Dec 3, 2012

Essential: Gillard comes out ahead on AWU

Voters are indifferent to the AWU scandal, but still think the Prime Minister is too soft on asylum seekers.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

Voters are indifferent to claims about Julia Gillard’s involvement in the AWU scandal 20 years ago and rate her handling of it far ahead of the opposition and the media, new polling from Essential Research finds.

After a week of unremitting coverage in the last parliamentary week of the year, 31% of voters said they had heard a lot about the scandal and 29% said “some”; 37% said they’d heard little or nothing. And 39% of voters rated the Prime Minister’s handling of the issue as “good”, compared to 35% who rated it “poor”.

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11 thoughts on “Essential: Gillard comes out ahead on AWU

  1. tonyfunnywalker

    And the Biggest Losers are — The Press. Comparing the results with News Ltd — Who are Galaxy? The Market Research Society need to investigate them.
    I note the Fairfax Press has seen the light even with an expose on Abbott. Bolt give Abbott a Free kick and his bias by not querieng him on his ” Slush Fund” and OZ of course wants the whole transcript. In my workplaces termination notices and salary levels are confidential to the person under the Privacy Provisions.
    I wonder what a few Golden Parachuted CEO’s may be thinking about this propopsal?
    At least the electors and their view of the Press again reinforces their irrelevance to most people and is purely aimed at their own self importance.
    BTW well done First Dog on the Moon on the Walkley at least you deserved it.

  2. jennatilz mckrackin

    I was given the exact opposite impression from a channel ten news report last night. They only quoted parts of that survey and used it to say Gillard was getting slammed.

  3. Peter Fuller

    jen mck.,
    It sounds like the report you heard was from a different poll, one by Galaxy, which on the basis of what seemed like loaded questions, reached a more hostile conclusion. The difference might also reflect when the polls were taken, Galaxy was either Thursday/Friday or Wednesday/Thursday (I’ve heard conflicting reports); presumably Essential was later.

  4. Pedantic, Balwyn

    So after Tony Abbott & Co has wasted the whole week of the time we elected them to represent the people in offering an alternative policy, but spent it in castigating Ms Gillard the result is ZILCH.
    It really is becoming difficult to elect these dills. They lack strategic competence, logical thinking and any semblance of policy.
    So much legislation was passed without comment that they have demonstrated that they are not capable of Government.

  5. Patriot

    Journalists will be asking Gillard questions about her involvement in the Boulder fraud soon. Her party will be asking her to step down. She’ll either resign or she’ll flip out under the pressure and lose her marbles.

  6. Achmed

    The big losers last week were the Australian taxpayers. I thought we paid our politicians to manage the country, but instead all we got was unsubstantiated allegations, false allegations, insults and smear.

  7. Patriot

    It’s “sleaze and smear”. Get it right. She must have said it a hundred times by now. She said it 8 times on Meet the Press alone. You failed to mention that Victorian and West Australian taxpayers got police investigations into Gillards criminal conduct. I don’t think my taxes have ever been spent on a more worthwhile cause.

  8. Achmed

    I was more concerned about the lack of debate about things that impact on Aussies. But then as a Liberal you are more interested in “sleaze and smear” than debating policy. Can’t debate what you haven’t got.
    If all the Liberals are relying on is the “she’s bad mantra” to get re-elected then we really are in trouble.

  9. Graeme Weber

    All these comments on the lack of debate on important things. Get a grip, the AWU scandle is being raised in Question Time, not policy time! The HSC & AWU questions are important for Australia as they show the lack of integrity and honesty of sections of the Union Movement and current leaders of the Government. I wonder when Bill Shorten will be asked to explain his role in hiding this?

  10. Achmed

    So its Ok to waste QT on allegations instead of asking questions about policy?
    The way Liberal supporters carry on about integrity and honesty of Unions. But blithely ignore the fraudsters in businesses. Like the businesses that rorted and stole taxpayer money during the Pink batts. Really just shows their hypocricy and lack of any credibility, honesty and ethics

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