Newspoll: 50-50

A steady set of numbers on voting intention from Newspoll, with Scott Morrison taking a knock on personal approval.

As reported in The Australian, the latest Newspoll has the Coalition and Labor tied on two-party preferred after four polls with Labor in front, most recently by 51-49. However, this is not reflected by appreciable movement on the primary vote, on which the Coalition and Labor are steady at 41% and 36% with the Greens down one to 11% and One Nation up one to 3%.

On the personal ratings, Scott Morrison has lost the ground he recovered over the past two polls, being down four on approval to 54% and up five on disapproval to 43%, leaving him with his weakest net approval rating since the onset of COVID-19. Anthony Albanese has softened slightly from what were already his weakest ratings since he became leader, being down one on approval to 38% and up one on disapproval to 47%. Morrison’s lead as preferred prime minister has narrowed from 55-30 to 53-32.

The poll was conducted Wednesday to Saturday from a sample of 1516.

UPDATE: The Australian also has a piece from Campbell White of YouGov about the Australian Polling Council’s new code of conduct, which “will require polling companies to provide more information about how they obtain their samples, how they analyse their data and how they structure their questionnaires”. I had a piece of my own on the subject in Crikey last Thursday — both of the above are paywalled.

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. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Here’s Simon Benson’s take on the latest Newspoll.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/newspoll-parties-level-pegging-but-morrisonslides/news-story/36e818408722359a24d9e53d6a411c6b
    Four Corners will push for its episode linking Scott Morrison to a QAnon conspiracy theorist to air within the next fortnight, despite the Prime Minister’s office rebuffing the broadcaster’s attempts for a detailed response to its questions. The controversy over the episode will be a key focus of a Senate estimates hearing today, when ABC managing director David Anderson will face questions over his decision to delay the program days out from scheduled airing, deeming it “not ready”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/four-corners-pushes-to-air-qanon-episode-in-weeks-20210606-p57yiw.html
    And Margaret Simons writes that the saga of Four Corners program on Morrison and QAnon has laid bare fractures within the ABC and says it’s hard to judge the reasoning behind the ABC’s decision, but what’s clear is both journalists and senior management are feeling deeply betrayed
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jun/05/cautious-or-craven-the-saga-of-four-corners-program-on-morrison-and-qanon-has-laid-bare-fractures-within-the-abc
    Stephen Brook writes that Tensions between the ABC and the government have once again boiled over, despite Scott Morrison’s intentions to steer well clear of the ABC controversies his predecessors delighted in stoking.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/abc-versus-the-government-is-a-song-that-remains-the-same-20210606-p57yjv.html
    Sean Kelly opines that Scott Morrison is the man for optimistic narratives but one day Australia will need hard truths.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/scott-morrison-s-the-man-for-optimistic-narratives-but-one-day-australia-will-need-hard-truths-20210605-p57yed.html
    Nicholas Stuart begins his evaluation of the next election with, “Labor’s locked in on a strategy to win the next election. Unfortunately, it relies on Scott Morrison to do all the heavy lifting. The way the opposition tells its story, voters can see through the PM’s empty words and marketing spin and are desperate for a change. It’s a path to The Lodge although it relies (firstly) on voters rejecting the Coalition and (secondly) accepting Labor offers a better alternative. Let’s call this the “fingers crossed” strategy.”
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7283035/desperately-papering-over-the-cracks-in-labors-election-strategy/?cs=14258
    Frank Bongiorno tells us how the pandemic has brought out the worst — and the best — in Australians and their governments.
    https://theconversation.com/how-the-pandemic-has-brought-out-the-worst-and-the-best-in-australians-and-their-governments-161745
    Chip Le Grand goes inside the “war room” and explains why Victoria is winning the COVID battle. Looks a bit like a gold standard.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/inside-the-war-room-why-victoria-is-winning-the-covid-battle-20210605-p57ydb.html
