A Fig for Contempt!

Urban Wronski, with his *ahem* urbane take on the state of the rabble, is today’s Guest Poster. As always, thank you from The Pub, and please drop in for a drink soon!

Photo credit: Fairfax

Turnbull government in crisis as ministers face contempt charges and Abbott stages a revolt over Finkel

A life-threatening political and constitutional crisis is brewing for the Turnbull government this week as three Ministers of the Crown face contempt proceedings in Victoria’s Supreme Court.

No big deal; just a politically motivated, orchestrated attack on judges for being hard left activists who are soft on terror, while, off Broadway, the Coalition’s out of court settlement of a class action on behalf of all those it detains illegally on Manus Island blows the lid off its regime of secrecy, cruelty and denial of responsibility in a week where federal government with economic management in its DNA racks up a record debt of over half a trillion dollars.

Adding fat to the fire, Shadow Attorney General Mark Dreyfus QC calls on Malcolm Turnbull to explain why he publicly backed Health Minister Greg Hunt, Minister for Social Services, Robo-Claw and the War on the Poor, Alan Tudge and invisible assistant treasurer, Michael Sukkar.

Dreyfus demands Turnbull explain why, the day before last Friday’s court hearing, the Prime Minister “backed in his ministers’ comments, on 3AW, despite knowing this matter was before the court the following day”.

Helpfully he notes the court proceedings could have “potentially serious” results. “It is incumbent on the Prime Minister to explain why he thought it was a good idea to validate the criticisms.”

Turnbull waffles “… in a free society a person is entitled to criticise the conduct of the courts or of a judge,” but this diminishes a concerted attack by three of his cabinet ministers on judges over an appeal which was still sub judice and, therefore, prohibited from public discussion.

Criticising conduct might, at a stretch, include the lads’ orchestrated slagging off at judges for being “hard-left activists”, “divorced from reality,” and conducting an “ideological experiment”

It might still have to contend with the judges’ view that the comments were “unfounded, grossly improper and unfair”, but Turnbull’s gloss cannot, surely, accommodate Michael Sukkar’s slur?

“It’s the attitude of judges like these which has eroded any trust that remained in our legal system …”

It’s all part of an action packed week of diversion, denial and disinformation. Oh my, Gonski 2.0 will rip $ 4.6 billion from Catholic Schools. But, look over here. Someone’s thrown a dead moggy.

“We’ve got a judiciary that takes the side of the so-called victim rather than the side of common sense,” suppository of nonsense, Tony Abbott pipes up, helpfully, articulating the Trumpish contempt for the rule of law that features in the Coalition’s approach to government this week.

Bugger the humdrum stuff of responsible government when lads can play politics instead.

Best Crosby (dead cat on the table diversion) goes to Peter Dutton’s secret citizenship test, a solution dog-whistling a problem, which is finally revealed to include a written English language test in a nostalgic bid for the official bigotry of White Australia. Anyone can become a citizen provided he or she has a university level of written language proficiency. And if Dutton says so.

No matter that Australia has no official language. It’ll help keep the Muslims down.

Illiteracy and innumeracy or cultural ignorance have seldom held back any conservative politician, while proposed changes to the law will set up the former Drug Squad detective, an acclaimed model of fairness and openness as final arbiter. He’ll get to decide who becomes a citizen and who’ll be deported. The bill gives Dutton the power to overrule decisions of the AAT.

Creating broad executive powers with minimal review undermines the rule of law, ironically, said to be one of the fundamental values which underpin Australian citizenship, writes Sangeetha Pillai, Senior Research Associate, Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, UNSW Law School, UNSW. Clearly, she fails to appreciate Dutton’s value to the PM.

More changes, in fact, are afoot to increase Benito Dutton’s arbitrary power by bestowing upon him a Homeland Security Department, merging several government outfits such as the AFP and ASIO in our fight against terrorism as the price of Dutto’s loyalty to Turnbull in the climate wars.

News comes this week, however, that the US style mega-department model which incorporates intelligence, police and security agencies is out of favour with the PM who now favours something akin to the bijou British Home Office, whose recent brilliant success in preventing terror, safeguarding citizens and accounting for lives lost in an entirely preventable fire in a high-rise building is matched only by its success in breaking up families in the name of immigration.

Happily, the government has far too much on its plate at present and the decision can safely wait until December when it can be announced when everyone is on holiday. Unlike the despatching of junkyard Abbott who goes barking, frothing mad over Finkel and demands urgent attention.

“Go fuck yourself” Abbott tells Craig Laundy. It’s an “ugly” bust-up, Liberal MPs report, in a three-hour session held Wednesday. All of Finkel is reduced to how we need to keep coal at any cost. Besides, coal is OK now. It’s clean and there’s carbon capture and storage. Low emission coal.

It’s clear this week that if the boys have read Finkel they have not understood a word. The discussion of the blueprint becomes an excuse to air the same stale platitudes and lies. Renewables are too expensive. We will always need coal because it’s cheap and reliable.

