Essential Research: gender equality and Australian history

Not the Eden-Monaro by-election news: an Essential Research poll, electoral reform in South Australia and election day roll management potentially to go digital.

Three entirely unrelated bits of information that don’t involve the Eden-Monaro by-election, for which another dedicated post is assuredly not far away (the most recent, and its attendant discussion thread, is here):

• This week’s Essential Research poll looks at indigenous issues and gender equality, finding broadly liberal viewpoints prevailing in each case. On the former count, most agreed that indigenous Australians and Pacific islanders had been “forced to work in Australia in conditions that amounted to slavery”, but 42% agreed that “many of the new cases of Covid-19 in Victoria have been from people who attended the Black Lives Matter protest” compared with 37% who believed it to be false. On gender equality, majorities somehow managed to agree both that there was “still a long way to go” and that it had “already been mostly achieved”, though a lot more emphatically in the former case. Respondents were also asked who got paid too much (bankers and lawyers) and too little (nurses and teachers).

Tom Richardson of InDaily reports on an imminent package of electoral reform in South Australia, which may include the introduction of optional preferential voting. Labor leader Peter Malinauskas has accused Premier Steven Marshall of a move to “rig the next election”, and invoked the bogey of “the polarisation of our democracy in the way we have seen in the United States”. Malinauskas’s real concern is more likely to do with Greens preferences, the system having raised no such concerns for the Labor governments that introduced them in New South Wales and Queensland, back when its main impact was to weaken intra-Coalition preference flows in three-cornerned contests. The Greens have also declared their opposition, which would leave its upper house fate in the hands of the three survivors of the Nick Xenophon disturbance. The government’s reforms may also include crackdowns on corflutes (which seem to be particularly popular in South Australia) and dissemination of how-to-vote cards at polling booths.

Justin Hendry of IT News reports the Australian Electoral Commission is looking into a full rollout of the electronic certified list system for marking off voters, which operated at around 10% of polling places at last year’s election. This replaces the more familiar method of paper lists marked off by pencil, which offer no guarantee the prospective voter has not already voted somewhere else beyond the requisite verbal assurance. As such, it can genuinely help prevent multiple voting, unlike a lot of other supposed electoral reforms that are invoked in its name. However, it may also constitute a point of vulnerability to nefarious actors.

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.

3,724 comments on “Essential Research: gender equality and Australian history”

  1. And heeeeres Adam

    Adam Creighton
    @Adam_Creighton
    ·
    50m
    Melbourne returns to six-week lockdown.
    Every time cases spike we shut down the economy for six weeks and crush freedom of movement?
    Future historians will laugh at this insanity.

  2. Shaun Reardon
    @reardon_shaun
    ·
    26m
    •Things that DON’T help during a pandemic:
    – Whinging
    – Moaning
    – Blaming political opponents & not having solutions yourself
    •Things that DO help during a global pandemic:
    – Listening to Health experts
    – Supporting frontline workers & the vulnerable
    -Staying home,Saving lives

  3. lizzie @ #3419 Tuesday, July 7th, 2020 – 4:42 pm

    And heeeeres Adam

    Adam Creighton
    @Adam_Creighton
    ·
    50m
    Melbourne returns to six-week lockdown.
    Every time cases spike we shut down the economy for six weeks and crush freedom of movement?
    Future historians will laugh at this insanity.

    I wish someone would buy him a ticket to America so he can see what not shutting down leads to.

  4. Mexicanbeemer says:
    Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    Assantdj
    There is still a small amount of country between Werribee and Geelong but unless a reserve is created then that would soon disappear.

    There is. I am sure it has a nice name but shit farm will do.

  5. Aaron Dodd
    @Aaron_Dodd2
    ·
    18m
    I’ve had a number of people ask “why has Liberal-ruled NSW not had the surge in cases that Labor-ruled Victoria has?” The answer is that NSW’s opposition has not played politics and undermined the govt’s public health messaging the way the Liberal opposition in VIC has.

  6. Comment of the day:

    master roshe
    @kuroshe_
    Bruv. Australia is shut down fullyfor 6 weeks after hitting 200 cases a day, but we out here in the US with 50,000 new cases a day and we’re opening more shit up. Like what. How does that make any sense? Jeeeez

  7. grace pettigrew
    @broomstick33
    ·
    1m
    #SkyNews all stops out now, campaigning against Dan Andrews .. he has to apologise again, he has to sack people, he is finished .. partisan politics at its most feral, and divisive, during a pandemic

  8. Australian Government not taking a backward step it seems.

    ABC News
    @abcnews
    · 11m
    #BREAKING: The Federal Government has issued new travel advice warning Australians they could face “arbitrary detention” if they go to mainland China.

