Newspoll: Turnbull further in front

It’s beginning to look more like a proper honeymoon now, from The Australian:

CaptureThe latest Newspoll, taken exclusively for The Australian, reveals the government is still making gains eight weeks after Mr Turnbull replaced Tony Abbott as Prime Minister, extending its lead over Labor to 53 per cent to 47 per cent after preferences.

 

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  1. like in all proper dictatorships, an unelected dear leader receiving support from media brainwashed crowds.

    • Tassie TomMEMBER

      Come on Doctor – Abbott was elected by the 100,000 voters of the seat of Warringah and he is still in parliament representing them. He didn’t appear anywhere on my ballot paper – we had Andrew Nicolic or Geoff Lyons (and yes, I’m embarrassed).

      If we wanted to elect a president then we should have voted for the “Elect the President” group in the republican referendum all those years ago instead of Turnbull’s “Australian Republican Movement”.

      • yeah, a folly of preferential ballot system in single-member seats. we can all pretend people vote for individuals not parties …

        … the ultimate result is that there are more political parties with probably more diverse views in Supreme People’s Assembly of North Korea or Iranian Parliament than in our House.

      • yeah, a folly of preferential ballot system in single-member seats. we can all pretend people vote for individuals not parties …

        They do vote for parties. Whoever is the leader of that party is the PM. Therefore it stands to reason if the party leader changes, so does the PM.

        Your argument is that they are voting for an individual (the PM).

      • the argument is that they are voting for the policies presented prior to election by PM candidates. When parties change leaders, new PM starts implementing new policies that none voted for – effectively completely removing voters from decision making process.

        If MT came out with plan to increase GST, implement US style health care system, … he would likely not be voted in.

      • When parties change leaders, new PM starts implementing new policies that none voted for – effectively completely removing voters from decision making process.

        As Howard, Abbot, and numerous others have shown, parties do not need to change leaders to change policies.

        Our system is only barely democratic, it is true. But not voting directly for the PM is a minor aspect of that.

    • Who cares, dude?

      The prime ministership doesn’t hold any actual authority. It’s like those plastic gold medals you give to children at birthday parties. Our head of state is still the Queen, the GG is still here baby sitting us and the union jack is flying high. We haven’t taken a leftist step forward in 70 years and god willing we won’t for another thousand years!

      • The irony of what you are saying X is that the UK could become a Republic before OZ – I think the latest numbers show a majority of Britons want a republic. I did some work with a youngish English lady recently and she was scathing against the monarchy – even horny Harry could not get the Royals over the line!

      • I think recent history (Rudd, Abbott) has shown that trying to run ramshod over cabinet rarely works out for the PM…

      • Josh MoorreesMEMBER

        TCF I wonder how that would work if they did become a republic before us. Would the queen be exiled to Australia/Canada?

      • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

        A King Charles will bring on the Republic for Australia.
        How old is the Queen now?
        The only King I could accept for Australia would be a King Harry as he seems to posess an appropriate degree of rat baggery and distrespect for authority, its just a pity he’s not Charles’s Son.

      • Technically, HRH is the Queen of Great Britain and SEPERATELY the Queen of Australia. So she could resign her duties to the former without affecting her status with the latter.

        I expect that if the Brits became a republic the Queen would remain in the Palace and the Australian govt would receive an invoice every year for maintaining the Royal family.
        With any luck we could pro-rata the bill with Fiji, NZealand and all the other piss ant island monarchies around the globe.

        Awesome.

      • I don’t think rescinding our membership of the Commonwealth makes sense.

        Imagine how poorly we’d feel at not dominating the Comm Games!

      • ErmingtonPlumbing; the Queen is now 89 years old and seems to be doing quite nicely for her age.
        Her reptilian blood will keep her going for another ten years or more.

    • Turn it up….
      If we were ‘media brainwashed’ we would all be worshiping the ground Tony walks on given his support from Murdoch, Alan Jones, Ray Hadley et al.
      Infact the most striking element of the current situation is the extent to which the MSM (especially Murdoch) has lost a lot of the power it once had.
      To the extent there was ever a media conspiracy it is now truly on its last legs.

  2. The polls are looking good for Malcolm.

    With the ALP seemingly comfortable in being in opposition until the public decide they want to swap to the LNP you have when you feel a ‘change’ from the LNP the nation can probably settle in for a decade of the Malcolm and Scotty show.

    You can still clock up a parliamentary pension in opposition you know!

    • maybe ALP feels something is coming so they don’t want to be in charge when bad things happen

      there is no difference to people anyway

      • I am not sure we can credit the ALP with that much strategy. Judging from what most of their economic team sprout they have no idea what is coming, what caused it and what the solutions might be.

        They seem to be too busy worrying about the chook raffles they ran back in the day where most of the tickets did not go into the draw and the winner only bought a single ticket.

    • proofreadersMEMBER

      +1 Absolutely. Just turn from time to time. Probably have a business on the side to keep the brain active.

    • I think the greens will be very disruptive to the above scenario. Di Natalie is looking like a good leader and i think he will be changing the Greens narrative in regards to the economy and will be taking votes from both the LNP and Labour.

      • The Greens, while better than the rest, have no clue how to handle the deflation of the Australian Housing Boom, in fact they are implicit in supporting the Boom.

        No, Mr Turnbull will charmingly hold up a mirror to us to amuse us while the LNP hand us over to their corporate masters to rob. The plundering of the public purse now in place will take force ( hopefully Ghandi – like ) to stop.

      • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

        I’m a lifelong labor voter, But have been considering the Greens, I quite like what i’m hearing from the likes of Di Natalie and Ludlam, but I do wonder, as the Greens become more mainstream with career candidates eyeing off parliamentary pensions and “consultancy” gigs with the Corporate sector post politics, are they going to be cornered and coerced into becoming Apparatchiks to Global Plutocracy just as the the ALP and LNP have.

      • “…are they going to be cornered and coerced into becoming Apparatchiks to Global Plutocracy just as the the ALP and LNP have.”

        There’s always a risk that things might change but in my experience with the Greens, those people are unlikely to get anywhere near being pre-selected.

      • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

        “the LNP hand us over to their corporate masters to rob. The plundering of the public purse now in place will take force ( hopefully Ghandi – like ) to stop.”

        The British were amateurs in Gandhi’s day compared to today’s Plutocrats, they have us all fully indoctrinated into “Their” System to the point that nobody even questions it, let alone call it out for the disgrace that it is and demand change, our democracy is nothing more than a myth.

        https://www.ted.com/talks/chrystia_freeland_the_rise_of_the_new_global_super_rich?language=en

        Chrysta’s book “Plutocrats” is a great little read.

    • Josh MoorreesMEMBER

      boo everyone knows that the red team is the best. So much so that I’ll ignore all of their bad policies that adversely affect me because they are my team! go team blue! Wait I meant red. Gets so confusing when they are the same team.

  3. As the journalist from The West Australian said on Sky Business on Friday. Turnbull is like Rudd, the focus of everybody’s hopes for the country are invested in him. Expectations are enormous. If he lets them down, people will change their minds quickly and he will become the focus of peoples’ resentment, just like happened to Rudd.