Liu Xiaobo Has Died

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Some of you may ask, who was Liu Xiaobo?

A Chinese scholar, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010.

A proponent of human rights, someone who called for political reform in China. Someone who was brave enough to campaign for political rights – indeed, for the end of single-party rule in China. Someone who was made a political prisoner, convicted in 2009.

He died of liver cancer today.

Requiesce in pace

Why is this important?

Because we all know what happens to a country when critics are silenced.

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1,011 thoughts on “Liu Xiaobo Has Died

  1. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    The new series of Game of Thrones blew up Foxtel’s on-demand stream. Actually I found the episode to be underwhelming,
    http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/foxtel-customers-left-frustrated-at-game-of-thrones-problems-during-series-premiere-20170717-gxd56u.html
    Michael Pascoe writes about the PR offensive Medibank Private is going on in light of poor performance and outrageous profits.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/medibank-hits-the-pr-trail-to-cover-failures-20170717-gxcn6u.html
    Bill Shorten says Labor is prepared to pass legislation giving effect to the Finkel review this year, and has called for the Turnbull government to sit down with the opposition to craft a bipartisan solution.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/jul/17/bill-shorten-says-labor-willing-to-pass-finkel-legislation-to-prevent-climate-brawling
    Millions of Australians will see their internet speeds fall when they are moved on to the National Broadband Network, despite still being charged the same for access. The cost structure of the superfast internet project — required in order to pay back the federal government $49 billion in construction costs — has meant ¬telcos are being charged very high prices for downloads. What an absolute disgrace! Google.
    /national-affairs/nbn-costs-put-brake-on-internet-speeds/news-story/3f7e7de5cc214fa8646f05d03316c1b5
    What has America descended into?
    http://www.smh.com.au/world/police-officer-who-shot-justine-damond-had-less-than-two-years-experience-20170717-gxd69m.html
    Four out of five businesses advertising Australian jobs on Chinese, Korean and Spanish language websites are offering illegal pay rates as low as $4.20 per hour, a new audit has found. Come on Michaelia, put some of that venom of yours to good use!
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace-relations/chinese-korean-and-spanish-websites-advertise-illegal-pay-rates-as-little-as-420-an-hour-20170717-gxcl3h.html
    Renewables could cut pensioners’ energy bills if the government had the ticker. Instead, Craig Kelly scapegoats them for the Liberals’ seniors policy failures, writes Tom Allen.
    https://newmatilda.com/2017/07/17/old-thinking-betrays-australias-seniors/
    Skyrocketing heating costs have nothing to do with renewables and everything to do with the Coalition’s ineffectual energy policies, says John Passant. Yes, people will die this winter but it’s not sue to renewables!
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/mr-kelly-and-mr-turnbull-people-will-die-this-winter-but-not-due-to-renewables,10507
    Trump’s “Made in America Week” is already backfiring bigly.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2017/07/17/trumps-made-in-america-week-is-already-backfiring-spectacular_a_23033555/?utm_hp_ref=au-homepage

  2. Section 2 . . .

    What are the odds of three Senate candidates without a snowflake’s chance in hell of winning the seats they were pursuing at the 2016 election suddenly finding themselves gifted places courtesy of the Constitution? Michelle Grattan presses the Greens to put forward its number three candidate for the vacant senate seat.
    https://theconversation.com/greens-should-press-jordon-steele-john-to-stay-in-senate-seat-he-is-set-to-get-81113
    The Liberal party will split unless the looming New South Wales convention on preselection rules allows ordinary members to vote for candidates, former party president candidate John Ruddick has warned.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/jul/17/liberals-warned-party-will-split-if-nsw-preselection-reforms-rejected
    Businesses committed to buying renewable energy, and those with no intention of doing so, all believe their decision will save them money. That conundrum is one of the standout findings in a survey of leading Australian companies and their approach to renewable energy by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). Somebody’s got their sums all wrong.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/energy/somebodys-got-it-wrong-on-renewables-20170717-gxclo8.html
    NSW NRL culture in the spotlight yet again.
    http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/state-of-origin/nswrl-to-investigate-claim-josh-dugan-blake-ferguson-spent-eight-hours-in-pub-20170717-gxd2co.html
    War with Iran is back on the table thanks to Trump.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jul/17/war-with-iran-possible-donald-trump-foreign-policy
    Australia has 200,000 more homes sitting empty than it had a decade ago, new figures show, despite the country grappling with a housing supply shortage that is pushing the cost of a first home beyond many of its residents. Here’s a golden opportunity to take the heat off the housing crisis and/or boost revenue.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/census-snapshot-one-million-homes-left-empty-across-australia-20170717-gxcpiw.html
    The Turnbull government is poised to go ahead with the creation of a national security super-department that would bring together ASIO, the Australian Federal Police, Australian Border Force and other agencies. All that meat and no potato . . . . YET!
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/peter-dutton-to-head-merged-asio-afp-and-border-force-super-security-department-20170717-gxcpgl.html
    Human rights advocate and barrister Julian Burnside AO discusses Border Force’s increased interest in Australian citizens, as PM Malcolm Turnbull announces greater powers for the Australian Defence Force. He says Border Force is a threat to us all.
    https://independentaustralia.net/life/life-display/border-force-a-threat-to-us-all1,10509