Reductive? Utterly deluded? Never. It’s all part of the cut and thrust of the Coalition’s richly democratic, inclusive joint party room; the fabled broad church, where any member can howl another down. It’s Liberal individualism. Abbott’s tantrum will foster party unity and goodwill.

Laundy tries to speak. Abbott prevents him by repeatedly interjecting. A slanging match ensues which leads to chaos. Government hacks speed to brief the Press gallery how it’s just a vital exercise in democracy. The Finkel fracas degenerates into another Turnbull proxy war on Abbott.

There, there, Tony don’t hold yourself back. Tell us how you really feel. Really? Never mind.

It’s enough to get any boy band back on the road. Cap’n Abbott and the Carbonistas, a gospel rock revival group are all over Canberra airwaves this week. The boys reprise “gimme that coal-time religion” a toe-tapping gospel hymn of praise to blind faith in a toxic black rock as the nation’s true salvation while still maintaining their trademark grievance and sense of entitlement.

Dr Finkel has winkled out Malcolm Turnbull’s opponents en masse in what may be another crafty manoeuvre in our wily PM’s crafty plan to establish his leadership over Tony Abbott. Whatever his plan, the “sensible centre” is rendered insensible all week by Old King Coal and his chorus.

What is too silly to be said can be sung, Voltaire once observed, but even he did not foresee the Coalition’s holy coalers, its mad right-wing. All croon such complete nonsense in response to Finkel, a fudged blueprint for the future that ignores new technologies and cheaper renewables, that they reveal a damning incapacity to engage in any responsible, rational or informed debate.

Cult claims, moreover, show breathtaking levels of wilful ignorance and brazen deception. Just one example will suffice.

“Coal is by far the cheapest form of base load power,” Abbott cons 2GB listeners on Wednesday, recycling Peabody fossil-fuel propaganda. The problem is not base load but peak load but Abbott wouldn’t know the difference. Nor does he seem to know that even Finkel concedes networked renewables are more than capable of supplying cheap, reliable base-load power.

As for cheap, experts forecast a doubling in electricity prices if new coal-fired stations are built while coal is no longer seen as a form of base load even in China.

Last year China’s State Grid’s R&D chief Huang Han dismissed coal’s claim to be an indispensable source of “base load” generation. As the network operator builds out its clean power sources, coal-fired generators could only serve as “reserve power” to supplement renewables.

Incapable of little more than sloganeering, the vacuous Abbott’s role in the climate wars is to set a back-marker in our national conversation. After decades of paralysing, time-wasting “debate” the government can then achieve a compromise; build a few coal-fired power stations itself. The media is full of constructive suggestion on how the politics should be taken out of energy.

Both sides need to come to a sensible compromise; adopt at least half of government idiocy?

Coal? As even a failed former Health Minister, impossibly indulged by his crafty mentor John Howard, Abbott should know, coal poses one of the most significant health issues of our time.

While mining, transport and burning must be included in any cost calculation, coal imposes an incalculable cost on the health and well-being of those whose lives are affected, if not ruined by pollution, economic losses and environment damage to water sources, land and food production.

No-one on Coalition megaphone 2GB will challenge Abbott’s blatant lies but they could also point to huge costs in climate change and extreme weather events caused by coal burning.

Cheapest? Costs of coal are soaring across the globe. All published studies indicate that the true cost of coal is much greater than the market price. There’s complete consensus. Coal is crap, Tony.

Energy ministers and other coal lobby lackeys typically pretend coal is cheap. Yet its real costs are passed on to the long-term budgets of other departments. Even our Chief Scientist admits this.

In a Senate estimates hearing at the start of the month, Alan Finkel noted: “The actual cost of bringing on new coal in this country per megawatt-hour is projected to be substantially more expensive than the cost of bringing on wind or solar.”

Abbott has not read Alan Finkel’s work. Nor will he. His mind is made up. He and Russell Broadbent are convinced, moreover, that any emissions-lowering policy will boost power prices.

Abbott and his Carbonistas show a Malcolm Roberts’ level of scepticism on climate change.

When Senator Roberts asked if it were a scientist’s role to be sceptical, Alan Finkel replied: “All the scientists I know have a healthy degree of scepticism, but healthy is an important word there.

“You have to have an open mind, but not so open your brain leaks out.”

Doing the coal lobby’s bidding involves a type of lobotomy but the Coalition has been at it for some time. Denying reality in climate change is another proud tradition which goes back to St John Howard who squandered the entire proceeds of a mineral boom while weaseling out of any real responsibility for the environment or climate. It’s never been serious about either.

Half of Alan Finkel’s panel may be well be power corporation representatives but pandering to vested interests in energy is a long-term trend for us. In 1997 we took an industry lobby to negotiate Kyoto. As Sarah Gill notes we “comprehensively cheesed off” the European Union by demanding a free ride and, after almost derailing consensus, we refused to ratify Kyoto after all.