  9. I would throw in the QLD LNP they are acting the same way as the victorian opposition playing politics , with Morrison and his cronies aiding and abetting at the federal level

  10. Greensborough Growler says:
    Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 4:50 pm
    Australian Government not taking a backward step it seems.

    ABC News
    @abcnews
    · 11m
    #BREAKING: The Federal Government has issued new travel advice warning Australians they could face “arbitrary detention” if they go to mainland China.

    —————
    What the ?
    Another Morrison lie, claiming Australians were banned from international travel ,

  11. C@tmomma @ #3430 Tuesday, July 7th, 2020 – 4:27 pm

    lizzie,
    Morrison isn’t stupid. He will keep the money flowing. He’d be a political fool not to.

    Btw, where’s Mitchell Shire?

    It’s the big growth area north of Melbourne and includes towns like Kilmore, Wallan and Kinglake.

    https://www.google.com/search?gs_ssp=eJzj4tTP1TcwyjAoKDBg9OLLzSxJzkjNyVEozsgsSgUAcLoIzw&q=mitchell+shire&oq=mitchell+Shire&aqs=chrome.1.0j46j0l6.6513j0j15&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

  12. ‘Greensborough Growler says:
    Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 4:50 pm

    Australian Government not taking a backward step it seems.

    ABC News
    @abcnews
    · 11m
    #BREAKING: The Federal Government has issued new travel advice warning Australians they could face “arbitrary detention” if they go to mainland China.’

    The advice is sound. Sundry Canadians have been arrested in retaliation for the arrest of the Huawei executive arrested in Canada. There is absolutely no doubt at all that, if Xi perceives an advantage in locking up stray Australians, he will do so. And there is nothing that the Canadians or Australia, can do about it.

  13. l i zzie
    First chance I’ve had for awhile to post but I’ve read back pages early hours when sleep eludes me.
    My heart reaches out to you for loss of Simon. Treat yourself grandly. He was a lucky boy to have you – but they all leave such big holes in our lives, don’t they.

  14. Just to be clear, 132k+ US citizens are dead and 3 Million have contracted this virus because partisan arsehats couldn’t see past their tribalism to act for the greater good.
    Those here throwing blame around because of BLM protests (funny how no OTHER city that had BLM protests has a mass outbreak just now) and the actions of the Victorian government need to get off their partisan donkey and ask what they need to do in a more constructive manner.
    Two weeks ago people were (and still are) decrying the Qld government for not opening up their borders and whining about “the Economy” as if such a thing exists outside of a functioning society (answer – it doesn’t) and society locked down in a pandemic is not “functioning” if we don’t bury our differences and work together.

  15. BH

    Thank you. Luckily I have two little ones I bought to fill in the hole I knew he would leave, but part of me is still working on his old routines and I keep thinking he’s just asleep somewhere – probably in the kitchen so that I had to trip over him whenever I was cooking. He was also a magnificent help whenever an egg slipped from my fingers and smashed on the tiles. It was slurped up within seconds!

  16. ABC News
    @abcnews
    · 11m
    #BREAKING: The Federal Government has issued new travel advice warning Australians they could face “arbitrary detention” if they go to mainland China.’

    Nazi Germany in the name of USA

  17. Australians or those who have dual citizenship ? I have the impression it is those travelling to China that have retained their Chinese passports that have been the ones getting into deep shit over alleged wrongdoing.

  18. The Fullest Look Yet at the Racial Inequity of Coronavirus

    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/07/05/us/coronavirus-latinos-african-americans-cdc-data.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

    Early numbers had shown that Black and Latino people were being harmed by the virus at higher rates. But the new federal data — made available after The New York Times sued the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — reveals a clearer and more complete picture: Black and Latino people have been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus in a widespread manner that spans the country, throughout hundreds of counties in urban, suburban and rural areas, and across all age groups.

    Latino and African-American residents of the United States have been three times as likely to become infected as their white neighbors, according to the new data, which provides detailed characteristics of 640,000 infections detected in nearly 1,000 U.S. counties. And Black and Latino people have been nearly twice as likely to die from the virus as white people, the data shows.

  19. The Ayn Rand Institute’s justification for taking government handouts is interesting, to say the least:
    https://newideal.aynrand.org/to-take-or-not-to-take/

    Their argument seems to be that the poor response by the US to the public health crisis COVID19 has been caused by government regulation of private health. The contradictory evidence is that every advanced country that has done better than them has a mostly public health systems, and in particular a system for public health.