    Despite our globally enviable low Covid-19 case numbers, Australia remains extraordinarily susceptible to a Delta swampland of the most powerful Covid-19 mutation so far, writes Greg Sheridan.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/arrival-of-potent-delta-mutation-raises-stakes-for-our-covid-vaccination-rollout/news-story/36f8df0da99d9a3141d3f5c50a549d7c
    Two infection control experts explain how we should build and staff Victoria’s new quarantine facility.
    https://theconversation.com/this-is-how-we-should-build-and-staff-victorias-new-quarantine-facility-say-two-infection-control-experts-162157
    More than three-quarters of Australians support a mandatory Covid-19 vaccine for frontline workers in aged care and other vulnerable settings, a new survey from the Australia Institute shows.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/jun/07/more-than-75-of-australians-support-compulsory-covid-vaccines-for-aged-care-staff
    Meanwhile, Henrietta Cook tells us that small business owners who demand customers wear face masks and sign in with QR codes are being targeted by those with “fringe views”, who are bombarding them with scathing online reviews. Anti-vaxxers and anti-maskers on the encrypted messaging app Telegram are regularly updating a blacklist of businesses boycotted for making customers comply with Victoria’s coronavirus rules.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/businesses-blacklisted-and-hit-with-scathing-reviews-over-covid-stance-20210604-p57y6l.html
    Professor Kathy Egan writes about Covid and aged care saying, “When you are in a deep hole, the most important thing to do is stop digging.”
    https://johnmenadue.com/covid-and-aged-carewhen-you-are-in-a-deep-hole-the-most-important-thing-to-do-is-stop-digging/
    The AFR says that business has urged the Morrison government to cut Australia’s 30 per cent company tax rate after the world’s biggest developed economies agreed to a global minimum corporate rate of 15 per cent, as part of a crackdown on the tech giants.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/global-tax-deal-revives-push-to-cut-30pc-company-rate-20210606-p57yhn
    Alan Kohler says. “Good try, G7, but your corporate tax changes won’t even tickle Google and Facebook”
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/2021/06/07/minimum-corporate-tax-rate/
    Deloitte Access Economics’ claims about Australia’s economic recovery were repeated verbatim by media outlets, although many were based on cherry-picked data and mixed verified GDP figures with unverified data in a classic apples with oranges comparison. Alan Austin takes a closer look.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/propaganda-machine-deloitte-skews-fact-on-economy-media-laps-it-up/
    Greg Bailey writes, “For Morrison, everything is a potential marketing opportunity and for creating photographic images that keep him firmly in the public eye. His constant avowal that he works for the Australian people as a whole overlaps with the role of the Governor-General, but it also enables Morrison to avoid having to confront single issues, even if behind the scenes it is he who substantially drives the government’s approach to such issues.”
    https://johnmenadue.com/scott-morrisson-as-governor-general/
    Annika Smethurst and Paul Sakkal report that a Victorian Liberal MP has accused the Nationals of grubby political tactics after the Coalition’s sister party bought the domain name of an independent MP to spread negative information about her.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/low-leaked-texts-disclose-coalition-feud-over-fake-domain-names-20210531-p57ws0.html
    The New Daily says that doctors are concerned Medicare rebate changes for some private surgery procedures will create “chaos” for patients. The changes under the Medicare Benefits Schedule will affect orthopaedic, general and heart surgery and come into effect on July 1. Surely Labor can latch onto THIS!
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2021/06/06/ama-slams-medicare-changes/
    Nine Media tells us that crime agencies believe Qantas has been infiltrated by bikies and other organised crime groups to facilitate drug importation and other activities that pose a risk to national security.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/qantas-infiltrated-by-organised-criminals-says-intelligence-report-20210603-p57xp2.html
    And it further reveals that Australia’s most dangerous and wanted crime bosses have organised themselves into a cartel earning an estimated $1.5 billion a year by smuggling drugs past the nation’s borders with the help of corrupt government officials and border insiders. Spud’s legacy?
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/the-cartel-of-australian-mr-bigs-responsible-for-1-5b-drug-imports-20210603-p57xp0.html
