Abbottalypse now?

Domain has the scoop:

Independent candidate Zali Steggall is on track to replace former prime minister Tony Abbott as the federal member for Warringah, according to a ReachTEL poll commissioned by GetUp.

The activist group, which is campaigning to oust Mr Abbott from his traditionally Liberal seat on Sydney’s northern beaches, commissioned a poll of 622 residents that showed the four-time Winter Olympian leading 54 to 46 on a two-party preferred basis.

The athlete-turned-barrister has positioned herself as an advocate of the “sensible centre” – economically responsible, while progressive on social issues and climate change.

Although the reliability of pre-election polls has been questioned, GetUp has seized on the results in support of its claim that Mr Abbott is “out of touch” with the majority of his electorate. The group is preparing a repeat of efforts backing Kerryn Phelps at last year’s Wentworth byelection.

It gets worse for the Abbottalypse:

The Wilderness Society will target former environment ministers Greg Hunt and Josh Frydenberg and former prime minister Tony Abbott in its first major federal election campaign in a decade.

After a summer in which temperature records tumbled and up to a million fish died in in the Lower Darling, climate change and the environment are front and centre in voters’ minds before the expected May election, according to conservation groups and the major parties’ internal polling.

The Wilderness Society is crowdfunding ads that target the Coalition’s record on the environment and call for new laws including an Environmental Protection Agency, a policy backed by the Greens and Labor at its national conference in December.

It has the whiff of momentum.

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    • Do we reckon Donald was part of the dichotomy?
      The only way he could ‘get in’ was to use what was available – the dichotomy, if you like.
      But half of ‘his’ Party ( if not more!) have been trying to white ant him ever since he miraculously got in!
      If he’d run as an Independent, Ross Perot style, he’d have gotten nowhere.
      So perhaps Americans did get a third alternative after all!

  1. Comments on social media on articles on this issue give a good measure of how much hatred there is for Tones out there. I’m yet to see a supportive comment that doesn’t involve rope.

      • John Howards Bowling Coach

        Generally I agree. Easy to comment when you don’t even have a vote in that electorate.

        However I recall the last election when supposedly Malcolm Turnbull invested a massive amount of his own wealth into funding the campaign to save the seat of Mr Abbott when the polling was evidently showing he was about to be voted out. Not sure if those reports where actually factual but I do recall that when Abbott was asked if Turnbull had invested a lot into his campaign he was unwilling to deny it, so it may we have been true.

        I note that Mr Turnbull is unlikely to be funding the campaign to support Abbott this time , in fact his son might be part of the campaign to blast Abbott out of that seat.

        Remember also that Zali Steggall is likely from money herself, that seems to be the case for most of Australia’s winter Olympians for obvious reasons. She is also a lawyer, so in fact she fits the profile for the local populace in that electorate and may well be seen as representative by the voters of the North Sydney region. She is not a Greens nor a One Nation candidate. Perhaps she is closer to the style of the Sustainable Australia Party???

      • It would be more instructive to know what predictions they got wrong.

        But I imagine that is rather more difficult to find out.

    • Social media isn’t normally a factor for blue ribbon LNP electorates because the average blue voter is 60+ years old, but Warringah is interesting.

      The median age of the electorate is 39.
      42% of them have a Uni degree.(only 11% of the overall Australian population has a uni degree)
      60% are either married or defacto
      40% are catholic or anglican
      35% are non religious
      65% are whitebread Australians (english irish scottish ancestry)
      50% are professionals or in management with I.T banking and finance as the most common

      So Warringah is an electorate of youngish educated conservative family people. They would be a tough sell for Labor and they would have to be really seriously p!ssed off for them to dump the LNP candidate.

      The question is – has Tony Abbott done that?

      Being a climate change denier isn’t going to help and there are a lot of families who will be wondering about the future for their kids. Sydney’s recent heat waves, fires and dust storms are not going to help Tony either.

      http://quickstats.censusdata.abs.gov.au/census_services/getproduct/census/2016/quickstat/CED143
      info for Warringah from 2017 Census

  2. The Cat, looks as though he will get his hands on Domain
    and sack the writers who put this trash on the media.
    Remember the cartoon, the Cat pissing into the tent?

