Prime Minister Julia Gillard, sporting a hipster new look, surprised a room full of journalists at the National Press Club by announcing the date of the federal election to be held this year.
The next Australian federal election will be held on September 14.
Looks like it’s game on.
The latest Roy Morgan poll, which boasts the most accurate polling prior to the 2007 and 2010 elections, today revealed that Labor sits in an election-winning position at 52.5% on a Two-Party Preferred basis, compared with the Coalition’s 47.5%.
On the Primary Vote Labor climbed to 40%, its highest level in almost two years, while the Coalition has slumped to 37.5%, its lowest since well before the last election. The poll demonstrates the first time that Labor’s primary vote has exceeded the Coalition’s since Kevin Rudd was leader.
All in all, this is a very good result for Labor, and for the Greens, both of whom have benefitted from the drop in Coalition support. No longer can the Liberals say that Tony Abbott’s abysmal personal rating is not affected the party’s vote, nor can they say that Labor’s recent positive polling results have been rogue, as they are now obviously a strong trend.
The Coalition’s numerous tactics aimed at stirring up mistrust in the Government have backfired of late, particularly the AWU “affair” and the Slipper Court decision, both of which have had adverse effects for the Coalition. More and more it seems that the public would rather see some policy announcements from Mr Abbott, rather than another fruitless and pointless smear campaign, coming into an election year.
ABBOTT: “Another day of shame for a government that should already have died of shame.”
GILLARD: “This government has not died of shame. My father did not die of shame. What the Leader of the Opposition should be ashamed of is his performance in this parliament and the sexism he brings with it.
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But the other prominent political dynamic of this past year has been the droning chants from Opposition Leader Tony Abbott of ”no, no, no”. Early last year, Mr Abbott made his strategy known, saying on 2GB radio, ‘‘if in doubt, our job is to oppose”. And that he has.
In 2011, Mr Abbott has said
”no” to the mining tax, and sharing the benefits of the mining boom,
”no” to compulsory superannuation,
”no” to pricing carbon,
”no” to tackling global warming,
”no” to the income tax cuts,
”no” to health reform,
”no” to GP super clinics,
”no” to Medicare Locals,
”no” to fast, affordable broadband for all Australians,
”no” to the $5.8 billion flood levy to help Queensland and Victoria rebuild.
Mr Abbott said ”no” in principle to foreign aid,
”no” to Trade Training Centres and to apprenticeship training programs,
”no” to computers in schools,
”no” to Labor’s paid parental leave plan (which, since starting last year, has delivered benefits to more than 100,000 families),
”no” to the stimulus payments that helped keep our economy out of recession through the GFC, ”no” to proper public scrutiny of election costings,
and ”no” to his own finance spokesman’s costings.
He’s suggested regional towns could be ”wiped off the map”, and made wild claims about job losses and business failures. Repeatedly he has been proved wrong, but the scare campaigning has continued.
We need to fight against allowing political fear campaigns to dim the light of our achievements.
The latest Newspoll indicates that Labor is continuing its positive streak in the polls, with the Two-Party preferred margin thinning to it’s lowest gap all year.
The thinning margin comes as a result of the Coalition and the Greens remaining steady on 45% and 11% respectively, and the ALP gaining 2 points on the Primary Vote.
Thus the swing in support must have come from the “undecided” and “other” options, indicating that more and more Australians are getting involved in the political sphere.
Both leaders, Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott, are now tied for preferred Prime Minister, following a drop in Abbott’s support and a rise in Gillard’s, although both leaders are still no where near as popular as Kevin Rudd for PM.
Tony Windsor said that following the 2010 election, Tony Abbott begged him to support him to form government. Apparently Mr Abbott said he “would do anything, to get this job” including introducing a “carbon tax.”
After his spray at Mr Abbott, Mr Windsor sat down and pointed to his phone, indicating he evidence to prove what happened during post-election negotiations to form government.
On the right of this picture is Adam Bandt and Andrew Wilkie, the only two politicians who voted to limit the time processed refugees, including children, would be kept offshore. They can now be held offshore for an unlimited period of time.
Tony Abbott’s free ride must end.
Insiders presenter Barrie Cassidy says the media has failed to hold Opposition Leader Tony Abbott to account for his prevarications on asylum seekers and the carbon tax.
Labor’s Primary Vote has sky-rocketed 5 points higher, to 33 per cent.
The latest figures put Labor in the best position it has been in for about 6 months.
The poll also found that both the Liberals and the Greens have dropped one point over the last fortnight, and “Other” has dropped 3 points.
On the two-party preferred, Liberals lead 54-46, a swing of 2 points from a fortnight ago.
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Never has a Government been so vastly criticised for doing such an excellent job of governing.
The difference? This Prime Minister is a woman.
If you don’t want to see Tony Abbott as PM, support Labor and The Greens at the next election.
So for those who are wondering what all this is about between Labor and the Greens, here are the facts:
1. Last week, several more right-wing senior Labor power-brokers and MPs launched attacks on the Greens, going as far as calling them “extremists”.
2. The Greens hit back, with Leader Christine Milne saying that Greens philosophies were supported by many Australians, including that more than 80% of Labor voters support the Greens’ policy on asylum seekers: onshore processing.
3. The more conservative right of the Labor party continued their campaign against the Greens, aligning themselves with Centre and Conservative parties like the Democratic Labor Party and Family First. They suggested that they support these parties on preferences instead of the Greens, putting the Greens in the lowest preference box.
4. Although it seems like an own-goal, the purpose of this attack is to claim votes from the Centre, distancing itself from the Left, in order to improve Labor’s primary vote.
5. The danger with this is that it could either lead to a split in the Labor Party with half of the party forming a more conservative faction, and a new party altogether. OR it could lead to Labor becoming a Centre party entirely. If this was the case, it would mean that our political spectrum would span from Liberal on the right, Labor in the centre, and Greens on the left.
It’s more than likely that shit’s about to go down.