– Tony Abbott has said in a newspaper interview that Labor has a much better climate change policy than the Coalition
– The Liberal party is releasing its costings tomorrow, two days before the election
– Supporters of Liberal senator Jim Molan are causing waves within the Coalition as he tries to overcome his unfavourable position on the party ticket
– Bob Hawke has written a letter praising Bill Shorten’s leadership and saying he is ready to be prime minister
– The Clive Palmer advertising blitz continues as the ad blackout looms
– Around three million people have already voted.(Emphasis added)
Abbott is, of course, desperate, and is after all still a weather vane on climate change (self-described in 2009). From my earlier post, Tony Abbott finds his true voice on climate:
2. Possible outcome
Bludger Track has Labor on 79, the LNP on 66 and 6 other.
Kevin Bonham is thereabouts.
My son Mark reckons Labor will push into the low 80s. He thinks:
- Seats Labor could win – Bonner, Dickson, Forde, Flynn, Leichhardt, Petrie.
Some would add Brisbane.
Herbert is anyone’s guess.
I think Wentworth looks the only obvious gain outside Qld and possibly Braddon in Tas?
He thinks Labor will gain a couple in NSW in net terms, plus a couple possible in Victoria.
He reckons he has an excellent record in the past, and forecast Trump’s victory, and, I think, Brexit. To me, that means he’s due to bomb out. I think he has a point, though, when he says the MSM, mainly NewsCorp, are running selective single seat polls, which in themselves have proven inaccurate in the past, to change the narrative to make the race look closer than it is at any given time.
Bludger reckons plus 5 for Labor in Qld, plus 4 in Victoria, and even in NSW.
Dodson says Labor will ‘reset the relationship’ between Aboriginal people and the government:
- Labor has released its “Fair go for First Nations” policy, which includes creating regional assemblies for First Nations involvement in decision-making about everything from service delivery to negotiating treaties. It is the result of three years of work led by the First Nations Labor caucus: Dodson, Northern Territory senator Malarndirri McCarthy and New South Wales MP Linda Burney.
There’s a lot on the Labor agenda: a voice to parliament, a Makarrata commission and a referendum on constitutional change; an end to punitive welfare and the contentious Indigenous advancement strategy; more funds for housing, health, culture and education. Labor intends to “reset the relationship” between Aboriginal people and the government, which Dodson says has been bad since the Northern Territory intervention began in 2007.
Labor says it will establish transitional regional assemblies so communities can determine their own solutions for important policy issues.
Through the regional assemblies the real people affected will become involved in designing programs for change.
Labor has also committed to creating a national resting place in Canberra, a place to commemorate Australia’s shared frontier past.
“It will be similar to the war memorial, but for the unknown warriors, for the people who we don’t know where they’re from, or whose remains are being held in a museum somewhere.
“We want to give some dignity to those people.
Then we had Samoa’s prime minister urging Australia to reduce its carbon emissions, calling any world leaders who doesn’t believe in climate change “utterly stupid”:
Samoan prime minister Tuilaepa Sailele has attacked climate change deniers as “utterly stupid”, urging Australia to cut its carbon emissions.
Mr Sailele, speaking during a visit to the Lowy Institute, a foreign policy think-tank in Sydney, said climate change was a “disaster” threatening Pacific Island nations.
I heard one of them this morning, possibly him, warn that if the Pacific countries go under, so will the major coastal cities of the world.
Nationals federal president Larry Anthony has added his weight to a call by the NSW party for supporters to vote “below the line” in the Senate, in retaliation against the campaign by maverick Liberal senator Jim Molan to get voters to buck the Coalition’s joint ticket.
Molan, a rightwinger who was relegated to an unwinnable fourth place on the ticket, is canvassing for votes to go to him personally rather than to the ticket.
He has no prospect of being elected but the votes he takes from above the line harm the Nationals’ chances of getting their candidate Perin Davey elected.
Votes “above the line” are for a party or group; “below the line” is where candidates are listed individually.
A furious NSW Nationals organisation accused Molan’s backers of breaking the Coalition agreement for the joint ticket and asked its party members to tell people to vote below the line to maximise Davey’s prospects.
Davey has third place on the joint ticket, behind the two Liberal candidates, making her chances already very precarious.
The coalition agreement is broken.