Essential Research coronavirus latest, Roy Morgan federal voting intention

Essential Research finds public support for governments’ handling of coronavirus not quite what it was, while Roy Morgan records the Coalition moving into a commanding lead.

As reported by The Guardian, the latest fortnightly Essential Research poll finds approval of Scott Morrison’s handling of COVID-19 at 61%, which is off from a high of 72% in June. Approval ratings for state governments in New South Wales as well as Victoria are also trending gently downwards, with both having lost two points in the past fortnight, leaving them at 59% and 47% respectively. The Western Australian government continues to lead the field on 84%, though this too is down two on last time, with due regard to the very small sample size.

The poll also suggests Australians are unsentimental about civil liberties in the face of COVID-19, with 65% favouring closing the border to all foreign travellers and 52% supporting dedicated quarantine facilities for convalescents. Concerning outbreaks at aged care clinics, 42% blamed the providers, 30% the federal goverment and 28% state governments, and 70% believed the situation had been aggravated by long-term under-funding. The poll also gauged support for taxpayers to underwrite new gas infrastructure at 27% for, 27% against and 32% for neither. The poll was conducted from 1068 respondents from Thursday to Sunday; the pollster will publish its full report will be published later today.

UPDATE: Full report here. It should be noted that the 61% approval rating for handling of COVID-19 related to “the government” rather than Scott Morrison.

We also had on Friday one of the occasional Roy Morgan polls on federal voting intention, which finds the Coalition lead out to 54-46 from 51.5-48.5 when the last such poll was published in mid-July. The Coalition is up 2.5% on the primary vote to 46%, with Labor down one to 32.5%, the Greens steady on 11% and One Nation up half a point to 3%. The poll was conducted over the previous two weekends by phone and online interviewing from a sample of 2841.

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.

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  1. “… 77% agree with the statement: “Authorities failed to prepare an adequate Covid-19 strategy to deal with outbreaks in aged care facilities.””

  2. We also had on Friday one of the occasional Roy Morgan polls on federal voting intention, which finds the Coalition lead out to 54-46 from 51.5-48.5 when the last such poll was published in mid-July.

    Looks like Labor are going to win the federal election again. 🙂

  3. Tests indicate Alexei Navalny was poisoned, says German clinic

    Tests indicate that Alexei Navalny was the victim of a poisoning and he is being treated with atropine, the same antidote used after the 2018 nerve agent attack in Salisbury, the German clinic where the Kremlin critic is a patient said on Monday.

    While Berlin’s Charité hospital did not identify the specific poison responsible for Navalny’s sudden illness on an internal Russian flight last Thursday, the substance was part of a group that affects the central nervous system, and includes nerve agents and pesticides, as well as some drugs.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/24/alexei-navalny-was-probably-poisoned-says-germany

  4. Trump better stay President for Life or he’ll be going to the Big House after the White House:

    The New York attorney general is investigating President Trump’s private business for allegedly misleading lenders by inflating the value of its assets, the attorney general’s office said Monday in a legal filing.

    In the filing, signed by a deputy to Attorney General Letitia James, the attorney general’s office said it is investigating Trump’s use of “Statements of Financial Condition” — documents Trump sent to lenders, summarizing his assets and debts.

    The filing asks a New York state judge to compel the Trump Organization to provide information it has been withholding from investigators — including a subpoena seeking an interview with the president’s son Eric.

    The attorney general’s office said it began investigating after Trump’s former lawyer and “fixer,” Michael Cohen, told Congress in February 2019 that Trump had used these statements to inflate his net worth to lenders.

