Morgan: 54-46 to Labor

Morgan finds Labor back up after a weaker result last fortnight, while Essential Research comes through on nuclear submarines and its usual questions on COVID-19 management.

Roy Morgan has unveiled its unpredictably timed fortnightly federal voting intention poll, which on this occasion shows Labor leading 54-46 – up from 52.5-47.5 a fortnight ago, and almost back to the 54.5-45.5 result in the poll before that. Both major parties are on 36% of the primary vote, which entails a three-and-a-half point drop for the Coalition and a one point increase for Labor. With the Greens down half a point to 12.5%, this makes room for an increase in the independents/others category that has been a pattern of recent polling, in this case gaining one-and-a-half points to 12%. One Nation is up half a point to 3.5%.

The state two-party breakdowns show Labor leading 53.5-46.5 in New South Wales, for a swing of 5.3%; 56-44 in Victoria, a swing of 2.9%; 54.5-45.5 in Western Australia, a swing of 10.1%; 58.5-41.5 in South Australia, a swing of 7.8%; and 52-48 in Tasmania, a swing to the Coalition of 4.0%, though here the sample gets very small indeed. The Coalition leads only in Queensland, by 52.5-47.5, a swing to Labor of 5.9%. The poll was conducted over the past two weekends from a sample of 2752.

Also out this week was the regular fortnightly survey from Essential Research, which does not on this occasion feature the monthly leadership ratings (we are also about due for its roughly quarterly dump of voting intention results). The poll tackles the nuclear submarines issue and related matters, finding 45% believe the deal will make Australia more secure, 36% that it will not affect Australia’s security, and 19% that it will make Australia less secure. Further questions find respondents taking a benign view of the issue generally, and also surprisingly (to me at least) towards nuclear power: 50% say they would support it for electricity generation with 32% opposed.

The poll also has the regular fortnightly questions on federal and state government responses to COVID-19 management, which give the federal government its best numbers since July: good up two points to 45%, poor down five to 30%. The good ratings for the state governments, in descending order of reliability due to diminishing sample sizes, are 53% for New South Wales, up seven; 44% for Victoria, down six; 62% for Queensland, down three; 82% for Western Australia, down five; and 55% for South Australia, down twelve. The latter result is that government’s weakest so far, but here the error bars are particularly wide. The poll was conducted Wednesday to Sunday from a sample of 1094.

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. poroti @ #1393 Saturday, October 2nd, 2021 – 5:21 am

    Another ICAC ‘woe is me’ NSW pollie.
    ‘My life’s a wreck’: NSW MP John Sidoti lashes out during ICAC evidence

    NSW MP John Sidoti was urged to calm down and take a deep breath during “chaotic” evidence to the Independent Commission Against Corruption in which he accused the counsel assisting of impugning his reputation by calling him a liar.

    Mr Sidoti, the independent member for Drummoyne – who was previously a Liberal Party minister – conceded on Friday that part of the evidence he previously gave to the ICAC inquiry investigating his property interests was not correct.

    Maybe the poor petal could sue ICAC for defamation! 😆

  2. It has become standard operating procedure for allegedly corrupt politicians to show zero contrition when the evidence of their alleged corruption is placed before them by investigators and to instead go on the attack and attempt to malign the investigators instead.

    So very Trumpy.

  3. Insiders Sunday, 3 Oct

    David Speers joins Andrew Probyn, Samantha Maiden and Jacqueline Maley to discuss NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s shock resignation, COVID disaster payments, international travel, net zero emissions plus Turnbull’s speech.

    Guest : Ed Husic – Shadow Minister For Industry And Innovation

  4. Morning all. I thought Gladys Berejiklian should seriously consider an acting career after her “don’t cry for me” routine while resigning yesterday. She lied to ICAC as a minimum, while having a clear conflict of interest. She was less innocent than Barnaby Joyce when he “followed his heart” and got sacked as Nationals leader. I agree with Zoom on this score.

