Margo Kingston

Margo Kingston

Co-publisher and editor-in-chief at No Fibs
Margo Kingston is a retired Australian journalist and climate change activist. She is best known for her stint as Phillip Adams’ ‘Canberra Babylon’ contributor and her work at The Sydney Morning Herald and #Webdiary. Since 2012, Kingston has been a citizen journalist, reporting and commenting on Australian politics via Twitter and No Fibs.
Margo Kingston

Last weekend a large number of #NorthSydney voters were polled by EMRS, a subsidiary of Liberal Party pollsters Crosby Textor. 

Here is a contemporaneously recollected transcript of the poll questions compiled by a North Sydney voter who was polled. 

Cohort data

  • Age
  • Employment status
  • Occupation
  • Postcode

Priority issues

  • What is the most important issue to you?
  • What national issue is of most important to you?
  • What is the most important local issue to you?
  • In the federal election who will you give your first preference to?
  • Are you open to changing your mind?
  • In allocating your preferences will you put the LNP above ALP or the ALP above the LNP?

Persons and Organisations –

Please respond with favourable, neutral or unfavourable

  • Scott Morrison
  • Anthony Albanese
  • Josh Frydenberg
  • Dominic Perrottet
  • John Howard
  • LNP
  • ALP
  • The Greens
  • Trent Zimmerman
  • Kylea Tink
  • Voices of North Sydney
  • Gladys Berijiklian
  • Matt Kean
  • Zali Stegall 

Who do you think will make a better Prime Minister?

  • Scott Morrison or Anthony Albanese ?

Local Candidates –

There are four local candidates: Catherine Renshaw ALP, Lynne Saville – Greens, Trent Zimmerman – LNP, Kylea Tink – Independent. Who is:

  • Best able to manage the economy ?
  • Better for family values ?
  • Better able to deliver local jobs?
  • Best able to deliver infrastructure and roads?
  • Best able to keep taxes down ?
  • Best able to fund hospitals?
  • Best able to deliver recovery from COVID 19?
  • Best able to deliver aged care?
  • Best able to deliver border security and keeping you safe?
  • Best able to deliver affordable access to medical services?
  • Establish an federal ICAC ?
  • Best able to deliver tax relief ?

Climate specific questions

  • Are you aware that Prime Minister Morrison has committed to Net Zero?
  • Do you support the PM policy of net zero by 2050?

Close election

  •  If the Election is close who do you think will win?

Please respond whether you agree or disagree with the following statements? 

  • Trent Zimmerman does a good job representing me?
  • Independents lack experience and influence?
  • Independents have a strong voice?
  • A hung parliament will create instability and uncertainty at a critical time for Australia?
  • You don’t know what an Independent stands for ?
  • Scott Morrison is doing a good job steering Australia through a crisis?
  • Keeping your Liberal member will ensure stability ?

Broad direction of the country questions

  • Do you think that Australian is going in the right or the wrong direction?
  • Do you think North Sydney is going in the right or the wrong direction?

Scenario question based on existing four candidates 

  • If the election was called today, who would you give your 1st preference to?
  • Australia has a preferential system, would you put the Lib after the ALP or the ALP after the LNP?

Final cohort question:

  • Do you regularly speak another language at home?