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. Why has Morrison and his cronies not extended the Bio security is it incompetence again

    Is this why the Media is hellbent on attacking Andrews , so the negligence by the federal government will not be noticed by the public

  2. BB
    I would have thought that they would be delighted that powerful men felt powerless enough to ensure that witnesses were on hand.
    They spent a bit of time verballing the intention in a rather nasty and vicious way.
    Then they spent a bit of time on how dare powerful men even imply that #metoo complaints were not all 100% true and accurate.
    They might want to think about why their sons or brothers are now extremely lucky to get a male teacher during the entire course of their primary schooling.

  3. Scott says:
    Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 7:03 pm
    Why has Morrison and his cronies not extended the Bio security is it incompetence again

    Is this why the Media is hellbent on attacking Andrews , so the negligence by the federal government will not be noticed by the public
    _____________________
    First year law student mistake, Biosecurity Act is read down subject to State powers – in your language you silly bum suck.

  4. Lars Von Trier says:
    Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 7:07 pm
    Biosecurity Act is read down subject to State powers –

    https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2020L00266

    Relevant powers under the Biosecurity Act can be engaged for use in relation to ‘listed human diseases’. The Minister for Health may advise the Governor-General to declare a human biosecurity emergency if satisfied that:

    The Minister for health is Greg hunt is it not

  5. I’m beginning to doubt whether L’arse has had ANY sleep in the past 72 hours.

    He appears to be hallucinating now. Someone give him a tablet.

  6. The tripe being thrown at Andrews by the extreme media is over the top. Warning: don’t view Sky! Granted, mistakes were made, most notably by employing private security to oversee quarantining – they’re essentially cops who couldn’t make the grade, lacking discipline. And make no mistake, Queensland, despite the embargo, could spike – all those licentious, sweating bodies, full of piss and bad manners might emulate Victoria but for different reasons. The three premiers to impress are: McGowan, Andrews, Palaszczuk. I do, though, like Gladys.

  7. The next time a Greens hack tries a bit of kiddie astroturfing by talking about youth unemployment they had better be ready with their population and migration policies as well.

    The notion that the latter are in no way connected with the former is absurd.

  8. IMO, all the premiers have (a) done their best and (b) done well.

    I do have a general question: has ANY country that relaxed restrictions not subsequently had a significant spike? I notice that Israel is putting restrictions back in place following a spike.

  9. ”It will be interesting to see once Morrison is found , will he be made to explain where was he during this crisis“

    Hawaii?

  10. It’s easy to see through Robert’s very selective use of dates – 2007, 2009 and 2011.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/07/centrelink-debts-have-been-collected-based-on-income-averaging-for-20-to-30-years-minister-reveals

    “Robert also said that governments have calculated debts “partially or solely” based on income averaging for 20 to 30 years and done so “on some mass” since 2007, including an estimated 16.6% of debts in 2009 and 24.4% in 2011.

  11. I think it is good for prime ministers to go on leave. They need it. The stresses and the pressures are immense. They need a break. They need it for themselves. They also have families and they need some free time with their partner and kids.
    It is good for the nation for prime ministers to take holidays.
    What I don’t like about Morrison is that he is furtive and sneaky about taking leave.

  12. IMO, all the premiers have (a) done their best and (b) done well.

    I agree.

    I’ve not seen any vilification of the Victorian Premier except for second-hand reports here, but then I don’t access news from Newscorp or commercial TV/radio.

  13. boerwar @ #3567 Tuesday, July 7th, 2020 – 7:26 pm

    I think it is good for prime ministers to go on leave. They need it. The stresses and the pressures are immense. They need a break. They need it for themselves. They also have families and they need some free time with their partner and kids.
    It is good for the nation for prime ministers to take holidays.
    What I don’t like about Morrison is that he is furtive and sneaky about taking leave.

    It’s his style. It will eventually become an issue when the pendulum swings against him.

