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Sep 14, 2010
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The Punch: 10 handy stress-relief tips for furious Aussie conservatives

First Published on The Punch 14/09/2010

As a long-suffering leftie, I thought it was just my fragile ego that was picking up an increase in the intensity of the bucketing I have been receiving from my Punch fan club in recent weeks.

Australia, in happier times.

Australia, in happier times.

But now we have statistical evidence to prove that the federal election has transformed average Liberal voters from mildly dysfunctional union–baiters into feral class warriors who want to tear down a system that no longer works for them.

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Aug 24, 2010
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The Punch: Yes we will: remembering a campaign that never was

First Published on The Punch 24/08/2010

What a great night to be Labor. As the Party swept back into office with a mandate to lead global action on climate change it seemed like the entire nation had grown a few inches taller.

Smile Julia Gillard

Winning smile….if only. Photo: Gary Ramage

The energy on the ground made the excitement of Kevin 07’s electoral triumph seem like a mere entrée to the main, as thousands of young people on booths around Australia literally enthused swinging voters into embracing the future.

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Aug 20, 2010
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Main reason for vote

Q. Which one of the following is the main reason why you will vote for that party?

  Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Better at handling Australia’s economy 22% 14% 41% 2%
They are more likely to represent the interests of all Australians 14% 16% 11% 17%
Better at looking after the interests people like me 13% 17% 10% 16%
More trustworthy than the other parties 9% 7% 5% 22%
They are more capable of governing effectively than the other parties 9% 5% 17% 2%
They have a better leader 8% 16% 4% 2%
I always vote for the same party 6% 9% 5% 2%
They have better policies on things like education and health 5% 9% 3% 3%
They have better policies on things like environment and climate change 3% * 27%
They have better policies on things like industrial relations and supporting Australian workers 2% 4% *
They have better policies on things like national security and immigration 1% 1% 3% 1%
No reason 7% 2% 2% 5%

Main reasons for voting Labor are looking after interests of people like me, better leader and representing the interests of all Australians. Main reasons for voting for the Coalition are handling the economy and more capable of governing. Greens voters rate policies on the environment and climate change and trustworthiness most important. (more…)

Aug 16, 2010
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Importance of Issues in Voting

 

Q. How important are the following in deciding which party you will vote for?

  Top priority Very important Quite important Not so important Don’t know
Better at handling Australia’s economy 37% 48% 10% 1% 4%
They have better policies on things like education and health 31% 47% 16% 1% 4%
They are more capable of governing effectively than the other parties 30% 47% 16% 1% 6%
They are more likely to represent the interests of all Australians 30% 45% 18% 3% 5%
They will do things that help me and my family 28% 42% 21% 4% 5%
They have better policies on things like national security and immigration 24% 42% 22% 6% 5%
Better at looking after the interests people like me 23% 47% 22% 4% 4%
They have better policies on things like industrial relations and supporting Australian workers 23% 44% 24% 4% 5%
More trustworthy than the other parties 22% 44% 21% 5% 8%
They have better policies on things like environment and climate change 21% 41% 23% 9% 5%
They have a better leader 16% 40% 28% 8% 7%
I always vote for them 9% 15% 24% 42% 10%

 Key factors in deciding which party to vote for are handling the economy (37% top priority), policies on education and health (31%), capable of governing effectively (30%) and representing the interests of all Australians (30%). (more…)

Aug 16, 2010
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Importance of Issues in Voting – by Party

Q. How important are the following in deciding which party you will vote for?

Top priority Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Better at handling Australia’s economy 37% 33% 51% 19%
They have better policies on things like education and health 31% 41% 25% 35%
They are more capable of governing effectively than the other parties 30% 30% 35% 18%
They are more likely to represent the interests of all Australians 30% 36% 25% 25%
They will do things that help me and my family 28% 32% 27% 17%
They have better policies on things like national security and immigration 24% 24% 29% 20%
Better at looking after the interests people like me 23% 27% 21% 22%
They have better policies on things like industrial relations and supporting Australian workers 23% 36% 17% 20%
More trustworthy than the other parties 22% 23% 23% 21%
They have better policies on things like environment and climate change 21% 26% 13% 46%
They have a better leader 16% 24% 14% 13%
I always vote for them 9% 11% 11% 6%

 The most important issues for Labor voters are policies on education and health (41% top priority), representing the interests of all Australians (36%), policies on industrial relations and supporting workers (36%) and doing things to help me and my family (32%).

For Liberal/National voters the key issues are handling the economy (51% top priority), capable of governing effectively (35%) and policies on national security and immigration (29%).

The major issue for Greens voters is policies on the environment and climate change (46%).  (more…)

Aug 11, 2010
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The Punch: Remembering ‘Abbott’s dad’: top 10 Howard era memories

First Published on The Punch 10/8/2010

Goldfish have a neat survival mechanism to prevent them ever getting bored – by the time they have swum around the bowl they have forgotten the previous lap. It makes them a lot like voters at election time.

This is why we are grateful when our failed candidates enter the fray to remind us of why we voted against them. And while Mark Latham has rightly been drawing attention, like onlookers to a car crash, another leader took centre stage over the weekend to take us back to meaner and trickier times.

As he moved in to give Tony Abbott a man-hug at the Liberal launch, John Howard reminded us of many of Australia’s most forgettable moments. Given that Abbott is running on a “re-elect the Howard Government” ticket it is worth dwelling on our former Prime Minister’s Ten Most Notable Contributions to the Nation.

Downward Envy – John Howard trained Australians to look down the chain when we were feeling low – welfare cheats, single mums, dole bludgers, these were the people making life hard for decent Australians. As profit levels soared and CEO wages sky-rocketed, we tut-tutted the Paxtons. (more…)

Aug 9, 2010
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Party Best at

Q. Which of the major parties – Labor or Liberal – do you think is the best party when it comes to –

  Labor Liberal Don’t know Labor margin
Making sure large companies pay their fair share of taxation 47% 25% 28% +22
Looking after the needs of low income earners and pensioners 42% 23% 34% +19
Understanding the needs of the average Australian 43% 28% 29% +15
Ensuring a quality education for all children 42% 27% 31% +15
Handling environmental and climate change issues 38% 24% 38% +14
Handling the economy in a way that helps working people in Australia 44% 35% 21% +9
Ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system  38% 29% 33% +9
Representing the interests of you and people like you 43% 35% 22% +8
Having a vision for Australia’s future 36% 33% 31% +3
Providing strong leadership 33% 33% 34%
Handling Australia’s relations with other countries 33% 38% 29% -5
Handling Australia’s economy 38% 44% 18% -6
Being a stable and reliable Government 30% 38% 31% -8
Dealing with the issue of immigration 25% 43% 32% -18

 Main strengths for Labor are making sure large companies pay their fair share of taxation, looking after the needs of low income earners and pensioners, understanding the needs of the average Australian, ensuring a quality education for all children and handling environmental and climate change issues.

 The Liberal Party is considered to be best at dealing with the issue of immigration, being a stable and reliable Government and handling Australia’s economy. (more…)

Aug 3, 2010
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The Punch: Gillard dumps focus groups, focus groups will like that

Originally published on The Punch 3/08/2010

Our Prime Minister has joined the bandwagon complaining that this is a focus group- driven election – but isn¹t this the way of the Wiki? After all, books have been written about how the wisdom of the masses provide a more compelling truth than the voice of authority.

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