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A week to go, it’s hers to lose
                                                                               53                                                    %
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              47                                                                                            %
     Decision
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Herald/Nielsen poll of 1356            Mr Abbott’s approval rating
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              +         Inside
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Gillard’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       voters was taken by telephone
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       from Tuesday evening until
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  dropped 5 points, to 45 per cent,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  and his disapproval shot up

                            2010                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              pleasure and pain
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 David Marr, News Review
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Thursday night, during Labor’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       best week of the campaign so far.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ms Gillard shifted the focus to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       the economy and there were
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  5 points, to 48 per cent, giving
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  him a ‘‘net negative’’ for the first
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  time in a month. Ms Gillard’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  approval rating rose 2 points, to
                                                                                                                                          UP                                                                                                                                                                                    DOWN                                                                                                   policy announcements on edu-               54 per cent, and her disapproval
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EXCLUSIVE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              cation, jobs and broadband as              fell 2 points, to 36 per cent.
Phillip Coorey                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   and analysis,         well as a $2.1 billion pledge to              The poll shows 59 per cent
CHIEF POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT
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                                                                                 52% Want her as PM
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   pages 8 -11         build the Parramatta-to-Epping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       rail link. Mr Abbott launched his
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  believe Labor will win the elec-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  tion, up 4 points, and 27 per cent
LABOR has stormed back into                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            campaign on Sunday and out-                believe the Coalition will win, a
contention just one week before
the federal election. The latest                                                 40% Primary vote
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            41%                                       Primary vote
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       shone Ms Gillard at a meeting in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Rooty Hill on Wednesday night.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  drop of 4 points.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Of those polled, 86 per cent
Herald/Nielsen poll shows a                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Labor has concentrated its              who chose the Greens said they
strong swing towards Julia Gillard                                           tion. Labor’s primary vote leapt                                                  has reverted to the state in which                                             seat ‘‘but there are reasons for                                                                                                                reliable average of state results in     policies, advertising and focus on         would give Labor their second
and her government, and sup-                                                 4 points, to 40 per cent, while the                                               more voters disapprove of his                                                  caution’’ because a state break-                                                                                                                the past three polls shows the           Mr Abbott in the final two weeks in        preference. This compares with
port for Tony Abbott and the                                                 Coalition’s fell 4 points, to 41 per                                              performance than approve.                                                      down of the figures pointed to a                                                                                                                government could lose up to 14           the belief that would be when              80 per cent at the last election.
Coalition has fallen sharply.                                                cent. The Greens fell 1 point, to                                                    If an election were held today                                              much closer result.                                                                                                                             seats in these states, resulting in a    voters really started to pay atten-           If preferences flowed at 80 per
   Labor leads the Coalition by                                              12 per cent.                                                                      and the swing towards Labor                                                       This poll shows Labor has                                                                                                                    hung parliament.                         tion. Ms Gillard’s rating as pre-          cent in this poll, Labor would
53 per cent to 47 per cent on                                                   Ms Gillard’s approval rating                                                   were uniform nationally, the                                                   closed the gap in the crucial                                                                                                                      A Newspoll of marginal seats          ferred prime minister rose                 win 52 per cent of the two-party-
a two-party-preferred basis, a                                               and preferred prime minister                                                      government would pick up two                                                   states of NSW and Queensland. It                                                                                                                published today says Labor would         3 points, to 52 per cent, while            preferred vote, a swing against it
4 per cent swing to Labor since                                              status also rose and Mr Abbott’s                                                  extra seats.                                                                   is on track to lose nine seats in                                                                                                               lose seats in NSW and Queens-            Mr Abbott’s fell 3 points, to 38 per       of 0.7 per cent since the 2007
last week’s poll, and a swing of                                             ratings have dived. In a worrying                                                    The Nielsen poll director, John                                             these states, which would still                                                                                                                 land, but would retain power by          cent. Ms Gillard’s lead rose by 6          election. That would still be
0.3 per cent since the 2007 elec-                                            sign for the Coalition, Mr Abbott                                                 Stirton, said Labor was in the box                                             allow it to hold power. A more                                                                                                                  picking up seats in Victoria.            points, to 14 points, in a week.           enough to win.