  3. Section 3 . . .

    Paula Matthewson on Turnbull’s Kim Jong-un moment with the military props.
    http://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2017/07/17/malcolm-turnbull-military/
    David Wroe says Turnbull must explain the motives for this huge change to a system that is working OK. It wouldn’t be for the sake of politics would it, he concludes.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-opinion/malcolm-turnbull-needs-to-explain-why-hes-shaking-up-a-national-security-system-that-is-working-20170717-gxczcz.html
    Seven obliterates Amber Harrison.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/seven-network-obliterates-chief-executives-former-mistress-who-is-left-penniless-20170717-gxcw4r.html
    Jenna Price on why sex with the boss never ends well.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/sex-with-the-boss-why-it-will-never-end-well-20170717-gxciu1.html
    Caroline Wilson says this is a wake-up call that the AFL’s Gillon McLachlan cannot afford to ignore.
    http://www.theage.com.au/afl/afl-news/this-is-a-wakeup-call-gillon-mclachlan-cannot-ignore-20170717-gxczid.html
    Australia’s offshore immigration detention program has cost the federal government at least $5 billion since 2012, new figures have confirmed.
    http://www.smh.com.au/national/public-service/cost-for-australias-offshore-immigration-detention-near-5-billion-20170716-gxci97.html

  4. Section 4 . . . Cartoon Corner

    Nice work from Matt Golding on the new super-agency.

    Golding really has some fun with Turnbull’s use of military props.

    Cathy Wilcox goes after Mesma.

    Paul Zanetti on Julie Bishop’s nice takedown of Trump.

    Mark Knight gives us “The Game of Tones”.

    And so does David Rowe.

    Roy Taylor on high power prices.

    A cruel view of Manus by Alan Moir.

    David Pope returns from a long break and invokes the new Dr Who to remind us of our recent prime ministerial past.
    http://www.smh.com.au/photogallery/federal-politics/cartoons/david-pope-20120214-1t3j0
    Pat Clement with Trump as a role model.
    http://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/8f705a4bf661c8f49a5f73234460f9c8

  5. Will Turnbull sit down with Shorten to come up with an energy solution?

    Of course he won’t.

    Turnbull and his media fans love to accuse Shorten and Labor of being negative, they drag that hoary old line out every time Labor manages to defeat yet another piece of government nastiness in the senate. Let’s not mention their praise for Abbott when he was the personification of negativity. Negativity is wonderful in a Liberal opposition leader but appalling when it’s a Labor opposition leader, according to our ever-so-unbiased MSM. They never mention the times Shorten has offered to co-operate in finding a bi-partisan solution for an issue

    Here, in no particular order, is a handy list of some of the times Shorten has offered to help find a bi-partisan solution to an issue plaguing the government.

    The design of our new submarines.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/mar/24/bill-shorten-calls-for-bipartisan-solution-on-submarines

    A fix for the WA GST problem.
    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/pm-dragging-heels-on-gst-when-bipartisan-fix-needed-shorten/news-story/610fe71a557e90424ea09a6cc16cd871

    Affordable childcare.
    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/shorten-backs-push-for-affordable-childcare-but-foreign-nannies-not-the-solution/news-story/405f573e48beece297756b3315518bc3

    Marriage equality.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/bill-shorten-to-work-with-liberal-mp-warren-entsch-on-bipartisan-process-on-samesex-marriage-20150531-ghdeog.html

    Investigating abuse of detainees on Nauru.
    http://www.bluemountainsgazette.com.au/story/4094174/shorten-calls-for-joint-nauru-visit-with-prime-minister-malcolm-turnbull/

    There’s more, if you care to Google.

    Turnbull did not take up any of these offers, of course.

