PM close to matching Julia Gillard in Newspoll
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.