    Gladys’ refusal to deny wrongdoing shows just how low political standards have sunk in Australia. Public servants are sacked for failing to disclose potential conflicts of interest. She has been caught red handed with an actual conflict of interest and acts as though she has done nothing wrong. What a hide.

    Meanwhile in the same week the AFP clears Federal politicians of any wrongdoing over a Badgeries Creek land deal that was plainly not in the public interest. Again, not acting in the public interest was a clear breach of the PS Act when I was a Federal public servant (in Howard era).

    We desperately need a Federal ICAC in Australia. Labor could get re-elected for a decade like NSW Liberals if it got in and established one that could finally start investigating the antics of the LNP crime syndicate.

    Shame on SA State Labor and Greens for voting to nobble the SA State ICAC too. And what a short-sighted decision – no doubt the Liberals had more to fear from a proper ICAC than they did.

  5. zoomster

    I agree with your judgement. None of my own criticism of Gladys’ actions had anything to do with gender. IMV she behaved far more like a male with an arrogant confidence in her own superiority.

    Henry summed up her “sins” perfectly, and Pru Goward, who knew her well, talked on The Drum of her “private” (read, secretive) nature.

  6. Socrates

    Shame on SA State Labor and Greens for voting to nobble the SA State ICAC too.

    What was the bullshit fig leaf they used to justify their doing so ? Their own members full of prime candidates for an ICACing ?

  7. shellbell @ #763 Saturday, October 2nd, 2021 – 7:43 am

    Sidoti is a case in point. His hearing was months ago. When is the report going to be available?

    If you read the story it reports that an extra session with Sidoti needed to be held this week due to the ICAC having discovered that his sister helped craft a Stat Dec for one of the witnesses.

    The Commission has now retired to write up its findings in their report.

  8. Biden’s climate and energy advisor.

    Griffith has been talking with anyone who would listen – Labor in Victoria, the Liberals in NSW, the Greens in Tasmania – and also has some big-money backers, notably the tech billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes.

    He calls himself genuinely apolitical – he left Australia at 19, before he ever voted, but he is nonetheless swingeing in his criticism of the federal government and Energy Minister Angus Taylor’s so-called “gas-led” recovery.

    “I don’t know whether Angus Taylor is an ideologue or an idiot or paid off by the gas industry, but there’s nothing technically reasonable or economically reasonable about his arguments,” he says.

    “I’ve been doing hand-to-hand combat with the natural gas industry in the US senate for the past three months. And they are extremely well funded, they’re extremely cynical, they are engaged in the culture wars. And I think they fully intend to burn our children’s future.

    “When I am talking to Joe Biden and his climate team, I tell them, if you could make the perfect country with the perfect policies, it would be Australia for rooftop solar policy, Norway or California for its electric vehicle policies, and South Korea or Japan for their electric heating. And if that place could exist in one place, you’ve got the recipe for domestic climate success.”

  9. White terror: Millions of Americans say they’d support violence to restore Trump to power

    47 million American adults – nearly 1 in 5 – agree with the statement that “the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump and Joe Biden is an illegitimate president.” Of those, 21 million also agree that “use of force is justified to restore Donald J. Trump to the presidency.”

    Our survey found that many of these 21 million people with insurrectionist sentiments have the capacity for violent mobilization. At least 7 million of them already own a gun, and at least 3 million have served in the U.S. military and so have lethal skills. Of those 21 million, 6 million said they supported right-wing militias and extremist groups, and 1 million said they are themselves or personally know a member of such a group, including the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys.

    Sixty-three percent of the 21 million adamant insurrectionists in the country believe in the “Great Replacement,” the idea that the rights of whites will be overtaken by the rights of Blacks and Hispanics. The second most important driver was a QAnon belief, where 53 percent of the 21 million believed that our government is run and controlled by a satanic cult of pedophiles. Those are the two radical beliefs that are really … the key drivers of the insurrectionist sentiments in the country today.