    “conservatives”

  20. BH

    I really miss having a “big dog” around to bark for me. It’s been a hard decision not to have another, but I have to face facts.
    I understand all about CPOD. Ken suffered from it.

  21. E. G. Theodore @ #3477 Tuesday, July 7th, 2020 – 5:15 pm

    Their argument seems to be that the poor response by the US to the public health crisis COVID19 has been caused by government regulation of private health.

    Yeah, damn Obamacare! If even fewer people had access to healthcare surely there would be fewer infections and fewer deaths. Now get off my lawn!

  22. GG
    It’s hard to believe that someone could be so dumb but at the same time so certain of the correctness of their actions.

  23. GG

    The qanon crowd have found their way to Australia. Been saying that for quite a while.

    My daughter was told today by her hairdresser which is based in our part of world, that an unhealthy amount of her clients dont believe that the virus is serious.
    Her hairdresser has been horrified to witness this attitude.

  24. Very sneaky little virus.

    Two Victorian paramedics have tested positive for coronavirus today, Ambulance Victoria has said.

    They are the third and fourth paramedics to test positive since the pandemic began in late January and are both in isolation with contact tracing underway.

    Ambulance Victoria chief executive Tony Walker said the paramedics had been wearing personal protective equipment.

  25. E. G. Theodore
    Ayn Rand herself ended up on welfare so they are just following in their prophet’s hypocritical footsteps.

  26. Victoria @ #3485 Tuesday, July 7th, 2020 – 5:31 pm

    GG

    The qanon crowd have found their way to Australia. Been saying that for quite a while.

    My daughter was told today by her hairdresser which is based in our part of world, that an unhealthy amount of her clients dont believe that the virus is serious.
    Her hairdresser has been horrified to witness this attitude.

    Fuck them and the camel they rode in on.

    My situation is that we have my 88 yo MIL living with us. She has health issues. My mother who is 90 lives in the Mernda retirement Village. So, we are particuarly concerned with dealing with dickheads like the people you are talking about.

  27. Victoria
    There has been a view amongst many younger people that it is little more than a common flu that only effects the old and sick.

  28. GG

    Agreed.

    I’m hoping that people finally wake up.

    And as is illustrated that those who wear protective gear in their line of work are still getting the virus.
    Including the emergency staff at the local hospital.

    All this blame game stuff is beyond ridiculous.

    There is personal responsibility that people need to wrap their head around.

  29. Victoria @ #3491 Tuesday, July 7th, 2020 – 5:52 pm

    GG

    Agreed.

    I’m hoping that people finally wake up.

    And as is illustrated that those who wear protective gear in their line of work are still getting the virus.
    Including the emergency staff at the local hospital.

    All this blame game stuff is beyond ridiculous.

    There is personal responsibility that people need to wrap their head around.

    The blamers are the ones I particulay despise at the moment.

    We have to deal with the cards we are dealt.

    Whinging and moaning is so boring.

  30. I seem to remember that taylormade fags were pretty ordinary when one used Boomerang fag paper. ‘Roll-your-owns’ were always inferior to proper fags……Could not resist the pun……

  31. Again, I go away for a day and come back to see hysteria and panic, fingers pointed, denunciations megaphoned across bottomless political chasms, wedges driven and so on, etc. etc.

    The sun came up this morning, just before 7am, and it went down tonight, just before 5pm. The birds are still singing in the trees, the surf is pounding the length of Cellito, citizens walk their dogs, and the world is basically a beautiful place.

    Dan Andrews had no choice but to lock down. His critics are disgusting wankers (as if the virus cares about “human rights”!). And Labor retained Eden-Monaro.

    So what’s the problem?

  32. The situation would have been far worst , if the QLD, S.A,TAS,.W.A,N.T listened to the corrupt media, foreign media controlled and owned Morrison and his cronies , that there was no reason for the states/territories to be closed.

  33. Where is Morrison by the way………..? Personal ratings sky high – But, after 6/7 years in office his government can barely scrape up more than 50-50 in the opinion polls – for what the latter are still worth…..LNP supporters must be really be so happy with how things are going…….

  34. Lizzie:

    Many reasons, unfortunately, including very poor outer perimeter fencing.

    Which is exactly the sort of thing the government should fund fixing, right now:
    – work is outside, thus safe
    – helps people to live during the epidemic, instead of hiding

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