    Ross Gittins writes, “. . . business has grown used to covering shortages of skilled labour by importing workers on temporary visas, thus avoiding pushing up wage rates (and training costs). Get it? The real reason they want the borders re-opened ASAP is so they can go on playing this game.”
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/morrison-needs-the-gumption-to-save-business-and-the-unions-from-their-folly-20210605-p57ycc.html
    Australian government bond issuers, companies and boardrooms face an accelerating global push towards forced disclosure of climate risks that investors warn could hamper or raise the cost of the country’s access to global capital, explains Jacob Greber.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/energy-and-climate/global-bankers-warn-australian-investors-on-carbon-risk-20210606-p57yjk
    The humble ute is leading the charge as the United States moves towards electric vehicles, with Ford registering 45,000 orders for its new model within days of it being unveiled. Utes are a fundamental part of the Australian way – but without an electric vehicle option on the horizon here, we’re being left in the dust on the road to cleaner cars, writes Bruce Newton.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/life/auto/2021/06/06/electric-vehicle-utes-australia/
    Following the Bernard Collaery and Witness K matters, occasionally there are little glimpses into the strange Stalinist world within which the Commonwealth beavers away to discredit two distinguished Australians. The Senate Estimates hearing on 29 May provided such an opportunity, explains Ian Cunliffe.
    https://johnmenadue.com/stalinist-style-prosecutions-of-witness-k-and-bernard-collaery/
    Michael Koziol reports that The Morrison government has placed religious freedom back on the political agenda, as Attorney-General Michaelia Cash restarts meetings with key stakeholders and church groups embark on a lobbying blitz to shape and enact the laws before the election. Here we go again!
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/right-wing-backlash-church-group-to-make-religious-freedom-an-election-issue-20210602-p57xce.html
    House-ownership really is the great Australian dream, and those dreams don’t get any greater than the detached family home in an inner suburb of Sydney. The problem is too many people want one and there is not enough going around, says the SMH editorial.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/retirees-need-to-make-room-for-younger-families-in-inner-sydney-20210604-p57y9g.html
    Charlotte Grieve writes that industry-super-linked ME Bank is facing 62 criminal charges for making changes to home loan interest rates and minimum repayments without properly notifying customers over a two-year period.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/me-bank-facing-62-criminal-charges-over-mortgage-fail-20210606-p57ygw.html
    The Property Council’s Jane Fitzgerald suggests that there is a way to kick-start migration safely and reap the benefits.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/there-s-a-way-to-kick-start-migration-safely-and-reap-the-benefits-20210605-p57yej.html
    Professor John Carroll wants Australia to revise its legislation around research into early human life to reflect new international recommendations and allow crucial breakthroughs to happen.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/embryo-research-law-needs-tweaking-to-catch-up-with-science-20210606-p57yhp.html
    Pope Francis on Sunday expressed his pain over the discovery in Canada of the remains of 215 Indigenous students of church-run residential schools and pressed religious and political authorities to shed light on “this sad affair.” But he didn’t offer the apology sought by the Canadian prime minister. Nice!
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/pope-voices-pain-over-canadian-school-deaths-doesn-t-apologise-20210607-p57ym6.html
    American democracy is at risk from Trump and the Republicans. Pippa Norris wonders what can be done.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jun/06/republican-party-donald-trump-american-democracy-elections
    A man has been charged after he allegedly reversed into a woman’s car, before driving down the street, turning around and crashing head-on into her on purpose during a horrific road rage incident at Seaford, SA. He has also earned nomination for “Arsehole of the Week”.
    https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/truecrimeaustralia/police-courts-sa/shocking-road-rage-incident-sees-young-woman-reversed-into-then-allegedly-deliberately-hit-headon-by-drunkdriver-at-seaford/news-story/edbe5bbdd585500a5f29bc37eb92dea2