Gill makes the case we out-Trumped Trump in dodgy deals on climate change. Kyoto was set up for nations to agree to reduce emissions yet Australia secured permission to increase them by eight per cent. By including emissions from land clearing, we were able to inflate our 1990 baseline by 30% which made our 2012 target impossible to miss.

Direct Action dweeb Greg Hunt was fond of crowing about how we’d meet or beat our target, which amounted to 0.5% of our 1990 emissions yet our absolute emissions are rising. In 2020 they will be higher than they were in 2000. How’s that for emission reduction?

Greg’s Direct Action scam doesn’t get much airplay these days and Greg’s been shunted sideways to Health where he’s got us all on side with his declaration of love for private health insurance and how we could learn a lot from the US Health system. We’ll all heed his warning, too, on how the recent Senate easing of rules for medicinal cannabis for terminally ill patients could be fatal.

Yet Greg has voiced no regret at wasting $2.23 billion on a scheme that paid beneficiaries to plant trees that may have been planted anyway while relaxed land clearing laws in NSW and Queensland wiped out any of the gains. No apology. We understand. Taking cheap potshots at the judiciary would make big demands on your time. In the meantime, emissions continue.

As Reputex reported, last year, “the rate of annual emissions growth continues to outpace credits contracted by the [fund].” In other words, DA did less than sweet bugger all to stop polluters.

“This growth is driven by Australia’s largest emitting companies, which have … not participated in the [fund] due to the voluntary nature of the scheme, and the large up-front costs.”

Always careful with expenditure and a stickler for accountability, Captain Kangaroo, Peter Dutton, meanwhile joins Tony Abbott in continuing his government’s attack on the legal system over the momentous decision to award $70 million damages plus $20 million legal costs to 1905 Manus Island detainees in an out of court settlement this week.

Slater and Gordon, Dutton says are “ambulance-chasers”. Labor lawyers.

Abbott madly attacks the presiding judges, for siding with the victims despite the settlement being negotiated between the government’s and plaintiff’s lawyers. Dutton is in denial.

It’s no admission of liability, he claims. Rather, in the parallel universe he and his government inhabit, it is a “prudent outcome”. Certainly, it averts a six-month damages trial in which the Commonwealth and its contractors would be accused of negligence and false imprisonment.

In the real world, however, it is a momentous decision and a landmark admission of liability which blows the whistle on years of Coalition pretence that Australia’s offshore detention is the responsibility of the nations hosting our camps. It also provides direct refutation of government claims that detainees were well looked after.

Mr Kamasaee, a 35-year-old Iranian, who needed treatment for severe burns he suffered as s child, described his experience as degrading and cruel.

“I came to Australia seeking peace, but I was sent to Manus, which was hell,” he said. “Every day in the harsh sun, my skin felt like it was on fire. I was in pain every minute of every day … I cried every night until I had nothing left.

“This case is not just about me, it is about everyone who has been trapped on Manus Island. Our voices have never been listened to, but today we are finally being heard.”

No compensation can make up for the torture endured by the men on Manus. Now that the legal fiction that they are not Australia’s responsibility has been destroyed, the men should be brought to Australia immediately. PNG warns that it will close the centre permanently 31 October.

Dutton ought to resign immediately for failing his duty of care while the government needs to abandon its secrecy and explain clearly what it intends to do after the centre is closed. As in so many areas of this chaotic government, the plan seems to be to wait and see what turns up.

Backward-looking, ever desperate for evasion and diversion, the Turnbull government is beset with a series of crises. There’s more to it than nostalgia or simple coal-lust. A retreat into the past is the only option for a Coalition government caught with no policy, let alone an environment or energy policy.

It has relied instead on populist posturing on border protection and punitive detention in a regime of secrecy, unaccountability, evasion and bare-faced denial – and it has been caught out.

Time to face the music. Instead, a battle of the bands erupts as the Point Piper Set amps up its catchy Blueprint for the Future: Independent Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market, a concerto fantasy for two conductors in homage to Philip Glass, another innovator, whose music some find challenging because it doesn’t go anywhere.

The Turnbull government’s bastardised Blueprint for a world class electricity system, widely reviled by Carbonistas everywhere as The Finkel Review may fail to provide a political road map to allow an endangered coalition a safe exit from an energy policy highway as intended but it is to be praised at least for highlighting a terminally conflicted and out of touch government devoid of ideas or real plans hell-bent on substituting politicking for policy.

Serious questions are raised over Turnbull’s lack of leadership, finally, in his endorsement of his three ministers’ extraordinary, co-ordinated political attack on the Victorian judiciary. Any democratically-elected government which sets itself above the law; which fails to respect the separation of powers between the judiciary and the parliament forfeits its legitimacy.

There’s a better than even chance, according to some experts that Hunt, Tudge and Sukkar may help it out of its misery.

