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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham View Post
    My first article for The Guardian (one-off commission, not a regular gig), re upcoming Queensland election:

    https://www.theguardian.com/australi...covid-response
    I almost missed this, because I confused it with this very recent article having a very similar name!

    I only have a couple of quibbles. Firstly, while Palaszczuk’s government is only five years old, Labor has effectively been in power in Qld for about 30 years, with only a couple of short interregnums. So tiredness with Labor may be a more important factor than you suggested. And you've completely ignored Clive Palmer!

    I'm looking forward to more articles from you in The Guardian.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham View Post
    My first article for The Guardian (one-off commission, not a regular gig), re upcoming Queensland election:

    https://www.theguardian.com/australi...covid-response
    I gave you a good review

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Byrom View Post
    I almost missed this, because I confused it with this very recent article having a very similar name!

    I only have a couple of quibbles. Firstly, while Palaszczuk’s government is only five years old, Labor has effectively been in power in Qld for about 30 years, with only a couple of short interregnums. So tiredness with Labor may be a more important factor than you suggested. And you've completely ignored Clive Palmer!
    Yes I thought about giving Clive a mention but I was over my word target anyway and they didn't ask me for any Clive content after reviewing my draft, possibly because Ben Smee had covered it in his article. I thought Ben Smee's article was very good.

    My view is the UAP will not win seats and their preferences probably won't decide many seats if any. However that's not what they're in it for; they're aiming to spend a bucketload and damage Labor.
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    http://kevinbonham.blogspot.com/2020...ves-dying.html
    Newspoll: The Sound Of Narratives Dying

    My coverage of recent state and federal polls including the surprisingly good result for Daniel Andrews overnight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron View Post
    Labor...impossible till 2022 unfortunately. Andrews (who never had a job in his life before becoming a politician) - lets see if he lasts beyond this year. ...
    Some more details from the polling Kevin referred to:

    The poll for The Australian shows 62 per cent of Victorian voters agree the premier has managed the crisis well, despite a hotel quarantine bungle that unleashed a second wave of the virus. Some 35 per cent of Victorians thought Mr Andrews handled the pandemic badly, according to the poll published on Tuesday.

    Asked how Mr Andrews was handling his job, 62 per cent of voters were satistifed and 35 per cent were dissatisfied for a net satisfaction score of 27 per cent.

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    Copying Eddie Obeid

    https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/austr...?ocid=msedgntp

    Pay about ten times excessive of land valaution - now the Libs turn.
    Zionism is racism as defined by the UN, Israel by every dirty means available steals land and water, kill Palestinian freedom fighters and civilians, and operates an apartheid system to drive more Palestinians off their land

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    I thought some politicians and media should know that we have already passed 19th century mentality and ethics!

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    Full story here:

    https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/sydne...?ocid=msedgdhp

    Source: Nine News earlier this morning 13-10-20
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    In defense of Capitalism.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ER View Post
    I thought some politicians and media should know that we have already passed 19th century mentality and ethics!

    aber.jpg

    Full story here:

    https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/sydne...?ocid=msedgdhp

    Source: Nine News earlier this morning 13-10-20
    Good to see all those messages of support!
    Such a nice lady and chess supporter being present and addressing participants and officials
    at Norths during the Australian Champs opening ceremony!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ER View Post
    Good to see all those messages of support!
    Such a nice lady and chess supporter being present and addressing participants and officials
    at Norths during the Australian Champs opening ceremony!
    She's a dead duck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Murray View Post
    She's a dead duck
    Now say, was that wishful thinking or the party line??

    Back to reality now


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    Full story here ...

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-10-...-icac/12766832

    Source: ABC News earlier today (14-10-20_
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    The claim that Berejiklian "survived" the no-confidence motion in the Upper House, which has been made by a few media sources, is technically incorrect. A motion of no confidence passed by the upper house in an Australian parliament is symbolic and has no effect. So had it been passed, she would not have been forced to resign, though it would have caused extra embarrassment. Indeed even when a motion of no confidence passes the lower house, that is not always the end. A Premier who is the subject of a successful no confidence motion could advise a Governor that they have a realistic pathway to regaining confidence and wish to be left in office while they attempt to recover it. A Governor might reject that advice and dismiss them if it lacked credibility.

    A bigger problem might be if the Shooters and One Nation go through on their threat to block government legislation unless she resigns, as this would leave the government very few avenues for passing controversial legislation. This is not necessarily fatal either (eg Tasmania has a left-majority upper house but the Liberal government in the lower house is popular) but would create an incentive to dump her as Premier.
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    So do you agree or disagree with the
    She's a dead duck
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    I don't
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    I think it is a sad reflection on Australian politics where one Premier resigned over forgetting about a bottle of wine (O'Farrell) and another is struggling to stay as Premier (Berejiklian) because of some dubious connections, but the one Premier whose decisions caused the deaths of 800 + people is seemingly going to skate through 'unharmed'.

    Whilst some people may not be supporters of Peta Credlin, it is a sad reflection on the Counsel Assisting the Hotel Quarantine Inquiry and journalists that it has only taken her two days of questioning Daniel Andrews at his 'daily' press conferences to start asking the hard questions and we have now seen the resignations of two people involved in the Hotel Quarantine fiasco.

    It is no wonder why there is some questioning beginning on who the Counsel Assisting were really assisting? Was it the Inquiry to get to the truth, or were they doing the least they could to help assist Premier Daniel Andrews?

    Whilst this next comment could almost be regarded as similar as using twitter to gauge what is the correct thing to do, back two months or so ago, my Facebook page was regularly filled with those in Melbourne saying that Dan's the Man, we support Dan and he is doing the right thing for the State.

    I am not seeing any more of those posts at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ER View Post
    So do you agree or disagree with the
    claim?
    I don't
    It might be right but I think it's still too soon to know. One poll today showed strong majorities of voters thinking she had done nothing wrong and should not resign, and also had the Coalition eight points ahead on the primary vote (basically the same as the last election). The detail of Labor's argument as to why she should go is either not getting through to voters yet or they are not accepting it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garvinator View Post
    Whilst this next comment could almost be regarded as similar as using twitter to gauge what is the correct thing to do, back two months or so ago, my Facebook page was regularly filled with those in Melbourne saying that Dan's the Man, we support Dan and he is doing the right thing for the State.

    I am not seeing any more of those posts at all.
    Plenty of those still on Twitter, unfortunately.

    Labor has the worst social media fans of any party with the possible exception of Sustainable Australia.
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