    The filing said that Eric Trump had been scheduled to be interviewed in the investigation in late July, but abruptly canceled that interview. The filing says that Eric Trump is now refusing to be interviewed, with Eric Trump’s lawyers saying, “We cannot allow the requested interview to go forward … pursuant to those rights afforded to every individual under the Constitution.”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/new-york-ag-trump-organization-lawsuit/2020/08/24/882c03a8-e60e-11ea-bc79-834454439a44_story.html

    I think that means Eric Trump is taking the Fifth. 🙂

  5. Jaeger,
    I bet part of the reason Putin hates Navalny is because the ugly little runt Putin can’t stand that Navalny is tall and good looking with a great sense of humour. Navalny, shirtless on a horse, would actually look good.

  6. C@t:

    Well now we know why Bill Barr has tried to run interference on NYAG for so long. I notice Eric Trump is now refusing to comply with a request to be interviewed as part of that investigation, citing “rights afforded to every individual under the Constitution” when he’d earlier agreed to be interviewed.

  7. Aged Care Minister Richard Colbeck has been stripped of responsibility for activating aged-care emergency Covid-19 measures, as Labor calls for his resignation over the handling of the crisis. Responsibility for mobilising an aged care emergency response operations centre when an outbreak occurs in a nursing home has been shifted to Health Minister Greg Hunt, reports The Australian. It comes as Labor leader Anthony Albanese calls for Senator Colbeck’s resignation over the crisis, pointing to the royal commission into aged care’s finding that the federal government did not enact a specific Covid-19 plan for the sector, and Colbeck’s inability to recall the number of virus deaths in nursing homes at a hearing last week.

    SatPaper

  8. There is a wonderful (indeed inspirational, in its way) YouTube where a Criminal Law professor advises anyone involved in a police investigation: “Don’t talk to the police!”

    It’s set in the American context, but is good general advice for any jurisdiction.

    https://youtu.be/d-7o9xYp7eE

  9. How venal do you have to be to get the sack from the Morrison government!?!

    Assistant Treasurer Michael Sukkar used his taxpayer-funded electorate office budget to pay one of his best friends, who was also tasked with designing Mr Sukkar’s political smear files and materials to solicit party donations, in potential breach of parliamentary rules.

    Graphic designer Matt Pham, who chose Mr Sukkar as one of the groomsmen at his 2014 wedding and has been a close personal friend of the minister for more than a decade, was paid from Mr Sukkar’s electorate office budget between 2016 and 2018. Mr Pham’s LinkedIn account shows he worked in full-time roles for a real estate advertising company during the same period that Mr Sukkar has said Mr Pham worked “as a casual Electorate Officer in the Deakin Electorate Office”.

    …Mr Sukkar has retained the support of the Morrison government, despite evidence showing he backed a scheme to give taxpayer-funded jobs to factional operatives in the office of Liberal MP and party elder Kevin Andrews in 2017 and 2018. Mr Sukkar also employed factional operatives, including Mr Bastiaan’s wife Stephanie, in his own office as electorate officers. He insists he has no knowledge or involvement in any wrongdoing or abuse of public funds.

    https://www.smh.com.au/national/sukkar-uses-taxpayer-budget-to-employ-friend-who-also-designed-smear-sheets-20200824-p55osu.html

    How long is this ‘political amnesia’ excuse going to wash? Sukkar has been caught red-handed doing a LOT of wrong things, and yet he’s still there on the front bench potentially as the next Treasurer of the Australian government!

  10. I think I’m going to have to watch some of this later on 😆

    Tom Nichols@RadioFreeTom
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    3h
    Oh my God. The play-off music as Pence joins Trump is “YMCA.”
    I…cannot make this up.

  11. Assistant Treasurer Michael Sukkar used his taxpayer-funded electorate office budget to pay one of his best friends, who was also tasked with designing Mr Sukkar’s political smear files and materials to solicit party donations, in potential breach of parliamentary rules.

    Graphic designer Matt Pham, who chose Mr Sukkar as one of the groomsmen at his 2014 wedding and has been a close personal friend of the minister for more than a decade, was paid from Mr Sukkar’s electorate office budget between 2016 and 2018. Mr Pham’s LinkedIn account shows he worked in full-time roles for a real estate advertising company during the same period that Mr Sukkar has said Mr Pham worked “as a casual Electorate Officer in the Deakin Electorate Office”.

