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Peter Beattie faces thrashing in Forde, new poll shows


Poll shock: The former Queensland premier Peter Beattie. Photo: Andrew Meares

Game on: The LNP Member for Forde, Bert Van Manen. Photo: Harrison Saragossi

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Labor’s shock decision to recruit Peter Beattie as its candidate for the federal Queensland electorate of Forde appears to have backfired spectacularly, with the Coalition on track to win the seat in a landslide, The Australian Financial Review reports.

Forde is one of eight marginal seats polled by JWS Research, the results of which will be published exclusively in Saturday’s AFR Weekend.

The poll of four Labor marginal seats and four Coalition marginal seats around the country was conducted using the names of the respective major party candidates in each seat, ensuring maximum accuracy.

The poll shows that in Forde, in south-east Queensland, the incumbent Liberal-National Party Member Bert van Manen is thrashing the former Queensland premier on a two-party preferred basis by 60 per cent to 40 per cent.

This 10-percentage point lead represents a two-party swing of 8.4 per cent to the Coalition in Forde since the 2010 election.

Mr van Manen is beating Mr Beattie on the primary vote by 54 per cent to 33 per cent, while the Greens are on 4 per cent and 9 per cent are undecided.

The primary vote swing to Mr van Manen since the 2010 election is 9.9 per cent.

Mr Rudd announced Mr Beattie would stand in the first week of the campaign, pushing aside Labor’s preselected candidate Des Hardman.

Billed as a coup by Labor, it was hoped in the ALP that Mr Beattie would not only win Forde but drive up Labor’s vote across Queensland, where it needs to pick up at least six seats from the Coalition to have any chance of a victory on September 7.

But the eleventh-hour substitution may achieve the opposite.

The polls shows that Mr van Manen has a 49 per cent approval rating in Forde and a 19 per cent disapproval rating, giving him a net favourability rating of 30 per cent.

By contrast, Mr Beattie has a 35 per cent approval rating and a 51 per cent disapproval rating, giving him a net favourability rating of minus 16 per cent.

Similarly, in Forde, Mr Rudd has a net favourability rating of minus 18 per cent whereas Tony Abbott’s net favourability rating is just minus 1 per cent.

More than half of the Forde respondents, 51 per cent, believe Mr van Manen deserved re-election whereas only 34 per cent believe Mr Beattie deserves to be elected.

The poll was conducted on Thursday night. In all, the views of 4739 people were sampled across eight seats, including 568 voters in Forde.

The margin of error is 4.2 per cent.

Exclusive polling of eight marginal seats across NSW, Victoria and Queensland, out Saturday in AFR Weekend.

View the Financial Review’s Poll of polls, with the latest results from all major, national opinion polls.

The Financial Review Poll of polls

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Apartment of the week: Brighton

Brightonians are both born and made. There are those whose first (and last) steps are taken along Church Street and there are those who begin life outside the large suburb’s borders but aspire to the lifestyle the affluent beachside village allows.

It is into this context that Brighton has become a popular place for developers to create small blocks of luxurious apartments – it allows retirees to downsize without leaving their familiar patch, and allows those outside the area to move to a place that has beach walks, coffee, shopping, cinemas and restaurants all in one easy place.

This block of four apartments, named ”Villa Blanco”, is one block back from the beach and has three apartments on the ground level and one upstairs. Apartment No.2 is at the back of the ground level and opens from a foyer served by the lift from the basement car park and also accessed via a side garden walk.

Inside, the elevated entrance hall leads down six steps to the large living area that sweeps around to the right. Honey-coloured parquetry floors keep things bright, and large areas of glass offer northern and western light. Bi-fold doors lead to a wraparound patio that has steps leading down to a lap pool and entertainment area. Private and sunny, the poolside area looks a great spot to while away an afternoon.

The kitchen is along one wall and partly sheltered from view by the entrance hall stairs. It has stone bench tops, Ilve appliances, more of the parquetry floors and a cute jelly-bean shaped breakfast bar protruding slightly into the living space.

As in many of these apartments aimed mostly at empty nesters, the main suite is huge – perhaps all the developers and architects recognise that, for the older buyers, ”It’s all about me” is finally true. The large sleeping area opens to a balcony overlooking the pool and, behind the sleeping area, there is a wall of wardrobes, another walk-in wardrobe and a large en suite with a bath.

On the other side of the living area, a hallway leads to two more bedrooms, a laundry, powder room and another bathroom. The bedrooms are light and sunny with built-in wardrobes. Overall, the feeling is of comfort, space, warmth and privacy and with Brighton’s charms outside the door.

