Friday Flash Poll: What mattered most to you in 2018

We round up the topics that most mattered to you in 2018.

Friday Flash Poll: What mattered most to you in 2018

One of the most enjoyable additions to the YourLifeChoices daily enews send was sparking debate among our members on a range of topics in our Friday Flash Polls.

The flash polls are yet another way we keep our finger on the pulse of retirement – on the issues that matter to you and those that we think deserve more coverage.

Considering the amazing way the polls have been received, it’s safe to say that you have enjoyed them too.

While many organisations make assumptions and speculations based on largely outdated Census information and Australian Bureau of Statistics data, we prefer to ask Australians for their input. And we’ve learnt so much from posing interesting questions on a range of subjects such as how you feel about the Royal Family, aged care, working until 70, ageism, sex and, of course, the Age Pension.

From our initial poll about legalising euthanasia all the way through to our most recent survey on all things Age Pension, we’ve revealed the issues that most affect retirees and Australians aged 45 and over.

Today, we review the top five flash polls, based on the number of responses received.

5. Should all Australian states and territories legalise voluntary euthanasia? 1849 responses
Euthanasia is a hot topic for all Australians, but particularly for older people. So, on the heels of the Victorian Government approving voluntary assisted dying, we asked if all Australian jurisdictions should apply the same ruling. We learnt that 85 per cent of the 1849 respondents were in favour of voluntary euthanasia across Australia, while 12 per cent were opposed and three per cent were still unsure.

The overriding sentiment was that it was your body, and therefore, you should have the choice to die with dignity when your time comes, while some were still afraid the system could be abused.

4. Do older Australians care about climate change? 1859 responses
It’s a common belief that older people are less invested in saving the planet, so we set out to test this view. And you know what? It’s wrong. Eighty-one per cent of the 1859 respondents told us that they do care about climate change.

“We care because of our children and grandchildren who will be here long after we are gone. Oldies care very much,” said YourLifeChoices member Paddington.

Only 23 of all people surveyed said they did not care because they wouldn’t be around to witness the dire consequences.

We also learnt that three quarters of those surveyed believe the Government is not doing enough to address climate change, and that environmental policy would be a strong influence on the way they vote in the next federal election. 

3. Is the Liberal brand damaged beyond repair? 2079 responses
It’s no secret that the Liberal Party has experienced a pretty decent hit to its brand this year. The knives have been out, reputations sullied and if you thought it was over with the change of leader, well, you were wrong. And yes, this is the party running our country, so we decided to ask you if you thought there was any hope the party could regain its standing and whether you would vote for the Libs in the next federal election. Put simply, the results floored us. The poll attracted 2079 respondents, most of whom were Liberal voters, almost 75 per cent said the party’s brand is damaged beyond repair, and 54 per cent of typically Liberal voters said they would vote for another party next year, effectively putting the Government on notice.

2. How could the Government improve the pension system? 2224 responses
A recent announcement from the Labor Party about increasing Newstart payments by up to $300 per fortnight got us thinking about the other ways the pension system could be fixed. But we thought it wiser to ask those whom the pension most affects – you. You told us that a bump to Newstart would be well deserved, with 47 per cent of 2224 mostly non-Newstart recipients voting for the increase. But you also said that an $11 per fortnight increase for the Age Pension was not enough to reduce the pension poverty gap, and that between $51 to $150 would be sufficient. And as far as including the family home in the assets test, a whopping 81 per cent said ‘no’. But you also offered some great suggestions for helping age pensioners get by, such as exempting over-65s from GST, introducing a universal age pension and increasing the assets threshold.

1. Should we change the national anthem? 2258 responses
I have to admit, when I reviewed the year’s flash polls, this was not the one I expected to be number one. But then, why not? It’s something we all grew up with, singing at assemblies and hearing it as Australians win medals at Olympic and Commonwealth Games. So, when nine-year-old Harper Nielsen refused to stand for the anthem during her school assembly, bitter debate and outrage ensued. Most of it was delivered by radio shock jocks and television ‘celebrities’ and was incredibly harsh.

Still, for better or worse, through thick and thin, we Aussies are a patriotic bunch, and the anthem is the song of our nation, so it’s not surprising that the question: Is it time to change the national anthem? hit the spot.

YourLifeChoices members were split when it came to the topic of changing the anthem, with 52 per cent saying it shouldn’t change, 43 per cent saying it should and five per cent undecided.

But when we asked what a suitable anthem would be, I Am Australian by The Seekers came up trumps over Advance Australia Fair (45 per cent to 40 per cent), suggesting the current national anthem doesn’t enjoy universal support.

We love hearing your thoughts on retirement matters and will continue the Friday Flash Polls in 2019, but we’d like to hear your suggestions for suitable polls. Ssend them to newsletters@yourlifechoices.com.au.

Thanks again for your support this year, it’s been enlightening and fun!

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    Janus
    21st Dec 2018
    8:42am
    What a strange mix.

    From the selfish (pensions, and an easy death) to the caring (climate change effecting our kids) to the political (death to the LibLabs) to the irrelevant national anthem (ouch!).

    As ecologists say, everything is related to everything else, and it is. The silly LibLabs (ie almost all of our politicians) don't care about us olderfolk, so they ignore climate change. So do most of us, with out megamansions, multicomputers/TVs/cars, cooling systems etc, although we put in a few fluoro lights to make us feel better.