    Will he invoke the Trump defence ‘he was a coffee boy’?

  12. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    The royal commission into aged care has rebuked the federal government for failing to act on persistent problems across the sector, with new research sparking a clash in Parliament over measures that might have saved lives.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/aged-care-commissioners-rebuke-government-over-missed-opportunities-20200824-p55otw.html
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/aug/24/royal-commission-blasts-morrison-government-for-inaction-on-aged-care
    In a political zero-sum game where the squeakiest wheels get the fiscal grease, aged care consistently misses out laments the AFR’s Terry Barnes.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/aged-care-can-t-compete-with-rent-seekers-and-vested-interests-20200824-p55olz
    Michelle Grattan says Scott Morrison is finding, to his great discomfort, the royal commissioners probing aged care aren’t keeping their thoughts to themselves until their final report in February.
    https://theconversation.com/view-from-the-hill-aged-care-royal-commissioners-say-sector-needs-independent-performance-reporting-144964
    The government has thrown another $171 million at the problem. But a real plan for aged care has been missing all along writes Professor Joseph Ibrahim in this constructive contribution.
    https://theconversation.com/the-government-has-thrown-another-171-million-at-the-problem-but-a-real-plan-for-aged-care-has-been-missing-all-along-144929
    If Australia has known for a long time that its aged care sector is in crisis, why is reform so difficult asks Tim Cornwall.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/the-revolving-door-inside-our-aged-care-sector,14231
    The Australian tells us that Aged Care Minister Richard Colbeck has been “cut out” of decisions to activate new aged-care emergency measures during a COVID-19 outbreak as Scott Morrison used question time to apologise to families of victims for failures during the initial response to the pandemic.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/colbeck-sidelined-over-activation-of-crisis-centres/news-story/023b04aa70f6cf1f0c98ae94ebf12e44
    Michael McCormack is facing a destabilisation campaign led by senior Nationals MPs and party figures, with rivals laying the groundwork for a leadership transition after the Queensland election writes The Australian’s Geoff Chambers.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/nationals-put-squeeze-on-michael-mccormack-leadership-strike-tipped-after-queensland-election/news-story/e611473848a6b9ae2878408562079789
    David Crowe tells us that state premiers are being blamed for splitting communities with border closures that put jobs at risk, prompting federal Coalition MPs to ramp up calls for intervention to ease the controls.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/backbenchers-businesses-urge-governments-to-ease-state-borders-20200824-p55ovh.html
    According to Nick Bonyhady businesses that have fallen off JobKeeper will retain the power to cut staff hours by as much as 40 per cent if they can show their turnover has fallen at least a tenth under a Morrison government plan to save jobs.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/businesses-who-lose-jobkeeper-will-still-be-able-to-cut-staff-hours-20200824-p55ot0.html
    Paul Karp writes that the government has backed down on plans to grant businesses that have returned to profitability the power to cut workers’ hours. Instead, only employers suffering revenue downturns during the Covid-19 crisis will retain those powers.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/aug/24/labor-welcomes-backdown-on-most-extreme-part-of-jobkeeper-20
    The AFR explains how state governments are being asked to consider privatisations as a new way to help pay for the cost of COVID-19 and protect their credit ratings. What could possibly go wrong?
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/privatisation-back-on-the-map-for-debt-laden-states-20200824-p55onk
    After months of COVID-induced irrelevance Anthony Albanese and federal Labor sense a chance to at last get some political traction and dim the resurgent aura of Scott Morrison, writes Dennis Shanahan.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/anthony-albanese-needs-to-box-clever-not-just-throw-haymakers-at-scott-morrison/news-story/10efb9128fe7a7c607236719a6ab8f14
    And Ed Husic has called for the dizzying array of policies his party took to the past two elections to be vastly simplified, saying the kind of complicated tax changes the ALP had previously run on can only be argued from government.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2020/08/25/ed-husic-labor-needs-new-plan-to-avoid-more-election-losses/
    Luke Henriques-Gomes reports that the Victorian quarantine inquiry heard yesterday that a security guard at Melbourne’s Rydges on Swanston hotel who contracted coronavirus received no infection control training and wasn’t clear on his obligation to tell his superiors if he felt unwell.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/aug/24/melbourne-hotel-quarantine-guard-continued-working-with-covid-symptoms-inquiry-hears
