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Morning Malcolm, why so glum chum?

Morning Malcolm, why so glum chum?

The 23rd consecutive nose dive!

Malcolm Turnbull has suffered a horror slump in support as the ­citizenship crisis engulfs parliament, with voters slashing his lead as preferred prime minister at the same time as he faces new threats to his authority and signs of cabinet division over his leadership.

Extra sugar needed in big Mal’s coffee this morning to mask the taste of crap. At the other end of town Tony Abbott might be slapping another dollop strawberry jam and cream on his hot scone as he eyes the razor-sharp knife laying on the breadboard—put there by a joker. It wouldn’t surprise if Turnbull never came home given the mess evolving on so many fronts. On the other hand massive egos know no bounds. If Mal could extricate himself from his tomb of merde, oh what a hero to be—a victor over all odds—a veritable miracle among mere mortals. God forbid!

Source: News Corp

Newspoll: Malcolm Turnbull in horror poll slump

Voters have delivered a damaging blow to Mr Turnbull’s standing as preferred prime minister, cutting his rating from 41 to a new low of 36 per cent and narrowing his lead over Bill Shorten to just two percentage points.

In its worst result since February, the Coalition now trails Labor by 45 to 55 per cent in two-party terms in a swing that would cost the government more than 20 seats, just as it prepares for another snap by-election in a bid to keep its slim majority in parliament.

The latest Newspoll, conducted exclusively for The Australian, shows the Coalition’s primary vote has fallen from 35 to 34 per cent after a fortnight of bitter argument over citizenship, only the second time core support has fallen so low under Mr Turnbull’s leadership.

The government heads into the next weeks of federal parliament with its control of the lower house under grave threat, setting up a challenge to Mr Turnbull’s authority that could fuel Liberal Party divisions over his leadership.

The sudden resignation of Liberal backbencher John Alexander on Saturday could see a by-­election called as soon as today, with the government hoping for a ballot on December 16 while vowing to refer Labor MPs to the High Court to set up more by-elections early next year.

Labor warned last night it could “go nuclear” in the citizenship row by targeting government MPs with doubts over their citizenship, in a sign of Mr Shorten’s willingness to take the fight to a series of by-elections if necessary.

The latest Newspoll puts Labor in its strongest overall position since Mr Turnbull replaced Tony Abbott as prime minister in September 2015, with the Labor primary vote rising from 37 to 38 per cent at the same time Mr Shorten gains ground on key leadership measures.

While Mr Turnbull has kept his lead over Mr Shorten as preferred prime minister, he suffered a fall in support on this key measure of five percentage points to 36 per cent in the past two weeks, a significant shift outside the margin of error for this survey.

The gap between the two leaders has narrowed to just two percentage points compared to eight points two weeks ago and 17 points at the end of August, taking Mr Shorten the closest he has ever been to regaining the lead he ­enjoyed over Mr Abbott as preferred prime minister.

The results come after weeks of dispute over the citizenship saga, including a damaging cabinet leak about a warning from Scott Morrison that the handling of the issue could drive the Coalition out of power.

This is the 23rd consecutive Newspoll where the Coalition has trailed Labor on the two-party vote, a tally that Mr Turnbull emphasised when he named the loss of “30 Newspolls in a row” as a reason for challenging Mr Abbott for the Liberal leadership.

Mr Turnbull sought to escalate pressure on Mr Shorten yesterday over at least four Labor MPs who could be referred to the High Court over their citizenship, threatening to use the government’s numbers to force the referral and clearing the way for a series of by-elections early next year.

“There is no question that Labor has a number of members who not only were, but knew they were, foreign citizens at the time they nominated for parliament. That makes them ineligible,” Mr Turnbull said yesterday while in Hong Kong.

“Now, if they believe they can persuade the court to take a somewhat different tack, good luck to them. But the place to determine that is in the court.

“Bill Shorten has got to stop running a protection racket for his own dual citizens.”

Labor responded last night with a vow to “go nuclear” in the citizenship brawl by targeting at least five “foreign” government MPs who should be driven from parliament, setting the scene for a clash in the House of Representatives when it resumes on November 27.

Pauline Hanson’s One Nation increased its primary vote from 9 to 10 per cent, its highest result since July, while the Greens saw their primary vote slip from 10 to 9 per cent.