639 thoughts on “A Fig for Contempt!

    • Those charges are a “Look over there” unicorn given the current bullshit. 28 years to do something and they choose this Grenfell moment ? Yeah , just a coincidence.

  1. Tonight’s ABC Ahn Brush With Fame is a must watch, imo, Dr Fiona Wood.

    [Anh paints burns specialist & 2005 Australian of the Year Fiona Wood. The daughter of a Yorkshire miner became one of our greatest medical minds & inspires Anh with her enthusiasm & optimism. #AnhsBrushWithFame ]

  2. Gravel – Out of the ‘blue’ during the arvo I went to comment and found I was logged out.

    The WordPress user-ID and password worked for me.

  3. Because of Murdoch’s The Sun in its reporting of the Hillsborough disaster, The Sun’s sales never recovered in Liverpool, because ‘A Scouser Never Buys The Sun.’

    I don’t care when or why, those bastards responsible for that horror and its coverup need to face their crimes.

    And the UK Football Association too for the way they treated their customers like just so much vermin.

  4. Pyne apologises.

    He was set up. He spoke at a meeting for 200 ‘moderate’ Liberal allies at an after-party following the federal Liberal Council dinner on Friday night. He thought he was safe, speaking to a friendly audience in a bar at Sydney’s Star. No doubt he had had a lot to drink at both events.

    He should have known better. Whoever leaked the recording was a plant, sent in to see what Pyne had to say and to report the evidence. Result – embarrassment for Pyne and Turnbull .

    How very neat, with Abbott’s speech to the IPA due yesterday amid all the fallout from Pyne blabbing about same sex marriage, followed by the right-wing faction demanding changes to the front bench and the removal of Pyne as Leader of the House.

    The nut job faction is out-foxing the Turnbull faction. Will there be a leadership spill soon, or will they allow Turnbull to twist in the breeze for a while longer?

  5. 17 November 2005

    Amcom Telecommunications has entered a 20 year agreement with the South Australian Broadband Research and Education Network (SABRENet) to build, manage and access a $7.35 million 10gigabit per second fibre-optic network throughout Adelaide.

    The project will be funded by SABRENet with Amcom contributing approximately 11 percent of construction costs. Construction is expected to take 12 months and has been subcontracted in back-to-back arrangements with Amcom’s principle contractor, which will also be financing Amcom’s contribution to the construction cost over a five year period.

    SABRENet, however said that the federal minister for education, science and training Brendan Nelson has approved $6.55 million for the project, which would “position South Australia as the first state to extend the Australian Research and Education Network (AREN) to all major research sites, campuses, teaching hospitals and technology precincts.”

    https://www.itwire.com/networking/2688-amcom-to-build-adelaide-wide-10gbps-fibre-net.html

    Also:
    https://www.computerworld.com.au/article/621232/south-australia-goes-local-for-gigabit-broadband-network/

    The network could be extended to Whyalla and Mt Gambier too.

  6. Instead of SABReNet SA is saddled with fraudband

    A cartoon from Wilcox re safety of London towerblock housing

  7. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Me oh my! Greg Sheridan writes about the “more or less complete political bankruptcy of the federal Liberal Party, its comprehensive capitulation to Labor in political ideas.” Modern Liberals are “rotten to the core”, he says. Google.
    /opinion/columnists/greg-sheridan/modern-liberals-are-rotten-to-their-core-beliefs/news-story/435b7c99ffbce407b15624f2f07acf8b
    Michelle Grattan says that Turnbull is being buffeted by a toxic mix of factional bitterness, revenge and ambition, Ouch!
    https://theconversation.com/abbott-on-a-mission-to-destroy-is-stepping-up-his-stalking-of-turnbull-80230
    Adele Ferguson writes that The corporate watchdog has been called on to investigate recent trading of Aveo’s shares ahead of the company announcing a $145 million buy back this week.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/raise-an-eyebrow–calls-for-probe-into-aveo-share-trading-20170628-gx08sa.html
    This editorial from the SMH says it’s time for a good rejuvenation of the regulations around the retirement village industry.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/smh-editorial/retirement-village-regulation-needs-rejuvenation-20170628-gx0dc2.html
    Morrison has some tough talk for the states when it comes to gas exploration. Google.
    /national-affairs/treasury/scott-morrisons-gst-threat-for-states-if-they-limit-gas-exploration/news-story/733a00af3b341c1ee9eea0d06d6539ea
    Julia Gillard has penned a good piece on the stigma around mental health.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jun/29/julia-gillard-the-stigma-around-mental-health-nearly-cost-australia-its-greatest-leader
    What a cesspool FIFA was/is!
    http://www.smh.com.au/sport/soccer/swiss-probe-into-australian-world-cup-bid-payments-20170628-gx0lih.html
    Two neurosurgeons met at a hospital, formed a “deep emotional bond” and began taking the party drug GHB together on weekends. In 2013, the junior doctor died of a heroin overdose after planning to quit GHB, and the senior doctor has now been suspended for three months. Bloody hell!
    http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/neurosurgeon-suspended-for-drug-use-after-fatal-overdose-of-doctor-friend-20170628-gx0jep.html
    Andrew Street gives Abbott quite a serve here.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/view-from-the-street/tony-abbott-spokesman-for-relevence-deprivation-syndrome-20170627-gx00ox.html

  8. Okay, I’m in moderation, but have been able to log in through twitter. WordPress just doesn’t want to know me at the moment. I’ll live with it.