    Paul Bongiorno opines that clever thinking on border management emerges, but the risks are still real, he says.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2020/08/25/paul-bongiorno-border-management/
    The coronavirus has delivered the biggest economic shock in nearly a century. And yet spending across most of the country is holding up. Several measures show the level of weekly purchasing by households is similar to before the pandemic, writes Matt Wade who says that the economic precipice is upon us.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/the-wile-e-coyote-economy-australia-too-has-sped-off-the-precipice-20200823-p55oi9.html
    Doug Dingwall writes that new figures from the ABS show that most Australians receiving government stimulus payments are using them to pay household bills and debts,.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6892432/big-screen-tvs-nope-we-spent-our-covid-stimulus-to-pay-down-our-bills/?cs=14329
    These times are financially stressful for many Australians, but not everyone. Alan Austin examines indicators showing the sectors still dining out.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/the-economy-is-still-booming-for-the-rich-despite-the-pandemic,14236
    Insolvency experts are warning that kowtowing to debtors could have an even worse effect than letting some fail.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/too-soft-on-insolvencies-will-do-more-harm-than-good-20200824-p55onn
    The AIMN explains why it thinks Morrison is not a leader.
    https://theaimn.com/morrison-is-not-a-leader/
    Australians are prepared to countenance much stronger surveillance measures to ensure people diagnosed with Covid-19 remain in quarantine while they recover, according to the latest Guardian Essential poll. Katharine Murphy also explains other outcomes from the poll.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/aug/25/essential-poll-australians-back-strong-surveillance-and-banning-all-international-flights-to-curb-covid
    Tony Wright has a look at yesterday’s first day of the new form of parliament.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/the-day-the-nation-s-politicians-found-reason-to-hide-behind-masks-20200824-p55ovs.html
    Scrapping a rise in the super guarantee will expand the future welfare state and force up personal taxes. Is that what conservatives want, asks Craig Emerson.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/the-coalition-s-weird-policy-on-super-20200824-p55olx
    The rampant commercialisation of Australia’s public universities has been laid bare as they engage in behaviour more expected of multinationals than learned institutions. While huge numbers of teaching staff have been casualised, the sector is reporting bumper profits and eyewatering corporate salaries. Michael Sainsbury runs the numbers.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/australian-university-profits/
    Clive Palmer’s challenge of Western Australia’s border closures is set to reach a critical juncture with a judgment due in the Federal Court today.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6893710/federal-court-to-rule-on-wa-border-closure/?cs=14231
    Some disturbing news from Bevan Shields who reports that researchers have analysed the genome sequence to confirm that the 33-year-old IT worker had been infected by two different strains of coronavirus four months apart.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/researchers-announce-world-s-first-confirmed-case-of-coronavirus-reinfection-20200824-p55ox1.html
    Jewel Topsfield reports that a more infectious mutation of the coronavirus known as the G-variant is now the most common form of the virus in Australia – but some believe it will have only a ‘moderate effect, not a massive effect’ on infection rates.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/fast-spreading-mutation-now-australia-s-most-common-strain-of-covid-19-20200824-p55oto.html
    Josh Butler writes that Australian health officials have promised there will be no “cutting of corners” in the testing and approval process for any potential coronavirus vaccine, while also fending off criticisms from the country’s most powerful Catholic archbishop about the development of a treatment.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2020/08/24/no-cutting-corners-covid-vaccine/
    The Smage continues its digging on Sukkar and finds some more dirt.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/sukkar-uses-taxpayer-budget-to-employ-friend-who-also-designed-smear-sheets-20200824-p55osu.html
    Meanwhile the Victorian Liberal party will probe all members signed up in the past five years to see if they are genuine, while several operatives face suspension or expulsion from the party.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/conservative-liberal-powerbroker-marcus-bastiaan-resigns-from-party-20200824-p55opd.html