    What I do like is that there are people out there who actually have the time and energy to THINK, and actually have an opinion. Good on all of you!! Make sure you send you comments to your local politicians as well as just naving a rant here...

    Also good to have Yourlifechoices page, where we can all rant away and get some good info and stuff as well. Do keep it going...
    Paddington
    21st Dec 2018
    8:57am
    Nice response Janus! Global warming should be the most concerning topic for sure.
    You would think with the importance of the environment more people would be voting for the Greens even if they do not like the rest of their policies. Labor is pretty good on the environment but people want Adani stopped.
    When governments ignore people’s values and opinions they lose votes.
    Instead of each of us ranting about our own issues we should band together to place global warming at the top of our issues to make sure more is being done. We are running out of time to fix it!
    Anonymous
    21st Dec 2018
    9:59am
    Yep, looks like the relentless greenie/leftie lies. spin, climate data tampering, and scaremongering has had the desired effect of fooling evem oldies who should know better.

    Schoolkids are excused because they face daily indoctrination about the "globalwarming®" scam with no place to hide from the crap.

    The real IPCC and Paris treaty agenda is simple. Blame humans and fossil fuels for virtually all climate and weather events. Control energy use, economic growth and living standards – lowering them in industrialized countries and limiting them in developing nations. Redistribute the world’s wealth and resources. And replace the capitalist economic model with a global green socialist system, controlled by the UN, IPCC and green activists.

    All over a tiny amount of warming (about 0.6ºC over 150 years)!!

    Nobel Laureate Ivar Giaever sees behind the scam and noted
    "Global temperature from 1880 to 2015 has been AMAZINGLY STABLE"!!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1LbTCVjs9w
    Paddington
    21st Dec 2018
    10:18am
    LUVCO2, to ignore the threat of climate change even if you are unconvinced is just not worth it. Left, right, whatever has nothing to do with it. You can be Liberal or National and still be willing to save the planet for your descendants.
    It is not political it is scientific.
    Don’t risk it even if you are an unbeliever!
    Anonymous
    21st Dec 2018
    10:32am
    Hey Paddo, so what "climatechange®" have you seen over your way during your lifetime?

    I'm still waiting to see ANY significant climate change over my way and over my lifetime.

    Let me guess , your opinion of "climatechange®" comes ENTIRELY from fake news media with their relentless scaremongering about "hottest" (by a small fraction of a degree) years etc, not from whatever tiny change you've experienced.

    It's a total scam fed entirely by UN, IPCC, activist propaganda.

    The Great “Extreme Weather” "climatechange®" Propaganda CON
    https://climatism.wordpress.com/2017/02/22/the-great-extreme-weather-climate-change-propaganda-con/

    FYI: Climate is NOT becoming more extreme, quite the opposite in fact.

    World Disasters Report 2013: Lowest no of catastrophes & deaths in 10years
    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/10/18/world-disasters-report-for-2013-lowest-number-of-catastrophies-and-deaths-in-10-years/

    You've been CONNED!
    Anonymous
    21st Dec 2018
    10:39am
    Even the IPCC agrees ... there has been NO INCREASE in extreme weather!

    http://rogerpielkejr.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/handy-bullshit-button-on-disasters-and.html

    US Experiencing LEAST EXTREME WEATHER ON RECORD!

    pic.twitter.com/ipRIM22BFi

    Global Warming and Hurricanes – NOAA says no measurable effect yet

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/04/05/global-warming-and-hurricanes-noaa-says-no-measurable-effect-yet/
    Janus
    21st Dec 2018
    10:50am
    Gosh! Did I make a mistake? No I did not -I just said there are people out there who THINK. It appears to me that there are also people out there who do not think, but just look at what they want to believe based on the opinions and carefully selected evidence of a few similar people.

    There is no proof of any of the causative stuff, but there is actual proof that the world climates are changing. That cannot be disputed. I can't PROVE that evolutionary theory is valid, but it is convincing enough for almost everyone. I am one of those who know that it is too late now to change any of the ways we do things, and I get depressed for the future - not for me, but for my grandchildren. They will curse our memory.

    However it is good that there are always people who think differently, as it would be boring otherwise for those of us who are always right. :-}) and it makes us check our own information. Keep up the good work, LUVCO2, you make our opinions seem so much better.
    Anonymous
    21st Dec 2018
    10:52am
    WHERE have all the cyclones gone?
    http://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/climate-change/cyclone-blanche-is-latest-to-cross-land-in-second-consecutive-quiet-season-in-australian-history/news-story/220bd07cbd24d1db32cfd2175d3ec2ac?&utm_source=News.com.au&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=editorial

    “I love apocalyptic climate predictions” Buffet’s insurance Comany cashes in on "globalwarming®" hysteria/

    http://www.cnbc.com/id/101460458

    Insurance Companies not seeing effects of supposed "climatechange®" weather disasters

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/09/28/insurance-companies-not-seeing-effects-from-posited-climate-change-spawned-weather-disasters/
    Anonymous
    21st Dec 2018
    10:57am
    NATURE JOURNAL:
    Current LOW LEVELS OF CYCLONE ACTIVITY in Australia UNPRECEDENTED for the past 550 to 1,500 years!

    http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v505/n7485/full/nature12882.html

    The Age of Hyperbole: How Normal Weather has now become “Extreme”

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/07/31/the-age-of-hyperbole-how-normal-weather-became-extreme/
    Anonymous
    21st Dec 2018
    11:00am
    Why it seems that severe weather is "getting worse" when the data shows otherwise – a historical perspective

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/04/19/why-it-seems-that-severe-weather-is-getting-worse-when-the-data-shows-otherwise-a-historical-perspective/

    NOAA: US undergoing longest stretch in recorded history without a major hurricane strike, with each passing day extending the unprecedented lack of severe hurricanes. More than 2,750 days since a major hurricane struck.

