There probably won’t be any polls this week, with the fortnightly Essential Research and tri-weekly Newspoll having dropped last week. But there will of course be a Northern Territory election on Saturday, which is the subject of its own thread here.
• Sue Bailey of the Launceston Examiner reports that Eric Abetz is expected to retain the top position on the Tasmanian Liberals’ Senate ticket at the next election, contrary to earlier reports that Jonathan Duniam was planning to topple him, after the two “kissed and made up”. However, the report further says that “another senior Liberal” is doing the numbers for the third candidate who will be seeking re-election, Wendy Askew, who filled the Senate vacancy created last year when her brother, David Bushby, took up a diplomatic post in the United States. Also: “It is believed Prime Minister Scott Morrison wants the pre-selection delayed until next year so as not to be a distraction during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
• Michael Koziol of the Age/Herald has a story on the willing Liberal preselection contest in Warringah, which Tony Abbott lost to independent Zali Steggall at last year’s election. Abbott loyalists are said to be advancing the claim of Sacha Grebe, a former Scott Morrison staffer and employee of lobbying firm DPG Advisory, whose principal is David Gazard, a Morrison ally and candidate for Eden-Monaro in 2010. Grebe backer and local party activist Walter Villatora is engaged in a seemingly forlorn bid to have the preselection held as soon as possible. Others said to be in the hunt are “state MP Natalie Ward, state executive member Alex Dore and Menzies Research Centre manager Tim James”.
• There has been a change in the party balance of the Senate with Rex Patrick’s resignation from the Centre Alliance to sit as an independent. The Advertiser ($) has also reported the party’s two remaining members, Stirling Griff in the Senate and Mayo MP Rebekha Sharkie, are the subject of approaches from Liberals to defect to the party, although the notion is meeting bitter resistance from conservatives.
• The results of Tasmania’s recent upper house elections have been finalised, and as expected have resulted in the election of Labor’s Bastian Seidel in the seat of Huon south of Hobart, and of Liberal candidate Jo Palmer in Rosevears. The former was achieved over independent incumbent Robert Armstrong by the comfortable margin of 7.3% at the final count (12,284 votes to 9,152), but the latter proved a close run thing, with Jo Palmer landing 260 votes clear of independent candidate Janie Finlay, 11,492 votes (50.6%) or 11,232 (49.4%).
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That is my understanding.
So – the only way lives could have been saved would have been to get the people with symptoms off earlier, for example the Navy could have retrieved them at sea.
You don’t get it Barney.
I don’t believe the story about Alex Hawke’s parents, but the reason I don’t believe it has nothing to do with Samantha Maiden’s assurances.
Okay, but when I said essentially the same thing myself, at 10:47pm, you responded with another attack on Maiden.
I think Bushpig actually misses Pegasus. Since she’s no longer around to be the target of its relentless attacks, it’ll lash out at any woman. Tonight its target is Sam Maiden. Who knows which member of the female persuasion will be the target of its attention tomorrow.
I don’t trust any journalist who works for News Corp, and neither should you William.
You speak of my criticising Sam Maiden as if she was the Virgin Mary. Get a grip.
BB’s attack on Pegasus was personal, offensive and sexist, and was roundly (and rightly) condemned as such at the time, including by his erstwhile “supporters”
In contrast, in relation to Ms Maiden he has simply attacked her credibility, which is not the same thing at all
Why don’t all of you with personal issues with other posters just shut the fuck up and realise that you can’t have personal issues with someone you’ve never met. It’s the internet.
They are on a screen, the black fucking mirror. Grrrr.
Lily-white driven snow, the renewal, mother natheresa, a mission, become a member and go to heaven……. nah!
Re the Ruby Princess, I still question what really happened
-why the refusal to release passenger info to airlines knowing they could be infected?
-why did Morrison threaten a HC challenge to prevent ABF from appearing at the inquiry?
-why was the Ruby Princess ordered out of our waters before the Bret Walker investigation could interview the captain and other top people?
Have been following KK , Andrew Probyn and Tony Windsor on twitter and some responses to them included info that the Hawke in-law on board had posted on Facebook but this has since been removed.
There is also this article:
bill @ #1614 Wednesday, August 19th, 2020 – 2:07 am
Also this article which has some interesting sidelines –
It’s the independent journalists who broke the Barnaby Joyce story and with Ninefax now ‘LNP lite ‘ since Costello’s time at the helm, I read as widely as possible.
There’s just too much secrecy by this PM et al and you have to wonder what they have to hide.
Spray @ #1594 Tuesday, August 18th, 2020 – 9:30 pm
I’d need a link to a reliable source for that, and well we live in a society without them, so good luck with that.
“Sounds like a nice lady.”
“Late last year I was also diagnosed for the first time with anxiety and depression, which although I still believe never stopped me from breaking big political stories, has not been fun.
“My psychologist has this crazy idea I’m a rather complex individual because of my dad’s suicide when I was three years old. She says I’m high functioning which is a polite way of saying I’m an annoying, relentless perfectionist. I am genuinely sorry if anyone has been bruised by this.”
– Samantha Maiden
I don’ t like Mr Hawke any more than his previous mentor David Clarke but I would have expected proof is special favours were done for his parents on the Ruby princess. so i suspect this is untrue
no personal attacks please
It was in that it was all the expressing for ‘free’ bit was the problem 😉