    • On the afternoon of October 24, 2017, the AFP raided the AWU’s offices in Sydney and Melbourne as part of an investigation into donations by the union to the activist group GetUp! 10 years earlier.
      The investigation was one of the first undertaken by the Registered Organisations Commission (ROC), set up by the Government to regulate union and employer associations.
      News crews and journalists were staking out the offices before the AFP teams arrived to seize documents.
      “When was the last time 32 Australian Federal Police officers raided anything?” Mr Bornstein said.
      “Have you ever seen an event like that? I haven’t — not at a terrorist event, not at any other investigation.”
      Opposition Leader Bill Shorten was AWU national secretary from 2001 until he entered politics in 2007.
      He was on the board of GetUp! until early 2006.

  3. If only we had a political party that focussed it’s efforts on environmental issues. We could call it “The Environmental Issues Focussed Party”.

    Wait. I’ve had an idea! It could name itself after a colour. Perhaps “The Brown Party” to symbolise the dried grass due to the drought. No…too much association with shite. How about “The Red Party” to symbolise the hot sun shining on us lately? Whoops…communism.

    Here we go…”The Rainbow and Black Party”, so symbolise LGBTQWERTY and immigration issues!! Christ…forgot about the environment.

    Jeez, naming political parties is a tough gig, innit?

    • Nah, naming parties is easy. Just come up with something you think will appeal to a group of the electorate, and then procede to completely ignore your name from then on when creating policy, see libs/labs/greens for example of how its done.

    • +1.
      The mere fact that it is taking Independents and environmental groups like the Wilderness Society to successfully campaign in non-marginal Liberal seats against troglodytes like Abbott and Hunt and Frydenturd on a climate change ticket tells you that the Greens are toast at the next election.

  4. On the westernport bay side of Greg hunts electorate a lot of people are angry about the proposed AGL gas import plant, so an environmentally focused candidate might get some momentum among a group of voters. I did overhear a conversation at in Frankston yesterday about the environment and their kids future being a huge concern. And this was from a lower socio economic demographic which I found interesting

  5. Lol it’s a GetUp poll, which is as reliable as an IPA poll. IMO he’s one of the few coalition MP’S that will retain their seats along with Dutton despite the champagne left’s screeching.

  6. Unfortunately the Liberal party can very easily retain Warringah – all they have to do is convince Tony to stand aside. Then Streggall’s momentum, being based entirely on voter loathing for Tony will stop. All that remains to be seen is how far Tony’s egotism goes.

  7. No worries. Abbott just needs to call in the big guns.

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/feb/10/lynton-crosby-2022-qatar-world-cup-ctf-partners

    The pitch offers a glimpse into the secretive services offered by the Australian political strategist. Following success in his homeland he helped run the last four Conservative general election campaigns. He was given a knighthood by the former prime minister David Cameron after helping to secure an unexpected Conservative-majority government in the 2015 general election.

    “In the pitch document, Crosby told Al-Hail that, if engaged, CTF Partners would require £300,000 a month plus VAT to work to undermine the credibility of Qatar’s government. This was on top of more than £100,000 to conduct research that would associate Doha with terrorism in the minds of the public.”

  8. – I think people are seeing their financial situation deteriorate and blame the incumbent. And that incumbent in this case, in this district is Tony Abbott.
    – But the proponents of immigration will be glad if/when Tony is gone. “We need more immigration”. So, you better think twice before sending Abbott into the political wilderness.

  9. mild colonialMEMBER

    Whatever the outcome, it’s great fun watching Tones spend time in his electorate, counting portaloos, visiting shopping centres, smiling, begging his sister for help, brushing teeth to avoid onion breath.

  10. Still vote there, even when overseas or other places.
    In my view, Tony has the base.
    The demographic is older conservative, a lot of noise from their Uni Socialist & eco alarmist kids & outsiders, but on Election Day they aren’t a significant factor.

