Category Archives: Australia

Controlling Inflation


With an election looming and a budget full of Welfare cuts about to be brought down, the Treasurer, Scott Morrison invited journalists for a walk through a shopping mall.

He explained to the journalists that he had greatly improved living standards by reducing inflation since he first became treasurer.

Stopping at a shop,  he pointed out: “Look there, Business shirt $25, Trousers $40, Jacket $40, Tie $10, these are the prices I fought for and which result from our Government’s excellent work in reducing inflation.”

As the group moved on with journalists scribbling furiously, one of his aides quickly made his way to Scott and said, “Mr. Morrison, that was the wrong place! It was  NOT a clothing store, it was a laundry!”

 

I Am a Recovering Thinker


“It started out innocently enough. I began to think at parties now and then — just to loosen up. Inevitably, though, one thought led to another, and soon I was more than just a social thinker.

I began to think alone — “to relax,” I told myself — but I knew it wasn’t true. Thinking became more and more important to me, and finally I was thinking all the time.

That was when things began to sour at home. One evening I turned off the TV and asked my wife about the meaning of life. She spent that night at her mother’s.

I began to think on the job. I knew that thinking and employment don’t mix, but I couldn’t help myself.

I began to avoid friends at lunchtime so I could read Thoreau, Muir, Confucius and Kafka. I would return to the office dazed and confused, asking, “What is it exactly we are doing here?”

One day the boss called me in. He said, “Listen, I like you, and it hurts me to say this, but your thinking has become a real problem. If you don’t stop thinking on the job, you’ll have to find another job.”

This gave me a lot to think about. I came home early after my conversation with the boss. “Honey,” I confessed, “I’ve been thinking…”

“I know you’ve been thinking,” she said, “and I want a divorce!”

“But honey, surely it’s not that serious.”

“It is serious,” she said, lower lip aquiver. “You think as much as college professors and college professors don’t make any money, so if you keep on thinking, we won’t have any money!”

“That’s a faulty syllogism,” I said impatiently.

She exploded in tears of rage and frustration, but I was in no mood to deal with the emotional drama.

“I’m going to the library,” I snarled as I stomped out the door. I headed for the library, in the mood for some Nietzsche. I roared into the parking lot with NPR on the radio and ran up to the big glass doors. They didn’t open. The library was closed.

To this day, I believe that a Higher Power was looking out for me that night. Leaning on the unfeeling glass, whimpering for Zarathustra, a poster caught my eye, “Friend, is heavy thinking ruining your life?” it asked.

You probably recognize that line. It comes from the standard Thinkers Anonymous poster.

This is why I am what I am today: a recovering thinker. I never miss a TA meeting. At each meeting we watch a non-educational video; last week it was “Porky’s.” Then we share experiences about how we avoided thinking since the last meeting.

I still have my job, and things are a lot better at home. Life just seemed…easier, somehow, as soon as I stopped thinking.

I believe the road to recovery is nearly complete for me.

Today I took the final step… I joined the LNP. “

 

Poll Sum; 3rd February, 2016


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POLL SUMMARY

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poll3aWhat you see is what you get. Just the three polls to show this past 14 days.

Essential have not yet moved back into the great system they had last year.

A total of 9,983 voters were polled.

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poll3bSimple maths convert the published % to raw numbers using the electors polled. Liberal and National Party numbers are combined.

Note:- GNewspoll lumps PUP voters with “Others”. I split them out at as near to 20-80 as I can with whole numbers. That seems to be how the numbers for other polls fall.poll3c

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Two Party Preferred

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Translating this into electoral numbers,
assuming 15 million electors
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L-NP 8,114,400 Votes

ALP 6,885,600 Votes

Which leads to – – –

THE DIFFERENCE CHART

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-8.192% or 1,228,800 voters.

A hundred thousand closer this week. A long way to go but it is a start.

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PRIMARY VOTE

Once upon a time it was expected that the L-NP primary would be around 45% while the ALP could only win with a Primary beginning with a “4”.poll3e

That was back when the Greens were just beginning!

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POLLING SOURCES

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POINTS FOR DISCUSSION

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The main talking point this week will be the likelihood of Tonybull choosing the Double Dissolution route. This may give him the satisfaction of getting rid of some senators he dislikes but in return it will gift him a completely unmanageable, independent-filled,  Senate for three years.

