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QLD: Vote early, vote often

Polls seem to suggest a close one. Get your Antony Greens on at the ABC election site, and there’s blogging at Crikey’s place. Of course, everyone south of Queensland has the advantage – they can bring Queenslanders the election results from the future.

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Honeymoon over

… and Zombie Law dead.

The latest Morgan poll shows a narrowing in the 2PP to 57-43. As William Bowe notes, it looks like a little shine is coming off the halo Labor picked up in handling the financial crisis, taking the back toward the ordinary blowout range they’ve occupied.

It’ll be interesting to see whether Julia Gillard’s handling of repealing WorkChoices and getting the Fair Work legislation through the Senate widens the gap again.

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Honeymoon over

The latest Newspoll sees the 2PP at 56-44. Dennis wants Peter. Andrew wants Peter (but not just yet). Could it be time for the saviour to bring Peace on Earth? I hope the Rapturing comes soon, because I’m getting really bored with this.

Discussion at The Poll Bludger.

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Malcolm says it’s time for the speculation about Peter Costello’s future to stop because the public want to hear about something else. Shouldn’t he be saying that to someone other than the public? I don’t believe we’re responsible for the stupidity of the political/media discourse.

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Honeymoon over

The latest Morgan poll has the 2PP at 61.5-38.5. Labor’s primary vote is above 50%, while the Coalition’s primary has dropped to 33%. Obviously, this is a sign that Peter Costello must bide his time.

Discussion at The Poll Bludger.

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Consider this a Freebie-in-exile – here’s the transcript of “Evidenced-based policy: What is it? How do we get it?” by Gary Banks, the Productivity Commission Chairman. Via Australian Policy Online, here’s the abstract:

The concept of ‘evidence-based policy-making’, while not new, has recently become elevated in public discussion. Like motherhood, it has universal appeal, at least in principle. The need for it is manifest in the complexity of the policy challenges confronting Australia, both in the short term (the ‘meltdown’) and the long term (greenhouse, population ageing). But what exactly does evidence-based policy-making entail? How can it contribute to achieving better policy outcomes? What is needed to put it into wider practice? In a speech for the Australia New Zealand School of Government, Gary Banks, Chairman of the Productivity Commission, addresses each of these questions, drawing some insights and lessons from the experience of the Productivity Commission and its predecessors over the years.

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Yawn

Civil wars aren’t what they used to be. An obsolete coward arguing for an obsolete policy against an increasingly obsolete “leader”.

And since when do “foreigners” get to declare civil war?

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