Sunday, 29 November 2009

Media wrap - The morning's polls support the punters in making Joe Hockey favourite



Malcolm Turnbull stance cops a poll axing – Malcolm Turnbull's hopes of fighting off a Liberal rebellion over climate change to hold on to the Opposition leadership have been shattered by a poll showing a whopping 60 per cent of Australians are against Kevin Rudd rushing the Emissions Trading Scheme through parliament – Sydney Sunday Telegraph

Joe Hockey goes to former PM John Howard for advice – Reluctant Liberal leadership hope Joe Hockey yesterday sought out John Howard at his Sydney home for advice on whether to run for leader of the party to end the crisis destroying the Opposition – Brisbane Sunday Mail

Liberal Party will do Malcolm in – Malcolm Turnbull faces a humiliating outcome on Tuesday morning with an overwhelming number of his colleagues preparing to vote for a spill of his leadership. Turnbull's crusade in the media at the expense of the Liberal Party's reputation in the past two days is shifting even more votes away from him. The vote could end up being a three to one drubbing – Sydney Sunday Telegraph

I am not God's gift: Tony Abbott – The only declared leadership challenger to Malcolm Turnbull, Tony Abbott, says he's a "pragmatic common-sense" politician and not a narrow-minded conservative – Melbourne Sunday Herald Sun

Big Joe feels the rising pressure – Battered Liberals from both sides of the emissions trading debate yesterday pinned their hopes for a united party on the broad shoulders of Joe Hockey, who remained silent in the face of intense pressure from all sides – Melbourne Sunday Age

Three men and a party: the future of the Liberals starts here – A day of Liberal campaigning – Melbourne Sunday Age

Joe deluged with tweet nothings – Cyberspace lit up yesterday after federal shadow treasurer Joe Hockey used social networking site Twitter to appeal for help on the emissions trading scheme debate – Melbourne Sunday Age

Ready to roll - Joe Hockey - ''heir'' Hockey, according to punters - remains tight-lipped about assuming control of the Liberal Party in the next 48 hours. Mr Hockey firmed into $1.50 favourite with Centrebet, which had Malcolm Turnbull drifting out to $4 and declared contender Tony Abbott at $5 – Sydney Sun Herald

Climate change is cool on streets where Liberals labourMelbourne Sunday Age goes for a vox pop and finds you get get one of three responses. Don't care. Don't know. Don't vote.


As Senate sits on, Rudd says no to early election – Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has said he would not call an early election even if the Opposition dumped Malcolm Turnbull as leader and the new leader scuttled the Government's emissions trading scheme legislation – Melbourne Sunday Age

Labor man Peter Tinley takes Willagee by-election – The WA Labor Party is breathing a collective sigh of relief after former SAS soldier Peter Tinley won the seat of Willagee. The former SAS Major was elected the member for Willagee following former Premier Alan Carpenter’s resignation in September – Perth Sunday Times

Economic matters

Seniors pay price of financial crisis – The financial carnage of the past year has triggered a surge in the number of older people reliant on welfare. Figures from the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs reveal private incomes for pensioners plunged by almost 20 per cent last financial year as share prices, dividend payments and interest rates fell sharply – Sydney Sun Herald

Law and order

Police to have power to strip-search at random – Victorian police will soon have sweeping powers to search people at random, including strip-search, even if there is no reasonable suspicion those targeted have done anything wrong. The ''stop and search'' tactic is part of a law and order crackdown set to be passed by State Parliament, despite the Government conceding that the legislation breaches the Victorian Human Rights Charter – Melbourne Sunday Age

Health and hospitals

Cash wasted on hospital paperwork: AMA chief – The Rudd Government has spent too much on hospital pen pushers at the expense of patient care as waiting lists rise and overcrowded emergency departments struggle to cope, the president of the Australian Medical Association said yesterday – Sydney Herald Sun

Pharmacy clinics are a health risk, claim GPs – A joint venture between a pharmacy chain and nurse practitioners to open clinics that will provide treatment for  such ailments  as colds and flu has been attacked  by the Australian Medical Association as a threat to public health – Sydney Sun Herald


Kevin Rudd had 'no idea' about hostage Nigel Brennan – The mother of freed hostage Nigel Brennan says Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was clueless about her son's case when she asked him for assistance in freeing her son from his Somali captors earlier this year – Brisbane Sunday Mail

Waste watch

Taps off for thirsty asylum seekers – Tonnes of bottled water, costing thousands of dollars, are being airlifted to Christmas Island for dehydrated asylum seekers as they step on to the arrivals wharf - despite a tap being just metres away – Brisbane Sunday Mail


Real grassroots fury putting heat on ETS – Piers Akerman in the Sydney Sunday Telegraph says it’s a matter of grave concern for stalwart rank-and-file Liberal Party members that Malcolm Turnbull’s number one supporter for his global-warming stance is now no less a figure than Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard, while his number two supporter is the former union leader, Greg Combet.