    MORE :

  10. Dodgy deals, corruption and playing advantage are inherent within every political level throughout Australia.
    Politicians take a punt to gain an financial advantage, the repercussions are largely non existent in most instances.
    NSW is the home of political corruption and has been since 1788.
    Gladys jumped ship for any number of reasons, with plenty of her fellow politicians wishing they had the opportunity to exit.
    Does anyone think Mr Morrison himself hasn’t thought about “the bolt”?
    Money and only money makes Australian politics go round.
    It’s lucrative in the extreme.
    My most stunning memory being a nondescript Tassie Senator bragging about the acquisition of eleven properties while doing time in Canberra.
    Never heard of before, during and after his time as a Senator, leaving in the same suit from his first day and with a wonderfully developed “snigger”.
    “Couldn’t believe my luck” he said, while adding as an afterthought, “purchased a unit in Canberra and made money on that too”.
    Gladys is unlikely to go hungry, having lost a little pride (perhaps) and plenty of Daryls to advise her to make best use of her free time.

  11. Deborah Snow on Gladys, in her own and Berejiklian’s own words:

    “I’m not scared of anybody”, Gladys Berejiklian told me in the days leading up to the 2019 state election. “If I was scared of anybody I wouldn’t be in this job”.

    … Berejiklian, for all her fleeting moments of girlishness, is as tough as they come, and the way in which she delivered that short, powerful speech proved it.

    “She is as tough as nails, you knock her down and she gets back up again,” one of her senior ministers observed in private recently. “The problem is she is stubborn on the things that don’t matter, and flexible on the things that most people would choose to be stubborn about.”

    Not taking others – particularly the ICAC – into her confidence earlier about Maguire clearly fell into the former category.

  12. The British army will be deployed to deliver fuel to garages across the country from Monday amid continuing supply issues.

    Almost 200 military personnel have been undertaking training at haulier sites to help relieve the situation after more than a week of chaos at petrol stations.

    Pumps across the country started running dry last week due to a shortage of specialist HGV drivers to deliver fuel.

    The crisis sparked a panic buying frenzy with huge queues building up at forecourts around the country and fights breaking out in some places.

    The government have publicly insisted the situation is stabilising but privately have described it as an ‘effing nightmare’, according to reports. The driver shortage has sown chaos throughout British supply chains, in everything from food to fuel.

    In a significant U-turn, a temporary visa scheme for foreign HGV drivers that was due to expire on December 24 will now be extended to the end of February. Foreign drivers had ridiculed Boris Johnson over the three-month offer, saying they would not leave stable, well-paid jobs abroad to ‘pee in a bottle on the M25’.

  13. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. It’s a Saturday Special.