    Whiny piney must have got the rounds of the kitchen what a lot of grovelling he is doing.

  9. Section 2 . . .

    The Australian’s David Crowe writes that a clash over Liberal Party reform is about to give Tony Abbott a new platform from which to attack Malcolm Turnbull, amid growing concern over the former prime minister’s “frontal assault” on the government as it slumps in the opinion polls. Abbott will join fellow conservatives this Saturday to debate giving party members more power, before a summit of members next month that will test the Prime Minister’s authority. Google.
    /national-affairs/fears-abbott-attack-damaging-party/news-story/f41834e8211bfa6a60d2b8564c0073fa
    Senate Republicans were scrambling behind the scenes to save their stalled – and deeply unpopular – healthcare overhaul from collapse on Wednesday after mounting concerns and a divided party forced them to postpone a vote this week. There’s a reason for this – the bill is immoral.
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/28/senate-republican-healthcare-bill-vote-mitch-mcconnell
    The Independent Australia has a “leaked” copy of the new citizenship test. Quite a good spoof.
    https://independentaustralia.net/life/life-display/can-you-pass-the-straya-citizenship-test,10449
    This invigorated superbug is quite a worry.
    http://www.smh.com.au/victoria/if-this-fails-shell-lose-her-leg-australias-looming-superbug-crisis-20170627-gx01jk.html
    ASIC would no longer need to tip off targets of its investigations before obtaining a search warrant, something it must sometimes do today, under draft recommendations from a key government taskforce. This should be a no-brainer!
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/asic-shouldnt-have-to-forewarn-search-warrant-targets-review-20170628-gx09ha.html
    Reversal of the Fair Work Commission’s decision to reduce Sunday penalty rates in industries including the hospitality and retail sectors could lead to industrial “chaos” and reduce wages to a political “plaything” experts warn.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace-relations/reversal-of-penalty-rates-decision-would-be-a-retrograde-step-says-aig-20170628-gx0ho4.html
    The middle ground on US health care is not the answer. What is needed is a universal system.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jun/28/trumpcare-popular-universal-healthcare
    Duterte has told soldiers trying to suppress uprising linked to Isis that that he will protect them if they accidentally kill civilians. Trump would love it!
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/28/philippines-duterte-tells-troops-fighting-isis-militants-not-to-worry-about-civilian-deaths
    The federal government had to find another $57 million to cope with the popularity of the much-maligned myGov web service, the National Audit Office has revealed.
    http://www.smh.com.au/national/public-service/mygov-victim-of-its-own-success-say-auditors-20170626-gwyg7x.html

  10. Section 3 . . .

    In a bizarre effort Trump threatens to lap a tax on Amazon that they are already paying! Google.
    /lifestyle/travel/world/donald-trumps-bizarre-tax-swipe-at-amazon-20170628-gx0t2u
    It seems Prissy has had some rather directed coaching over his SSM remarks.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/malcolm-turnbull-blasts-personality-politics-amid-latest-tony-abbott-policy-intervention-20170628-gx02vq.html
    Phil Coorey writes about Pyne’s rare backwards step. Google.
    /news/politics/christopher-pyne-apologises-amid-calls-to-dump-him-20170628-gx0hsb
    Latika Bourke wonders if Pyne’s recent performance could ironically lead to the fall of the moderates.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-opinion/could-christopher-pynes-hubris-prove-the-catalyst-for-the-fall-of-the-coalition-moderates-20170627-gwzxyt.html
    Soapy has cleared the decks of the troublesome Administrative Appeals Tribunal, making more than 60 appointments including several people with Liberal Party links. Fancy that!
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/george-brandis-clears-out-infuriating-tribunal-20170628-gx071l.html
    Peter Martin bemoans a lost opportunity with regard to the census.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/census-2016-if-only-the-abs-asked-the-right-questions-20170628-gx097b.html
    Wayne Swan tells us that Trump is just another trickle-down insider.
    http://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2017/06/28/wayne-swan-trump-sanders/
    George Pell has got his hands full in the Vatican.
    http://www.smh.com.au/world/vatican-chief-auditor-libero-milones-abrupt-departure-a-worry-for-cardinal-pell-20170627-gwzyhf.html
    Mungo MacCallum’s had enough of Potatohead.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/mungo-maccallum-dutton-citizenship-and-that-pesky-rule-of-law,10446
    Has the Department of Human Services come to its senses?
    http://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/public-service/thousands-of-new-public-service-jobs-20170628-gx0ag8.html

