Posts Tagged ‘ brumby ’

The Liberals’ magic numbers

Sep 4th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

The latest Newspoll in Victoria makes stark reading for the Libs. It suggests not much has changed since Steve Bracks’ thumping win over then new-boy Opposition Leader Ted Baillieu in 2006. At the election, Labor won about 54.5% of the vote after the distribution of preferences. In the July-August Newspoll, Labor garnered 54%.



Victorian Government bungle jeopardises corruption cases

Sep 4th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Australia

A spokeswoman for Police Minister Bob Cameron yesterday defended the system introduced by the Government to fight police corruption, but refused to say whether the laws would need to be amended. “Any legal technicalities which may arise … will be addressed appropriately,” she told reporters.



Conservatives recover in Victoria: Newspoll

Aug 20th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Australia, Lead Stories

The poll comes at a time when the Government is forging ahead with several controversial infrastructure projects, such as the north-south pipeline, the desalination plant and the dredging of Port Phillip Bay. It has also been caught out badly on providing sufficient public transport for rapidly growing Melbourne.



Premiers warned: beware the togglers

Aug 19th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

During the 12 years of the Howard government, these voters were capable of voting for John Howard federally, then turning to throw their support behind Labor at the state level. The question was always what these voters would do once the government changed in Canberra, and now we are starting to get an answer.



Victorian teachers to oppose new TAFE plans

Aug 16th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Australia

Under the Victorian Government’s plans, TAFE students will be able to take out an income-contingent loan — similar to HECS in universities — to pay for their courses. The move is expected to get the backing of the Rudd Government, and is designed to soften the blow of increased fees.



Brumby’s green promise belies a litany of failures

Jul 29th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

Voters’ concerns about Victoria’s environmental credentials appear to have been justified. If John Brumby were given a report card for environmental achievements in his first year as Premier, it would be littered with red crosses and fail marks.