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Turnbull smashes Shorten in first poll of year

Malcolm Turnbull has monstered Bill Shorten and the Liberals retain their lead over the ALP in the first poll of the year.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s lead over Bill Shorten as voters’ choice as better prime minister has grown a whopping 19 per cent over the Christmas and New Year break, with the Opposition Leader plunging to his lowest ever rating in a ReachTEL poll conducted for the Seven Network.

Asked who they thought made a better prime minister, 80.8 per cent of voters nominated Mr Turnbull and just 19.2 per cent nominated Mr Shorten, whereas on November 26, 71.3 per cent of respondents had nominated Mr Turnbull and 28.7 per cent chose Mr Shorten.

A Fairfax-Ipsos poll conducted in November found that Mr Turnbull led Mr Shorten as preferred prime minister 69 per cent to 18 per cent.
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Early election for Australia?

It looks increasingly like there could be an early election in Australia so that Malcolm Turnbull can capitalise on Australia’s dodgy union and dodgy Labor scandals.

PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull says he is willing to call an early election and campaign on a policy of cleaning up the union movement, after a royal commission found it infested by louts, thugs, thieves, bullies and perjurers.

In his final report, Trade Union Royal Commissioner Dyson Heydon on Thursday recommended criminal charges be considered against 48 people and organisations and civil action taken in 45 other cases, but said this was just the tip of “an enormous iceberg”.

Mr Turnbull said a federal-state police taskforce would continue to investigate referrals from the commission. The Government will also move to establish a new registered-organisations commission to regulate unions and employer groups. The commission would have similar powers to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

The Government also wants the Senate to approve by the end of the month a bill to re-establish the Australian Building and Construction Commission.

Mr Turnbull suggested he could call an early double-dissolution election if the March deadline was not met.

“We are willing to fight an election on this,’’ he said.

“If this is not passed, if we cannot get the passage of this legislation through the Senate, then in one form or another it will be a major issue at the next election.’’

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Aussies gearing up for a fight over unions

Malcolm Turnbull has declared that he will fight the next election on reining in unions.

Bill Shorten says “bring it on”…which all adds up to a real nasty shit fight for the next election.

Labor leader Bill Shorten has responded to Malcolm Turnbull’s vow to fight an election on trade union reform, taking to Twitter to declare, “Bring it on”.

After the release of the trade union royal commission’s final report on Wednesday, Mr Turnbull flagged major reforms to union governance and said he would make it an election issue if the Senate blocked new laws.

On Thursday Mr Shorten, who is on leave and did not front the media on Wednesday, tweeted: “If Mr Turnbull and his Liberals want to fight an election on industrial relations, bring it on. We won on WorkChoices & we’ll win again.”

He followed by adding: “Labor will always fight for workers, decent pay & conditions. Mr Turnbull & his Liberals will fight for big business & to cut penalty rates.”

In a separate statement sent to Fairfax Media, Mr Shorten said he would “welcome any day of the week” Australian voters stacking up his record against Mr Turnbull’s on workplace relations.   Read more »

Face of the day

Former Labor candidate for Murray, Dr Imran Syed.

Former Labor candidate for Murray, Dr Imran Syed.

Today’s face of the day Dr Imran Syed, has been sacked by Labor in Australia for sharing online material attacking the West’s intervention in Syria and Iraq and criticising Israel.

 

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It’s OK when the left do it – Labour Leader version

via Herald Sun

via Herald Sun

Australian Labor leader Bill Shorten has been forced to apologise after he was caught on camera using his phone while driving.

The opposition leader was filmed using his phone while driving at 40kmh on Melbourne’s Kings Way in a white 4WD.

The video was taken on August 23 but has only just been made public.

Shorten apologised for the indiscretion on Thursday night.

“Like most drivers, I always try to do the right thing,” he said.

“But there’s no doubt that using your phone while driving is the wrong thing to do. There’s no excuse for it. I shouldn’t have done it and won’t do it again.” …

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Turnbull’s knifing of Abbott pays off, Shorten is in trouble

Labor’s anti-free trade stance and the knifing of Tony Abbott by Malcolm Turnbull has helped boost the Liberals in the latest poll in Australia.

Labor’s primary vote has plunged to just 30 per cent as voters flood back to a rejuvenated Coalition government under Malcolm Turnbull’s new leadership style one month after he replaced the unpopular Tony Abbott as Prime Minister.

In what appears to be a clear vindication of that bruising leadership switch, Mr Turnbull has more than tripled Bill Shorten’s popularity as preferred prime minister at 67 per cent to Mr Shorten’s 21 – a dive of 24 points for the Opposition Leader since August, when he was up against Mr Abbott.

The October Fairfax-Ipsos poll has found the Coalition has surged ahead of Labor at 53-47 according to the flow of second preferences as allocated at the 2013 election.

It is the first time the government has led Labor since March 2014, just before the disastrous first Abbott-Hockey budget, and suggests the Coalition, now under new management, has recovered almost all the ground lost since its landslide victory in September 2013.