  11. BK
    Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 7:17 am

    Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Me oh my! Greg Sheridan writes about the “more or less complete political bankruptcy of the federal Liberal Party, its comprehensive capitulation to Labor in political ideas.” Modern Liberals are “rotten to the core”, he says. Google.
    /opinion/columnists/greg-sheridan/modern-liberals-are-rotten-to-their-core-beliefs/news-story/435b7c99ffbce407b15624f2f07acf8b
    Michelle Grattan says that Turnbull is being buffeted by a toxic mix of factional bitterness, revenge and ambition, Ouch!
    https://theconversation.com/abbott-on-a-mission-to-destroy-is-stepping-up-his-stalking-of-turnbull-80230
    Adele Ferguson writes that The corporate watchdog has been called on to investigate recent trading of Aveo’s shares ahead of the company announcing a $145 million buy back this week.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/raise-an-eyebrow–calls-for-probe-into-aveo-share-trading-20170628-gx08sa.html
    This editorial from the SMH says it’s time for a good rejuvenation of the regulations around the retirement village industry.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/smh-editorial/retirement-village-regulation-needs-rejuvenation-20170628-gx0dc2.html
    Morrison has some tough talk for the states when it comes to gas exploration. Google.
    /national-affairs/treasury/scott-morrisons-gst-threat-for-states-if-they-limit-gas-exploration/news-story/733a00af3b341c1ee9eea0d06d6539ea
    Julia Gillard has penned a good piece on the stigma around mental health.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jun/29/julia-gillard-the-stigma-around-mental-health-nearly-cost-australia-its-greatest-leader
    What a cesspool FIFA was/is!
    http://www.smh.com.au/sport/soccer/swiss-probe-into-australian-world-cup-bid-payments-20170628-gx0lih.html
    Two neurosurgeons met at a hospital, formed a “deep emotional bond” and began taking the party drug GHB together on weekends. In 2013, the junior doctor died of a heroin overdose after planning to quit GHB, and the senior doctor has now been suspended for three months. Bloody hell!
    http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/neurosurgeon-suspended-for-drug-use-after-fatal-overdose-of-doctor-friend-20170628-gx0jep.html
    Andrew Street gives Abbott quite a serve here.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/view-from-the-street/tony-abbott-spokesman-for-relevence-deprivation-syndrome-20170627-gx00ox.html

  12. Let’s try this.

    Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Me oh my! Greg Sheridan writes about the “more or less complete political bankruptcy of the federal Liberal Party, its comprehensive capitulation to Labor in political ideas.” Modern Liberals are “rotten to the core”, he says. Google.
    /opinion/columnists/greg-sheridan/modern-liberals-are-rotten-to-their-core-beliefs/news-story/435b7c99ffbce407b15624f2f07acf8b
    Michelle Grattan says that Turnbull is being buffeted by a toxic mix of factional bitterness, revenge and ambition, Ouch!
    https://theconversation.com/abbott-on-a-mission-to-destroy-is-stepping-up-his-stalking-of-turnbull-80230
    Adele Ferguson writes that The corporate watchdog has been called on to investigate recent trading of Aveo’s shares ahead of the company announcing a $145 million buy back this week.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/raise-an-eyebrow–calls-for-probe-into-aveo-share-trading-20170628-gx08sa.html

  13. Section 1b . . .

    This editorial from the SMH says it’s time for a good rejuvenation of the regulations around the retirement village industry.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/smh-editorial/retirement-village-regulation-needs-rejuvenation-20170628-gx0dc2.html
    Morrison has some tough talk for the states when it comes to gas exploration. Google.
    /national-affairs/treasury/scott-morrisons-gst-threat-for-states-if-they-limit-gas-exploration/news-story/733a00af3b341c1ee9eea0d06d6539ea
    Julia Gillard has penned a good piece on the stigma around mental health.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jun/29/julia-gillard-the-stigma-around-mental-health-nearly-cost-australia-its-greatest-leader
    What a cesspool FIFA was/is!
    http://www.smh.com.au/sport/soccer/swiss-probe-into-australian-world-cup-bid-payments-20170628-gx0lih.html
    Two neurosurgeons met at a hospital, formed a “deep emotional bond” and began taking the party drug GHB together on weekends. In 2013, the junior doctor died of a heroin overdose after planning to quit GHB, and the senior doctor has now been suspended for three months. Bloody hell!
    http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/neurosurgeon-suspended-for-drug-use-after-fatal-overdose-of-doctor-friend-20170628-gx0jep.html
    Andrew Street gives Abbott quite a serve here.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/view-from-the-street/tony-abbott-spokesman-for-relevence-deprivation-syndrome-20170627-gx00ox.html

  14. “Anxiety and depression are just like any other medical condition – you need to have an action plan to manage your recovery and get better. And most people do recover.”