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamestaylor/2013/05/08/sorry-global-warmists-but-extreme-weather-events-are-becoming-less-extreme/
    Anonymous
    21st Dec 2018
    11:03am
    Janu wrote "LUVCO2, you make our opinions seem so much better. "

    EXACTLY!!

    You deluded-warmies are going on opinions NOT FACTS!

    You just have to look at the FACTS I've just presented to show how deluded you guys really are ....
    TREBOR
    21st Dec 2018
    11:37am
    Pensions and an easy death are selfish?

    Where you bin, Laden?
    Misty
    21st Dec 2018
    11:46am
    Sorry LUVCO2 this is an argument that you, and the other Climate Change deniers, are not going to win.
    TREBOR
    21st Dec 2018
    11:46am
    Weather SEEMS to be getting worse.... that's like devising sixty three genders - all of a sudden everyone can spot a new one.... once upon a time everyone said - oh, look, another storm coming... now it's:- Run For the Hills - there's a huge monster storm coming due to global warming..... once upon a time farmers shrugged and said - 'into drought again - better get me breeding herd to the green country' - now it's:- "Bloody global warming is causing the BIGGEST drought in history!"

    I recall better storms when I was a kid in school - hail shattered the window above my desk once... Australia has always been a land of drought and flood....
    Anonymous
    21st Dec 2018
    11:48am
    PANIC!!

    Warmists NOW warn: "globalwarming®" means FEWER cyclones!!!

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/07/31/australian-tropical-cyclone-activity-measured-to-be-at-the-lowest-levels-in-modern-history/

    SHH.. Don’t mention historical downtrend in cyclone activity

    https://twitter.com/ILuvCO2/status/568980083249000448/photo/1

    SHAMELESS! Australia's Bureau of Meteorology dutifully rewrites climate history by “forgetting” past July cyclones!

    http://joannenova.com.au/2015/07/history-rewritten-bom-wrong-on-first-july-cyclone-forgets-1935-1954-1962/#more-43323


    Climate scientist: Hurricanes are NOT more frequent or more intense.
    Explains why climatechangeCULT® followers claim the opposite

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoG7aPdM_Es&feature=youtu.be
    Misty
    21st Dec 2018
    11:52am
    LUVCO2, "Where have all the Cyclones gone?", you obviously haven't been listening to the news as there are almost daily reports of Cyclones, Tornadoes, wild, destructive storms all over the world, even the hard boiled farmers are now saying they believe in Climate Change, it seems only the shareholders in Coal are the ones who don't want to believe.
    Anonymous
    21st Dec 2018
    11:56am
    This is climate change .. oh wait .. that was 115years ago!

    https://twitter.com/ILuvCO2/status/604491880361885696/photo/1

    This is climate change .. oh wait .. that was 200 years ago!

    https://twitter.com/ILuvCO2/status/606313784974508032/photo/1
    Anonymous
    21st Dec 2018
    12:01pm
    FLASHBACK 1977: "Experts" blamed GLOBAL COOLING for EXTREME WEATHER!

    https://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/2015/06/27/the-symptoms-of-global-warming-and-global-cooling-are-identical/

    pic.twitter.com/OBvV5xUucO
    Anonymous
    21st Dec 2018
    12:18pm
    Misty wrote "there are almost daily reports of Cyclones, Tornadoes, wild, destructive storms all over the world,"

    Looks like you've been conned by fake news propaganda ...
    ... check my links above proving EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE!!

    Here's just one ...
    SHH.. Don’t mention historical DOWNTREND in cyclone activity ... get that? .... I said DOWNTREND ... or isn't that registering ... apparently not ... oh well continue with your slavish following of fake news then ...

    https://twitter.com/ILuvCO2/status/568980083249000448/photo/1

    One more ...
    2014 US Tornado season the slowest in a century!

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/04/21/tornado-season-so-far-may-be-slowest-in-a-century/


    Objective facts appear to be foreign to you ....
    Anonymous
    21st Dec 2018
    1:57pm
    Misty wrote "Sorry LUVCO2 this is an argument that you, and the other Climate Change deniers, are not going to win"

    Hey Misty, skeptics have won the scientific debate, but, you're right, we won't win the POLITICAL debate against a UN bent on blaming humans and fossil fuels for virtually all climate and weather events, controlling energy use, economic growth and living standards – lowering them in industrialized countries and limiting them in developing nations.
    Bent on redistributing the world’s wealth and resources.

    Bent on replacing the democratic capitalist economic model with a global UNDEMOCRATIC, UNELECTED global green communist system, controlled by the UN, IPCC and green activists.

    And forcefully herding all of humanity into overcrowded "human habitat settlement" zones so that "nature" is "undisturbed"..