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  2. poroti says:
    Monday, June 7, 2021 at 6:57 am

    I think the traditional big budget bounce was dead buried and cremated a few years back.

    ————————

    But the media was 100% positive this budget was different ,it was the greatest of all time and well received by the public, Morrison and his cronies would be boosted into the lead

  3. Mundo @ #30 Sunday, June 6th, 2021 – 10:29 pm

    This poll says what my 85 year old mother told me tonight.
    It’s almost impossible to believe, she said, but people will vote this lot back in..
    She’s right.

    You should read what Hugoagogo said. He’s right:

    Hugoaugogo (AnonBlock)
    Sunday, June 6th, 2021 – 10:42 pm
    Comment #34
    Polling seems to have settled into a pattern of 50/50, give or take a point or two, with primaries for the two majors of about 38-40 for the Coalition, and 35-38 for the ALP, with 8-10 for the Greens. This suggests that the coming election will be yet another close one, with neither party likely to get more than about 80 seats, or fewer than 65. Of course, events may well push the needle one way or another, but the numbers over the last six months suggest that the election due in the next 12 months will end up in that range, much like every election over the last 25 years (apart from 2007 & 2013).

    Labor needs to win a net 7-8 seats to win government, something very do-able against an eight-year-old government, and with around 20 Coalition seats held by margins under 5%. To my mind, the Coalition remains slight favourites, given their incumbency and the historical tendency of Australian voters to return conservative governments for one term too many, but it will be close, and far too close to write off Labor’s chances just yet.

    However, I haven’t quite resigned myself to the ‘one term too many’ scenario just yet. The polls have been too close for too long to believe that’s a given. Especially under the Pandemic Political Popularity rubric.

  4. Scott

    Was just baiting green machine,…

    With the poll people clinging fairly tightly to 50-50 since their ’embarrassment’ at the last election it has been thin pickings when it comes to finding fighting/shit stirring points’ 😆

  5. Trump trolled after being accused of wearing his pants ‘backwards’ at North Carolina speech

    For fans of Donald Trump, his Saturday night speech in North Carolina was notable as his “coming out party” as he ramps up a possible 2024 presidential bid. For critics of the ex-president it will remain memorable as a night that was filled with speculation that he was wearing his pants backwards during the speech.

    On Twitter, commenters immediately began pointing out that Trump’s pants appeared to lack a fly, with some speculating that the suit pants might indeed be reversed while others wondered if they were elastic-waist pull-up pants.

    Missing Hope Hicks to steam his pants ?????

  6. Thank god for Ross Gittins. He bells the cat with a very loud bell today:

    Ross Gittins writes, “. . . business has grown used to covering shortages of skilled labour by importing workers on temporary visas, thus avoiding pushing up wage rates (and training costs). Get it? The real reason they want the borders re-opened ASAP is so they can go on playing this game.”
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/morrison-needs-the-gumption-to-save-business-and-the-unions-from-their-folly-20210605-p57ycc.html

  7. More:

    But it’s just one of many stratagems our businesses have been using to keep the lid on wages: increased use of part-time and casual employment, labour hire companies, discouragement of collective bargaining and greater use of individual contracts, evading labour laws by pretending workers are independent contractors, and even wage theft.

  8. ‘Weapons-grade lunacy’: Trump’s latest conspiracy theory trashed by conservative commentator

    In a column for MSNBC, longtime conservative commentator Charlie Sykes hammered Donald Trump for promoting the improbable scenario that he will be “reinstated” as president in August, with Sykes saying Trump is continuing to trap the Republican Party in a “doom loop of craziness” that threatens the entire country.

    “That, of course, is not going to happen. It is, in fact, weapons-grade lunacy to imagine that it is even possible,” Sykes wrote. “It should also remind us that even though an idea is fake, the consequences of a new Big Lie can be very real, and even deadly. Delegitimizing our democracy is now central to Trump’s agenda and his hopes for a political comeback. And polls suggest that his lies about the election have influenced tens of millions of voters.”

    https://www.rawstory.com/tyrump-reinstatement/

  9. “The 1 July changes involve expected changes to 594 orthopaedic surgery items, 150 general surgery items, and 188 cardiac surgery items.

    “After the spinal surgery debacle, the AMA and the private health sector told the Department of Health that six months’ lead time is needed ahead of MBS changes.

    “More than two years later, we are facing the same problems, but with more than ten-fold the volume and complexity.

    “This will put significant financial and operational risk on health insurers and private hospitals, and leaves doctors and patients scrambling and confused about what and how to bill against Medicare and private health insurance policies come 1 July. We simply don’t know what the rebates from funds will be, as they haven’t had the time to prepare and release them in advance – including for surgeries already booked for next month.

    “The AMA and other medical groups have worked in good faith with the Government and the MBS Review Taskforce since 2015 to ensure that Medicare provides value to patients and taxpayers, and that it continues to be sustainable.

    “We have repeatedly reached out to Government and the Department of Health to communicate the needs of the sector to ensure a smooth transition of the MBS changes.

    “However, giving the sector just weeks instead of months to change over its entire system to support almost 1000 changes leaves the health system and patients at risk.