    Julia Gillard’s voice in BK’s link.

  15. So Santos has put pressure on the government because they really, really want their Narrabri/Pilliga gas field stupidity to go ahead, and they really want to turn the rest of the country into one giant gas field as well. That pressure has resulted in Scummo trying to be tough, making threats about cutting GST funds to states that won’t agree to unrestrained gas exploration and the ruination of our water supply and farm land.

    Isn’t it amazing how much power a big company has. Does Santos pay tax? Santos is one of the big tax dodgers, using loopholes to delay or avoid paying tax.
    https://www.northernstar.com.au/news/glng-spending-delays-tax/2845461/

    Santos is responsible for the myth of an Australian gas shortage.
    http://www.news.com.au/finance/business/mining/the-absurdity-of-australia-facing-a-gas-shortage/news-story/7ce0d2e9bf0029d6049a90bcfa4243a3

    Santos wants to keep gas flowing into their Gladstone facility and to do that they need to extract more gas and build more pipelines.Hang the environment, profits must be maintained.
    https://independentaustralia.net/business/business-display/queensland-lng-sector-continues-to-drag-santos-down,9958

    Scummo has forgotten (if he ever knew) about the legislative requirement for the states to agree to any changes in distribution of GST funds.

    The key principles for determining sharing/distribution of GST revenue are found at clauses D63-D67 inclusive. They put the formal responsibility for distribution/relativity decisions on the Commonwealth Treasurer (currently Scott Morrison) but with this crucial proviso:

    D65 The Commonwealth Treasurer will determine the GST revenue sharing relativities, which embody per capita financial needs based on recommendations of the Commonwealth Grants Commission, after consulting with each State and Territory

    http://www.cdu.edu.au/conference/gov-summit/index.php/2017/03/26/is-scomo-a-bastard-for-cutting-nts-gst-funding/

    Getting the states to agree to a cut in funding for the NT might be relatively easy, but getting them all to agree on an across-the-board cut is going to be impossible. Threats don’t work. Scummo needs to use what little brain he has and find a way to persuade the states to agree to open slather on gas exploration, and that’s not going to be easy. State governments heading towards elections know CSG is a real vote loser. It’s how the Greens came to win a seat in Northern NSW in 2015 and came within a whisker of winning a second. There’s a lesson in there for Scummo, if he has the brains to see it.

  16. i feel like the worst kind of traitor this morning.

    I’ve just taken a stray cat to the pound. A big, handsome black and white tomcat, a real sook with lovely manners, obviously an abandoned pet. He’s been sneaking into the laundry at night and eating the girls’ cat food for a while, but I haven’t been able to get him confined until now. It’s been wet and cold and he decided he should live inside. He spent the night sleeping on some sewing, ate breakfast and then went back to bed. It was easy to plonk him in the cat carrier and take him away. To make things worse, he was an angel in the car. No yowling, no trying to escape, he just curled up in the carrier on a fluffy towel and behaved himself.

    Now he’s finally gone. It’s nasty, winning confidence just so you can get rid of a cat. He would have been a good pet. If I had not already had two cats I would have been tempted to keep him. I suppose he will be put down soon. No-one is going to want to adopt a huge bloke cat with a huge appetite. His only chance now is to win over the staff at the pound so they send him off to the RSPCA shelter for possible adoption. (The RSPCA run the pound and a shelter here). The nice women at the pound seemed to think he was a lovely, handsome boy, so maybe there is a glimmer of hope.

    • I know how you feel and I sympathise. Not all cats sent to the pound are put down. Some pounds advertise for a while. In my case, I was relieved when “Snowball” left for good. He was chasing my old cat, so I chased him too. He was not a stray. He had a home.

    • I would like to think he was microchipped, but I doubt it. He hadn’t been desd. You don’t have a cat microchipped but not bother to have them ‘fixed’. He obviously had no proper home, although he knew all about cat flaps and staff manipulation, so I think he was probably abandoned when someone left the area. I don’t think there’s any hope of a happy reunion with a lost family. Abandoned cats and dogs happens a lot around here and I can’t say how much I loathe people who do that sort of thing.

  17. George Pell charged with historical sexual assault offences

    Cardinal George Pell has been charged with multiple counts of historical sexual assault offences and ordered to appear in a Melbourne court next month.

    Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton said the Vatican-based cardinal was required to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on July 18.

    He said the charges were served on Cardinal Pell’s legal representatives in Melbourne, and that they involved multiple complainants>/blockquote>
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-29/cardinal-george-pell-charged-sexual-assault-offences/8547668

  18. Pope Francis has defrocked an Italian priest found guilty of the sexual abuse of minors, reversing an earlier decision to reduce his punishment, the diocese at the heart of the scandal said Wednesday.

