More affairs of state

More evidence of a tight contest looming in Queensland while Mark McGowan reigns supreme in Western Australia; and a parliamentary committee in Victoria kicks the upper house electoral reform can down the road.

Not every state this time, but half:

Victoria

The Victorian parliament’s electoral matters committee has tabled the report of its inquiry into the 2018 state election, of which the greatest item of interest is a full chapter devoted to reform of the upper house electoral system. Together with Western Australia, Victoria is the last hold-out of the group voting ticket system that is electing ever-increasing numbers of preference-harvesting micro-party candidates. This reached a new height at the 2018 election, at which parties other than the Coalition, Labor and the Greens won 10 out of the 40 seats in the Legislative Council, including two elected with less than 1% of the vote. However, the report recommended only that a further parliamentary inquiry be held into the matter. The report also recommends no change to the two-week period for pre-polling, which the Liberals and Nationals called to be shortened.

Queensland

Polling of the marginal state seats of Currumbin, Mansfield and Aspley by YouGov for the Australian Conservation Foundation shows a combined two-party result of 52-48 for Labor, compared with an almost exact 50-50 for these three seats in 2017. The primary votes are Labor 37%, LNP 37%, Greens 10%, One Nation 4% and 10% don’t know, compared with 2017 election results of Labor 41.2%, LNP 38.4%, Greens 10.6% and One Nation 8.5%. The poll was conducted from August 17-19 and targeted 200 respondents in each of the three electorates.

Western Australia

A poll for The West Australian by Painted Dog Research showed Mark McGowan with an approval rating at 91%, up four from an already stratospheric result in June. Support for the state’s border closure was at 92%, up from 89% in May. The poll was conducted from a sample of 837, with field work dates not provided.

Northern Territory

As related in the dedicated post, the CLP sneaked home in an eighth seat in the Northern Territory election as the count concluded last night, producing a final result of Labor 14, CLP eight, Territory Alliance one and independents two.

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.

1,560 comments on “More affairs of state”

  1. Joseph Tracey
    @SmoothCaramel1

    Peter Strong says it’s obvious Dan Andrews has never run a business. Seems pretty obvious to me that Peter has never been responsible for the health and life of 6.35 million people. #afternoonbriefing
    @PatsKarvelas

  2. I watched Martyn’s last innings from the stands. A great day for Australia but Martyn was in a bad way. From memory – hit a blazing 4 then got out.

  3. Always come back to the grand dream of the all-rounder.

    The greatest Australian all-rounder since Keith Miller has been/is Ellyse Perry.

  4. Possibly the most absurd finding of the hotel quarantine inquiry was the revelation that a manager from Parks Victoria was seconded to run several quarantine hotels. He wisely quit his job a few days into it after not receiving any infection control training for the hotels.

  5. All this talk about cricket, and my membership renewal to the SCG arrives… with an optional discount.

    ‘Thank you for your loyalty to the Sydney Cricket Ground over the past 12 months, and particularly during the uncertain times caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    As we previously advised, the Trustees confirmed that fees would not increase across all SCG membership categories and further, that a one-off voluntary subscription fee reduction of 30 per cent would be available for the 2020-21 subscription year.

    The fee reduction is optional, and you may choose to pay the full subscription as a contribution to support the ongoing operation of the SCG and its membership program. The subscription fee reduction offer expires on 30 November, after that date full subscription fees will be payable. In addition to this offer, if you opt in to receive the SCG Members Sports Diary, as in previous years you will need to pay your fees by 17 October 2020 to meet the lead time for diary ordering and printing.”

  6. Burnet Institute epidemiologist Michael Toole points to S Korea – where cases now surge after 2 months of very low infection rates – Sydney needs to do more to avoid a second lockdown, Melbourne-style. Scotty is not going to look smart if NSW falters.

    Ferchrissaakes it’s only a very small extension of lockdown. You’d think it was another six months.

  7. Mark Waugh came off 5 ducks in a row to oust Dean Jones from the Test side.

    I thought it was a Steve Waugh v Dean Jones thing.
    Whoever picked Mark Waugh tho probably thinks they got it right.

  8. SK, he averaged 28 in England. The duke ball swings. They’ve been making it since 1775. Compare Jimmy Andersons record in England to Australia.
    *I’m surprised at the amount of cricket junkies here.

  9. I recall someone describing Deano as one of the all-time greats. Oh wait, that was Deano.

    Great One-Day player, and his Madras effort was one for the ages.

  10. Extract from The Age
    Opinion Jon Faine
    3.10
    The past 48 hours have seen a relentless, short-sighted, reckless and self-interested bullying of Premier Dan Andrews. Thankfully he shows little sign of bowing to the media and corporate pile-on.

