New election

Oct 4, 2010

Q.  Australia would do better to have a new election, so we can have a Government with a working majority…so it can get things done. Do you agree with that or not?

Strongly agree 28%
Agree 27%
Neither agree nor disagree 22%
Disagree 15%
Strongly Disagree 8%

 Those aged 55-64 (36%) and 65+ (43%) were more likely to strongly agree that there should be a new election. Those in NSW (34%) were also more likely to strongly agree that there should be a new election.  

 Lib/Nat voters were also more likely to either strongly agree (47%) or agree (32%) that there should be a new election.

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The Punch: 10 reasons why the Liberals are right about the interweb

Sep 28, 2010

First Published on The Punch 28/9/2010

It’s time to put an end to all this partisan negativity. At a time when people are looking to our leaders for vision, it is great to see a political party step up with a long-term vision for the nation.

I am referring of course to the Coalition’s decision to destroy the National Broadband Network and all who promote it and instead uphold Australian values by promoting a more leisurely pace of download.

While the public may be firmly behind the NBN as detailed in today’s Essential Report, I wonder how many have really thought through the implications of faster efficient broadband on their already busy and cluttered lives.

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Federal politics – voting intention

Sep 27, 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?

1910 sample size

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


Liberal 36% 41% 41% 42% 40%
National 3% 3% 3% 3% 3%
Total Lib/Nat 39% 44% 44% 45% 43%
Labor 43% 38% 39% 40% 42%
Greens 9% 11% 10% 9% 9%
Other/Independent 9% 7% 7% 6% 6%


2PP 6 months ago 4 weeks ago 2 weeks ago Last week This week


Total Lib/Nat 46% 50% 50% 50% 49%
Labor 54% 50% 50% 50% 51%

NB.  The data in the above tables comprise 2-week averages derived the first preference/leaning to voting questions.  Respondents who select ‘don’t know’ are not included in the results.  The two-party preferred estimate is calculated by distributing the votes of the other parties according to their preferences at the 2007 election.

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National Broadband Network

Sep 27, 2010

Q. From what you’ve heard, do you favour or oppose the planned national broadband network, or don’t you know enough about it to have an opinion one way or the other?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens


Total favour 56% 81% 31% 72%
Total oppose 18% 3% 38% 4%
Strongly favour 27% 50% 7% 41%
Favour 29% 31% 24% 31%
Oppose 12% 2% 25% 4%
Strongly oppose 6% 1% 13% *
Don’t know 26% 15% 30% 24%

56% of people favour the national broadband network.

81% of Labor voters, compared with 31% of Lib/Nat voters favour the planned national broadband network.

65% of males, compared with 47% of females favour the planned national broadband network.

38% of females, compared with 13% of males don’t know enough about it to have an opinion one way or the other.

Support for the planned national broadband network is highest in the 45-54 years age category (64% favour). Support is lowest in the 65+ yeas age category (47% favour).

63% of Victorian favour the planned national broadband network.

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Euthanasia

Sep 27, 2010

Q. When a person has a disease that cannot be cured and is living in severe pain, do you think doctors should or should not be allowed by law to assist the patient to commit suicide if the patient requests it?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Green


Should be allowed 69% 69% 69% 86%
Should not be allowed 14% 14% 16% 7%
Don’t know 17% 17% 15% 7%

69% of people think that that doctors should be allowed by law to assist a patient commit suicide.

86% of Green voters that doctors should be allowed by law to assist a patient commit suicide. 69% of both Labor and Lib/Nat voters that doctors should be allowed by law to assist a patient to commit suicide.

There was no significant difference between the genders.

79% of people aged 65+ think that doctors should be allowed by law to assist a patient to commit suicide. This is compared to 57% of those aged 25-34 who think doctors should be allowed by law to assist a patient to commit suicide.

58% of those in Queensland think doctors should be allowed by law to assist a patient to commit suicide, compared with 75% of people in South Australia.

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Best Leader of Liberal Party

Sep 27, 2010

Q. Which of the following do you think would make the best leader of the Liberal Party?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens


Tony Abbott 26% 10% 53% 2%
Malcolm Turnbull 20% 27% 15% 27%
Joe Hockey 15% 15% 17% 17%
Julie Bishop 5% 8% 2% 10%
Don’t know 33% 41% 13% 44%

26% of people believe that Tony Abbott is the best leader of the Liberal Party. 20% believe Malcolm Turnbull is the best leader of the Liberal Party. 33% don’t know.

27% of Labor voters think that Malcolm Turnbull is the best leader of the Liberal Party. 53% of Lib/Nat voters think that Tony Abbott is the best leader of the Liberal Party. 44% of Green voters don’t know who the best leader of the Liberal Party is.

28% of males, compared with 24% of females think that Tony Abbott is the best leader of the Liberal Party.

42% of females don’t know who the best leader of the Liberal Party is.

38% of those aged 18-24 don’t know who the best leader of the Liberal Party is. 39% of those aged 65+ think that Tony Abbott is the best leader of the Liberal Party.

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Importance of ETS

Sep 27, 2010

Q. How important for Australia do you think it is for the new Labor Government to move quickly to implement an emissions trading scheme or some other scheme (such as a tax on carbon) to address climate change?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens


Very Important 37% 54% 20% 72%
Not that Important 27% 12% 47% 5%
A top priority 13% 18% 6% 40%
Very important 24% 36% 14% 32%
Somewhat important 26% 29% 24% 19%
Not that important 14% 6% 24% 3%
Not important at all 13% 6% 23% 2%
Don’t know 10% 5% 8% 4%

37% of people think it is very important to implement an ETS or other scheme to address climate change.

54% of Labor voters, compared with 20% of Lib/Nat voters think it is very important to implement an ETS or other scheme to address climate change. 72% of Green voters think it is very important to implement an ETS or other scheme to address climate change.

48% of those aged 18-24, compared with 26% of those aged 65+ it is very important to implement an ETS or other scheme to address climate change.

42% of Victorians, compared with 30% of Queenslanders it is very important to implement an ETS or other scheme to address climate change.

There was no significant difference between the genders.

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Welcome to the #politicotragicmedia wankersphere. How can we help?

Sep 27, 2010

US Ambassador Jeffrey Bleich was first up, and with him his security detail – two clean-cut, serious, suited dudes scanning the room during Bleich’s presentation on the Obama presidential campaign’s pioneering use of social media.

The dudes didn’t have much to worry about with this crowd, the only real and present dangers being excessively snarky tweets or a tussle over an ipad charger.

The Media 140 ‘Oz Politics’ conference at Old Parliament House last week brought together Twitter commentators, activists, journalists, academics and politicians, collectively known as the #politicotragicmediawankersphere.

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