    These two public health practitioners put forward a case that says Australia’s federation system is broken and needs urgent clarification.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/hand-more-power-to-the-states-before-the-next-pandemic-hits-20200816-p55m7p.html
    Now Lisa Visentin reveals that the scandal-plagued insurer, icare, paid its senior executives almost $4 million in salaries and bonuses in the 2018-2019 financial year as its return-to-work rates plunged and the regulator began raising concerns about solvency.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/icare-paid-executives-4-million-in-salaries-and-bonuses-20200824-p55orf.html
    Employers who use approved payroll software could be provided “safe harbour” against prosecution and penalties for wage underpayment under a plan put forward by the small and family business ombudsman.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/aug/25/payroll-software-could-protect-employers-who-commit-accidental-wage-theft-ombudsman-says
    Michaela Whitbourn tells us that lawyers for a nine-year-old Indigenous boy who is suing Daily Telegraph columnist Miranda Devine for defamation may be forced to serve legal documents on her in the United States, where she is on secondment, because her Australian employer will not accept them on her behalf.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/news-corp-not-acting-for-devine-so-lawsuit-may-be-served-personally-in-us-20200824-p55oo5.html
    “There must be a full scale inquiry into icare. Anything less is a cop out”, shouts Adele Ferguson.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/there-must-be-a-full-scale-inquiry-into-icare-anything-less-is-a-cop-out-20200824-p55ouc.html
    So many swords were fallen upon at the AMP yesterday!
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/finance-veteran-david-murray-exits-amid-more-upheaval-at-amp-20200824-p55os7.html
    Mike Foley reports that twenty five of Australia’s top scientists have taken the rare step of speaking out about the Chief Scientist’s support for the use of gas as a transition fuel to a cleaner energy system.
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/australia-s-chief-scientist-is-wrong-on-gas-say-leading-experts-20200824-p55oty.html
    And the SMH editorial says that the argument over whether natural gas is the right way to transition to renewable energy is far from settled.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/environmental-doubts-over-natural-gas-cannot-be-ignored-20200824-p55ovm.html
    Coal power plant owner Delta Electricity has told a NSW inquiry that increased investment in power transmission cables isn’t necessarily the answer for NSW’s energy system.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/energy/nsw-warned-on-loss-of-power-self-sufficiency-20200824-p55opc
    More from Mike Foley as he writes that farmers are saying public pressure is forcing the agriculture sector to set greenhouse gas targets, as the Morrison government increases its criticism of the national farm lobby after it set a goal to reach net zero emissions by 2050.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/agriculture-s-future-is-riskier-with-no-climate-change-goals-farmers-20200824-p55ork.html
    Kasey Edwards who has seen a loved relative turn into a conspiracy theorist, says that in lockdown, fearful and faced with uncertainty, with too much time spent watching online videos, the only winners are the shonks counting clicks and monetising lies.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/the-heartbreak-of-loving-a-conspiracy-theorist-20200813-p55ldw.html
    Why QAnon is attracting so many followers in Australia — and how it can be countered.
    https://theconversation.com/why-qanon-is-attracting-so-many-followers-in-australia-and-how-it-can-be-countered-144865
    Peter Hartcher describes the breathtaking political events taking place on Thailand as protests against the king mount.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/to-anyone-familiar-with-thailand-what-s-happening-is-breathtaking-20200824-p55opm.html
    Idiot Trump marked his official nomination for a second term with a speech complaining about voting by mail, alleging that his opponents were attempting to steal the November election and accusing Democratic nominee Joe Biden of being a puppet of Beijing.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/trump-marks-nomination-by-complaining-about-mail-in-voting-20200825-p55oxk.html
    The New York state attorney general is investigating whether Donald Trump and the Trump Organisation improperly manipulated the value of the US president’s assets to secure loans and obtain economic and tax benefits, and said Trump’s son Eric has been uncooperative in the civil probe. What a family!
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/new-york-probing-whether-donald-trump-and-the-trump-organization-manipulated-asset-values-20200825-p55oxu.html
    Yet another police shooting effort in the US sparks a big protest.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/protests-erupt-in-wisconsin-after-video-shows-police-shooting-black-man-20200825-p55oxf.html