    “The Government’s reminder to doctors to consider patients’ circumstances when charging fees misses the point. At the moment there’s no way for doctors to know if they are charging a gap due to the chaos caused by the Department’s poor implementation.”

    https://ama.com.au/media/government-danger-history-repeating-medicare-rebate-changes

  10. I suppose it isn’t possible that these medical charges will finally serve to turn older rusted-on LNP voters away from their hero?


  11. ‘…At the moment there’s no way for doctors to know if they are charging a gap due to the chaos caused by the Department’s poor implementation.”
    …’
    ——————————————————–
    EVERY.SINGLE.THING.THEY.TOUCH.THEY.FUCK.UP.

  12. Disappointing but not unexpected given his past public comments.

    Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) said Sunday he would vote against federal voting rights legislation sponsored by his own party, claiming the For the People Act — which Democrats have said would protect against GOP-led efforts to restrict voting at the state level, often disproportionately affecting voters of color — is too partisan.

    “The right to vote is fundamental to our American democracy and protecting that right should not be about party or politics. Least of all, protecting this right, which is a value I share, should never be done in a partisan manner,” Manchin wrote in an op-ed in the Charleston Gazette-Mail.

    Manchin also defended the filibuster and said he would “not vote to weaken or eliminate” the Senate rule that requires 60 votes for most legislation to pass.

    “Some in my party have argued that now is the time to discard such bipartisan voting reforms and embrace election reforms and policies solely supported by one party. Respectfully, I do not agree,” Manchin wrote. “I believe that partisan voting legislation will destroy the already weakening binds of our democracy, and for that reason, I will vote against the For the People Act.”

    Manchin’s op-ed is consistent with his past statements, but it comes as Senate Democrats plan to use the coming weeks to build support for their voting bill, on which Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) plans to hold a vote in the last week in June.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/06/06/manchin-voting-rights-op-ed/

  13. Whatever happen to the 80,000 Australians will be vaccinated every week promise,

    Why is Morrison and Hunt still in their jobs

  14. Scott:

    As I said yesterday, that boast/promise is firmly in the rearview mirror, never to be achieved or mentioned by the govt again.

  15. The SmearStralian is a partisan shit-sheet, masquerading as main stream media. Exhibit A from today’s front page..

    ‘Morale on Four Corners ‘is at an all-time low’
    Four Corners isn’t a happy place to be. Its two most senior journalists, Louise Milligan and Sally Neighbour, are said to be ‘at war’ with managing director David Anderson and news boss Gaven Morris.’

  16. Re BW @7:48.

    Should Labor win the next Federal election, I expect that “election fraud” will suddenly become a big thing here.

  17. “BW

    Could we have some good news, please?”

    My sister has safely arrived from Singapore and is in quarantine at Mascot before we gather to remember my mum at a simple memorial in a fortnight.

    Interesting aspects:

    (a) oven and cooktop disconnected;
    (b) no coat hangers and none can be delivered; and
    (c) on return to Singapore, because retuning from Aus/NZ only quarantined until negative test.

  18. Greg the Lyin’ Hunt said what he really thinks in his maiden speech….

    ‘The first speech, once considered the MP’s “maiden speech”, is traditionally used as a way to explain political philosophies and outline beliefs.

    Hunt, who delivered a “rock solid commitment” to the popular government-run health service Medicare during his first comments as health minister yesterday, spoke passionately about private healthcare during his first speech to parliament on 18 February 2002.

    I believe that there are also five key social imperatives facing Australia over the next 20 years. The first is building on the achievements of the last six years, which have seen private health care coverage make the extraordinary leap from 30 per cent of Australians in 1998 to 45 per cent of Australians in 2001.
    The Victorian then laid out how the government should get more people to receive healthcare coverage from their employers – like in the United States.

    The next expansion in private health coverage is, I believe, through employer incentives for the inclusion of health care in workplace arrangements—perhaps through creative ways of excluding employer health care from the fringe benefits tax regime.

    Hunt went on to argue that expanding employer-provided healthcare through tax breaks would allow the government to spend on other things.