When respondents were asked specifically who would get their second preference right now, the story got even worse for Mr Shorten, with the split widening to 54-46 in the Coalition’s favour.

The poll also shows Australians have not been frightened away from the task of economic reform by anti free-trade, union-sponsored advertising campaigns, with 54 per cent of respondents in favour of the China-Australia free trade agreement compared to 33 per cent opposed, giving it a support rating of 21 per cent.   Read more »

Yes it’s satire but

Yes it is satire after the break but in real life Australian PM Malcom Turnbull did say this….

“It is a shocking crime. It was a cold-blooded murder, targeting the NSW Police Service,” Mr Turnbull said.

…“It is also important that to remember that the Australian Muslim community will be especially appalled and shocked by this.

“As Commissioner Scipione and the Premier have noted, we must not vilify or blame the entire Muslim community with the actions of what is, in truth, a very, very small percentage of violent extremist individuals.

“The Muslim community are our absolutely necessary partners in combating this type of violent extremism.”

-theAustralian.com.au

And Opposition leader Bill Shorten did say this…

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With both Australian leaders so sympathetic towards the very ideology that is responsible for terrorism in Australia you have to ask, just how close to the truth is the below satire?

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Unions with Non-Subscription Income, Ctd

The union movement takes a huge amount of money from non-subscription sources.

Yesterday we looked at the unions that donate to Labour. Today is the turn of the public sector unions.

The public sector unions have over $77m of revenue each year, with $6m coming from non-subscription sources.

Public Sector Union Subscriptions  Non-Sub Income Total Income
Public Sector Association  $20,236,606  $2,243,6470  $22,480,253
New Zealand Educational Institute  $17,541,264  $1,097,965  $18,639,229
Nurses’ Organisation  $16,767,033  $2,016,233  $18,783,266
Tertiary Education Union  $4,391,974  $119,379  $4,511,353
Post Primary Teachers’ Association  $9,371,970  $261,496  $9,633,470
Medical Specialists  $3,085,174  $507,852  $3,593,026
 $71,394,025  $6,246,572  $77,640,597

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Daryl Kerrigan has some advice for the ALP

Daryl Kerrigan needs to be telling the ALP a few home truths over their denials that the corruption inquiry has not damaged Bill Shorten.

Labor MPs are privately acknowledging the Opposition Leader has “lost some bark” during his appearance at the royal commission into union corruption, but they maintain the damage is not serious.

Bill Shorten has spent two days giving evidence at the commission hearing in Sydney, about his time as the Victorian and national secretary of the Australian Workers Union (AWU) before he entered politics.

He may also be recalled to give further evidence before the commission’s final report is due at the end of the year.

During the inquiry, Mr Shorten admitted that the Labor Party failed to declare a business donation of a senior staff member to his 2007 parliamentary election campaign.

The party only made the disclosure this week, eight years on.

It was just resting in the account…channelling Father Ted.

He has also been accused of a potential conflict of interest, because the union accepted $500,000 in payments from a glassworks company for ‘fees’ and ‘training’ while negotiating pay deals for workers.

The commissioner, Dyson Heydon QC, further criticised Mr Shorten for providing “long and extraneous” answers, and over his credibility as a witness.

Government frontbencher Eric Abetz said he thinks most people would be “horrified” by some of the evidence exposed through the royal commission.

But Mr Shorten has strongly rejected the accusation he has acted improperly.

At the end of the marathon hearings he fronted reporters to defend his reputation and declare he had “no conflict of interest whatsoever”.

“There was no evidence demonstrated of any conflict,” Mr Shorten said.

“The truth of the matter is that every day I was a union rep I was standing up for our members.”

Sources within the Labor Party have told the ABC that Mr Shorten has “lost some bark” through the process, and that it is “unhelpful” for the alternative prime minister to be hauled before the inquiry and the cameras.

But they do not think the damage to his credibility is serious and maintain there was “no smoking gun” or “hanging offence” in the commission hearing.

They’re dreamin’.

 

– ABC

Why doesn’t Andrew Little face the same type of questions as Bill Shorten?

Australia has a Royal Commission investigating Union Corruption. It is asking a lot of questions of ALP leader Bill Shorten about his time as a union leader before he entered Parliament.

The main stream media has glossed over Andrew Little’s time at the EPMU, when there were a long series of questionable financial matters that have not been investigated properly.

Here are the questions we want answers to. They are all based on documents available on the www.societies.govt.nz web site.

Engineering Training and Education Foundation:            The EPMU advanced $6m to the Engineering Training and Education Foundation in 1995.

  1. Why did the EPMU give the Engineering Training and Education Foundation a $6m Loan?
  2. What was the purpose of the loan?
  3. What is the current book value of the loan?
  4. What happened to the money?
  5. What does “Impairment Provision” mean?
  6. Is the Engineering Training and Education Foundation trading as insolvent?
  7. If it is not trading as insolvent how can it continue trading with negative equity of $2,282,264 in the 2012 year?

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