The combined effect of the changes in primary-vote results led Labor to gain ground in two-party terms, leading the Coalition by 55 to 45 per cent compared to 54 to 46 per cent two weeks ago.

At 34 per cent, the government’s primary vote is eight percentage points below its result at the last election and has returned to the depths seen in February, showing the government has gained no ground this year despite seeking to campaign on national security, energy policy and business tax cuts while holding a postal vote on same-sex marriage to resolve years of division on the issue.

The latest Newspoll, conducted from Thursday to Sunday, found the number of voters who were satisfied with Mr Shorten’s performance rose from 32 to 34 per cent, while the number of dissatisfied voters fell from 56 to 53 per cent.

Mr Shorten’s net satisfaction rating — the difference between those satisfied and those dissatisfied with his performance — improved from minus 24 points to minus 19 points over the past fortnight.

Mr Turnbull suffered a reversal on the same measure, with the number of satisfied voters falling from 31 to 29 per cent while the proportion of dissatisfied voters fell from 59 to 58 per cent.

Mr Turnbull’s net satisfaction deteriorated from minus 28 to minus 29 points, his worst rating on this measure since a Newspoll conducted at the end of February, when his net satisfaction was minus 30. The Newspoll survey of 1625 respondents has a margin of error of 2.5 percentage points.

Labor citizenship spokesman Tony Burke blasted the government’s threat to refer MPs to the court as a “born-to-rule ­approach” and said all of the Labor MPs would be found to be eligible because they had taken “reasonable steps” to renounce any foreign citizenship. “The difference is this: those who are in the spotlight for the Labor Party took reasonable steps before the nomination date,” Mr Burke said.

“Those who are in the focus from the Liberal Party took no steps at all before the nomination date. No steps at all.”

{ 27 comments… add one }
  • Penguinte 13/11/2017, 6:10 am

    And the Gold Medal for Political Diving goes to Malcontent. His achievements in nothing are legendary and unprecedented.

  • Muphin 13/11/2017, 6:13 am

    Turnbull is GONE.

    Worse is yet to come as party room gossip is circling around a Bishop challenge.

    If there could be anything on this planet that would destroy the Liberal Party more than Turnbull it is Julie Bishop (aka, Stick Insect).

    G.R.O.T. – (get rid of Turnbull). Bring back Tony Abbott.

    • GTD 13/11/2017, 7:14 am


      NEVER Never NEVER

    • Cliff 13/11/2017, 7:36 am

      Things are dire for the Libs under Turnbull’s lack of leadership. But they could be worse – and far worse – if the Libs commit political suicide by replacing him with Julie Bishop.

      They appear to be so incredibly out of touch that they may well do this.

      • Albert 13/11/2017, 8:10 am

        Cheesus Cliff, don’t even mention that skinny clotheshorse. She is the stuff of nightmares.

  • Jarrah 13/11/2017, 6:51 am

    It has got me buggered how there can be cabinet division over his leadership, he does not have any leadership. it is all crisis control. Turnbull, the most incompetent we have ever seen must be given the boot….today.

  • Joe Blogs 13/11/2017, 7:25 am
    • Xword 13/11/2017, 11:23 am

      Truly frightening what a self-absorbed utter nincompoop this pretender is Joe. Banker, journo, pollie, lawyer … is there any other bottom-feeding category this jerk can represent? I think he’s so thick the big three-oh negative news polls won’t faze him one iota.

      • Joe Blogs 13/11/2017, 5:39 pm

        If they give him white shoes and belt as a going away gift, he could try his fornicating hand as a used car salesman, X.

  • Gregoryno6 13/11/2017, 8:01 am

    I know what I’m buying Mal for Christmas: a red wig and a big bum, to go with the breathtaking incompetence.
    The man has out-Gillarded Gillard.
    I did not expect this in my lifetime (of which there is I hope a few decades remaining).

  • Albert 13/11/2017, 8:03 am

    Isn’t it amazing that the gang of 54 had no trouble shafting Tony Abbott but are now claiming that knifing people in the back is not the right thing to do. It is so naughty and we just wont stick it to Malcolm. Hypocritical weasels.

    • Gregoryno6 13/11/2017, 8:31 am

      Reinstating TA would be a ‘Jeez, we screwed up there’ too far.

      • Albert 13/11/2017, 9:00 am

        I didn’t mention reinstating Tony Abbott, G6. However, come to think of it Abbott was so far in front of the useless windbag that shafted him it is not funny. If nothing else he had the country and people at heart and that is something missing in the greater majority of today’s political weasels.