    I hope you get what you wish for ...
    Karl Marx
    21st Dec 2018
    9:07pm
    Luvc02 You should read what Get-up has to say about climate change, very interesting & enlightening.
    But being the rightie LNP head in the sand troll you will just keep posting the same old propaganda rubbish that you've been posting all year like a broken record. Tony Abbott would be so proud of you. lol
    GeorgeM
    21st Dec 2018
    9:48pm
    Good comments and a very good point, Janus "Make sure you send you comments to your local politicians as well as just having a rant here...".
    Anonymous
    22nd Dec 2018
    8:20am
    Climate change IS real, but nothing man can do is going to stop it, and nothing man IS doing is even remotely INTENDED to address it. LUYVC02 is right about the motives behind the Greens and Labor's socialist policies, and the overall intent of almost all who are lobbying for the Climate Change agenda. One volcano eruption does more harm than a hundred years of human pollution. Climate Change follows a natural cycle that has been happening since the earth began. There have been ice ages before and there will be one again. I suppose the dinosaurs caused the last one by driving cars and using air conditioners? Perhaps we should murder all the cows and sheep to stop them emitting methane gas when they fart?

    The Greens don't stand for the environment. They drive cars. They run air conditioners in their homes and offices. They build brick, tile and glass houses to live in with tile and carpet floors. They do everything the Libs do to cause environmental harm. They do want to stop certain commercial activities - and to hell with the job loss and business damage that causes. I got involved with them in one campaign that had great merit. Two years later, reviving that campaign would result in a win - but they are NOT INTERESTED. Too busy with social engineering - trying to get a ratbag elected who supports destroying the lifestyles of people who worked their guts out for a moderately comfortable standard of living in retirement. Speaking of which, I note that most here who are ranting about Climate Change also support social engineering - stealing everything independent battlers have worked for and plunging them into hardship and handing more to pensioners and Newstart recipients (I do agree the latter group NEED a substantial increase - but NOT paid for by people who are already worse off than pensioners and being screwed over and abused at every turn!)|

    As for Getup having anything ;'enlightening' to say about climate change.... thanks for the laugh, 1984. Had me rolling around the floor in hysterics. And I am certainly not a 'rightie'. I detest the LNP. But I study science and history and acknowledge reality - as sad as it is. I support doing what we reasonably can to protect the environment, but I abhor a disgusting hypocritical pretence that is really aimed at destroying the lifestyle of some in order to progress a sick and very harmful socialist agenda that rewards others for doing nothing.

    I would very much like to see reform of the capitalist system to be fairer and kinder, but wiping out the value of work and destroying good people who slogged for decades, supporting gross immorality and persecution of people with traditional moral or Christian values, and dismissing family values is not going to improve anything. It's going to create far greater misery.

    And anyone who claims wanting compassionate dying legalised is ''selfish'' is brainless, and clearly has never witnessed the suffering of someone who had nothing left to live for and was desperate for relief from endless pain and misery.

    21st Dec 2018
    11:13am
    None of the 5 issues on the list are of any interest to me

    Sick to death of climate change b/s and the fools who knock our fossil fuel industry
    TREBOR
    21st Dec 2018
    11:39am
    Better alternatives available.... obviously you didn't grow up in an industrial city and see first hand the effects. You lucky bastard! Regular jailer's pet you are.... oooh, what I'd give to be spat in the face just once!
    Misty
    21st Dec 2018
    11:55am
    If you feel that way about YLC'S I don't know why you even bother to open the emails.
    Anonymous
    21st Dec 2018
    11:57am
    To have a laugh at the crap folks like you post on global warming and the like
    roy
    21st Dec 2018
    6:14pm
    You tell them Musty.
    Misty
    21st Dec 2018
    9:10pm
    I will ruy.
    Misty
    21st Dec 2018
    9:12pm
    Now now Lothario, the Season of Goodwill remember.
    Anonymous
    22nd Dec 2018
    8:23am
    No ''goodwill'' here. Just a bunch of selfish, self-serving peddling their own interests and wishing hurt on anyone they disagree with or dislike.
    floss
    21st Dec 2018
    11:33am
    As to climate change ask a farmer they know.Even if there is no climate change at least we can clean up the air we breath.If climate change is real why increase our population that is the cause ,but perhaps we are just plain greedy.All the best.
    TREBOR
    21st Dec 2018
    11:41am
    Right on, sistah.... population explosion will end in tears for many...

    If the USA continues to import and use 70% of the world's resources and its population continues to grow, it will soon sink like Atlantis from the weight of its people...
    Anonymous
    21st Dec 2018
    11:44am
    Climate change is normal

    Global population will eventually reach equilibrium

    Don’t sweat the small stuff

    And good to see you 2 not posting insults today , only ill informed comments but that’s expected
    TREBOR
    21st Dec 2018
    11:48am
    Insults are posted in response to insults - just yesterday you inferred that I was a moron .... you can't win that one, Loathie - you're simply not good or mature enough....

    YOU are the one who started the insults - now get over yourself... nobody believes you one bit...