    On a broader view.
    Morrison can easily win this election by unleashing the ‘Full Dutton’.
    We have 2.3 million Temporary Resident migrant guestworkers with the majority on a visa pretext & working illegally. Source: DHA / VSure.
    We have another 440,000 illegally working visa breaching Tourist visitors at any one time (5% of the 8.8 million tourist visitors yearly – Source: 2015 ABF parliamentary submission on the migrant black economy).
    And we have 65,000 Overstayers (Source DHA).
    Ratios of up to 75% working illegally eg: 672,000 foreign students & partners with 505,000 working illegally (source : Syd Uni & UTS / studies SMH)

    So,,. That’s a total of 2.8 million non resident migrant guestworkers- with at least 1.4 million on a visa pretext or in blatant visa breach – working & living here illegally.

    85% plus in Sydney or Melbourne.
    (Source ABS & the MB articles on this)
    If you match it out, then it is:

    🔻1.3 million in Sydney pop 5.2 mil, 1 in 4 people
    🔻1.1 million in Melbourne, pop 5 mil, 1 in 5 people.
    🔻400k elsewhere.
    More non resident migrant guestworkers than Gaddafi at his peak. Many working illegally / fake ID, ABN labour rackets, cash in hand. $137 billion migrant guestworker sub economy (@49k each Treasury) with an estimated $72 billion of this as cash / blackmarket & illegal work. (Parliamentary report on the black economy). Our largest industry…

    A ‘Full Dutton’ crackdown and enforcement of just ty existing visa conditions of entry – would see at least 1.1 million Temporary Resident & Tourist/Visitor Migrant guestworkers exited. Often self exiting as they are only here to live & work illegally.
    600,000 plus of the 1.3 million in Sydney alone.

    Think about that.
    These non resident migrant guestworkers can’t vote.
    They are a negative impact to our economy, they steal jobs and housing, they contest services & infrastructure from our disadvantaged, poor & vulnerable.
    Why we have 1.1 million unemployed and 1.3 million Australians seeking work.
    Why we have 116,000 Australia permanent homeless & 360,000 without affordable housing.
    Why a quality education is now unaffordable to most Australians.
    Why Centrelink is choked with the new migrant PR & new citizens most impacted by this non resident migrant guestworkers influx.
    -/-
    Such an action – the ‘Full Dutton’ would:
    immediately restore jobs, wages,
    housing,
    affordable education,
    shut down the migrant guestworker black & vice economy,
    raise taxation ratios by eliminating the migrant black economy,
    Immediately raise our GDP per Capita & productivity.
    relieve congestion on services, roads, trains,
    defer wasteful / unneeded public infrastructure projects,
    greatly assist achievable environmental targets,
    Restore all Australian’s standard of living.

    We have some 16.5 million eligible Australians who can vote. The polls show a majority want this.
    Those eligible voters include about 7% or 1.1 million New Australian PR & citizen grants plus their offspring in the last decade – now as citizens who vote.
    These new migrants (PR/Citizen grants) are our new socio economic underclass.
    Very high unemployment, low wages, rented housing, congestion and contention with the 2.8 million non resident migrants. It is the new PR & citizen grants who most impacted by the 2.8 million migrant guestworkers.

    In my view – they will be the first to line up and vote for migrant intake reductions and especially the exit of the non resident migrant guestworkers.

    All Morrison needs to do is meet the wishes of the majority of Australians (50% plus support this) and capture a good chunk of the new migrant PR now citizen voter (7% of the mix) and he wins this election.

    That’s the election winner. ✔️

      • “It is hilarious that someone thinks the party responsible for creating today’s Australia, will fix it”

        @Smithy – well it was both parties – labor & lib/nats that allowed migrant overshoot.

        And leadership & parties do change like putty to the polls & public opinion.

        Tony Abbot.
        https://www.news.com.au/finance/work/leaders/tony-abbott-slams-liberal-colleagues-over-migrant-intake/news-story/5afcc525ddd7c90abd5300a5807f9faa
        “If there’s going to be any solution to metropolitan problems (housing affordability, pressure on infrastructure, cost of living increases), the immigration program has to be cut drastically.”
        This includes everyone coming in or out of Australia annually, whether they are citizens or migrants.
        He also said “per capita economic growth” — which he added is what really matters to Australian residents”
        That’s what I am saying also. And many others.