    “As Gladys Berejiklian fell from the top of the power list, Scott Morrison literally raced out ahead of her with his own agenda”, writes Laura Tingle in this assessment of yesterday’s events.
    Tony Wright reckons Morrison is sniffing the wind for an early election.
    Before he left the US, Morrison said what he would like Australians to have for Christmas is their lives back, and that’s within the gift of governments. He is now calculating whether the promise of that would help him win a tight election more than gratitude for it happening at a poll early in the new year, writes Paul Bongiorno who says another miscalculation would be fatal.
    Gladys Berejiklian’s parting shot was at the very institution that ended her political career, says Alexandra Smith.
    Geoffrey Watson mounts a sturdy defence of ICAC’s actions here and insinuates that the federal government could well do with one, too.
    The NSW Premier’s shock departure casts doubt on the coherence of a national cabinet at a time when Australia is facing its greatest peace-time challenge since the Great Depression, writes Andrew Clark.
    Gladys Berejiklian’s downfall was a self-inflicted tragedy, writes Quentin Dempster.
    The fall of Gladys Berejiklian is another reason Liberals in Canberra won’t back a federal integrity commission, opines the AFR’s Michael Pelly.
    As a NSW premier falls and SA guts its anti-corruption commission, what are the lessons for integrity bodies in Australia?
    The premier’s anger was palpable, her target familiar. Like so many politicians before her, Gladys Berejiklian laid the blame for her untimely demise squarely at the feet of the Independent Commission Against Corruption. She accused it of pursuing her over “historic matters” that had already been investigated and explained, all at a time when the state was in the grips of a deadly Covid-19 outbreak, writes Christopher Knaus.
    Gladys Berejiklian would have been a handy ally in the coming federal election and one can’t help feeling her disappearance makes Morrison hanging on just that little harder, writes Phil Coorey.
    It is a terrible pity, but Gladys Berejiklian had to go, says the SMH editorial which concludes with, “Ms Berejiklian’s downfall is regrettable, but it should not deter the federal government from delivering on its long delayed promise to establish a body with equivalent powers.”
    The very conservative Dominic Perrottet is the frontrunner to replace Gladys Berejiklian as premier after her stunning resignation an hour after the corruption watchdog announced an inquiry into her conduct.
    But the SMH says that others are in the field.
    In this reflection Kate McClymont tells us that a poor choice in a boyfriend and a grant to a regional shooting club will be added to a bottle of Grange and a job for the boys in the trifecta of trip-ups that has seen the downfall of three Liberal premiers.
    Morrison is out of excuses, and time, to act on emissions, writes Peter Hartcher who says, point for point, the experience of South Australia demolishes every one of those three scare campaigns run by the federal Liberal-Nationals over the past decade. It has only one left: that a pledge to make further cuts in carbon emissions will destroy jobs in regional areas.
    On Morrison and climate change, Paul Kelly says that can’t run and it can’t hide.
    John Hewson simply says, “Morrison must tell the truth on climate”. He writes that it seems Morrison has no shame at the fact Australia has ended up as one of the most significant global laggards in terms of both climate targets and climate policies.
    Scott Morrison’s ‘net zero by 2050’ emissions reduction plan will be filled with tricks and rorts, predicts Ben Oquist.
    “Why on earth would a climate-change-denying PM who shows 100% support for the filthy, polluting coal mining and environmentally destructive gas fracking industries attend the COP26 (climate change conference) in Glasgow?”, asks the AIMN’s Kathryn.
    As Scott Morrison attempts to balance his weak climate policies with US ambitions, a key Biden adviser who is quoted as saying “I don’t know whether Angus Taylor is an ideologue or an idiot” is returning to Australia to help revolutionise state responses, reports Mike Seccombe.
    David Crowe looks at Morrison’s latest ministerial shuffle where it seems rewards were forthcoming.
    And Katherine Murphy examines what she sees is behind Morrison’s ministerial changes.
    The Morrison government’s commitment to build eight nuclear-powered submarines under the new AUKUS arrangements will probably leave Australia with a critical capability gap as the navy’s six Collins-class boats age. If the government persists with the idea of building the submarines in Adelaide, they will face enormous difficulties, come in years later, and cost billions of dollars more than if bought overseas. It is by no means clear they can be built in Adelaide, writes Greg Sheridan, who declares that this is national dereliction on a massive scale.
    The ACT’s Andrew Barr has lashed the federal government’s approach to national cabinet as “disgraceful”, saying leaders have been kept in the dark over crucial information. State and territory leaders have criticised the Commonwealth for routinely dropping detailed papers on national cabinet discussions at the eleventh-hour.