To avoid this the proposed changes to Senate elections will need to be made before the DD. Should those proposals be fast-tracked we will have an early indication that it is on the cards. With no rushed movement in that direction we can conclude that this is just Malbott trying to be a bully.

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Over to you, the discerning reader.

Et Tu, Turnbull?


Friends, Aussies, countrymen, lend me your ears;
I come to bury Internet, not to praise him.

The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones;
So let it be with Internet. The noble Turnbull
Hath told you Internet was evil to our kids:
If it were so, it was a grievous fault,
And grievously hath Internet answer’d it.

Here, under leave of Turnbull and the rest–
For Turnbull is an innovative man;
So are they all, all innovative men–
Come I to speak in Internet’s funeral.
He was my friend, faithful and just to me:
But Turnbull says he was evil to our children;
And Turnbull is an innovative man.

Internet hath brought many ideas home to Australia
Whose knowledge and enterprise did the general coffers fill:
Did this in Internet seem evil?
When that the poor have cried, Internet hath wept:
Evil should be made of sterner stuff:
Yet Turnbull says he was evil;
And Turnbull is an innovative man.

You all did see that on the Internet
We all grew in our knowledge of the world,
And we gained many friendships: was this evil?
Yet Turnbull says he was evil;
And, sure, he is an innovative man.
I speak not to disprove what Turnbull spoke,
But here I am to speak what I do know.

You all did love him once, not just for the cats:
What cause withholds you then, to mourn for him?
O judgment! thou art fled to News Limited,
And men have lost their reason. Bear with me;

My heart is in the coffin there with Internet,
And I must pause till it come back to me.

No, He’ll Never Return


George Pell, running

We let him get away and what odds do you give on him returning to face more questioning?

Militant Ovines


Australia is full of sheep. And Sheeple.

Here is a group of those sheep who look ready to revolt.

They are sheeping the barricades. Planning to wipe out Mint Sauce.

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Will you join in our crusade?
Who will be strong and stand with me?
Beyond the barricade
Is there a world you long to see?
Then join in the fight
That will give you the right to be free!

Do you hear the sheeple sing?
Singing a song of angry rams?
It is the music of ovines
Who will not be shorn again!
When the beating of your heart
Echoes the beating of the drums
There is a life about to start
When tomorrow comes!

Poll Sum; 27th January 2016


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What you see is what you get. Just the three polls to show this past 14 days.

There was an earlier Morgan, back on the 11th Jan which showed 56-44% 2PP.

(Galaxy/Newspoll is too long so from now on they are “Gnewspoll” as in “Gnomes”)

A total of 7464 voters were polled.

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Simple maths convert the published % to raw numbers using the electors polled. Liberal and National Party numbers are combined.poll27b

Note:- GNewspoll lumps PUP voters with “Others”. I split them out at as near to 20-80 as I can with whole numbers. That seems to be how the numbers for other polls fall.poll27c

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Two Party Preferred

Translating this into electoral numbers,
assuming 15 million electors
we have a National Two Party Preferred ofpoll27d

L-NP 8,161,500 Votes

ALP 6,838,500 Votes

Which leads to – – –

THE DIFFERENCE CHART

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-8.82% or 1,323,000 voters.

Not a good place to begin but it could be that is is the low point for the year.

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PRIMARY VOTE

Once upon a time it was expected that the L-NP primary would be around 45% while the ALP could only win with a Primary beginning with a “4”.poll27e

That was back when the Greens were just beginning!

“MINOR” PARTIESpoll27f

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POLLING SOURCES

ipsosessential poll morgan pollgalaxy pollpollreachtel

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POINTS FOR DISCUSSION

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Other than PUP the other eponymous parties are being ignored by all polls except for Morgan who have shown NXT at 2% Australia-wide (22.5% in SA) and KAT at 2%.

Lambie, Family First, DLP and all other minors are not rated by any National Poll.

This indicates that the pollsters “Others”, including PUP, are at 11.45% but by including NXT and KAT numbers we have just 6.6% who are either true “Others” or the mythical “Undecided”

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Over to you, the discerning reader.