First, the weather here at Bradfield is WGAF. Fuming.
You can see it coming, a day before the latest Newspoll Quarterly Trend analysis came this editorial in the Daily Terror:
Everyone paying Gillard power bill – The Daily Telegraph December 28, 2011 12:00AM – DEMOCRACY can be a messy business, never more so than when decisions fall short of being clear-cut.That’s when compromises and trade-offs must be made.
Australia has been locked in an extended compromise since the too-close-to-call 2010 federal election, which was eventually decided Labor’s way when Greens and independents backed the return of Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s government. Few need reminding of the policy challenges that resulted. The widely-opposed carbon tax, clearly rejected by Gillard during the 2010 campaign, is now signed into legislation due to Greens bargaining.
The move cost Gillard considerable credibility and may yet play a significant role in the next federal election, officially due in 2013. But other costs are also involved.
Almost $15 billion in taxpayer funds have been spent by Labor on electorates and issues associated with the independents and Greens. This is an extraordinary amount, particularly considering the fact that our federal budget is struggling to maintain even a slender surplus. REAM MORE
And right on the cue, last night Ghost reported the latest quarter trend analysis:
GhostWhoVotes GhostWhoVotes – #Newspoll Oct-Dec Quarterly 2 Party Preferred: ALP 45 (+2) L/NP 55 (-2) #auspol
GhostWhoVotes GhostWhoVotes – #Newspoll Oct-Dec Quarterly Primary Votes: ALP 31 (+4) L/NP 46 (-2) GRN 12 (-1) #auspol
GhostWhoVotes GhostWhoVotes – #Newspoll Oct-Dec Quarterly Gillard: Approve 31 (+2) Disapprove 59 (-2) #auspol
GhostWhoVotes GhostWhoVotes – #Newspoll Oct-Dec Quarterly Abbott: Approve 34 (-4) Disapprove 56 (+4) #auspol
GhostWhoVotes GhostWhoVotes – #Newspoll Oct-Dec Quarterly Preferred PM: Gillard 39 (+2) Abbott 38 (-3) #auspol
In all categories, the trend is clear PM Gillard is making progress after a very difficult political year of 2011. Add to this the last of the year Morgan F2F poll of 1700 voters had 2PP of 50-50 based on last election preferences.
I am sure Ruddstoration is not far off and coming also. I am sure there are other similar articles in The OO today. But I couldnt bother and I will leave that to the capable hand of fellow Dawn Patrollers like BK and others to report.
G’Day to ALL