        And Smithy the migrant intake overshoot is not a ‘right wing corporate oppression of the working class’ or other such campus pseudo political science.

        The driver behind BOTH parties migrant intake overshoot appears to be Treasury & the non politically aligned economic planning units with gullible & naive assumptions of GDP growth & consumption / tax intake.

        https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2018/04/stop-the-presses-australian-treasury-likes-mass-immigration/

        Versus the reality of a range of highly exploitative third world countries dumping an unskilled underclass to exploit Australian’s gullibility & goodwill.

        The result is the 1.9 million migrant PR / Citizen grants, 83% third world origin, 79% unskilled (ABS stats) that now burden our welfare & healthcare.
        Not demonising them, that’s just fact.
        And we are stuck with that burden.

        The other far worse result has been the pseudo residency / the long & very long stay TR & multiple repeat stay Tourist Visitor.
        That has seen an explosion to some 2.8 million non resident migrant guestworkers (TR at 2.3 million, 64k Overstayers, 440k tourist visitors working illegally) – that are 90% third world unskilled. As the DHA visa & country of origin tables show.
        Up to half or 1.4 million work illegally OR on a blatant visa pretext.
        440k tourist visitors working illegals -5% of the 8.8 million tourist visitors yearly (DHA)
        505k or 75% of the foreign students & partners work illegally (UTS & Syd Uni study SMH)
        165k on the bridging protection racket, 230k non NZ born SCV, 70k of the 140k skilled visas, up to 80k of the working holiday in farm bribe / labor gang rackets, 64k Overstayers etc. With widespread reporting on this incl in Macrobusiness.

        So yes Smithy – it’s 2.8 million non residents with about half or 1.4 million could be easily exited on visa breach or that visa category is nonessential, or socially & economically destructive.

        The community support is there.
        The polls are show this.
        Australians (and in my view esp the new migrant PR now citizen voters) would support a drastic reduction in TR.

        And eventually whether it’s Abbot or someone else – the political leadership will evolve to do that.

      • @Smithy – well it was both parties – labor & lib/nats that allowed migrant overshoot.

        I like the way you say this as if everyone played an equal part.

        And Smithy the migrant intake overshoot is not a ‘right wing corporate oppression of the working class’ or other such campus pseudo political science.

        The driver behind BOTH parties migrant intake overshoot appears to be Treasury & the non politically aligned economic planning units with gullible & naive assumptions of GDP growth & consumption / tax intake.

        You understand mainstream economics since the ’70s pretty much _is_ “right wing corporate oppression of the working class”, right ? Supply-side, free markets, individualism, lower and lower taxes, infinite growth forever and always, killing unions, unrestricted movement of capital, privatisation of public assets, ignoring monopolies, etc, etc ? Immigration is just the catalyst for the dumpster fire that is neoliberalism.

      • Smithy – If you study the statistics in how we got from 1.6 to now 2.5 million TR migrant guestworkers, you will see it was both Labor & Libs who accelerated that intake. In fact peak growth yty is Labor.
        This gives you a yty summary 2.431 million at last snapshot and on trend, is 2.5 million now.
        It has links to the DHA website at bottom for all the dissection & detail (country of origin, visa skill category, partners & so on) – facts that support what I’m saying.

        https://www.vsure.com.au/many-temporary-residents-working-australia/

        Same with the 1.9 mlllion PR / citizen grant intake last decade – massively accelerated & peak intake by Labor. (Macrobusiness has published lots of charts on that or you can see them on the DHA website)
        -/-
        So Smithy – unless you subscribe to the Labor party being ‘right wing corporate capitalist neoliberalists’ & even more so than the Liberal/ Nationals – then the facts don’t support your class war premise.

