Gillard continues rise in polls

The latest Newspoll shows Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard has gained support from voters as preferred Labor leader.

The poll published in The Australian newspaper is the first since last week's budget and shows Ms Gillard has cut Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's lead from 25 percentage points to just five.

Mr Rudd's standing as preferred prime minister stands at 45 per cent, down from his level of 57 per cent in February.

Support for his deputy jumped from 32 per cent to 40 per cent in the same period.

The poll also shows the Coalition has maintained its lead over the Government on primary votes, 43 per cent to 37 per cent.

The Opposition has also achieved consecutive 50 per cent or higher on a two-party-preferred basis for the first time in four years.

In a separate Galaxy poll published in The Daily Telegraph, 45 per cent of voters backed Mr Rudd against 34 per cent for Ms Gillard as preferred Labor leader.

The ongoing decline in Mr Rudd's popularity fuelled speculation last week that Labor may move to install Ms Gillard as leader before this year's election.

Ms Gillard laughed off the suggestions.

"Not one individual in the Labor Party has spoken to me [about that]," she said last week.

"I'm focused on my job as Deputy Prime Minister."

Ms Gillard says tough decisions are behind the Government's slide and she still supports Mr Rudd as prime minister.

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has told Macquarie Radio he believes he can win the votes of those who are disillusioned with the Government.

"We have to have a government. It will either be a Labor government or a Coalition government, and I think that eventually all of those that conclude that the Labor Government is not up to the task will come to us," he said.

"But what I've got to try to do in the meantime is demonstrate that we will be a credible alternative, that if you change the government life will be different and better."

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PUBLIC primary school principals estimate managing contractors are pocketing as much as $5 billion of the federal government's $16.2 billion school building program.

The first detailed costings for individual schools seen by NSW primary school principals reveal that management-related fees made up 35 per cent of the $1.2 million cost of refurbishing five classrooms at a south-west Sydney primary school.

The Public Schools Principals Forum deputy chairman, Brian Chudleigh, said if the breakdown in costings prepared by the managing contractor Hansen Yuncken was typical of projects across the country, up to a third of the federal government's Building the Education Revolution program was being spent on management fees.


The insulation scandal implemented by the Labor govt , will pale into insignificance when all is revealed on the BRF...aka BER.

...Also, I happen to believe body language reveals much about a person, and this person's body language, including the narrowed eyes and overtalking of anyone who dares disagree, says a lot.

No I meant getting personal about Australia's first ever senior female politician. You mention her ample bum, her poor partner and her narrow eyes. If you are a man I'd call you a chauvinist, if you are a woman, you are a spiteful cow. Cindy Lawper's song 'True Colours' come to mind.

Urmm now let me see - first ever senior female in Oz.

Carmen Lawrence Premier of WA 1990 Labor

Joan Kirner Premier of Victoria 1990 Labor

Anna Bligh Premier of Queensland 2009 Labor

Kristina Keneally Premier of NSW 2009 Labor

All of these women got to power by the fact that their male colleagues were so on the nose with the public they got thrown the job to try and save Labor.

If Julia actually got the Leadership before the election it will be a sign that they are so on the nose etc etc.

If they lose and she gets it afterwards - doubtful - it will again be the poison chalice.

We don't have to like our politicians we just want them to do the job they are elected to do - represent us the public and not their own interests as far too many do on both sides and usually left wingers who think that the rest of us are mushrooms and need to be fed bullshit whilst they ruin the world in their own peculiar image but never ruin their bank accounts whilst so doing - just ours usually.

Leave Tanwin alone she is as entitled to her opinion as indeed are you and if she thinks Julia is a backstabber - then I agree actually - she is only paying kip service right now to the talk of her being upped over the top of Rudd in a moment she will do it if invited and say all the right things about how wonderful he was etc etc - all pollies are human and all are corrupt enough these days to lie for power and personal advancement.

Indeed only one to date opens his mouth and puts his foot in it but even that is not allowed seemingly by lefties as this is dangerous - means the bloke is foolishly honest and says what he thinks and maybe the public will actually appreciate he is not always weighing up each word in case it may be used against him but just replies.

Oh dear no too honest for politics in 2010 where spin is all just promise everything and then deliver nothing.

Correction, I should have said 'most SENIOR female in Austrlian politics' and I stand by everything I said.

If you are a man I’d call you a chauvinist, if you are a woman, you are a spiteful cow.

Now who is launching PERSONAL ATTACKS Toot2000?

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