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Kim Beazley’s approval rating is down to 37%—his lowest ever. Still, his rival has recovered from worse numbers. In other polling news:

* 70% of voters agree with the view that supporting American foreign policy makes Australia a bigger target for terrorism.

* But John Howard’s approval rating has improved by two points to 53%.

Interesting, that. Apparently we’re not easily frightened, and will back the right cause even if we believe certain risks will increase.

Posted by Tim B. on 09/26/2005 at 12:16 PM
    1. Polls should come with disclaimers, but they never do.  I blame negligent consumer advocates.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 09/26 at 02:05 PM • permalink


    1. what is depressing about that poll is that, even with all the revelations in Latham’s diary, the ALP is still has 47% on a two party preferred basis.

      Posted by entropy on 09/26 at 05:51 PM • permalink


    1. ha ha now this is funny.

      On Sunday its revealed that the Brits are looking for a way out of Iraq by May.
      leaving with tail between legs

      And now not even 48hrs later the Chief of our defence forces realises that Australia’s military position is untenable os we’re heading for the door with our reputation and that of our allies sufficiently in tatters
      last one out turn off the lights

      Making Iraq officially amongst the worst planned military adventures in recent history . Out of interest how much has this little exercise in failure cost the Australian taxpayer.

      Posted by tims a wingnut on 09/26 at 08:05 PM • permalink


    1. How sad.
      Gloating at the prospect of our defeat.

      Posted by gubba on 09/26 at 08:27 PM • permalink


    1. #4 seems more like wishful thinking. I wonder how much this dickhead is costing the Australian taxpayer.

      Posted by larrikin on 09/26 at 09:29 PM • permalink


    1. Psst, #3, I read the last link you supplied and found nothing there that supports your odd thought patterns.  Citing sources is not helping to express your point of view, as unmoored in reality as it is.

      Why is that?

      Posted by Sortelli on 09/26 at 09:47 PM • permalink


    1. TAW,

      Your time will come mate.  People like you are going to swing.

      Posted by murph on 09/26 at 10:49 PM • permalink


    1. TAW

      How many of your brave pals have managed to knock off just one of our soldiers?  Fucking none.

      The only thing that they’re good at is killing kids and fucking goats.  I can see why somebody like you has developed a fraternal feeling with them.

      Posted by murph on 09/26 at 10:57 PM • permalink


    1. #3. Yeah, I’m glad too. Them dusky buggers in Iraq could never cope with that ‘democracy’ thingagummy…

      Posted by Deo Vindice on 09/26 at 11:33 PM • permalink


    1. Hmm “reputation in tatters” amongst whom? Not sure I care what dictatorships think of us. For that mattter who cares what the non-participating developed countries think of us either. There’s no vote at the end of each year for most popular country. Last i looked people still traded with us and engaged in numerous bilateral, regional and multilateral forums. We’ve been invited to the first East Asia Forum – god we must be so on the nose.

      As for the cost – well our budget has hit a record surplus – can’t be too bad.

      Failure? – Failure would be leaving and having the Sunni minority recapture power using military force – as it held Iraq for decades – any result that sees a reasonably representative government that doesn’t hive off most of its oil revenues to maintain an unnecessarily large army and the tools of a police state would be better than what Iraq had before.

      Posted by Francis H on 09/26 at 11:42 PM • permalink


    1. #3, The Governments of the US and Britian are discussing with the Iraqi’s a suitabe timeframe to BEGIN withdrawing the troops. That is exactly what Bush, Blair & Howard have been saying for months. We’ll be there until the job is done. If that’s next May then great. Great for us and Great for Iraq. I guess it was never ALL ABOUT THE OIL was it?! Otherwise we wouldn’t be looking at leaving.

      Typical illogical moonbat droppings!!!

      Posted by TonyP on 09/27 at 12:00 AM • permalink


    1. Looks like we have a new troll, who spouts the same old lines.  Gosh, TAW, do you think you’re really making a differencehere, being so original and all?

      I read the Graudian article—and it doesn’t support your “tails between legs” sneer.  Must be sad, you being unable to read and all.

      There has been talk about withdrawals all along……while the dates have not been published, the withdrawals were promised all along.  It’s not exactly like your ilk have been demanding all along.  But not providing a detailed schedule when demanded by idiots does not mean that any withdrawal is a retreat. 


      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 09/27 at 01:07 AM • permalink


    1. Apparently we’re not easily frightened, and will back the right cause even if we believe certain risks will increase

      Another possible interpretation of the poll results is that most Australians think Iraq is a cock-up, but don’t believe it’s worth holding a grudge against John Howard over.

      Posted by slammer on 09/27 at 01:49 AM • permalink


    1. #13. BZZT! wrong! The key words are ‘right cause’. A ‘right cause’ cannot be ‘cocked up’! Dont take this the wrong way but you’re an idiot.

      Posted by Deo Vindice on 09/27 at 04:30 AM • permalink


    1. #13.oops! I’ve gone in too hot! I just worked out that what you posted isnt your personal opinion (duh), sorry. What I was trying to say is that Iraq is NOT a cockup.

      Posted by Deo Vindice on 09/27 at 04:39 AM • permalink


    1. #14- No offence taken, dogbreath!  But really, if you can’t imagine how a ‘right cause’ could nevertheless be ‘cocked up’, i.e. an action could be morally justified but poorly planned/executed, you ain’t thinking hard enough.

      Posted by slammer on 09/27 at 06:22 AM • permalink


    1. Today’s dose of bad news about teachers being lined up and shot merely undelines the view that the Middle East is the home of dysfunctional political systems and opportunist thugs, and is in urgent need of reform with extreme prejudice. The failure to date on our side has been to approach the nest of vipers with caution, then attack with one eye on international opinion. Tactics must change.

      Posted by blogstrop on 09/27 at 06:23 AM • permalink


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