PM close to match­ing Ju­lia Gil­lard in Newspoll

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Opinion - RAY HADLEY

1 Hard to fig­ure out just who should be cel­e­brat­ing af­ter this week’s Newspoll. Bill Shorten lost a stack of ground in the pre­ferred PM bat­tle while Mal­colm Turn­bull lost his 32nd two-party pre­ferred vote. The PM is clos­ing in on the record held by Ju­lia Gil­lard at 33 con­sec­u­tive losses.

2 I’ve had an un­easy feel­ing about the NDIS for some time. Over the past few months lis­ten­ers have con­tacted me about how once the gov­ern­ment started pay­ing the bills prices in­creased dra­mat­i­cally for equip­ment and ser­vices. Now we’re told le­gal chal­lenges are cost­ing loads of money as well. Those costs are in­con­se­quen­tial com­pared with the $22 bil­lion over­all ex­pense.

Min­is­ter Dan Te­han says we can’t com­pare the rorts in the NDIS with those of the flawed pink batts scheme. I think we can. Es­pe­cially when we con­sider the pink batts bud­get of about $3 bil­lion.

3 It’s amaz­ing how those young peo­ple suf­fer­ing with the most se­ri­ous form of cys­tic fi­bro­sis have been left out of the NDIS. We’ve made rep­re­sen­ta­tions to the gov­ern­ment about look­ing af­ter those young Aus­tralians and hope­fully it will hap­pen. They have a tough enough life with­out be­ing dis­ad­van­taged by the NDIS.

4 This pie-in-the-sky pro­posal to make im­mi­grants live in ru­ral Aus­tralia is bizarre.

Do we chain them to their ru­ral res­i­dence?

It’s worth con­sid­er­ing get­ting more new Aus­tralians to live in ru­ral ar­eas.

You can’t force them to do it but you can of­fer them en­cour­age­ment.

5 The NSW Bar As­so­ci­a­tion has crit­i­cised me for hav­ing the au­dac­ity to at­tack District Court Judge Clive Jef­freys.

They are de­fend­ing the in­de­fen­si­ble. Even the Court of Ap­peal said Jef­ferys’ sen­tenc­ing of pae­dophile Mau­rice Van Ryn was “an af­front to the ad­min­is­tra­tion of jus­tice”. I don’t have enough room here to list this judge’s con­tro­ver­sial sen­tences.

6 On the North Coast of NSW is a dairy co-op­er­a­tive Norco which has been ser­vic­ing the com­mu­nity since 1885. Norco is owned by dairy farm­ers and is a big em­ployer an in area of high un­em­ploy­ment. It makes you won­der why the lo­cal health ser­vice would dump them and go with a Ja­panese owned dairy com­pany to ser­vice lo­cal hos­pi­tals.

Thank­fully com­mon­sense has pre­vailed with Norco re­in­stated yes­ter­day by Health Min­is­ter Brad Hazard..

7 Bathurst jail is in the news again. An in­mate has been charged af­ter steal­ing a TV from a staff of­fice, then lengths of rope were found in the medium se­cu­rity sec­tion.

If the al­le­ga­tions are proven it pro­vokes the ques­tion: How do you pinch a TV in jail and ex­pect to get away with it?

8 The NSW gov­ern­ment is right to call a halt to the overde­vel­op­ment of some ar­eas of Syd­ney. It was laugh­able that the Ryde mayor should be say­ing it’s about time. More than 73 per cent of the ap­provals came from his coun­cil in­clud­ing a 65-storey tower.

9 Aus­tralian and Queens­land cap­tain Cameron Smith leaves the rep arena as a cham­pion player and a cham­pion am­bas­sador for the game. Given his size, his dura­bil­ity is quite amaz­ing.

10 This week I learned Pek­ing Duk was com­ing to Ori­gin one. Orig­i­nally I thought the NRL was ac­com­mo­dat­ing Bull­dog Ritchie and Buzz Roth­field’s love of Chi­nese tucker.

Turns out Pek­ing Duk is a cou­ple of talented young Aus­tralians who the younger rugby league fans love. I’m sure they’ll wow the large crowd while the Dog and Buzz munch on sausage rolls.

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