Malcolm Turnbull told to improve as Labor takes the lead in the polls

Mr Turnbull’s personal ratings were down four points and Bill Shorten’s improved six points. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen1. Dud needs to find a narrative
Nanjing Night Net

Malcolm Turnbull is not going to enjoy waking up to today’s newspapers.

The latest Newspoll shows the Labor party is in front for the first time since Mr Turnbull took the leadership, something he said was partly needed because of Tony Abbott’s poor performance in the same survey.

Commentator Terry McCrann has declared Malcolm Turnbull a D.U.D (and that was before he even saw the Newspoll), while a Government MP told me the poll shows the PM urgently needs to find a plan and a narrative – something the former Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett echoed on Lateline.

The general mood in the Opposition camp is that Labor doesn’t think it will win, but believes it is competitive and on the government backbench, MPs are wondering if the PM even knows what he is doing.

Back bench is getting crankyPosted by Phillip Coorey on  Monday, 4 April 2016 Photo: Nicolas Walker

Swanky department stores have for some years been increasing their stake in in-store services – think blow-dry and threading bars, manicure stations and the like. It’s smart. Combining tasks we have to do in person like a quick eye-brow wax with a visit to a bricks and mortar outlet struggling to compete against their retail cousins online makes sense.

Now Caltex wants to convert the humble servo into a one-stop shop, where you could one day get a haircut along with your order of Krispy-Kremes. Caltex is going to aggressively expand its range of pre-prepared meals and food, sell wine and offer a dry-cleaning service. 4. Autism could see doctor kicked out of Australia

In the 13 or so years I have been a journalist I have seen this story play out too many times to count. It goes like this: A doctor moves to Australia on a 457 skilled visa, (often to fill a vacant medical position in the country) begins to call Australia home but under immigration rules, a disability in the family prevents their bid to settle.

The latest example documented in the Adelaide Advertiser involves Edwin Lapidario who has been working in suburban Adelaide since 2008. The family’s request to stay in Australia on a temporary visa was granted in 2012 but denied for one of their two sons because he has autism. In the end the visa was granted when Dr Lapidario’s medical centre paid the $52,000 in medical costs.

Now the Lapidarios’ four-year visa has expired and they are fighting the same fight again. 5. Submarines decision due before poll

Staying in South Australia and further to yesterday’s Double Shot, Cabinet Minister and South Australian MP Christopher Pyne thinks there will be a decision on who will build the next fleet of submarines (worth $50 billion) before the election. 6. What could £20 million buy you?

It all depends on the location, location, location! of course. An entire village in north Yorkshire has gone on sale for a tidy sum.

But that’s small fry compared to the most expensive property in London, 21 bedrooms at almost five times the price. This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

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