    Mauro Inzoli, 67, was defrocked in 2012 after he was first accused of paedophilia, but that decision was reversed in 2014, when Pope Francis ordered him to stay away from minors and retire to “a life of prayer and humble discretion”.

    https://www.thelocal.it/20170628/pope-defrocks-don-mercedes-priest-convicted-of-sex-abuse

    • The acreages we did in spring are going very well with the natives dominating but the plots we seeded a few months ago when we though the season had broken are a wait and see” job.

  19. Abbott urges government to consider nuclear submarines
    http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/06/29/abbott-urges-government-consider-nuclear-submarines

    Meanwhile –

    If Credlin is right then Abbott is just wrecking his own party because he can, not because of any belief he could do better than Turnbull. I don’t believe her, I think Abbott desperately wants to be PM again and is so deluded he believes he could last longer than Menzies.

    Extra reading –
    Alan Austin.
    News Corp boosts return of Tony Abbott
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/news-corp-boosts-return-of-tony-abbott,10452

  20. Julia Gillard has written in her John Curtin prime ministerial library’s anniversary lecture.
    “Curtin’s psychological battles would stay with him his whole life, but despite this – or perhaps, in part, because of it – he would become the greatest of our prime ministers.”

    I reckon she has nailed his position in history spot on. I was too young to vote for him and his party but, as an 11-year-old, I new our country was in safe hands. Everything I have read of him since reinforces that young boy’s naive judgement.

  21. Here’s a question –

    Why is Lee Rhiannon suddenly being lauded as a heroine of the ultra-left, referred to as Australia’s Jeremy Corbyn and talked up as the possible founder of a new socialist-left party?

    The woman is a nutter. The federal Greens didn’t want her in the senate but she was given a ticket by the NSW branch. All she did was stick to the nSW Greens policy on education funding, as she should have done, because the idiot Greens had never bothered to fix their silly loophole that allows the states to decide how their senators will vote. Laziness? Stupidity? Just being Greens? Take your pick.

    The other day there was a lengthy piece in Independent Australia that suggested Ms Rhiannon should team up with Sally McManus, supposedly too ‘left’ to ever be a Labor MP or senator, and form this mythical new socialist party. I’ve neverr seen such rubbish from IA before and I hope never to see any more like it.

    We don’t need an Australian Corbyn, Labor here is on course to win the next election. Labor is not in danger of becoming an irrelevant rump, like their UK cousin was, not so long ago.

    Shorten is doing an excellent job as leader. it’s not his fault if the usual Labor(?) whingers never bother to watch his speeches and town hall meetings. We can tell, he is doing a great job because the MSM, desperate to save Fizza, have resorted to leadershit as a last attack, all others having failed.

    I just don’t understand why a former Communist, someone who, it is alleged, was once being groomed by the KGB, an absolute loon of a woman who was useless in the NSW upper House and just as useless in the senate should suddenly become idol of the week. Can anyone explain?

    • Anyway I like Sally McManus
      I thought Lee Rhiannon’s stance on Gonski 2.0 was the right one
      I am not happy with Richard Di Natale’s leadership of the Greens and even less happy with his brother-in-law Greg Barber

    • I like Sally MsManus too. I think Lee Rhiannon did the right thing, and that’s probabyy the first time I’ve ever agreed with anything she did or said. Di Natale seems to have some sort of vendetta in progress. Accusing Ms Rhiannon of wrecking his Gonski 2.0 negotiations with the government won’t wash – the Greens voted against the bill anyway.

  22. BK – Good that the established stuff going well.

    As for the Autumn try out it’s no different to any other cereal planted then. You do your best to have a realistic look at ground moisture and if you go ahead and make the investment you’re on tender hooks until around the end of August.

    Lots of finger crossing.

  23. If Abbott is made GG, then the Republican movement will get droves of new members wanting the GG elected by the people (not my preferred model, because of the USA Prez elections circus}. It would be the end of Tones beloved Monarchy in this country, that is for sure,

  24. leonetwo

    Australia does need a “Jeremy Corbyn”.not to replace Shorten but to call out the Murdoch and Neo liberal Emperor as having no clothes. Shorten is sure to win but when in office will he call their bluff or play nice ? Time will tell.

    I am still wary of Shorten as in WA his union in was only too willing to play nice with scum like Western Mining. Doing deals that saw pay and work conditions go down hill just so they could get site coverage. I know because i worked in the industry at the time and saw what happened to the pay packet and conditions. Membership numbers rather than workers seemed the order of the day and not just from his union.

    For a real ran just mention the @#$#$$$##~~~!!!!!!! Shoppies union 🙂

    • My worry is that Shorten, when elected, will do a Krudd and give appointments to Liberal stooges. I have my reservations about policy (detention camps, grovelling support for Adani, mining and CSG and more) but I can’t fault Shorten’s speeches and public appearances. He just keeps getting better.

      I hope he does not make the usual Labor leader pilgrimage to New York to kiss Ruprtt’s ring, as Krudd and Julia did. That was truly sickening.

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