    Fear and Lothario in Lost Vagueness ....
    Anonymous
    21st Dec 2018
    11:50am
    You are a moron
    You proved it by posting crap on bhp returns and on a host of other occasions
    Learn to accept your limitations and move on little man
    Misty
    21st Dec 2018
    12:01pm
    Listen everyone, regardless of what faith, if any you all believe in, this is a SEASON OF GOODWILL TO ALL MANKIND, so how about trying to be a bit more civil to one another?, I know it is going to be hard not to respond to those who will still make insulting comments but we don' have to stoop to their level and respond in same, just ignore them.
    Anonymous
    21st Dec 2018
    12:03pm
    Agree Misty
    Just ignore them
    Merry Christmas
    roy
    21st Dec 2018
    6:11pm
    I also agree Musty, just ignore them.
    Misty
    21st Dec 2018
    6:46pm
    Merry Xmas to you too Lothario and a Happy New Year.
    roy
    21st Dec 2018
    8:39pm
    Merry Christmas Musty.
    Misty
    21st Dec 2018
    9:13pm
    Merry Xmas to you too ruy.
    Anonymous
    22nd Dec 2018
    8:27am
    Good will extends to not wanting to see others hurting, Misty. Try showing some empathy and support for fairness for a change.
    Misty
    22nd Dec 2018
    9:59am
    Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year to you too OGR.

    21st Dec 2018
    12:34pm
    Hey Misty ... more objective facts to counter your "climatechange®" hysteria ....

    World Presently In An Era Of Unusually Low Weather Disasters
    This holds for the weather phenomena that have historically caused the most damage: tropical cyclones, floods, tornadoes and drought. Given how weather events have become politicized in debates over climate change, some find this hard to believe. Fortunately, government and IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) analyses allow such claims to be adjudicated based on science, and not politics.

    https://riskfrontiers.com/weather-related-natural-disasters-should-we-be-concerned-about-a-reversion-to-the-mean/
    Karl Marx
    21st Dec 2018
    9:03pm
    You should read was Get-up has to say about climate change, very interesting & enlightening
    Anonymous
    22nd Dec 2018
    8:37am
    And good for a laugh for anyone who pays attention to serious scientific fact and historical reality. Don't agree with LUVCO2 that it isn't happening, but he/she is spot on about it being used as an a tool to sell a sick and harmful socialist agenda. We can't stop it and nobody who pretends to tout environmentally-friendly policies really wants to.
    KB
    21st Dec 2018
    1:21pm
    I agree with you Janus. Everything is connected to each other. Our food supply is connected to weather and depending the weather prices go u or down or in shortage. Our lives are connected to the environment as to what type of air conditioning we use to heat or cool our homes and all the technology that we use. Yes Janus I contact politician all the time on climate change which needs to be addressed sooner rather than later, The Greens are limited in what hey can do Paddington so I usually give them a preference vote. I like my c Labour politician and people will vote for who they know.
    Anonymous
    22nd Dec 2018
    12:51pm
    Believe it or not, pensioners are also connected to the folk who provide funds to pay pensions, and when the socialist extremists are done destroying the value of work and enterprise, there will be no funds and no pensions.

    Capitalism is far from perfect, but it's worked a lot better than socialism or communism. And morals and family and community values have worked a lot better than the immoral ''anything goes'' attitude that is undermining these values.

    We would all get on a lot better if the political rubbish was cast aside and we focused on a united campaign for the reforms that we can achieve and that would benefit everyone.
    floss
    21st Dec 2018
    1:24pm
    Have a great Christmas Trebor old son and the lovely Misty [ hope you are a girl].
    Misty
    21st Dec 2018
    6:44pm
    Definitely Floss, Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours too.

    21st Dec 2018
    4:14pm
    Where's Mick today notcrapping on about the big end of town and climate change or is it warming
    must have got hit by a hailstone yesterday if so it might knock some sense into him.
    Anonymous
    21st Dec 2018
    4:33pm
    Good one Robi
    Or me might be at labor party HQ updating his propaganda material
    roy
    21st Dec 2018
    6:14pm
    You leave MICK alone please, he is an expert on every subject under the sun and really should be our PM or at least treasurer.
    KSS
    21st Dec 2018
    7:18pm
    Trouble is Roy, some time ago Mick admitted to have stood for election in the past and he lost! I guess that's why we get the 'benefit' of his frustrations.
    roy
    21st Dec 2018
    7:48pm
    MICK's getting his pay cheque from Shifty Shorten plus his Christmas bonus of course, spend it wisely MICK.
    Anonymous
    22nd Dec 2018
    9:08am
    I don't agree with Mick's politics, and I don't agree with all of his views, but he is generally polite and tries to be objective. He at least acknowledges when someone points out that unfairness or extremism is causing them hurt, and shows respect and empathy. He is maybe a little too obsessed with condemning 'the big end of town', but they do hold the power and they do abuse it hideously. That's indisputable. He doesn't come across, in my view, as a paid Labor troll. There are a few of those here, but I don't see Mick - or Trebor - as likely to be among them.

    That said, it would be nice if politics could be left out of some discussions and we could focus on issues with due regard for the rights of everyone, with a focus on fairness and empathy - regardless of personal likes or dislikes, political persuasions, and without wild assumptions about the circumstances of others. It would be very nice, also, if those who are doing well could cease their gloating and spare a thought for folk who are not. Life isn't fair - and people who lose in the birth lottery (whether they 'win' harsh challenges or just an absence of brain cells) should be shown some compassion.

    The capitalist social model was intended - originally - to include balancing mechanisms to cancel out the extremes of both wealth and hardship. It's a shame we've lost sight of the importance of those mechanisms, and it's time we restored the ethos that capitalism only works when those who provide the labour and reap the least benefit of resources are moderately supported and rewarded by those who harvest the most.

