I know the pitfalls of taking much notice of those tick-a-box website polls but this one from the National Times pages of the Fairfax websites I am inclined to believe in:

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The result just tallies so precisely with the comments of my own friends and acquaintances and it is not a subject where the political operatives have any reason to play their distorting games. The Queensland Premier has displayed such assured competence, combined with a genuine concern and compassion, that she has surely salvaged her political reputation.

Hers has not been the performance of a political actress trying to spin tragic adversity to her own advantage. What we have seen this week is the very best side of those who enter public life – a woman concentrating on honest plain speaking as she tries to do a public good.

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