    Turnbull is hamstrung by the Rabid Right. He’s too scared to meet with Shorten because that might result in a solution that would be of benefit to us all and that would mean the RR would be very cross with him. We all have to suffer ongoing power failures and mammoth, ever-increasing power bills because Turnbull is a wimp, in thrall to a small group of nutters.

    Shorten’s latest energy offer is a wonderful wedge.

  6. From The Saturday Paper’s morning briefing –

    Question: Can we trust Peter Dutton to run a quasi-militaristic super-ministry?

    “A super-ministry where one minister oversees border security, the federal police and the spy agency ASIO is expected to be considered by Cabinet … The new proposed ministry is likely to mirror the Home Office in the United Kingdom which oversees all domestic security agencies. Immigration and Border Protection Minister Peter Dutton is widely tipped to be in charge of the new department.”

    Answer: Remember how he did in the Health portfolio?

    “Doctors have overwhelmingly voted Peter Dutton the worst health minister in living memory, according to a poll conducted by Australian Doctor magazine. Forty-six per cent of the nearly 1,100 survey respondents voted Dutton the worst health minister in the last 35 years … The Australian Doctor article quotes Tasmanian GP Dr Donald Rose as saying: ‘Dutton will be remembered as the dullest, least innovative and most gullible’

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/jan/12/peter-dutton-ranked-as-worst-health-minister-in-35-years-in-poll-of-doctors

  7. The Schutzstaffel was paramilitary but you may find some similarities under Peter Heinrich Dutton.

    The Schutzstaffel (SS); literally “Protection Squadron”) was a major paramilitary organization under Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party (NSDAP) in Nazi Germany, and later throughout German-occupied Europe during World War II. It began with a small guard unit known as the Saal-Schutz (Hall-Protection) made up of NSDAP volunteers to provide security for party meetings in Munich. In 1925, Heinrich Himmler joined the unit, which had by then been reformed and given its final name. Under his direction (1929–45), it grew from a small paramilitary formation to one of the most powerful organizations in Nazi Germany. From 1929 until the regime’s collapse in 1945, the SS was the foremost agency of security, surveillance, and terror within Germany and German-occupied Europe.

    The two main constituent groups were the Allgemeine SS (General SS) and Waffen-SS (Armed SS). The Allgemeine SS was responsible for enforcing the racial policy of Nazi Germany and general policing, whereas the Waffen-SS consisted of combat units of troops within Nazi Germany’s military. A third component of the SS, the SS-Totenkopfverbände (SS-TV), ran the concentration camps and extermination camps. Additional subdivisions of the SS included the Gestapo and the Sicherheitsdienst (SD) organizations. They were tasked with the detection of actual or potential enemies of the Nazi state, the neutralization of any opposition, policing the German people for their commitment to Nazi ideology, and providing domestic and foreign intelligence.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schutzstaffel

  8. Here are some terrorists for you, Fizza. Do something about it!

    Research shows that the men most likely to abuse their wives are evangelical Christians who attend church sporadically. Church leaders in Australia say they abhor abuse of any kind. But advocates say the church is not just failing to sufficiently address domestic violence, it is both enabling and concealing it.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-18/domestic-violence-church-submit-to-husbands/8652028

  9. Ouch!

    A journo says the biggest cooperation that is needed on terror issues is between the states and the commonwealth and this announcement does nothing about it!
    It’s not getting a lot of support from the media judging from the questions.

  10. Looks like Fizza has rushed into an announcement before the details have been sorted.

  11. What’s really nuts is Fizza has effectively demoted his supporters Brandis and Keenan, by removing some of their portfolio responsibilities, to make a member of the Rabid Right, Dutton, the most powerful person in the country. That’s not going to end well. Julie Bishop and Marise Payne were also said to be against it, so was Pyne. The cabinet meeting this morning must have been a doozy. Did Dutton take his armed, masked friends in to make sure he got what he wanted?

    Here’s a question – we will just have to wait and see for the answer.
    Will Turnbull still go ahead and release the L’Estrange report due out later this week? It is an independent review of the Australian Intelligence community and is thought to be against a super-portfolio. Maybe Dutton, who is now clearly in charge, will decide it’s not worth bothering with.

    http://www.skynews.com.au/news/top-stories/2017/07/17/pm-to-announce-major-security-overhaul.html

    There was this, too, from earlier this year, showing how Fizza has disregarded against all reasonable advice just to keep Dutton happy and to hang on to his failing leadership.

    Super-department not needed to fight terror, say national security experts
    http://www.theherald.com.au/story/4515963/super-department-not-needed-to-fight-terror-say-national-security-experts/?cs=4219

  12. Don’t the Greens ever check on the citizenship status of their candidates?

    What a mess!

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