    The result of this, the freeing of resources which private health care generates—it is not about some special system of privilege, it is about freeing resources for the rest of society—will allow even greater funding to be directed to our elderly, who, as the then new member for Bennelong said in his first speech in 1974—when, incidentally, I was eight years old—`face the twin threats of loneliness and alienation’.

    https://www.buzzfeed.com/markdistefano/hunt-healthcare-us

  19. Morrison has set aside a $9 billion slush fund in the budget. And yet he’s slashing necessary surgeries from Medicare.

    sprocket

    That speech from Hunt definitely leans toward the American system, where you can only access medical insurance if you are employed. It’s also a push towards private insurance – follows on from their sale of Medibank. Bastards.

  20. sprocket_ @ #36 Monday, June 7th, 2021 – 8:04 am

    The SmearStralian is a partisan shit-sheet, masquerading as main stream media. Exhibit A from today’s front page..

    ‘Morale on Four Corners ‘is at an all-time low’
    Four Corners isn’t a happy place to be. Its two most senior journalists, Louise Milligan and Sally Neighbour, are said to be ‘at war’ with managing director David Anderson and news boss Gaven Morris.’

    I’m sure David Anderson will be asked about it today in Senate Estimates.

  21. This is the biggest lie by Hunt.

    it is about freeing resources for the rest of society—will allow even greater funding to be directed to our elderly

    Aged Care, anyone?

  22. lizzie

    “….will allow even greater funding to be directed to our elderly”
    Aged Care, anyone?

    Rookie error . When wee Ghunt says ‘our elderly’ he is not referring to your ‘elderly’ but their ‘elderly’ . People like…………….

    .

  23. ‘shellbell says:
    Monday, June 7, 2021 at 8:11 am

    “BW

    Could we have some good news, please?”

    My sister has safely arrived from Singapore and is in quarantine at Mascot before we gather to remember my mum at a simple memorial in a fortnight.

    Interesting aspects:

    (a) oven and cooktop disconnected;
    (b) no coat hangers and none can be delivered; and
    (c) on return to Singapore, because retuning from Aus/NZ only quarantined until negative test.’
    —————————-
    Thank you. Best wishes for the memorial.

  24. poroti

    It is stunning that these incompetent fools can introduce extra charges on the community at such a vulnerable time.

  25. “Simon Katichsays:
    Monday, June 7, 2021 at 8:15 am
    Unbelievable. Trump wearing Pants backward in public.
    —————
    Pants? Or head?

    I won’t be surprised if Trump supporters started wearing Pants backwards irrespective of their gender. 🙂

  26. Morning bludgers

    Thanks BK for today’s roundup.

    Team Labor had better start screaming about the Medicare changes.

  27. lizzie at 8:37 am

    poroti

    It is stunning that these incompetent fools can introduce extra charges on the community at such a vulnerable time.

    Helping their ‘elderly’ is happening as we speak. In this cased Rupert with shitloads of ads for My Health , electronic prescriptions, and how great they are making things suddenly appearing on Foxtel . What a coincidence they started on high rotation just as news about their cuts appeared.

  28. boerwar @ #63 Monday, June 7th, 2021 – 7:49 am


    ‘…At the moment there’s no way for doctors to know if they are charging a gap due to the chaos caused by the Department’s poor implementation.”
    …’
    ——————————————————–
    EVERY.SINGLE.THING.THEY.TOUCH.THEY.FUCK.UP.

    And yet Labor can’t take a trick.

  29. @BelindaJones68
    ·
    6m
    If you’re a pensioner then a vote for Morrison will mean~

    ~ Your pension will go on the Indue Card
    ~ Medicare won’t cover your medical costs ~ out-of-pocket expenses increase
    ~ Aged care dangerously unsafe
    ~ Homelessness a reality

    but hey, you’ll get franking credits

  30. Yep.

    Peter Murphy
    @PeterWMurphy1
    ·
    9h
    The Morrison Govt works tirelessly to do as little as possible, on so many important policy issues:
    #Childcare
    #AgedCare
    #NDIS
    #NBN
    #Education
    #Healthcare
    #Quarantine
    #COVIDVaccination
    #ClimateAction

    And now it’s attacking #Medicare.
    Labor builds.
    The LNP tears down. #auspol

  31. mundo
    It is good to see that we agree that the Morrison Government is both incompetent and the most corrupt Federal government since Federation.

