CANBERRA Solomon Thomas Youth Jersey , Aug. 21 (Xinhua) -- The gap between the Australian government and the Opposition Australian Labor Party (ALP) has grown, according to the latest Newspoll released on Monday.
The public opinion poll, widely considered Australia's most accurate poll, found that the ALP held a 54-46 lead over Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's Liberal National Party (LNP) in the "two-party-preferred" vote.
The government's primary vote also fell from 36 to 35 percent while Labor, led by Bill Shorten, had its best primary vote result of 2017 with 38 percent of respondents saying the ALP would be their first preference if an election were held today.
Turnbull retained his lead as voter's preferred prime minister Dontae Johnson Jersey , favored by 43 percent compared to 33 percent for Shorten, but still had a three percent drop.
According to the poll, if an election were to be held in August, the ALP would win power in a landslide, winning 16 extra seats in the lower house of Australian parliament to give it 85 of 150.
The poor result for the government came after a fortnight where a host of prominent politicians were referred to Australia's High Court over concerns that they could be dual citizens.
Under Section 44 (i) of the Australian Constitution, holding citizenship in any country outside Australia makes a person ineligible to be elected to parliament.
Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Nationals Barnaby Joyce was the highest profile victim of the controversy after it was revealed he is a citizen of New Zealand.
Turnbull has been criticized for applying a double standard after Nationals Senator Matt Canavan stood down from cabinet as he awaits the High Court's ruling while Joyce was allowed to remain.
"This has developed Earl Mitchell Jersey , this whole situation, in a way that I don't think anybody in the government anticipated that it would - and now it is clearly affecting the parliament- as a whole," Industry Minister Arthur Sinodinos said.
The right-wing party One Nation also saw a slight uptick in its primary vote, up 1 percent to 9 percent, after leader Pauline Hanson controversially wore a burka into the Senate.
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WASHINGTON, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) -- U.S Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Friday formally initiated an investigation of so-called China's intellectual property practices under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974, despite worries about potential harms to China-U.S. trade ties.
"The investigation will seek to determine whether acts, policies Marquise Goodwin Jersey , and practices of the Government of China related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation are unreasonable or discriminatory and burden or restrict U.S. commerce," the USTR's Office said in a statement.
The move comes after President Donald Trump on Monday signed an executive memorandum directing Lighthizer to consider the possible initiation of an investigation.
China has urged the United States to objectively evaluate China's progress in protection of intellectual property rights (IPR) and resolve the differences with China through dialogue and consultation.
"The United States should treasure the current sound Sino-U.S. economic and trade ties and cooperation momentum. Any U.S. trade protectionism move will surely damage bilateral ties and the interests of companies from both countries," China's Ministry of Commerce said in a statement on Tuesday.
Section 301, once heavily used in the 1980s and the early 1990s Robbie Gould Jersey , allows the U.S. president to unilaterally impose tariffs or other trade restrictions against foreign countries. But the United States has rarely used the trade tool since the WTO came into being in 1995.
"It became no longer necessary really for the United States that they have to use that law, because now we have an effective dispute settlement system under the WTO," Chad Bown, a senior fellow at the Washington-D.C. based Peterson Institute for International Economics, told Xinhua in a recent interview.
BERLIN, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) -- Confidence in German economic prospect is fading due to weak global growth and geopolitical tensions Joe Williams Jersey , as recent surveys showed on Friday.
German consumers, enterprises, investors and economists agreed increasingly that German economy, the largest one in Europe, was losing momentum and might miss its growth target this year.
Market research institute GfK said on Friday that its forward-looking indicator for German consumer morale for October was expected to drop for the second consecutive month.
Consumers' confidence in economic outlook in September, as well as their income expectations and willingness to buy C.J. Beathard Jersey , also worsened, found the GfK's survey based on 2000 interviews.
"According to consumers, the ongoing tense geopolitical situation and economic weakness in a number of eurozone countries are likely to have a greater impact on the German economy in future," said the institute in a statement, adding that "the first signs of uncertainty are beginning to show among German consumers".
On Thursday, Ifo Ahkello Witherspoon Jersey , the economic think tank in Munich, also found German companies were no longer confident that German economy would grow strongly in the second half of the year, as its business climate index in September dropped to its lowest level since April 2013.
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