    More than 1 million Victorian workers – including faith leaders, MPs, judges and personal trainers – will be forced to prove they have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccination within a fortnight or be banned from workplaces, under new rules being enforced by the state government, says The Age.
    A rush of government tenders to outsource Covid-19 responses shows who is most at risk as lockdowns end. The 20 per cent who will not be fully vaccinated when states begin to open are not anti-vaxxers but rather the most vulnerable, explains Rick Morton.
    Hospitals are being told to seek more cash from state and territory governments to handle a surge in coronavirus infections as Prime Minister Scott Morrison declares he will not give in to “shakedown politics” by spending more federal money. Doctors fear hospitals could be overwhelmed by rising COVID-19 admissions and a growing load of elective surgery that must be delayed until the case numbers ease, ensuring the pressure lasts well into next year, writes David Crowe.
    Melbourne’s Covid crisis has exhausted its emergency departments – and patients are waiting longer and longer to be seen, explains emergency physician Andrew Tagg.
    Victorian Covid numbers keep jumping after protests but there is still a way out of this, explains epidemiologist Catherine Bennett.
    A pill that prevents the coronavirus from spreading in the body could soon be the world’s first oral anti-viral medication for COVID if approved by regulators. Merck has announced it is applying for emergency use of its drug molnupiravir in the USA after its trial was so positive it was asked to wind up early. Merck said its interim clinical trial results, which are yet to be peer reviewed, found the tablet cuts the risk of hospitalisation or death by about half.
    National cabinet has accepted a plan to mandate vaccinations for all health workers, meaning one in five staff at major Adelaide hospitals, including the Royal Adelaide and Queen Elizabeth, would be banned from work.
    This anonymous contact tracer explains how picking apart a person’s life can save that of another.
    Just how good is the WestConnex mega-deal which toll road monopolist Transurban has struck with NSW? Where is the that $11b going and what is this mysterious new “WestInvest”? Wendy Bacon investigates the deception around Australia’s biggest and most secretive infrastructure project.
    The Australian Electoral Commission has written to a number of grassroots groups pushing to oust government MPs at the next federal election, reminding them of their legal obligations to disclose financial donations and carry proper authorisations for political material, reports Bianca Hall.
    For Australian householders, good internet speeds have become more important than ever, and especially so for anyone looking to buy or rent a new property. With so many people needing to work from home during COVID-19 lockdowns, often while simultaneously home schooling and entertaining children, a strong internet connection has become a crucial requirement, writes James Reid.
    In her weekly media roundup, Amanda Meade tells us how a Jessica Rowe podcast turned sour over the Pauline Hanson interview on ‘why she keeps going’.
    The European Union has postponed talks on an Australian trade deal amid anger at the federal government’s decision to scrap a mammoth contract with France to build a new submarine fleet, delaying the next negotiations until November.
    If only economists could evolve and work out what makes humans tick, laments Ross Gittins.
    With the Family Court remaining open during Covid-19 lockdowns, a pivot to electronic hearings has actually led to greater efficiencies and a gentler process for the parties involved, writes Sarah Price.
    Katina Curtis reports that veteran Liberal MP Russell Broadbent risks being locked out of his office after he said he is not vaccinated and publicly raised concerns about the mass immunisation of Australians against COVID and the imposition of mandates or vaccine passports. He joins Craig Kelly and Pauline Hanson.
    And Nick Bonyhady tells us that up in Queensland its health minister said two state opposition MPs with links to an anti-vax “union” should be stripped of their shadow ministries.
    This week’s brawl within the federal government over whether to commit to a target of net zero by 2050 must look to much of the rest of the world like a glimpse of the political past, mourn Nick O’Malley and Mike Foley.
    Dear old Gerard Henderson is still banging on at the ABC, this time aiming at Laura Tingle.
    An angry Julia Baird explains how privilege still protects the violent from the consequences of their behaviour.
    Activist Stephen Langford is facing two years’ jail for sticking a piece of A4 paper to a statue of Lachlan Macquarie in Sydney’s Hyde Park, reports Amy Fallon.
    Plastics producer Qenos has warned manufacturing in Australia will be ‘unsustainable’ if the high gas prices ripping through Asia and Europe take hold in Australia.
    Henrietta Cook reports that The United States Postal Service has suspended most of its deliveries to Australia, infuriating consumers waiting for mail and businesses relying on overseas sales. The national postal service began halting services last month due to the “unavailability of transport,” with many items destined for Australia returned to their US senders.
    California will mandate COVID-19 vaccines for children attending school once the shots are federally approved for their age groups, becoming the first US state to require the inoculations in classrooms.