  32. Isn’t Scotty lucky that he’s scampering abroad while the Medicare crisis hits the fan.
    Lucky, lucky Scotty.

  33. “boerwarsays:
    Monday, June 7, 2021 at 7:48 am
    Baby Trump?

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jun/06/netanyahu-says-israeli-coalition-is-result-of-election-fraud

    Most of us know that Israeli government is coalition government and Netanyahu is PM for 12 consecutive years.
    Coalition governments in Israel are generally unstable especially in the last 3-4 years.
    When government falls due to coalition instability, PM calls the election and after the election leader of a party either in government or in opposition tries to cobble up majority. The PM of previous government stays in power that till next government is formed. Is it true Netanyahu stayed in power for such a long time because opposition cannot cobble up majority after election and Netanyahu as acting PM stays in power and calls next election.
    Israel government seems to be even more than Italian government.

  34. This NyTimes article covers a lot of questions the already vaccinated have…

    ‘Can I switch my vaccine brand when I get a booster?

    Possibly. In fact, a lot of research on other diseases suggests that switching vaccines can strengthen boosters. “This is a tried and true concept from before Covid,” Dr. Lyke said.

    Dr. Lyke and her colleagues are testing this mix-and-match option for boosters as part of their new trial. They are recruiting volunteers who have been fully vaccinated by any of the three vaccines authorized in the United States — Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech.

    All of the volunteers are receiving a Moderna booster. The researchers will then observe how strong of an immune response it produces.

    It’s possible that other vaccines still in clinical trials may work even better as Covid boosters. Novavax and Sanofi, for example, are both running clinical trials in the United States on vaccines that consist of viral proteins. Dr. Lyke and her colleagues have designed their study so that they can add more such vaccines to the mix later on.

    “Behind the scenes, we’re working on other contracts so that we can move additional boosters into the trial,” she said. Those additional boosters may also include ones tailored for variants, like the one developed by Pfizer-BioNTech.

    Other mixed booster trials are also underway. In Britain, scientists are giving volunteers vaccines from AstraZeneca, CureVac, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, Novavax, Pfizer-BioNTech and Valneva as boosters. ImmunityBio is testing its vaccine in South Africa as a booster for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, while Sanofi is preparing to test its vaccine as a booster for those from several other companies.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/06/science/covid-vaccine-boosters.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

  35. It seems there may have been two War rooms on Jan 6th:

    “ On May 5, 2021, in a little-heard interview with self-described “birther” Peter Boyles, former Chapman University and University of Colorado-Boulder law professor John Eastman—known for falsely saying prior to the 2020 election that Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris was ineligible to run for Vice President due to not being a U.S. citizen—told Boyles that that in January 2021 he “was representing the President of the United States in the Supreme Court on one of the most significant legal issues to have come down the pike in half a century.” Eastman, who notes that he “spoke right before the president” at the Ellipse on January 6, further tells Boyles he can reveal private conversations he had with his “client” Donald Trump pre-insurrection because he has received “express” permission from Trump to do so.

    Eastman confesses to Boyles that in the days prior to and including the attack on the Capitol, he, Giuliani, and unnamed others “had a war room at the Willard Hotel [in Washington] kind of coordinating all of the communications.…[it was in] a suite of offices.” Significant in this, of course, is not only Eastman’s description of the space as a “war room,” but his contention that Giuliani used the room in the days prior to the insurrection. Why does this matter? Because it raises new questions about another pre-insurrection war room: the one at Trump International. Was Giuliani at the Trump International war room on January 5, the Willard war room, or both? This question has larger implications than may at first appear, so we begin by unpacking what we know:”
    -twitter ,Seth Abrahamson, author of ‘Proof’

  36. mundo @ #53 Monday, June 7th, 2021 – 8:49 am

    lizzie @ #62 Monday, June 7th, 2021 – 7:49 am

    I suppose it isn’t possible that these medical charges will finally serve to turn older rusted-on LNP voters away from their hero?

    No, because he will convince them that ‘Mediscare’ is worse.

    And how, great sage mundo, can anyone convince old people that Mediscare is worse than NOT being able to get a hip or shoulder operation?

    Enlighten us with your wisdom with respect to this matter, mundo.

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