Trio who came to bury their leader – Glenn Milne in the Sydney Sunday Telegraph gives some examples of just how bitter the differences within the Liberal Party have become.

Malcolm Turnbull's biggest mistake was joining the wrong party -  says Eddie McGuire in the Melbourne Herald Sun

Push comes to shove as Opposition party sours – Michelle Grattan in the Sydney Sun Herald says matters of style and substance aside, Malcolm Turnbull's rush to take the top job was bad judgment.

Libs' future in Kevin or in hell – Paul Daley in the Sydney Sun Herald on Kevin Andrews, a pollie who wears his heart – and his principles – on his sleeve.

Joe doesn't want to die wondering – Suggestions that Joe Hockey does not want or is unwilling to take the Liberal leadership now are wrong. Hockey, I believe, is acutely mindful that his time, though premature, is here. That's why he's likely to seize his moment when the Liberal Party meets in Canberra on Tuesday to determine Malcolm Turnbull's future. He's told mates he doesn't want to die wondering - Sydney Sun Herald


Australian CEOs get million-dollar bonuses, despite global financial crisis – Almost 20 per cent of chief executives at Australia's biggest companies received bonuses of more than $1 million last year, despite the global financial crisis – Sydney Sunday Telegraph


Queensland Water Commission recycles water plan – Queensland Water Commission is urging the Government to look at spending billions of dollars on two more purified recycled water schemes despite barely using the existing one. The State Government has spent $2.4 billion on the Western Corridor project, one of the largest recycled water schemes in the world. But it has been labelled a white elephant after Premier Anna Bligh, in a dramatic turnaround last November, scrapped plans to add treated sewage to drinking supplies in Wivenhoe Dam – Brisbane Sunday Mail

Fence me in: farms protect rare habitats - NSW farmers are boosting populations of endangered birds and mammals by partitioning their land for conservation. Landowners have rushed to join the $37.5 million Federal Government scheme, designed to conserve ecologically rare areas – Sydney Herald Sun

Royal call to arms for rich to lead climate change battleBritain and France have committed to paying developing nations to combat global warming by calling for a $US10 billion ($10.9 billion) climate fund financed by rich countries – Sydney Herald Sun


Independent commission to run Australian rugby leagueRugby league is about to be handed back to the people with a long-awaited independent commission just weeks away from becoming a reality. In the most stunning administration shake-up since Super League, News Ltd (publisher of The Sunday Mail) and the Australian Rugby League are finalising an agreement that will mean independence day arrives before the March kick-off to the 2010 season – Brisbane Sunday Mail

Aussie TV tops list – Victorians are choosing to watch more local Australian television shows, while figures reveal this year's ratings battle is going down to the wire. Of the top 20 regular series watched in Melbourne, 17 were made or produced in Australia, OzTam ratings show. The official ratings year finished last night and the battle for overall supremacy in Melbourne was neck-and-neck between channels Nine and Seven – Melbourne Sunday Herald Sun


Real estate

Underquoting bid fails – A Federal Government move to introduce tough real estate laws to stop underquoting has stalled. The changes to property laws - whereby homeowners could be fined up to $220,000 if caught advertising their home below their genuine selling price - were proposed by Consumer Affairs Minister Craig Emerson in June and expected to roll out from January 1, 2010 – Melbourne Sunday Herald Sun

$910m property boom hits home – More than $900 million worth of real estate sold across Victoria yesterday, as the state held its biggest home shopping sale for 2009 – Melbourne Sunday Herald Sun


Pokie venues are 'fun palaces' – Dozens of Victorian children are being treated for gambling problems in a troubling trend fuelled by unfettered internet access and child-friendly pokies venues – Melbourne Sunday Herald Sun

When gambling is all in the family – Family-friendly clubs and pubs make up more than half the 70 Victorian pokies venues in which players lose $10 million or more a year – Melbourne Sunday Herald Sun

The drink

Fans to 'dob-a-yob'at MCG - Fans who witness drunk, unruly or violent behaviour can discreetly send a message to a special number, which will go through to a bolstered squad of security guards under the "dob-a-yob" system – Melbourne Sunday Herald Sun


Fire reports may scare off visitors: tourism centre – Bushfires could scare tourists away from the Blue Mountains unless ''media management'' can be deployed to counter negative perceptions, a national report into the effect of climate change on tourism says – Sydney Herald Sun

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