        The reality is both parties – Labor more so than the liberals have contributed to this overshoot & social & economic degradation of Australia.
        Driven by gullibility & vested interest here.
        Are the universities & chancellors who prostitute Australia education as a visa alibi for over half a million pretext foreign students working illegally part of this neo liberalism plot ?) – more local opportunism I think.
        The big push factor is tens of millions of migrants from countries dumping an underclass into first world countries as their ‘export’ & remittances return.
        $2k for an Australian TR to PR guaranteed in China. Work illegally on the Australian – job pre organised in China to pay back $25k for the $15k syndicate agent loan debt’.
        And a totally flawed assumption by Treasury that millions of such unskilled TR migrants would raise GDP & economic activity.
        Well it did / we have a $121 billion migrant sub economy (2.5 million TR x $48k Treasury) but at least half or $60 billion is a foreign run onshore black economy of migrant guestworkers as willing participants to commit visa fraud, work illegally, fake ID, cash in hand, paying little or no tax. And a very a large chunk of that illegal income goes back offshore in agent debt repayments & remittances. Our remittances to those countries of origin has exploded – $14 billion.
        None of which is ‘economically or socially’ beneficial.

        The result has been a lowered gdp per Capita, no wages growth, no real legal job growth, congestion, lowered productivity, education falling 10 places globally, Australian youth denied an affordable higher education, creation of massive non assimilated migrant enclaves, an overloaded welfare & health care system, environmental & public infrastructure impact,
        a lowered standard of living, mass Australian homelessness & lack of affordable housing.
        Australian youth denied home ownership, and highly concentrated overload in our 2 main cities requiring tens of billions of taxpayer (not migrant guestworkers funded as they pay little tax) infrastructure projects.

        And that’s the genius from our treasury & economic planners – who by and large are apolitical.
        -/-
        Brisbane is a bubble. Sure there is some mini-me recreation of what’s happening in Sydney & Melbourne but it’s a tiny fraction.
        You want to see reality and what Brisbane will be like in a decade for you / your children?
        Next time you pass thru Sydney take half a day to visit Bankstown, Lakemba, Auburn, Granville, North Parramatta, Blacktown, Campbelltown.
        Get the train or better still the bus..
        Go inside some of the housing there.
        See how people really live.
        Because once Sydney & Melbourne are totally overloaded, it’s going to be Brisbane and the other state capitals as next stage overflow.
        And it wasn’t because some neo liberals declared war on the workers and then ‘blamed the migrants’

        It was because of our goodwill, gullibility & naivety in running an virtually open border migrant intake – at excessive volumes, that were highly concentrated, and of extremely poor quality.
        Because we didn’t enforce visa conditions we reward & select low morality migrant guestworkers who are willing participants to work illegally and commit visa fraud. Then we give them PR. Then they rort the spousal, family, sponsor & other loopholes to widen the burden in chain migration. Up to 17 welfare dependents a decade later for every primary skilled PR grant.

        Put aside the Universities, employers, real estate etc who benefited – big picture – Australia in both Labor & Liberal migrants intake was well intentioned.. but gullible and exploited by what are tens of millions or more of migrants, foreign countries & their criminal syndicates who run the trafficking ready to take advantage of that naivety.

        Not their fault, no one is ‘demonising them’
        Our fault, well intentioned stupidity & naivety.

        The filters we set were to fully open the bottom of the barrel migrant intake valve & so that is exactly what we got.

      • As I point out repeatedly, there’s a lot more involved than just immigration. Immigration isn’t even a causative factor in nearly all cases, it just makes the negative consequences of the real problems much worse. High immigration has only really been in play since the 2000s, we are facing the conclusion of problems that started in the ’80s, if not earlier.

        Economically, Labor have been a centre-right neoliberal party since the ’90s (I’m generous, some would argue the ’80s). Even their social policies drifted that way around the 2000s, though they are slowing recovering now.

        It’s got nothing to do with “gullibility” or “well intentioned” anything. It’s an ideologically driven subscription to mainstream and supply-side economics for both, with the extra desire to suppress wages and squash unions from the LNP.

        It is entirely class war, which is why the people deriving basically all the benefit are the top few percent.

        You seem to be labouring under the misapprehension that I am somehow in favour of high levels of immigration, when I am not, nor have ever been.