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  14. Poroti

    The SA ICAC amendments were justified by the tragic case of an SA police officer who committed suicide while under investigation, which took too long to clear him.

    However the changes are a reach. Instead of tightening up the timeframes and reporting rules, the SA Libs have gutted the ICAC legislation for the scope of their investigations. There was no reason to gut ICAC – just change the reporting rules.

    So at this point the only SA politician I can vote for with confidence is Rex Patrick.

    The SA vote was unanimous, so the minor conservatives were just as bad as the major parties.

  15. Catmomma

    Sidoti generated the further hearing which descended into a shouting match and now a report is due in another four months. You think it might have been substantially written?

    It is too slow and consequently loses its sting.

  16. ‘“The problem is she is stubborn on the things that don’t matter…Not taking others – particularly the ICAC – into her confidence earlier about Maguire clearly fell into the former category.’

    Er, what?

    Clearly, her relationship with Maguire was a thing that mattered.

    Now, being flexible on things others would be stubborn about — that might be the problem.

  17. Steelydan says:
    Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 7:43 am
    Lost in yesterdays big news but finally some light at the end of the tunnel for international travel. Finally.

    No problems with the international travel being allowed again , but the worry of this could turn out to be another incompetence by Morrison in bringing it forward before the 80% agreement nationwide,and if things get worst will Morrison take full responsibly of this captain’s call

  18. Slight tangent from fess’ article:

    “Morrison’s alive to the fact that climate policy has been the rock upon which many a prime minister has been wrecked,” says the Liberal.

    More shirking of responsibility. The Coalition are the rock upon which many a climate discussion/debate/policy has been trashed, because they’ve been willing to outright lie and lead people on to score political advantage. They are trapped by their own lies, as bought by their own base.

  19. This should be the line from Labor.

    “The backstory,” Kean tells The Saturday Paper, “is that in 2020 I took a plan to cabinet, the Net Zero Plan. And at the time, I proposed that we set an interim target – 35 per cent emissions reduction by 2030.

    “I got everyone on board by saying that we will put in place policies to reduce emissions only where they create jobs, they lower cost of living for families, don’t impose additional costs on business, drive investment and grow our economy.”

  20. This is the correct response
    Brendan O’Connor
    · 7h
    Corruption of publicly elected leaders is a tragedy…

  21. Russell Broadbent can stay right away from Parliament House and Canberra while he refuses to be vaccinated.

    He is a good candidate to be refused entry to the ACT. Meanwhile the Victorian government could declare he is subject to “no jab, no work” at his electorate office.

  22. The Hartcher piece on SA renewable energy success – with a Liberal Premier – is worth a read from BK’s extensive list today.

    I suspect the Chevalier College graduate is over the Morrison lies and spin on action on Climate Change, with this put down a highlight..

    ‘As for the well-worn trope, delivered with mock red-neck grammar as if to emphasise that every ignoramus knows it to be true, that renewable energy is useless “when the sun don’t shine and the wind don’t blow”, that’s a bust, too.’

  23. Compare and contrast the media treatment of Gladys Berejiklian with that deal out to Kristina Keneally and the particularly vicious and disgraceful mauling of Julia Gillard.

  24. Steve777,

    Don’t forget how the media treat/treated Cheryl Kernot and Sarah Hanson-Young. The woman card is only played for Liberal and National party women. Perhaps because there are so precious few of them, even now.


    The United States Postal Service has suspended most of its deliveries to Australia, infuriating consumers waiting for mail and businesses relying on overseas sales.

    The national postal service began halting services last month due to the “unavailability of transport,” with many items destined for Australia returned to their US senders.

