More innovative water saving measures across the system would have been more cost effective. Not to mention the lost opportunities with regard to storm water utilization.

  32. Greensborough Growler @ #1937 Thursday, May 14th, 2020 – 9:57 pm

    Whatever happened to global warming and protection of the environment?

    Excellent question. I look forward to Labor actually having policy in these areas.

    You’re like all the others, Greens issuses are paramount till you have to make a political choice.

    I realize you don’t understand this, but I will say it once again – I am of the left and green, but I am not a Green.


  33. nath says:
    Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    …..
    What’s that got to do with anything? You are like a Galah with it’s head chopped off. North South Pipeline, Malle channels now the deepening of the port.

    A Galah does not need it’s head chopped to squawk.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMF8s1jRDII
    I can point to one successful Labor project after the other, I can recall the crap that come from the Greens, the Liberals and all who sail with that bunch off miss fits. All you have is a hatred for shorten.

  34. Pegasus @ #1940 Thursday, May 14th, 2020 – 9:58 pm

    GG

    Albanese was elected as leader unapposed. There were several contenders / aspirants who put their hands up or expressed interest in running, including Plibersek, Bowen, Burke and Chalmers.

    ‘The party deserves a contest’: Chris Bowen to run for ALP leadership:
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/the-party-deserves-a-contest-chris-bowen-to-run-for-alp-leadership-20190521-p51ph2

    All other aspirants withdrew before the close of nominations citing various reasons.

    A ballot of one. How democratic. Not

    Um, I would have thought that a candidate standing unopposed is a democratic outcome.

    But, I understand that a Greens supporter could not possibly understand the concept given the antiquated secret squirrle rules they operate by.

  35. [Then came Chris Corrigan, balaclavas and dogs. And BarryO. To clear the way for the Packers and triads to bring in the whales. 6 star hotel and a casino with locals not allowed in.]

    This skips about 15 years of development history.

  36. The funny thing is that you really think I thought Beamer was Shorten’s candidate for cabinet. I actually said it was sarcasm 2 posts later.
    I put some effort into supporting Beamer to win Badgerys Creek. It affected my career badly and in the end she did not achieve much in Macquarie St

  37. frednk
    says:

    I can point to one successful Labor project after the other
    ____________________
    Yes. And they are usually ones that have been developed in their respective departments for years if not decades. The successful delivery of a few projects does not relieve a government of the responsibility not to waste Billion of dollars on a lazy and ill thought out project.

  38. The Victoria Cross in Australia (separate from the UK version since the Hawke Government) is Australia’s highest award for valour in war. It is in the form of a cross but it is not a religious symbol. I have not heard that non-Christians are offended by it. A silly non-issue.

  39. C@tmomma says:
    Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 9:57 pm
    Oakeshott Country @ #1931 Thursday, May 14th, 2020 – 9:49 pm

    C@t
    What’s the similarity between Lindsay and Robertson.
    Answer: Both had to be won for Labor to have a reasonable chance to form government and both were lost at the pre-selection stage through internal right conflicts
    However, your characterisation around Diane Beemer and Emma Husar is a false one.

    The Andersons created mischief in Lindsay. Emma Husar was going along quite well until then. I have no doubt she would have resisted the tide against Labor, she was a popular Local Member from all accounts who especially appealed to the part of the electorate that didn’t have tickets on themselves. I would hope that the ALP chooses wisely in Lindsay for the next election. The candidates they have chosen for the seats that overlay Lindsay in NSW State Parliament have been very good. Susan Templeman in Greenway has resisted the concerted Evangelical bloc vote because she is a class act. So I don’t think it is beyond their ken to choose another fine candidate to contest Lindsay in 2022.

    As for Robertson, it is well known what my views are. When it comes to choosing our next candidate we will defintely not be going down the same old road as before.
    ____________________________________
    Will you nominate for preselection? Have you got “the nod” from Head Office? What’s Della and Belinda’s view?


  40. nath says:
    Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 9:59 pm
    ..
    More innovative water saving measures across the system would have been more cost effective. Not to mention the lost opportunities with regard to storm water utilization.

    Oh wasn’t that one full out crap fight. There is nothing wrong with recycling sewage water. But no that was met with bullshit. You can’t even bring yourself to type the word “Storm water utilization” bullshit to that.

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