    • John Howards Bowling Coach

      Mike MB, why would a parliament filled to the brim with property investors do anything to reduce the demand for rental properties? Think these suggestions through before posting this type of stuff. At the very basic premise you are far from reality. They want the illegals here, don’t you understand that yet? Why do you think they brought them here in the first place?

      • “Think through these suggestions”.. fair enough.
        I believe I have.

        First is to state the reality, and it’s real with plenty of fact & evidence to that. 4 years ago people didn’t believe we had 1.9 million migrant guestworkers – now it’s 2.5 million. See for yourself.
        2.431 million plus 64k Overstayers = 2.5 million.
        https://www.vsure.com.au/many-temporary-residents-working-australia/

        Or an 86% plus concentration in Sydney or Melbourne. Or a large proportion in visa breach, living in foreign owned crammed sublet cash in hand ex Australian dwellings now foreign owned. Now as the media gradually exposed reality, they do. There is a gradually mainstream awareness, although not the full awareness that the 2.5 million TR migrant guestworkers now onshore impact is much larger & higher impact than the 190k a year PR intake.

        And the constructive suggestion in fixing it has always been the same.

        Either one of the major political parties will shift to take political advantage of the community view in shutting down the visa racketeering – a political party about to lose power so they finally put their main vested interest (staying in power) ahead of their other vested interests – or the Australian people need to demand a Royal Commission.

        And I am the first to have said on this forum many times that neither political party, can be trusted to resolve the migrant intake issue – they are beholden to vested interests, lobbyists, real estate, employer groups, a corrupt education industry etc.

        So I have said many times we need a Royal Commission. A full scope of our broken border control & the visa racketeering. In my view neither political party will provide the remediation that the Australian people want (including the PR who now vote who I believe are the most impacted by the TR rackets).

        As an example – and just a handful of dozen such comments & that exact conclusion.

        “We need a Royal Commission into our border control & visa enforcement.

        ➡️Take it out of the hands of the political parties.

        A Royal Commission into our broken & corrupted Border & Visa control & the massive racketeering.

        “Only a Royal Commission provides assurance to Australians that legislative border control & enforcement changes will be made, not empty political promises.”

        https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2018/08/foreign-students-game-australias-immigration-system/

        “We need a Royal Commission on this.
        That takes it out of the hands of the political parties.
        Neither can be trusted and both are out of synch with community opinion on this.
        A Royal Commission would force top down legislation to fix our borders & visa controls and allow the Australian public to decide who is allowed into Australia and on what basis.

        https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/02/labor-immigration-extremists-go-all-in-on-big-australia/

        https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2016/11/temporary-labour-migration-shambolic/

        ‘The need for an Australian Royal Commission into the Temporary and Tourist Visa racket’.

        And back in 2015 – 4 years ago.

        https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2015/12/yet-another-report-of-foreign-worker-exploitation/

        “Heads need to roll at the highest level – the ministers and Chiefs of the federal depts and agencies in allowing this to happen.
        It needs a Royal Commission.”
        And so on. Dozens of times for years.

        Ok – so it’s a big subject, there are lots of dimensions to this but if the Lib/Nats were to adopt a TR cleanout it would be a vote winner.
        That’s expedient & tactical view for them, and no doubt they would renege on any actual action.
        But it’s a start and better than the Labor alternative to ignore, continue or expand mass TR migrant guestworker intake (each year the TR has been an 8-11% YtY increase – now 2.5 million).

        The real answer is a Royal Commission.

        That has to be called by the government in power.

        In the Australian system of government, a royal commission is the highest form of inquiry on matters of public importance.
        That is something “connected with the peace, order and good government of the Commonwealth, or any public purpose or any power of the Commonwealth” according to the Royal Commissions Act 1902.“

        Migration & the TR intake is a Commonwealth power.
        (DHA & to a smaller extent DFAT).

        If the Lib/Nats were to call a Royal Commission on the whole TR migrant guestworker issue – they would romp home.

      • “Think through these suggestions”.. fair enough.
        I believe I have.