The real top schools:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Who would buy them? $2m theft baffles art lovers
state’s secret list revealed
EXCLUSIVE
Anna Patty                                                                    RATE OF IMPROVEMENT                                                0 = students improving at expected rate
EDUCATION EDITOR
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                                                                              Baulkham Hills                                                                    3.4                                               High
STUDENTS at some of the state’s                                               Caringbah                                                                                                          12.5             performers
                                                                                                                                                     0.2
top academic high schools are                                                                                                                        0.2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Adieu Australia, Garry Shead
improving at a slower rate than                                               Farrer Ag.                                               -2
those at some comprehensive                                                   Fort Street                                                                            4.5
                                                                                                                                                                                   8.5
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Middle                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              $150,000
schools, according to official fig-                                           Girraween                                                                                                          12.5             performers
                                                                                                                                                         1.5
ures released for the first time.                                             Gosford                                                -1.7
                                                                                                                                                             2.5
   As Julia Gillard this week prom-                                           Hornsby Girls                                                                                                             14.4
                                                                                                                                                               3.1
ised cash bonuses of up to                                                                                                                              1.3
$100,000 for schools with the                                                 Hurlstone Ag.                                                               2
most-improved students, figures                                               James Ruse Ag.                                                               2.3
obtained by the Herald under                                                  Mereweather                                                                 1.8                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Victoria and Moonlight, Charles Blackman
                                                                                                                              -3.5
freedom of information laws raise                                                                                                                                                                          15.3
                                                                              Normanhurst Boys                                                                  3.4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   $200,000
questions about how much                                                      Northern Beaches                                                                                         9.8
                                                                                                                                                                3.3
selective high schools add to the                                             (Manly Campus)
learning of the brightest students.                                                                                                                                               8.3
                                                                              North Sydney Boys                                                                    4.1
   For instance, students at                                                                                                                                                                              15.2
James Ruse, which consistently                                                North Sydney Girls                                                     0.2
                                                                                                                                                     0.2
tops the Higher School Certific-                                              Penrith                                                   -0.7                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Nasturtiams, Iris and Blue Vase, Chris Canning
ate, improve less than those at                                                                                                                                                                                                    24.5
                                                                              St George Girls                                                          0.8                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Little Blue Bay, Sirius Cove, Sydney,                                                        $20,000
the average selective school.                                                 Smiths Hill                                               -1.1
                                                                                                                                                                3.4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Arthur Streeton
   A snapshot of the improvement                                              Sydney Boys                                                                                                          13                                                                                                                                                                                                                    UP TO $400,000
                                                                                                                                                                                    8.8
that top students make between                                                                                                                                                                                   17
the School Certificate and HSC                                                Sydney Girls                                                                                6
                                                                                                                                                                                       9.7
reveals that Sydney Boys High is                                              Sydney Technical                                                                    4                              All selectives
                                                                                                                                 -2.5
the best-performing fully select-                                             Yanco Ag.     -7.6                                                                                                 2.3                  2.4
ive high school.                                                              Middle performers were in the middle-band (four) for the school certificate. High performers were in the top bands (five and six) for the school certificate.
   Of middle-range students,
those at St George Girls High have                                           value-adding between the School                                                   adding index of 2.3. The average
made the biggest improvements.                                               Certificate and the HSC, which                                                    for all selective schools is 2.4.
   The NSW Department of Edu-                                                suggests boys have a different                                                       The principal, Larissa Treskin,
cation’s so-called ‘‘value-adding’’                                          maturation level.’’                                                               said: ‘‘Anything over one is fantas-
index is based on a complex sta-                                                The principal of St George Girls                                               tic because it means that you are                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Red Silk Robe, Judy Drew                    Dreamer in the Glen, David Boyd
tistical calculation where zero                                              High, Carole Knott, attributed her                                                adding value to what the students                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      $20,000                                         $50,000
represents the state average.                                                students’ improvement to a cul-                                                   were expected to achieve.’’                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tug Boat, Williamstown Port, John Perceval
   The principal of Sydney Boys,                                             ture of high expectations, intens-                                                   Some educationists argue                                                                Passion ... collector Peter O’Mara and his                                                                                                                                                                 Rough estimates by the principal of Australian Art Valuers, Alexandra Wilcox, made without
Kim Jaggar, said his school had                                              ive mentoring of new staff and                                                    there is a ceiling for top students,                                                       partner Mela Purdie. Photo: James Alcock                                                                                                                    $100,000                                       information on dimensions, condition, provenance and other factors.