        There are those taken up with the chants that Tony Abbott was useless. Unfortunately they do themselves a disfavour by stopping right there and not bothering to credit him for those things he achieved. That confirms it for me that there are too many out there that have subconsciously or otherwise been suckered to by a subversive MSM.

        Reminds me of the old saying that bullshit baffles brains.

  • Lorraine 13/11/2017, 8:26 am

    From the wings comes the Australian Conservatives and PHON the Australian Democrats, Tony Abbott will lead what is left of the old Liberal Party after the next election.

  • Crankykoala 13/11/2017, 8:46 am

    Trumbles paid a cool mill to be prime minister and won’t give it up. Maybe if the libs offer a mill plus interest they may be able to buy him out.

    • Graham Richards 13/11/2017, 9:14 am

      He can have his $1.5 million back less damages to the Liberal Party, less the the $$$ millions in damage to our energy sector, less $$$ millions for increased electricity costs, less the cost of an NBN that actually works. He doesn’t have enough to repay the Australian people for his idiocy!

  • Margaret 13/11/2017, 10:35 am

    How would Julie Bishop fix the citizenship debacle? Julie Bishop is not the solution.

    I find it interesting that Shorten does not call for an election when he is so far ahead in the polls.

    We need a double dissolution election. Who is prepared to bite the bullet and make the decision to dissolve parliament so that there are no dual citizen MPs citizens in parliament?

  • Tom 13/11/2017, 10:46 am

    A double dissolution would result in another crop of crazies in the Senate because of the half quota that comes with it.

  • Aktosplatz 13/11/2017, 11:34 am

    Not the Stick Insect! She was there as Brendan Nelson’s Deputy in 2007.

    One of the fundamental Characteristics of a Deputy should be LOYALTY, well we can see her “loyalty” for what it has been worth.

    If the Liberals want to survive now they will

    1. Lose the next election and go into Opposition

    2. Recall Tony Abbott, and let him appoint to his Shadow Cabinet (sacking allof the others first) people like Dutton, Abetz, and Hastie etc

    3. First Cab off the rank while in Opposition must be the Reforming of the Senate; best done in Opposition through the Government, let them get all the flak.

    The Liberals have no other options, despite what they may think. If they still want to cling fondly to their Beloved so-called Broad Church and hang on to the Bed-wetters then they can do it by themselves.

    That Broad Church has been a Curse.

  • Biking Voter 13/11/2017, 2:25 pm

    Mal spruiked that Shorten has got to stop running a protection racket for his own dual citizens.

    If you know for a fact that there are dual citizens in the opposition then it’s not up to Shorten to sort it, it’s up to you, you are after all supposed to be the bloody leader of this country.

    Now get off your arse and go and sort it and stop bloody waffling endless drivel.

  • Bazza 13/11/2017, 3:00 pm

    The excuse for a prime minister must call on the governor general to intervene and insist that all politicians provide irrefutable proof that they do not hold dual citizenship. Talking of the GG why has he kept silent during this constitutional crisis? If he is not prepared to do his job then find someone with some intestinal fortitude to do it instead of him.

  • Neville 13/11/2017, 4:47 pm

    Never trust a political party that uses the name of its ‘celebrity leader’ for the party name.
    Xenophon, Hanson, Palmer, Hinch, etc, etc

    • Joe Blogs 13/11/2017, 5:43 pm

      Yes; vague memories of the team being bigger than the player. Silly, old-fashioned idea.

    • Joe Blogs 13/11/2017, 6:11 pm

      Neville, there’s someone missing from your list. Who could it be? Thinking, thinking …

      Ah, yes – the “Trumble Team”. Little did the Gang of 54 know that their trumbles were just beginning.

      • Neville 14/11/2017, 11:41 am

        Too true, JB! Yes, forgot that mob – possibly coz we have to deal with the misbegotten pissants and Turdball’s grandiloquent pronunciamentos every day! But still, very true; there it is is plain sight at the last election: “The Turdball Coalition Team”.

    • Julie 18/11/2017, 2:37 pm

      Ummm. Why is ‘Hanson’ listed? The party name is ‘One Nation’, not ‘Hanson’.

  • DB8tr 13/11/2017, 6:52 pm

    Dutton for PM

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