    If we could restore a level of fairness and compassion and end the extreme greed, we would be at far less risk of destruction by socialist extremists. The LNP trolls need to recognize that they are empowering the socialists. Moderate the greedy excesses and the socialist extremists have far less ammunition to fire.
    floss
    21st Dec 2018
    6:20pm
    Would have to agree Roy Mick is on the ball not that it takes much to be P.M..
    Anonymous
    22nd Dec 2018
    12:44pm
    Just takes a mouth and bum that are interchangeable and a total absence of brains, common sense, and most of all intregrity
    Anonymous
    22nd Dec 2018
    1:10pm
    That’s not a very nice thing to say about Mick
    True but not nice especially this festive season
    Anonymous
    22nd Dec 2018
    2:26pm
    I did not say it about Mick, Lothario. I said it about politicians. Mick is a decent and nice person. I don't agree with his politics, but he is respectful and empathetic - unlike the lefties here who harbour such malice and just want to see others hurt.
    Anonymous
    22nd Dec 2018
    2:28pm
    Mick - nice ???
    Lay off the eggnog already
    Anonymous
    23rd Dec 2018
    6:53am
    Lothario, if we didn't see the extremes of capitalist abuse of power and hoarding of wealth, we wouldn't have socialists. The capitalist system was intended to include balancing mechanisms to ensure those who benefited most contributed fairly to the welfare of the less fortunate. But greed has overtaken all sense of decency and fairness. and the socialists are increasingly rising up in protest and fighting - albeit in a seriously misguided way - to try to restore some kind of equity. Their leaders are as corrupt, dishonest and disgusting as the greediest of the right wing, and are leading their poor deluded supporters on a merry dance to benefit the leaders and grind the followers - along with all of the middle and upper working class - into poverty and misery. But ultimately the blame lies with the self-opinionated, power-mad, greedy arrogant capitalists who are exploiting their power and gloating about their obscene wealth.

    One can only wear one set of clothes at a time and only sleep in one bed. There is absolutely no purpose to the accumulation of fabulous wealth. You can't take it with you. The only worthy purpose it can serve, once you have what you need, is to create a better world for everyone. But no! The greedy right wingers make it a contest to see who can accrue the most, and who can best exploit and pillage and plunder and abuse and condemn the less fortunate. Even here, they gloat about the superior status and wealth.

    No wonder the socialists are here in force. The sad thing is that they attack the wrong target. They want the struggling lower middle and upper working class wiped out, because they know they can't hurt the rich. And when they succeed in their mission, THEY will be finished, because there will be nobody to pay for their welfare. The rich NEVER will. The poor fools are shooting their benefactors - too blinded by envy to see the writing on the wall.

    At least Mick moderates the extremes a little, seeing some of the dangers of the socialist agenda and suggesting the Shorten should moderate his approach and be fairer. And from my observations, he's usually quite polite, and not vindictive - unlike some of the vicious and selfish lefties who persist in claiming exclusive entitlement and the right to demolish the lives of anyone who was even moderately more successful.
    GeorgeM
    21st Dec 2018
    9:46pm
    Good work, YLC, for carrying out these polls. Opinions are freely exchanged here without spite in most instances - if you just ignore the trolls who may be paid to propagate untruths.

    I wonder what you intend to do with this mass of poll data you have collected?
    I hope you will use it wisely - you could of course sell it to the Political Parties, or maybe you could Develop Campaigns to influence the Political Parties using this mass of data, e.g. Pensions Reforms? As long, as identity information of participants are deleted of course (as I am sure you would).
    Anonymous
    22nd Dec 2018
    8:46am
    Yes George, YLC has a great opportunity to use its data to drive reforms that would benefit us all.

    It would be wonderful if we could see enough empathy and respect here to drive fair pension reform that would benefit everyone.

    My hope for 2019 is that we'll see an end to comments driven by jealousy, selfishness and politics - replaced by support for your proposal of universal pensions - which would enable EVERYONE to enjoy security and reasonable comfort in old age, and end the fear, torment and unfairness that is hurting those who are suffering attack by the Labor Party and Greens, or who were cruelly and unfairly hurt by the LNP and Greens.

    Merry Christmas, all.
    Misty
    22nd Dec 2018
    10:18am
    It is great to see everyone trying their hardest to be polite here for a change, hope it stays that way, perhaps a New Year's Resolution, or is that asking for too much?.
    roy
    22nd Dec 2018
    10:40am
    Hear hear Musty.
    Misty
    22nd Dec 2018
    12:03pm
    Let's see how it plays out ruy.

    22nd Dec 2018
    2:31pm
    What matters most to me is that we move closer to a fair and respectful society in which the needy and vulnerable are cared for well, but Labor and Greens will make damned sure that can't happen. They will destroy the value of work and wipe out the incentive to strive and push millions more retirees onto pensions, reducing revenue and increasing outlays until the whole structure collapses. The selfishness of socialists will see an end to any kind of social harmony or health by destroying the middle and upper working class. And the sad thing is that so many who support this insanity are actually hoodwinked into thinking they are supporting a better deal for the poor!
    roy
    22nd Dec 2018
    3:25pm
    OGR, just wail until that paid ALP troll MICK reads this, the "p" will hit the fan.
    Karl Marx
    22nd Dec 2018
    4:24pm
    LNP rightie head in the sand troll, go away roy until you learn to post something positive & not just constantly attack certain people who do contribute whether you agree to it or not. DF
    Anonymous
    22nd Dec 2018
    6:21pm
    Worse actually - he’s a flakey greenie anarchist
    Misty
    23rd Dec 2018
    1:18am
    I find these comments disappointing, surely at this time of the year people can be a bit more polite and lay off with the insults and name calling.

