The West Australian branch of the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union is poised to re-affiliate with the Labor Party in that state, injecting up to $80,000 a year into ALP coffers and burying once and for all a bitter 2007 spat with foreign minister Kevin Rudd.
Brad Kitschke, head of the Australian Sporting Goods Association and leader of the Fair Imports Alliance, has claimed that Tony Abbott’s office effectively told him that the opposition would support his group on the GST issue if it came out against the carbon tax.
Labor is getting thumped by the media and in the polls, but when it comes to complex issues and long term reform people should be patient. A humane carbon-neutral country is in the mail, writes Ben Pobje.
Julia Gillard obviously reasoned that she could burn her base without consequence but what she forgot, and what the Labor party had better remember very soon, is that modern politics is largely about impressions, writes Jeremy Sear.
The latest Newspoll result shows a big surprise rebound for Labor after a string of poor polls. A 54-46 deficit recorded in the wake of the carbon tax announcement has been reversed to a 51-49 two-party preferred Labor lead, reports William Bowe.
The latest Galaxy poll for New South Wales has the Coalition on 50 percent of the primary vote, down a point on the previous poll, with Labor up three to 23 percent, leveling out to 64-36 two-party preferred, writes William Bowe.
The week’s Essential finds Labor copping a forceful backlash from the carbon tax, with the two-party vote flipping from 51-49 in favour of Labor to 52-48 in favour of the Coalition, writes William Bowe.