Election 2010: Leaders' debate

"When are the other two again, Julia?"

The leaders’ debate last night was a bit disappointing. Neither side landed any serious blows, but what came across more than anything was the stark contrast between the hyper-rehearsed sound-bite friendly spin of Julia Gillard and the more authentic, but less assured, honesty of Tony Abbott. Gillard is so like Rudd in the way she can speak for five minutes and not say anything – it’s quite uncanny. Her responses to questions on boat people showed she hasn’t a clue what she’s doing, and the climate issue didn’t get as much traction for Abbott as it should. But he made the very important point that the Coalition at least has a policy whereas Labor are just putting off announcing anything in the hope that the electorate will just vote her in anyway.

Are the Australian people that stupid? Maybe, if the Channel 9 worm is anything to go by. The debate was very close, with most of the commentators giving it to Abbott, yet the worm showed a huge advantage to Gillard – WTF? Just goes to show how easily swung the average voter is by gloss and spin, a new hairdo and nail job.

But there are encouraging signs that things are turning Abbott’s way. The latest NewsPoll shows a move to the Coalition:

THE election campaign has become a tight contest, with the Coalition back in front on primary votes.

Furthermore, Tony Abbott has narrowed the leadership gap on Julia Gillard.

The latest Newspoll, conducted exclusively for The Australian, reveals voters have turned against Labor’s proposal for a citizens assembly on climate change and that the women’s vote advantage for Australia’s first female Prime Minister has disappeared.

Labor’s 10-point lead on a two-party-preferred basis at the start of the election campaign has been reduced to a knife-edge 52 per cent to 48 per cent over the weekend, while the Coalition’s primary vote jumped four points to 42 per cent, compared with Labor’s 40 per cent, down from 42 per cent.

And even more dramatic is Gillard’s personal rating, plummeting like a stone:

Satisfaction with the new Prime Minister has also dropped dramatically, from 48 per cent to 41 per cent; dissatisfaction with the job she is doing leapt from 29 per cent to 37 per cent last weekend. (source)

Maybe the Australian people aren’t so stupid after all. We can only hope.


  1. my opinion says:

    who the hell are you lot???!!!
    opinion outlets such as you lot should show your colours of your political bias

    • @my opinion: “us lot” have a bias only to the extent that Labor and the Greens will impose a pointless ETS or carbon tax which will destroy the Australian economy and do nothing for the climate. The Coalition’s policy is not to do that, ergo we support the Coalition’s position.

  2. Matthew says:

    @my opinion: are you forgetting the fact that Labor want to introduce a MANDATORY internet filter? It won’t work, will be easy to circumnavigate (people are actually running courses for the elderly to learn how to do this!), is a huge waste of taxpayers money, blocks pages that shouldn’t be blocked, and worst of all THIS GOES AGAINST OUR FREEDOM OF SPEECH! How could you still support a party that is running our economy into the ground and planning to introduce censorship?!? WAKE UP!!

  3. The Loaded Dog says:

    @my opinion: How about you direct the same question at the ABC?

  4. Centrebet Odds: ALP $1.50, Coalition $3.71
    They’re gonna get pounded.

    The ETS won’t destroy our economy now – we’re talking about a 2-3% increase in costs, tops. What _will_ destroy it is if we have to do the same thing at a much greater rate later on.
    Efficient energy use costs to set up, but pays off down the track, as do most of these measures.
    You need to consider the possibility that you’re going to look like complete dicks in 20 years. But that’s not my problem.

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