        First is to state the reality, and it’s real with plenty of fact & evidence to that. 4 years ago people didn’t believe we had 1.9 million migrant guestworkers – now Its now 2.5 million.
        2.431 million plus lag / trend growth = 2.5 million.
        Vsure – how many temporary residents working Australia

        Or an 86% plus concentration in Sydney or Melbourne. Or a large proportion in visa breach, living in foreign owned crammed sublet cash in hand ex Australian dwellings now foreign owned. Now as the media gradually exposed reality, they do. There is a gradually mainstream awareness, although not the full awareness that the 2.5 million TR migrant guestworkers now onshore impact is much larger & higher impact than the 190k a year PR intake.

        And the constructive suggestion in fixing it has always been the same.

        Either one of the major political parties will shift to take political advantage of the community view in shutting down the visa racketeering – a political party about to lose power so they finally put their main vested interest (staying in power) ahead of their other vested interests – or the Australian people need to demand a Royal Commission.

        And I am the first to have said on this forum many times that neither political party, can be trusted to resolve the migrant intake issue – they are beholden to vested interests, lobbyists, real estate, employer groups, a corrupt education industry etc.

        So I have said many times we need a Royal Commission. A full scope of our broken border control & the visa racketeering. In my view neither political party will provide the remediation that the Australian people want (including the PR who now vote who I believe are the most impacted by the TR rackets).

        As an example – and just a handful of dozen such comments & that exact conclusion.

        “We need a Royal Commission into our border control & visa enforcement.

        ➡️Take it out of the hands of the political parties.

        A Royal Commission into our broken & corrupted Border & Visa control & the massive racketeering.

        “Only a Royal Commission provides assurance to Australians that legislative border control & enforcement changes will be made, not empty political promises.”

        https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2018/08/foreign-students-game-australias-immigration-system/

        “We need a Royal Commission on this.
        That takes it out of the hands of the political parties.
        Neither can be trusted and both are out of synch with community opinion on this.
        A Royal Commission would force top down legislation to fix our borders & visa controls and allow the Australian public to decide who is allowed into Australia and on what basis.

        https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/02/labor-immigration-extremists-go-all-in-on-big-australia/

        https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2016/11/temporary-labour-migration-shambolic/

        ‘The need for an Australian Royal Commission into the Temporary and Tourist Visa racket’.

        And back in 2015 – 4 years ago.

        https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2015/12/yet-another-report-of-foreign-worker-exploitation/

        “Heads need to roll at the highest level – the ministers and Chiefs of the federal depts and agencies in allowing this to happen.
        It needs a Royal Commission.”
        And so on. Dozens of times for years.

        Ok – so it’s a big subject, there are lots of dimensions to this but if the Lib/Nats were to adopt a TR cleanout it would be a vote winner.
        That’s expedient & tactical view for them, and no doubt they would renege on any actual action.
        But it’s a start and better than the Labor alternative to ignore, continue or expand mass TR migrant guestworker intake (each year the TR has been an 8-11% YtY increase – now 2.5 million).

        The real answer is a Royal Commission.

        That has to be called by the government in power.

        In the Australian system of government, a royal commission is the highest form of inquiry on matters of public importance.
        That is something “connected with the peace, order and good government of the Commonwealth, or any public purpose or any power of the Commonwealth” according to the Royal Commissions Act 1902.“

        Migration & the TR intake is a Commonwealth power.
        (DHA & to a smaller extent DFAT).

        If the Lib/Nats were to call a Royal Commission on the whole TR migrant guestworker issue – they would romp home.

  11. I live close to the area, have quite a lot of friends there, and a fiscally conservative with liberal social policies will sit very well with the electorate there. I think she has a great chance of winning.

  12. Olympians are narcissistic fools that spend years training with no real prospect of a financial return on their efforts and often causing long term damage to their bodies. If they put that effort in to educational advancement and charity work, them and the country would be far better off. Sadly though sport is the placebo of Australia (along with horrifically bad reality television) and sportsmen are conferred a status that is the opposite of what any logical analysis of their contributions would assign them.
    Lawyers are useless parasites profiting from an undemocratic law making system in Australia that exists to protect capital and rentier wealth.
    Add both of those traits together and despite Tones being a complete cretin I still have a bad feeling about Zali.

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