    Cartoon Corner

    David Pope
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    Cathy Wilcox
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    Matt Golding
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    Mark David
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    John Spooner
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    Mark Knight
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    John Shakespeare
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    From the US

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  13. Lis Power@LisPower1
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    3h
    “ON THURSDAY HE MAY APPEAR MORE PRESIDENTIAL”

    MSNBC correspondent after Trump just spewed lies for nearly an hour: “On Thursday he may appear more presidential. I think that’s the contrast we may see later in the week.”

    HOW ARE WE STILL DOING THIS

    https://twitter.com/LisPower1/status/1297957814980280321

    Australians actually have lived experience of this in our media. Remember all those years ago when our media kept telling us that Abbott would lose the brawler and find the statesman? It never happened, and Trump is even less capable of turning statesman than Abbott was.

  14. ‘The royal commission into aged care has rebuked the federal government’
    That’s only the start, just wait till Albo gets to the rebuking, Scrooter will be begging for mercy.

    Begging I tells Ya!!!!!

  15. Thanks BK. Good on Labor for using QT to fight the govt on aged care and coronavirus infections. Sounds like they have Morrison rattled.

  16. Michelle Grattan says Scott Morrison is finding, to his great discomfort, the royal commissioners probing aged care aren’t keeping their thoughts to themselves until their final report in February.

    I think they are smart enough to have realised that Morrison will just shelve their reports and only cherry-pick the bits he likes to make public.

  17. Just from BK’s wrap this morning:

    Colbeck
    KAndrews
    Sukkar
    McCormack

    If you can’t govern yourselves, you can’t govern the country.

  18. Confessions @ #24 Tuesday, August 25th, 2020 – 7:54 am

    Just from BK’s wrap this morning:

    Colbeck
    KAndrews
    Sukkar
    McCormack

    If you can’t govern yourselves, you can’t govern the country.

    A clear case of the media’s anti coalition bias.
    It’s a disgrace!
    Labor should strike now with some ‘opposing’ and take advantage while things are running against Scrooter and his’ government’ and while it appears weak and directionless with morale at a very low ebb.
    Now is the time!

    Now I tells ya!!@@!@!!

  19. Alastair Nicholson
    @alasnich
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    Unimpressive performance by Bridget (sports rorts) McKenzie on RN this morning. Apart from the usual attack on Dan Andrews she made the astounding assertion that large numbers from Melbourne were driving up the Hume to and across the border despite Melbourne’s lockdown.

  20. Confessions @ #26 Tuesday, August 25th, 2020 – 7:54 am

    Just from BK’s wrap this morning:

    Colbeck
    KAndrews
    Sukkar
    McCormack

    If you can’t govern yourselves, you can’t govern the country.

    But Scott Morrison would tell you he’s doing a great job of governing the country and the Essential poll at 61% for Morrison’s handling of COVID-19 tends to suggest people agree.

  21. C@t

    I’d like to say something clever about Morrison’s own morals and his excuses for and acceptance of wrongdoing in his MPs, but my brain isn’t functioning so well this morning. Take it as read!

