Raging Bulls Return to the Small Screen

Oct 21, 2010
Ange Postecoglou

Ange Postecoglou will be fired up for a rematch with his nemesis, Craig Foster.

At last, Australian sport’s Great Rematch is upon us.

Is it the Collingwood vs St Kilda Grand Final Replay replay?  No.

Anthony ‘The Man’ Mundine vs Danny Green?  No.

Michelle Ford vs Tracy Wickham?  No.

I’m talking about Craig Foster vs Ange Postecoglou.

For readers who may not be familiar with Round 1 of this epic contest, let me paint you a picture …

It is Remembrance Day, 11 November 2006.  The Young Socceroos have just crashed out of the Asian Football Confederation Championships in the quarter finals, losing 2-1 to South Korea.  By failing to make it through to the semi-finals, they have also failed to qualify for the Under 20 World Cup – to be played in Canada the following year.

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Deadlock Broken: A Historic Agreeement in Tasmania’s Forests

Oct 20, 2010

A LANDMARK forest peace pact signed this week in Hobart between environmentalists and the forest industry has been presented the Premier David Bartlett.

Shortly before noon, Environment Tasmania director Phil Pullinger and Ed Vincent from the Tasmanian Forest Contractor’s Association, presented Mr Bartlett with a Statement of Principles to begin a longer-term agreement for the Tasmanian forest industry.

The deal marks the first critical stage in bringing an end to the three decades-long conflict in Tasmania’s ancient forests.

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Labor should tread (water) warily

Oct 19, 2010

First Published on The Drum 19/10/2010

As the Federal Government attempts to quell the backlash to its plans to save the Murray Darling by slowing the process to a crawl, it would do well to consider the lessons of the recently aborted Emissions Trading Scheme.

If there were a structured training program for politicians (and maybe there should be) the former Rudd government’s failure to deliver on its commitment to address climate change would be a required text.

It is a story of how tortured process can kill off reform, confuse would-be supporters, drain the public of confidence in their government and ultimately leave leaders in a no-win situation.

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Federal politics – voting intention

Oct 18, 2010

Q. If a Federal Election was held today to which party will you probably give your first preference vote? If not sure, which party are you currently leaning toward?

Q. If don’t know -Well which party are you currently leaning to?

sample size = 1,901

First preference/leaning to 6 months ago 4 weeks ago 2 weeks ago Last week

 

This week
Liberal 37% 42% 42% 42% 42%
National 2% 3% 2% 2% 2%
Total Lib/Nat 39% 45% 44% 44% 44%
Labor 42% 40% 42% 41% 40%
Greens 11% 9% 8% 8% 9%
Other/Independent 8% 6% 7% 7% 7%

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Approval of Julia Gillard

Oct 18, 2010

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Julia Gillard is doing as Prime Minister?

  Kevin Rudd Julia Gillard
  31 May 5 Jul 19 Jul 26 Jul 2 Aug 9 Aug 16 Aug 20 Sep 18 Oct
Total approve 41% 48% 52% 49% 46% 45% 46% 45% 45%
Total disapprove 47% 27% 30% 33% 38% 40% 40% 37% 37%
Strongly approve 7% 14% 11% 12% 10% 13% 13% 12% 10%
Approve 34% 34% 41% 37% 36% 32% 33% 33% 36%
Disapprove 25% 13% 17% 19% 23% 24% 24% 21% 20%
Strongly disapprove 22% 14% 13% 14% 15% 16% 16% 16% 17%
Don’t know 12% 26% 18% 17% 15% 15% 13% 19% 18%

 45% approve of the job Julia Gillard is doing as Prime Minister and 37% disapprove – showing no change from last months ratings.

 89% of Labor voters approve and 3% disapprove.

By gender – men 45% approve/41% disapprove, women 45% approve/35% disapprove. Comments »

Approval of Tony Abbott

Oct 18, 2010

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Tony Abbott is doing as Opposition Leader?

  18 Jan 22 Feb 29 Mar 3 May 31 May 5 Jul 2 Aug 16 Aug 20 Sep 18 Oct
Total approve 37% 45% 33% 39% 35% 37% 38% 41% 43% 39%
Total disapprove 37% 36% 50% 43% 50% 47% 48% 44% 37% 45%
Strongly approve 5% 12% 8% 5% 5% 8% 8% 9% 12% 8%
Approve 32% 33% 25% 34% 30% 29% 30% 32% 31% 31%
Disapprove 20% 20% 28% 24% 28% 23% 27% 22% 21% 22%
Strongly disapprove 17% 16% 22% 19% 22% 24% 21% 22% 16% 23%
Don’t know 26% 18% 16% 18% 16% 16% 14% 15% 19% 17%

39% (down 4%) approve of the job Tony Abbott is doing as Opposition Leader and 45% (up 8%) disapprove – a shift from a net rating of +6% to -6%.

74% (down 5%) of Coalition voters approve and 13% (up 6%) disapprove.

 By gender – men 40% approve/47% disapprove, women 37% approve/41% disapprove. Comments »

Better Prime Minister

Oct 18, 2010

Q. Who do you think would make the better Prime Minister out of Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott?

  5 Jul 10 19 Jul 10 26 Jul 10 2 Aug 10 9 Aug 10 16 Aug 10 20 Sep 10 18 Oct 10 Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens   Kevin Rudd v Tony Abbott21 Jun 10
Julia Gillard 53% 50% 51% 48% 45% 46% 47% 49% 92% 9% 81%   47%
Tony Abbott 26% 27% 26% 30% 33% 35% 35% 33% 2% 75% 4%   30%
Don’t know 21% 23% 23% 22% 21% 19% 18% 17% 6% 16% 15%   23%

 49% believe Julia Gillard would make the better Prime Minister and 33% prefer Tony Abbott – a widening of the gap from 12% to 16% since last month’s figures. This is the largest gap since the 2 August survey.

 Men favour Julia Gillard over Tony Abbott 50%/34% and women 49%/33%. Comments »

The Economy

Oct 18, 2010

 Q. Over the next 12 months do you think economic conditions in Australia will get better, get worse or stay much the same?

  1 Dec 08 15 Jun 09 5 Oct 09 18 Jan 10 29 Mar 10 28 Jun 10 18 Oct 10
Total better 21% 43% 66% 53% 54% 33% 40%
Total worse 61% 37% 15% 19% 19% 31% 30%
Get a lot better 2% 5% 8% 9% 9% 5% 6%
Get a little better 19% 38% 58% 44% 45% 28% 34%
Get a little worse 45% 28% 11% 14% 13% 23% 20%
Get a lot worse 16% 9% 4% 5% 6% 8% 10%
Stay much the same 13% 17% 15% 24% 22% 30% 24%
No opinion 5% 3% 4% 4% 6% 7% 6%

 40% think economic conditions in Australia will get better over the next 12 months and 30% think they will get worse – a net improvement of 8% since this question was last asked in June.

 Younger people are more optimistic than older people – of those aged under 35, 50% think conditions will get better and 20% worse.

 54% of Labor voters think conditions will get better and 15% worse while 32% of Coalition voters think conditions will get better and 42% worse. Comments »

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