worked hard to engage students                                               innovative teachers. ‘‘We are not                                                 comparing their performance to
through a range of extra-                                                    just a [univeristy entrance] fact-                                                a 100-metre runner – the closer
curricular and sporting activities.                                          ory here. We educate the whole                                                    they approach the 10-second                                                    Andrew Hornery,                                                                                                                                    However, police are not quite         Australia, James Hendy, said               be the dumbest thing for a crook                He told the Herald yesterday
   He said boys generally matured                                            girl,’’ she said.                                                                 mark, the more difficult it is to                                              Adam Fulton                                                                                                                                     so sure, although they do not            indicated ‘‘they did not know              to steal’’.                                  he had been collecting art for 25
later than girls and often took the                                             The brightest students in the                                                  improve by even a small amount.                                                and Geesche Jacobsen
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              believe it was an ‘‘insurance job’’.     what they were doing’’.                       Not that any of it was much               years. The 18 stolen works –
HSC more seriously than the                                                  state win selection to James Ruse                                                    Others say there is no reason                                                                                                                                                                                                  Indeed, an insurance payout              The Sydney gallery owner Tim            consolation for Mr O’Mara. He                mainly paintings but with ‘‘a
School Certificate exams. ‘‘When I                                           which has produced the top HSC                                                    to suggest that selective schools                                              IN PARIS and London art thieves                                                                                                                 was the last thing on the mind of        Olsen said the thieves ‘‘have no           returned home from Rome and a                couple’’ of sketches by Norman
compare all the top boys’ schools                                            results for more than a decade.                                                   should not add at least as much                                                breaking into mansions and                                                                                                                      the collection’s owner, Peter            chance’’ of selling the works in           northern summer idyll on                     Lindsay – were insured.
– they have all got pretty good                                              The school achieved a value-                                                      value as comprehensive schools.                                                targeting masterpieces are                                                                                                                      O’Mara, yesterday, a millionaire         Australia.                                 Tuesday and was confronted by                   ‘‘I came back from overseas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              usually ‘‘stealing to order’’ for a                                                                                                             property developer who                      ‘‘The art world is too small. A         bare walls.                                  Tuesday night and just walked in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              villainous rival collector. In                                                                                                                  described art as a passion.              gallery director would dob them               Mr O’Mara, who divides his                and it was gone,’’ he said. He
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sydney things are not quite as                                                                                                                     Among the pictures stolen             in immediately. You wouldn’t               time between Sydney and the                  believed the theft occurred after
                                                                             SYDNEY CITY sunny 8°-20°                                                                                                                                         sophisticated.                                                                                                                                  were works by Charles                    take them overseas because they            Gold Coast, is a regular on the              Saturday because he had people
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                                                                             TOMORROW: mostly sunny 10°-20°                                                           FRIGHT OF                                                                  The local art world was unan-                                                                                                                Blackman, David Boyd, John               are more valuable here and they            Sydney cocktail circuit with his             checking his home that day and
                                                                             LIVERPOOL sunny 2°-20°
                                                                             TOMORROW: mostly sunny 7°-20°
                                                                                                                                                                      THE EAGLE                                                               imous yesterday that thieves
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              who walked away with 18 works
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Coburn, Pro Hart, Norman
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lindsay, John Perceval, Garry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       won’t get much in the back of a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       pub. They are better off leaving
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  partner, the fashion designer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mela Purdie.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ‘‘everything was OK’’.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Inspector John Maricic, of
                                                                                                                                                                      The prophets of                                                         worth $2 million from a luxury                                                                                                                  Shead, Tim Storrier, Martine             them at the front door of the Art             Mr O’Mara’s penthouse is atop             Rose Bay police, said apart from
                                                                             PENRITH sunny 6°-20°
                                                                             TOMORROW: mostly sunny 2°-20°                                                            doom warn that the US                                                   Darling Point penthouse had                                                                                                                     Emdur and Arthur Streeton.               Gallery of NSW.’’                          Elandra, which his company,                  18 paintings and sketches the
                                                                                                                                                                      economy is on the brink of a                                            little chance of selling the                                                                                                                       Thieves hacked several of the            Damian Hackett, the                     Habitare, built three years ago. It          thieves had taken a laptop, some
         9 770312 631063                                                     WOLLONGONG mostly sunny 4°-18°                                                           double-dip recession.                                                   treasure trove of Australian                                                                                                                    larger paintings from their              executive director of the                  has a video intercom at the door,            televisions and some portable
                                                                             TOMORROW: partly cloudy, windy 8°-18°                                                        Weekend Business                                                    artists for anywhere near their                                                                                                                 frames, which the chief of the           auction house Deutscher and                and a security code is required to           phones. This, he said, was
                                                                             DETAILS NEWS REVIEW, PAGE 13                                                                                                                                     market value.                                                                                                                                   auction house Bonhams                    Hackett, said art ‘‘would have to          operate the lift.                                             Continued Page 6




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