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  1. Kudos to Brandis for putting PH in her place today.
  2. Yeah the boost in enrolments would seem to indicate that young people are galvanised for a strong "yes" push. My concern is that yes-leaning moderates will not vote (either due to laziness or not caring enough, or both), which will inflate the proportion of no-votes in a low turnout situation. The whole thing is very unpredictable, since you could end up with results as variable as: A tight vote, marginally in favour of SSM, with low turnout (conservatives will like this as it could make the parliamentary conscience vote a close affair); to A landslide "yes", with reasonably high turnout (say over 70%). @The Anti-Targ: I agree. I think a lot of the Coalition's rowing with Labor over "colluding with a foreign power" are just for show, to distract from Barnaby's problems.
  3. Does anyone want to have a guess what the participation rate will be for this postal "survey"? There will be quite a lot of campaigning and advertising on the issue, even without public funding of the campaigns. But I still think that, due to the non-compulsory and postal aspects of the survey, a lot of people will end up throwing their papers into the bin. I'm going to guess 65%. But I wouldn't be surprised to see it come in much lower than that.
  4. The idea of England (or any team!) playing a legspinner in Australia always bemuses me. The idea I suppose is that the wickets offer bounce and some pitches (SCG, Adelaide Oval) offer turn as they wear out. And, of course, England has seen the likes of Warne and MacGill spin Australia to victory many times on home soil and would love to emulate their successes. But the simple fact is, visiting legspinners (and finger spinners) have been eaten for breakfast in Australia for many, many years. Last summer, the usually excellent Yasir Shah was completely dismantled by Australia. Anil Kumble is probably the only wrist spinner I can think of who had anything like a decent record in Australia in the last 20 years . England would be better off doing what Australia has finally done: accepting that there is no decent legspinner in the country and playing a competent finger spinner instead.
  5. A great innings from Ali was the nail in South Africa's coffin. It's a shame that this series didn't produce a truly close/memorable match, as I think it was fairly even and hard-fought across many sessions of cricket. But SA's continued failures with the bat have really cost them. I doubt they will produce anything noteworthy in the fourth innings here.
  6. Once again poor old Amla is in almost straight away. England can seal this series in the second session with a few more new ball wickets. Bairstow fantastic. It's almost as if getting England a couple of wickets down is a mere formality - it's Root, Stokes, Bairstow and Ali that you have to worry about.
  7. The leaked Trump/Turnbull transcript contains probably one of the funniest lines ever uttered on a distinctly unfunny topic:
  8. I think England are ahead in this one. Runs on the board and a pretty shaky batting order will make it tough for SA to level the series. Their main hope is a big Amla and/or Elgar hundred to set-up a decent lead. Otherwise I don't see this being much of a contest. Does anyone think that Jennings will make it to Australia? He has failed miserably in this series, so the revolving door might have to continue at the top of the England order. Re: Women's cricket, I think the standard of batting has seen a big improvement, with players exhibiting a wider array of shots and greater power. The next Ashes is just around the corner, so that might spark further interest in the game following a successful World Cup. ETA: I don't know if a fully professional women's league is yet a possibility, but you'd think a funding pool of $55m would be a pretty decent baseline.
  9. It looks like the Libs are going to have another party-room discussion on same-sex marriage next week. It might result in another (presumably doomed) attempt to get the plebiscite bill through the Senate, perhaps followed by an attempt to have a postal vote (Dutton keeps going on about that terrible idea). Buuuut I don't see the Senate going for that either. Which leaves the 2018/19 election as (once again) the only hope for those of us looking for a change to the Marriage Act.
  10. I agree that the players would be better off keeping their mouths shut (they don't exactly have "clean hands"), but CA deserves a bit of a trashing, including from the media and the public. It should have been prepared to consult and negotiate with the ACA behind closed doors before sending contracts to individual players (and before participating in a disgraceful mini-public relations war). A bit of basic business courtesy from CA and this fiasco would have been avoided. I'll be interested to see where they landed on retrospective pay. ETA: Actually the biggest story here may end up being:
  11. Cricket Australia has finally struck a deal with the ACA. This looks like a pretty significant win for the players, with up to 30% of revenue to be shared. Looking forward to the Bangladesh tour! Meanwhile, India is already 100/1 in what is shaping up to be a very one-sided series.
  12. Agreed. I have always thought that one of the better arguments for converting to a republic was the opportunity for serious constitutional reform. Electoral laws, individual rights and freedoms and Indigenous recognition could be dealt with simultaneously. On an unrelated note: RIP Les Murray, the voice of Australian football.
  13. It's been a completely different England in this match with Roland-Jones picking up wickets (plus adding some pop in the lower order) and Westley fighting hard in both of his innings at number three. It also helps when the better batsmen in the side (Cook, Root, Stokes and Bairstow) make runs. Malan looks a bit out of his depth, but when you play three debutants it's unlikely that all three will succeed immediately. South Africa meanwhile have looked pretty ordinary, with much of the Nottingham gold turning to dust. De Kock failed in both innings at four, Du Plessis made schoolboy errors (out twice not offering a shot!) and Morris pretty much got carted, as well as failed with the bat. It will be interesting to see now whether they ring the changes for the final test, as England did after their humiliation at Trent Bridge. I think moving QdK back down the order may be on the cards. ETA: Oh and SA is pretty much instantly going to lose any test in England when Amla fails twice.
  14. Yeah crazy stuff. It seems as if Banks is in the clear, although there may arguably still be a case to answer depending on how s. 44 is interpreted. Plenty of work ahead for the High Court!
  15. 170-odd for four is not a bad effort against this attack, with conditions suiting seam bowling. Obviously England were very reliant on Cook, but I thought Westley played pretty well. I'd tend to agree with @ljkeane though on whether he offers a long-term solution. He looked like a less patient version of Jonathan Trott.