    I was unable to copy the link

  11. Brett Lee hit one of the biggest sixes recorded. But didnt they manage to properly measure Trumpers six in Sydney as a similar distance? With a wafer thin matchstick of a bat.

  12. Morrison is deliberately running the theme that Victoria is being badly led and anything Andrews is doing is inefficient and ineffective. Compared, of course to the incredibly successful Gladys. A constant theme.

  13. Shellbell and GG for me it is a well timed cover drive off good fast bowling. Viv Richards and Clive Loyd were masters. However I’ll never forget Greg Chappell playing a defensive cover drive that was so well timed it rattled to the cover boundary. Magic.

  14. Greensborough Growler:

    Monday, September 7, 2020 at 6:08 pm

    [‘And, everyone knows you are an asinine piece of shit!’]

    I note you’re on the turps again. You need to lift your game, pal!

  15. Kevin Rudd
    @MrKRudd
    ·
    14m
    #ScottyFromMarketing wants a fall guy for 1st recession in 30yrs: Dan Andrews. Nothing is Scott’s responsibility: aged care failure; dodgy Covid app; slow stimulus when Covid first hit; no infrastructure plan to rebuild confidence. All aided by Murdoch’s Liberal protection racket

  16. DWH

    Never saw Lloyd in his pomp but did see Chappell’s 204 versus India in 80-81 and both days of his 182 in his last test versus Pakistan in 1983-84.

    Peter Roebuck did say one of the most interesting questions in cricket was who was Australia’s second best batsman. Probably Chappell ahead of Ponting because of the bowling attacks they each faced.

    But this is the best innings. Hughes with the sleeves rolled to the elbows and the collar up facing the greatest face bowling attack ever composed (with Colin Croft bowling from extra cover).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGUpPDdwJ3Y

  17. Greensborough Growler:

    Monday, September 7, 2020 at 6:49 pm

    [‘Why? It’s only you.’]

    I’m fairly certain that it’s not only me who’s turned off by your aggression.

  18. Shellbell @ #1385 Monday, September 7th, 2020 – 6:50 pm

    DWH

    Never saw Lloyd in his pomp but did see Chappell’s 204 versus India in 80-81 and both days of his 182 in his last test versus Pakistan in 1983-84.

    Peter Roebuck did say one of the most interesting questions in cricket was who was Australia’s second best batsman. Probably Chappell ahead of Ponting because of the bowling attacks they each faced.

    But this is the best innings. Hughes with the sleeves rolled to the elbows and the collar up facing the greatest face bowling attack ever composed (with Colin Croft bowling from extra cover).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGUpPDdwJ3Y

    Had the privilege of being at the MCG that day. Terry Aldeman held up an end while Hughes scored one of the great tons ever with style pinache and courage. aussie all out for just over 200. Then Lillee came on and reduced the Wi to 3/7 by stumps including knocking over Richards on the last ball of the day.

    Best day of cricket I have ever seen.

  19. Mavis @ #1384 Monday, September 7th, 2020 – 6:53 pm

    Greensborough Growler:

    Monday, September 7, 2020 at 6:49 pm

    [‘Why? It’s only you.’]

    I’m fairly certain that it’s not only me who’s turned off by your aggression.

    No, I’m turned off by the passive aggressive whinging from you and the simpering abuse of GG by LvT, more than anything GG has to say in return. And, no, I’m not on GG’s team or any other cockamamie sideswipe you might think up. I just call it how I see it. So, may I just say that I was enjoying reading the cricket tragics’ banter tonight and the only thing that has ruined it is that you and LvT turned up. God knows it is way more interesting to read than last night’s Nazi tragics conference.

  20. Greensborough Growler @ #1387 Monday, September 7th, 2020 – 6:56 pm

    Shellbell @ #1385 Monday, September 7th, 2020 – 6:50 pm

    Had the privilege of being at the MCG that day. Terry Aldeman held up an end while Hughes scored one of the great tons ever with style pinache and courage. aussie all out for just over 200. Then Lillee came on and reduced the Wi to 3/7 by stumps including knocking over Richards on the last ball of the day.

    Best day of cricket I have ever seen.

    Wasn’t there but I remember exactly where I was standing in the pub!

  21. Hughes was brilliant but left me feeling he never quite achieved his real potential. Mind you his timing with the WI at their peak made life tough for any batter.

  22. davidwh @ #1395 Monday, September 7th, 2020 – 7:03 pm

    Hughes was brilliant but left me feeling he never quite achieved his real potential. Mind you his timing with the WI at their peak made life tough for any batter.

    Being made Captain over Greg Chappell, Rod Marsh and Dennis Lillee was never going to work. He was the the ultimate victim of the Packer split.

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