    23rd Dec 2018
    10:40am
    Christmas Competition: The Tallest Climate Tales Of 2018 ...

    https://www.thegwpf.com/the-tallest-climate-tales-of-2018/

    ... Spoilt For Choice!!..

    23rd Dec 2018
    10:50am
    1984 wrote "Luvc02 You should read what Get-up has to say about climate change, very interesting & enlightening."

    ROTFLMAO .... seriously?

    GETUP! IS JUST 12 PEOPLE
    Terrific expose of GetUp! by Brad Norrington in The Australian.

    This far-Left activist group claims hundreds of thousands of supporters and at the last election commanded $10 million in donations.

    But is actually has just 12 members, including two founders fron the US, who are responsible to no one.

    23rd Dec 2018
    11:03am
    KB wrote
    "Yes Janus I contact politician all the time on climate change which needs to be addressed sooner rather than later,"

    Hey KB how do you propose to stop the climate changing, which it has been doing since the Earth was formed??

    Before Virtue Signalling Politicians, Grant Hungry Climate "Scientists", & Rabid Warmster Doomsters MOTHER NATURE WAS A BITCH!!!

    http://www.breadandbutterscience.com/Weather.htm
    Anonymous
    23rd Dec 2018
    11:15am
    Hey KB, maybe a carbon tax could have averted the extreme weather of 1935
    n'est ce pas?

    What would you or any politiciuan have done to avert it?

    A Repeat of 1935 Weird Weather Extremes Would Spark An Outcry For Immediate World Communism!!

    http://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/2014/03/02/global-weirding-in-1935/
    Anonymous
    23rd Dec 2018
    11:21am
    After a Sydney storm in 2016 ... Witchdoctors blaming climate change for storms again.

    The new age of hyperbole ... treating normal weather as "extreme"

    http://joannenova.com.au/2016/06/witchdoctors-blaming-climate-change-for-storms-again/
    Anonymous
    23rd Dec 2018
    11:27am
    Hey KB & Misty this is for you ....

    The Real Story On Supposedly Increasing Weather Disasters

    The cleverest prediction in the history of modern science is that global warming would cause weather to be unpredictable. Genius. Unfortunately for the climate change advocates, further predictions have claimed that severe weather would become more frequent and more severe. If you watch the news, this feels extremely true, but a closer look at the data might change your mind.

    Tornadoes
    Severe weather certainly includes tornadoes, but you may not have heard as much about them from climate change alarmists. The reason is simple: they are in massive decline. It turns out, the U.S. is home to the majority of tornadoes in the world every year, and weather tracking improves every year.

    Global Floods
    While tornadoes make less news, global flooding is everywhere, and every single heavy rain is blamed on global warming. The narrative is so strong that the majority of the world’s population believes that severe floods are on the rise. Interestingly enough, the data shows the complete opposite. Global flooding is in a 10 year decline.

    Hurricanes
    Hurricane reporting is all over the place. Some will tell you it’s never been worse, while others claim hurricanes are in decline just like tornadoes. The truth is a little complicated. In the North Atlantic, hurricane severity and frequency are both in decline. Also, the 20 year trend has been an inflation-adjusted decrease in damage. There are obvious outliers. Katrina a few years back and Matthew this year both caused damage far above the norm, but neither of those events raised annual severity. They just happened to hit areas that sustained a lot of damage.

    Pacific Ocean hurricanes create a different narrative. Climate change proponents will happily explain that hurricane frequency and damage are up thousands of percent in both the Western and Eastern Pacific. What they’ll omit from explanations is that a global effort to better measure Pacific hurricanes went into effect in 2011.

    In fact, before WWII, there was no reporting of hurricanes in the Pacific at all. This isn’t for a lack of events; records simply weren’t kept. Of the stations that reported hurricane activity before 2011, there have been no measurable trends of increase or decrease. Instead, there is a narrative of hurricane severity that simply stems from a dramatic increase in observation, rather than activity.

    It’s worth noting that the same tracking was incorporated in the Indian Ocean in 2011, and since then exactly 0 hurricanes have been reported. That is not to say that hurricanes never occur there. While they have been observed for decades, no hurricanes have been seen in the Indian Ocean since 2009, even with increased tracking.

    Natural Disasters
    There’s a final reporting trend that needs to be debunked. The alarmists champion the fact that natural disaster damage has been increasing on a global scale for the last 20 years. There are two reasons for this. First, these numbers include earthquakes and man-caused disasters like flooding and fires. Obviously both of those can be natural as well, but no distinction is made. Since manmade disasters are included, their frequency would be expected to rise with global populations.

