Will the Abbott Government call an Early Election?
The word on the street in Canberra is that senior MPs from within the skanky ranks of the Abbott government are feverishly plotting a secret plan to unleash a premature election on an unsuspecting Australian public. (It worked it Queensland didn’t it?).
Apparently, and at this point we acknowledge the tireless efforts of our exclusive sources, the Gutter Trash can reveal that plans are definitely afoot in the wake of a conga line of consistently poor polls for the government despite nuclear efforts to ramp up the Government’s credentials of national security, boat people and its erstwhile pass times of Union bashing and weeing on the ABC.
In fact, the Abbott government has lagged in national support for the last 18 months, and currently sits on about 47 per cent after preferences. Give or take a per cent or so, that’s what the pollsters are mostly saying. Week in, week out.
The latest results from Newspoll, typically the most LNP sympathetic pollster, put the national outcome at 53 to 47 in the opposition’s favour. Swing-wise the biggest contributing states were the ones the ALP did particularly poorly in 2013, Queensland and WA. The smallest movers were NSW and South Australia.
The Government had hoped that the Royal Commission into Union Corruption would have landed some killer blows on Bill Shorten’s political fortunes however it fizzled out without fanfare.
The Government also underestimated the considerable public sentiment in favour of supporting the ABC which has amounted to an extraordinary own goal of momentous proportions all carried out in the mainstream media.
More recently, Tony Abbott has shafted Nationals Leader Barnaby Joyce with the approval of the Shenhua Watermark coalmine to be built near Gunnedah in northern New South Wales. The plan will see a large open-cut coalmine constructed across about 35sq km with three large extraction pits.
Coalmines have rarely been popular with local communities but this one has been particularly controversial because it is situated in the Liverpool Plains, an area of sorghum and legume farms, which is often described as a food bowl for Australia.
Whether the Government goes for an early election remains to be seen, however it is certainly preparing the groundwork for a double dissolution trigger, which suggests it’s keeping its options open.