  14. Steve777 @ #3569 Tuesday, July 7th, 2020 – 7:27 pm

    IMO, all the premiers have (a) done their best and (b) done well.

    I agree.

    I’ve not seen any vilification of the Victorian Premier except for second-hand reports here, but then I don’t access news from Newscorp or commercial TV/radio.

    Daniel Andrews should not have shared smokes with the quarantined guests and he should not have had sex with them.

  15. The game playing around the GST is that the Coalition wants it but it wants the premiers to beg for it.
    So, they deny that they want an increase in the GST while talking about an increase in the GST.

  16. So, there’s two immediate questions for Albanese – will he give ground to the shooters to save E-M and will he reject a change to the GST …?

  17. Nath
    If you believe that Dan Andrews is responsible for everything that is done by the State government because he must take responsibility for all delegated actions , then Equally Morrison must be responsible for all things bio security because in your world nothing can be delegated.

    In relation to my comments re translations, when did it become the governments responsibility to take care of everything, all the time. These people were equipped to provide information, it would have protected both them and their neighbours. They waited till lockdown to help out maybe they should learn a bit about community spirit.

  18. Re:GST, I don’t like the way even sources like SBS present this as part of their general news. It’s complicit gaslighting

  19. How about cancelling the remaining stages of planned tax cuts. Corporate tax is only paid by companies making a profit. Taxes on personal incomes above the average are levied on people who are doing well. There’s several tens of billions to repay the debt. No need to raise the GST.

  20. BB ”I am waiting until there’s an outbreak north of the border, to see what all the Andrews condemners say then.“

    They’ll look for Victorian connections to cases and double down on condemning. Or just condemn without bothering to check. If it crosses another Northern border then there’s another Labor Premier to condemn.

  21. Dan Andrews is now reaping the result of his earlier macho posturing.

    And if it is true that the new lockdown is going to cost Australia 1% of GDP in the third quarter that is $5 billion so that is a mighty cost that Victorian public administration has given us

  22. Rex
    “Daniel Andrews should not have shared smokes with the quarantined guests and he should not have had sex with them.”

    Careful Rex. Andrew Bolt might refer to you as an unconfirmed source in reporting that.

  23. Historyintime @ #3585 Tuesday, July 7th, 2020 – 7:50 pm

    Dan Andrews is now reaping the result of his earlier macho posturing.

    And if it is true that the new lockdown is going to cost Australia 1% of GDP in the third quarter that is $5 billion so that is a mighty cost that Victorian public administration has given us

    Horseshit!

  24. I went to Southport today, the food hall havened opened. I’ll tell you what, social distancing was not on the agenda. I do trust Palaszczuk’s decision is prescient.

  25. Historyintime

    Dan Andrews is now reaping the result of his earlier macho posturing.

    As one of Straya’s foremost intellectuals once said “Please explain?”


  26. Historyintime says:
    Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 7:50 pm

    Dan Andrews is now reaping the result of his earlier macho posturing.

    If you can stay at home you must; a consistent message undermined buy the yappers and Morrison.
    hopefully all will now zip it.

  27. From what I have read and seen on Victoria, I think the big picture decisions on overall lockdown and quarantine in Victoria have been made sensibly. Andrews made those decisions, and did them well.

    But the details of the quarantine management, especially the use of private security with minimal police presence and oversight, were poorly handled. Nobody appears to have been testing security guards until too late for example. They also didn’t start intensive testing earlier enough (this later changed). SA had nearly double Victoria’s rate of testing in March and April. So whoever was in charge of those arrangements screwed up. See past test rate data here.
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-06-10/fact-check-victoria-nsw-covid-19-testing-rates/12312034

  28. BB/GG
    “I am waiting until there’s an outbreak north of the border, to see what all the Andrews condemners say then.”

    Having said some of the Victorian junior ministers or bureaucrats have obviously screwed up, yes obviously this could easily happen in NSW or Qld as well. A lot harder to happen in WA or SA I think.

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