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Re: INSIGHT - AUSTRALIA - Election - CN65

Released on 2012-02-29 14:00 GMT

Email-ID 1183539
Date 2010-07-29 15:00:45
The election is becoming difficult to call, though the sudden and
extremely rapid rise of the opposition in the past few months doesn't bode
well for Labor, though its support, as he mentions, was thought to still
be greater even as little as a month ago. Obviously we aren't going to try
to call the election. Here is our take on it from Neptune report:

In the run-up to federal elections Aug 21, Australia's ruling Labor Party
and Prime Minister Julia Gillard remain ahead of the opposition
Liberal-National Coalition and its leader Tony Abbott, but the gap has
narrowed dramatically in the past month. The Labor Party is still reeling
after ditching its previous leader, Kevin Rudd, watering down its proposal
to impose a tax on the windfall profits of mining companies and struggling
to come up with a credible bid to create a regional processing center for
asylum seekers. The election is not likely to affect the major
geopolitically relevant trends: Australia will remain financially in a
better position than most developed economies, it will maintain its
support for the U.S.-led International Security Assistance Force in
Afghanistan, and it will continue to benefit economically from China's
growth while limiting Chinese influence in Australia. However, the
election will impact the proposed mining super-tax, which could affect the
country's ability to acquire, or leverage, foreign investment in its
resources development. Critics say the law, which would not take effect
until 2012, would drive away foreign investment, while proponents say it
would help fix the budget deficit and rebalance the economy away from
foreign investment-driven growth. Abbott has proposed scrapping the
super-tax altogether while Gillard is sticking to her moderated version.

Antonia Colibasanu wrote:

ATTRIBUTION: Australian contact connected with the government and
natural resources
SOURCE DESCRIPTION: Former Australian Senator. Source is
well-connected politically, militarily and economically. He has become
private businessman helping foreign companies with M&As
PUBLICATION: Yes but with no attribution
Please find herewith some political background analysis from John Black,
former Labor Party senator for Queensland.
There are very interesting things happening here, most notably a cabinet
leak which clearly came from the Rudd camp in the ALP. Please see this
article by Lenore Taylor (who is hard left, and therefore not from my
You should also listen to the vodcast by Tim Lester on the link.
There is also a Newspoll out showing that Abbott and Gillard are level
pegging on approval ratings for the first time. If correct, this
presages a swing to the Opposition in about a week or so. Also,
Sportsbet announced it had taken $25,000 of bets on the Coalition since
the weekend, but not a single dollar on Labor!
I really can't pick this campaign at all. I thought Labor would win,
but now I'm not sure.