2/5 Tennyson Street, Brighton $1.65 million-$1.75 million 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 3 car spacesInspect 12.30-1pm, SaturdayPrivate saleAgent Hodges, 9596 1111Brighton median house price $1.75 millionMedian apartment price $711,000 Source: REIV

Recent sales 15/18 Warleigh Grove, two-bedroom apartment $538,0003/913 Hampton Street, two-bedroom house $702,0004A Vaucluse Street, three-bedroom house $1,635,000

Surrounding area: Brighton is a large bayside suburb that has the beach at its western end, including the famous bathing boxes at the Dendy Street beach.Serviced by large shopping areas on Church and Bay streets that have cinemas, train stations and supermarkets.Close to Elwood in the north and Hampton in the south, Brighton is large enough – and well serviced enough, including many schools – that residents rarely need to leave its borders in search of something.

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Five of a kind: Local harvest

Saffron grown by L & L Menhenett, Arcadia. Photo: Kerrie O’BrienSaffron

Grown and used for four millennia, saffron is a spice woven into the fabric and food of human history. These days it is known largely for its subtle flavour and its expense: in Australia, wholesale prices of saffron as sold by weight cost more than its equivalent in gold. In the Goulburn Valley, Lisa Menhenett has spent four years building up her crop, sold chiefly at the Echuca Farmers’ Market at the end of each autumn harvest. Its success when grown in Tasmania prompted her to plant a test run in the Goulburn Valley region. The dried stigmas of the saffron crocus form the saffron threads, with a kilogram of saffron requiring between 110,000 and 170,000 flowers. A jar containing 0.05 milligrams sells for $10.

L&L Menhenett, Arcadia, Goulburn Valley; 5826 7211. [email protected]苏州美甲学校

Murray River Salt

A lot is spoken about French salt, but up on the border of Victoria and NSW, the harvest and sale of Murray River Salt has created an international appetite for Victoria’s own subtly pink crystalline mineral. Harvested from an ancient inland aquifer far saltier than the sea, the aquifer water is diverted to shallow lake beds where the sun evaporates the water, leaving only a salt crust that is then cleaned and packaged. The result is a mineral-rich product with a pink glow and subtle, savoury taste that has made it a favourite among chefs (Neil Perry is a vocal fan). While diversion of the aquifer originated as a way of saving the Murray from harmful levels of salinity, the product has become widely regarded courtesy of local trace elements that imbue the crystal flakes.

Murray River Salt, Mildura; 5021 5355. sunsalt苏州美甲学校.au


Wasabi farming has become something of a family tradition for Michelle Dundas: her father turned to the idea after seeing the plants growing in riverbed systems in Japan. Fifteen years later, the farm at Thornton grows vast numbers of the spicy green brassicaceae for restaurants and home growers. Though it’s the long root of the plant that produces the famously spicy wasabi paste, both the stems and leaves are edible. The hydroponic growing methods of earlier days have been left behind in favour of placing the plants in the ground: clearly the Thornton climate is cold enough to mimic growing conditions in Japan. Pots of wasabi can be bought by contacting Dundas at the nursery; it takes about 18 months before the root is large enough to be harvested.

Rubicon Mountain, 1123 Taggerty Road, Thornton; 0409 042 858. [email protected]苏州美甲学校.au


A quest for a hobby sent John Pahl and Bev Shawadler in search of their first coriander seedlings following the purchase of a farm in South Leongatha 13 years on. Today, the couple have a modest though very successful commercial enterprise spreading across 3.25 hectares and selling primarily to supermarkets. It’s no longer a hobby. Known for its complex flavour profile spanning the spectrum from citrus to sage, fresh coriander is essential when preparing many south-east Asian dishes. Victoria’s climate supports good growing conditions for three quarters of the year, though high summer temperatures can prove a killer. The pair plant all seedlings by hand, with the herb harvested between four and six weeks after planting.

Herbit Herbs, Leongatha South. [email protected]


”Garlic ain’t garlic,” according to Port Campbell-based garlic farmer Simon Illingworth. One of a growing number of Australian farmers relishing the increased appetite for home-grown garlic, Illingworth grows eight varieties of the pungent bulb, representing species from Cuba and Russia to France and California. Farming just one kilometre from the Twelve Apostles, he says garlic thrives in the howling winds and salt spray, resulting in a product of purety and intense flavour, not to mention visual variety. Bulbs range in colour from cream to purple to blood-red. Sold nationally online, he is also producing a range of garlic products including black garlic and dehydrated garlic. With no quarantine required, the product is also free from chemical sprays.

Ethical Farm, 98 Currells Road, Port Campbell; 0431 933 406. garlicworld苏州美甲学校.au

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Changes but no rebuild: Mick Malthouse

Carlton coach Mick Malthouse has vehemently denied the Blues are rebuilding and dismissed criticism from premiership coach Robert Walls, describing him as a negative person wallowing in “his own misery”.

Walls, in his column for The Age, said Carlton had stagnated under Malthouse and called on the board to come clean about whether the club had abandoned its plans for short-term flag success in favour of regenerating the list.

When this question was put to Malthouse on Friday, he denied that the introduction of five debutants this season (including Morrish Medallist Nick Graham who has been picked to play against Richmond on Saturday), or forecast changes to the list, amounted to a rebuild.