    The second and more important factor is global economics. Poverty levels have improved dramatically in the last 20 years, and the end result is that disasters have more potential targets to wreak havoc. In China this past year, flooding caused billions of dollars’ worth of damage. If an identical flood had happened 20 years ago, the total would have been in the millions.

    http://www.wealthauthority.com/articles/the-real-cost-of-climate-change/
    Misty
    23rd Dec 2018
    12:31pm
    Well of course anything to do with wealth, diminishing returns because of Climate Change will do anything to debunk any sort of Climate Change concerns, profit, before looking after the planet for future generations is their main concern.
    Anonymous
    23rd Dec 2018
    12:48pm
    Misty wrote "diminishing returns because of Climate Change" ..... HUH? .... such as? ....GLOBAL WARMING HAVOC 2017!
    Record harvest for the past season puts pressure on storage facilities.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-05-11/graincorp-strong-half-yearly-results/8518130

    Climate chicken Littles Choke on Record Wheat Crop

    http://joannenova.com.au/2016/09/record-hottest-year-means-record-bumper-wheat-crop/#more-50686

    18 million square kilometers more greenery due to “carbon pollution” that the Greens hate...
    Obviously we need a $10 billion dollar program to stop this immediately!

    http://joannenova.com.au/2016/04/18-million-square-kilometers-more-greenery-due-to-carbon-pollution-that-the-greens-hate/

    Warmists should be hungry for facts NOT LEFTIST/WARMIST SPIN in the fake news media!
    A survey of poorly informed but SUCCESSFULLY SCARED Guardian readers:
    “Diminishing food and water security and ruinous sea level rise are the leading climate change concerns of a section of the American electorate that is aghast at the lack of discussion of global warming during the presidential debate.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jul/11/climate-change-voices-of-america-voters

    Food shortages?
    World grain glut set to enter fourth year.

    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/c6c24ff4-46c7-11e6-8d68-72e9211e86ab,Authorised=false.html?siteedition=uk&_i_location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ft.com%2Fcms%2Fs%2F0%2Fc6c24ff4-46c7-11e6-8d68-72e9211e86ab.html%3Fsiteedition%3Duk&_i_referer=http%3A%2F%2Fblogs.news.com.au%2F66f54f58e58238e8508fc3265e205ce3&classification=conditional_standard&iab=barrier-app#axzz4E9QAkFod

    Water shortages?:
    Manmade global warming greatly increased the risk of extreme rain affecting the French capital, analysis shows.
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jun/10/paris-floods-made-almost-twice-as-likely-by-climate-change-say-scientists
    Anonymous
    23rd Dec 2018
    1:13pm
    Hey Misty why do greenie/communists ignore obvious solutions to the supposed "globalwarming®" threat?

    If""globalwarming®" truly is an existential threat to humanity, JUST BAN COAL YESTERDAY!

    Replace it with natural gas and nuclear power.
    PROBLEM SOLVED!… if there actually was a problem in need of solving. We currently have the technology to totally replace coal fairly quickly.

    WE ALL KNOW WHY THIS IS NOT DONE DON'T WE?.... THE MAIN AIMs OF THE "globalwarming®" SCAM IS TO REDISTRIBUTE WEALTH AND INSTALL A COMMUNIST WORLD GOVT!!

    “In Searching For A New Enemy To Unite Us, We Came Up With The Threat Of #globalwarming ” Club of Rome

    GREENIE MISANTHROPY”The prospect of Cheap Fusion Energy is the worst thing that could happen to The Planet” Rifkin

    "A lot of environmental [sci/soc/pol] messages are simply not
    accurate. We use hype." Jerry Franklin, Ecologist, UoW

    "to attract great funding you have to scare the public by making
    things bigger and more dangerous than they really are."
    Petr Chylek, Prof. Atmospheric Sci., Dalhousie Uni, Halifax

    "Even if the theory of global warming is wrong, we will be doing the
    right thing" Sen.Tim Wirth, Admin of Ted Turner's $1Billion UN-gift.

    "No matter if the science is all phony, "climatechange®" [provides]
    equality in the world." Christine Stewart, Can. Enviro Minister
    Anonymous
    24th Dec 2018
    7:54am
    Profit and wealth transference is the goal of those lobbying on climate change. It's a great platform for seizing power because it's so emotive. But the power is being abused. The real goal of most organizations and leaders lobbying on climate change is social re-engineering to destroy the capitalist society and introduce a very dangerous and damaging form of socialism that will ultimately do most damage to those misled to support the movement.

    23rd Dec 2018
    3:10pm
    Hey Misty ... some facts from a climate scientist Jennifer Marohasy

    "Further, as John Abbot and I explain in our recent article in GeoResJ*, there is nothing unusual about the speed or magnitude of climate change over the last 100 or so years.
    For the last 1,000 to 2,000 years, temperatures have fluctuated within a channel of plus or minus 1ºC.
    It is only studies using remodelled data, suspect algorithms and cherrypicked datasets – that generate hockey-sticks.
    Considering the majority of published studies, in the best journals, global temperatures, including in Sweden, are about as hot now as they were 1,000 years ago."

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2214242817300426

    So how do you and fellow warmsters propose stopping this climate change which has been happening NATURALLY for so long?
    Misty
    23rd Dec 2018
    5:53pm
    Well if everyone does their bit surely it cannot hurt, better to be safe then sorry don't you think?, and any way who knows how things are measured and data collected, how accurate tye are. Ozone levels have risen in the lower Stratosphere and state of the art models do not reproduce the observed Ozone levels in the lower layers of the Atmosphere so maybe in time to come many conclusions will be found to be not correct with other Climate Change modelling.
    Anonymous
    24th Dec 2018
    7:49am
    Doing their bit is great. Supporting fraudsters who are driving a dangerous political and social agenda by claiming to address climate change is extremely dangerous.