  26. ICAC takes too long? Put resources into ICAC instead of clay pigeon shooting venues.

    The ICAC attack on Berejiklian was misogynist? Two of three premiers shot down by ICAC were men.

    The attacks on Berejiklian are misogynist because Porter is still there? There is nothing forcing Berejiklian to resign her seat.

    There is only one certainty and that is that the most corrupt federal government since Federation would be absolutely terrified of a well-resourced ICAC with teeth.

  27. @aljones42
    from @Chris_Murray48
    : “ICAC has less power over her if she resigns before making an appearance. Also, she gets to keep her parliamentary pension and perks if ICAC finds against her … if she resigns first.”

  28. The most interesting thing for me yesterday was Barrie Cassidy breaking the ABC omertà on Twitter yesterday. Critiquing how Gladys Berejiklian’s resignation as a result of being under investigation for corrupt conduct was being reported by our previously independent public broadcaster. Beyond the pale apparently.

    The Abbott/Turnbull/Morrison trifecta is winning the ABC culture war. Just a last stand perhaps with 4 Corners?

  29. Shellbell @ #1470 Saturday, October 2nd, 2021 – 7:56 am


    Sidoti generated the further hearing which descended into a shouting match and now a report is due in another four months. You think it might have been substantially written?

    It is too slow and consequently loses its sting.

    The closer to the NSW State election, the better, shellbell. 🙂

  30. I’ve got nothing against Gladys, I’d characterise her along the lines of “OK for a Liberal”. Certainly don’t want to see her replaced by a right-wing God-botherer.

  31. lizzie @ Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 8:41 am

    Thank you for that information. I was wondering why she resigned a few months short of the 5 year mark – that is when NSW ex-premiers get the ex-Premier bonus perks these days. Makes sense now. A parliamentary pension in the hand and all that.

  32. Steve777 @ #1491 Saturday, October 2nd, 2021 – 8:46 am

    I’ve got nothing against Gladys, I’d characterise her along the lines of “OK for a Liberal”. Certainly don’t want to see her replaced by a right-wing God-botherer.

    I do. And I want to see how his move to play roulette with the State’s budget by putting it into the markets, plays out, all the way to the election.

  33. Dr Kathryn Daley
    The fact that my feed is full of journos and politicians expressing sympathy to someone resigning because they are being investigated for CORRUPTION goes a long way to explain why our Federal government can do anything without any accountability.

  34. Griff says:
    Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 8:43 am
    The most interesting thing for me yesterday was Barrie Cassidy breaking the ABC omertà on Twitter yesterday. Critiquing how Gladys Berejiklian’s resignation as a result of being under investigation for corrupt conduct was being reported by our previously independent public broadcaster. Beyond the pale apparently.
    Yes. Barrie Cassidy’s comment was interesting. On the other hand to me the 730 report didn’t come over as especially pro-Gladys. If anything the vibe was more – hey this is a scalp that we, 730, managed to claim owing to our diligent reporting.

  35. The Sidoti hearing this week was five months after the last hearing. Splitting hearings just deflates the process.

    The resources problem cannot be such that a report cannot be produced in a timely way in a minister pressuring a council case – murder, terrorism trials run quicker and smoother.

    ICAC, in its pomp (kind of a small subset of its existence), pumped out product, in much more complex matters.

    Now with Sidoti, and Maguire, the can is just being kicked down the road. There are no present findings versus Maguire who admitted corrupt actions yonks ago.

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  37. Steve777 says:
    Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 8:46 am
    I’ve got nothing against Gladys, I’d characterise her along the lines of “OK for a Liberal”. Certainly don’t want to see her replaced by a right-wing God-botherer.
    I agree that viewing her from a distance, she seems to be one of the least worst Liberals. Extremely irritating to many Victorians with all of the gold standard COVID rubbish but that’s in a different category from consistently and actively pursuing destructive public policy (although I have seen many people online also talking about the very damaging outcomes of some of her government’s policies).

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