“How is this a rebuild? We’ve brought in [Jaryd] Cachia, [Troy] Menzel, [Sam] Rowe, who would have come in earlier had he not had cancer, and Graham. I hardly suspect that is what you call a rebuild. That is just bringing in players who are in form and they take over from players who are not in form or injured. You use this word, rebuild. Every side builds on a yearly basis to be better. Sydney built their side this year on the basis of being better than last year, the premiers… West Coast have just had two retirees. Is that a rebuild? No, it’s just natural attrition.

“We will make changes like every other club,” Malthouse added. “I’ll make a bet now that we are far from the most picks in the draft. Other clubs will go deeper than us… How far we cut depends on how well we go for the rest of this year.”

Malthouse said he had taken a gentle approach to correcting the deficiencies exposed in last weekend’s dispiriting defeat to the Western Bulldogs – “we don’t whack people in here” – before taking a whack at Walls. “I am so used to Robbie Walls being a critic. Fair dinkum, I’ve had Robbie Walls for – how long have I coached? – long enough to know that he is a very negative person so I take absolutely nothing in what Robert says. He lives in his own misery and so be it.”

The Blues are on nine wins and 10 losses with three games remaining. Their best hope of September action, however remote, is to finish ninth and be on standby if Essendon is ejected from the finals by the AFL commission.

On that topic Malthouse, alone among coaches and officials from rival clubs, has been outspoken in his view that the league must not go soft on the Bombers. However, he clammed up on Friday except to say he had no regrets about airing his views, including fears that the supplements scandal could turn the finals into a shambles.

Malthouse also leapt to the defence of captain Marc Murphy after Walls claimed Carlton had made the handover from Chris Judd one year too soon.

“It’s a learning process for him as much as anyone because he has come out of the shadows of a very, very talented, domineering player, one of the greats of the AFL,” he said, reminding critics that Murphy had come off a short preseason because of knee surgery. “Murphy is made for captaincy but it will take some time, it’s a learning process.”

Judd said this week he had not given up on returning from a knee injury, and would play on in 2014. Even so, Malthouse said, the dual Brownlow Medallist could not be the explosive, magnetic figure he once was.

“Chris Judd is not Benjamin Button. The role he played in this organisation was to draw people to him, opposition players, and that allows others to escape a lot of scrutiny. Chris is another one who has chased his tail a bit on the training track. With him out of the side it will give others a chance to demonstrate they can take his spot. When he does play the expectations are far greater on him than they should be.”

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Lawyer takes on the Dees presidency

Former Victorian treasurer Alan Stockdale has lost out in his bid to become the president of the Melbourne Football Club, with lawyer Glen Bartlett taking on the top role.

Bartlett was appointed president after a board meeting on Friday. He now faces the job of helping to rebuild a club that is struggling financially and set to lose about $1.5 million this season, and also pursuing a new coach and head of football.

”I am excited by the challenge and look forward to working with the club’s stakeholders to make the Melbourne Football Club strong and successful,” he said.

By having a president in place, the Demons believe they can sell stability to a prospective coach.

Lawyer Chris Lovell, a national managing partner of Holding Redlich and a long-time Demons supporter, had also expressed his interest in the key role.

Stockdale had pushed hard for the presidency, and had even established a website to attract support.

”It got lots of activity, particularly on Facebook, and lots of support, but the AFL has its own way of doing things,” Stockdale told Fairfax Media. ”I congratulate Glen Bartlett. I certainly wish him well. Nothing would please me more than for the club to get the best possible people into the coaching position, the football manager, the recruitment and every other vacant position in the club and to see Melbourne with a plan to head back to success. I wish them well.”

There had been questions as to how well Stockdale, the Liberal Party national president, could work with the no-nonsense Jackson. He will not seek a spot on the board, with three positions still up for grabs. ”I am not interested in going on the board,” Stockdale said.

Bartlett, who played with the West Coast Eagles in their first AFL season, joined the Demons’ board in July. He replaces interim president Peter Spargo. Former chief Don McLardy stepped down in June.

AFL general counsel Andrew Dillon, who was on the board nominations committee, said Bartlett would make the necessary changes after the league-endorsed decision.

”Glen Bartlett is very well credentialled in both a football and business sense, and has the support of the AFL in leading the Melbourne Football Club board as it moves to take the club into an era of sustained competitiveness and success,” Dillon said on Friday.

”Glen’s extensive experience with football in Western Australia and his passion for the Melbourne Football Club, combined with an impressive legal career, means he has the right skills and insights to lead the Demons at this critical time.”

Bartlett, a father of four boys, will give his maiden address ahead of the Demons’ clash against Fremantle at the MCG on Sunday.

He had been a managing partner of law firm Clayton Utz until recently. In a distinguished career, he had also been president of the WAFL Players Association and had established a sports management business with John Worsfold, the former Eagles premiership captain and now coach.

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