  22. lizzie @ #30 Tuesday, August 25th, 2020 – 8:11 am

    Alastair Nicholson
    @alasnich
    ·
    56m
    Unimpressive performance by Bridget (sports rorts) McKenzie on RN this morning. Apart from the usual attack on Dan Andrews she made the astounding assertion that large numbers from Melbourne were driving up the Hume to and across the border despite Melbourne’s lockdown.

    Unimpressive performance by a minister in the Morrison government?
    Who cares.
    Impressive enough to wipe the floor with Labor.
    I guess that’s all that counts in the end.

    Catmoaner and her happy morning cup of coffee in Morristan’s bright a glorious dawn?
    Okay, sure, why not.

    Morristan, oh Morristan
    How beautiful art thee….
    Oh Morr…..etc (14 verses)
    (Albo take the 7th verse solo, that’s a good boy……)

  23. Fess

    I truly can’t understand why it’s taking so long for people to wake up to him. I can only assume that they’re preoccupied with their own troubles.

  24. Confessions

    The radicalising of academics is going to be a big help to the left.

    Radical intellectual unionists can only be a good thing for the union movement and thus all progressive parties.

    A big mover of the Overton window.
    Great sources of comment for the media too.

  25. So what you gonna do Scomo?

    Richard Willingham
    @rwillingham
    ·
    17m
    Sukkar uses taxpayer budget to employ friend who also designed smear sheets
    @Ageinvestigates
    Sukkar uses taxpayer budget to employ friend who also designed smear sheets
    Michael Sukkar was a groomsman at graphic designer Matt Pham’s wedding and gave him a taxpayer-funded job while he worked full-time elsewhere.
    theage.com.au

    https://amp.theage.com.au/national/sukkar-uses-taxpayer-budget-to-employ-friend-who-also-designed-smear-sheets-20200824-p55osu.html?__twitter_impression=true

  26. Morrison is usually the author of his own story of failure and downfall. He attracts chaos, dysfunction and distrust.

    Labor just needs to be patient. Reality will catch up with the empty vessel, Morrison, as it always has.

  27. lizzie @ #37 Tuesday, August 25th, 2020 – 8:28 am

    Fess

    I truly can’t understand why it’s taking so long for people to wake up to him. I can only assume that they’re preoccupied with their own troubles.

    I truly can’t understand why it’s taking so long for Albo to wake up to him. I can only assume that He’s preoccupied with his own troubles.

  28. guytaur @ #40 Tuesday, August 25th, 2020 – 6:28 am

    Confessions

    The radicalising of academics is going to be a big help to the left.

    Radical intellectual unionists can only be a good thing for the unio movement and thus all progressive parties.

    A big mover of the Overton window.
    Great sources of comment for the media too.

    Not necessarily.

    The radicalising of academia is one of the main things the Liberals have used to justify their dismissal of expert opinion and scientific knowledge.

  29. Bushfire Bill @ #41 Tuesday, August 25th, 2020 – 8:32 am

    Morrison is usually the author of his own story of failure and downfall. He attracts chaos, dysfunction and distrust.

    Labor just needs to be patient. Reality will catch up with the empty vessel, Morrison, as it always has.

    ‘failure and downfall’
    That’s Scrooter Morrison you’re talking about?
    The Prime minister of Australia?

    So much failure.
    So much downfall.

    Mundo should have some of that failure and dowfall.
    Sign me up!

  30. Bushfire Bill @ #41 Tuesday, August 25th, 2020 – 8:32 am

    Morrison is usually the author of his own story of failure and downfall. He attracts chaos, dysfunction and distrust.

    Labor just needs to be patient. Reality will catch up with the empty vessel, Morrison, as it always has.

    Quite right BK
    The average life span of an Australian white male will catch up with Scrooter eventually.
    Labor just needs to be patient.

  31. Barney

    Fox News. See Washington Post link.

    The virus has destroyed the model.

    I agree with BB reality is catching up to the LNP.
    Radicalising academics is just one of effects.

    Edit: Another one is Queenslanders learning you can trust a Labor government. See polls on Palasczcuk

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